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News roundup: Times profiles Romney's right-hand man

Published April 9, 2012 11:13 am

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Romney's 'body man.' High state hospital salaries. NYTimes praises Shurtleff.

Happy Monday. The New York Times profiles Mitt Romney's "body man" Garrett Jackson, who is always at the ready with sharpies, note cards, lunch and even offers his back for the candidate to sign autographs. Jackson spends more time with the candidate than his wife and has got to know how to make Romney smile and how to calm him down when he gets stressed. Also, Jackson dishes that Romney's preffered breakfast is McDonald's pancakes. [NYTimes]

Topping the news: Nine of the 10 highest state salaries in Utah outside of academia belong to officials at the Utah State Hospital, prompting mental health advocates to raise concerns that money is being misrouted. [Trib]

-> Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu, who would later become the prime minister of Israel, have been friends since their time at the Boston Consulting Group in 1976. [NYTimes]

-> The Washington Post's Charles Lane digs into the federal government's troubled past with Mormons. [WaPost]

Today's news: Paul Rolly notes that Utah County Republicans will be meeting for their convention at the same time 300 high school students will be trying to take the ACT at Salem Hills High School. [Trib]

-> As more and more "alter egos" for cities and politicians start popping up on Facebook and Twitter, Utah officials have become wary of social media. [Trib]

-> Utah candidates for office are striving to lock down votes by using delegates' stomachs to win their hearts and minds. [DNews]

-> U. honors students unveil a plan to push for a more transparent government after spending a year of intensively studying that information in the Internet age. [Trib]

-> Utah Policy insiders pick Ben McAdams, Mike Winder and Richard Snelgrove to come out of their respective county conventions. [UtahPolicy]

-> The southern Utah town of Apple Valley may disincorporate and return to unincorporated Washington County. [Trib]

Opinion section: Pay Bagley gives his take on how far most Utahns will go to take part in the lottery. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says Hatch has used the "Mormon card" one too many times. [Trib]

-> Rep. Kraig Powell satires the "Abstinence-Only Caucus" by drafting a letter to a candidate. [Trib]

-> Christine Passy rallies for insurance for autistic children, given the recent announcement of its steady increase since 2002 [Trib], and Brian Moench, too, rallies behind the message. [Trib]

-> Don Guymon speaks against the National Defense Authorization Act, saying it too readily detains American soldiers. [Trib]

-> Liana Teteberg lambasts America's attempt at health reform and suggest incremental change is necessary to succeed. [Trib]

-> The Tribune's editorial board weights in on its "short takes" of issues this week. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb give their advice to each party's assumed presidential nominees — Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. [DNews]

-> Arthur Nelson says Godot won't fix education, to people will. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett offers a little historic context to the issue of the Supreme Court's recent decisions. [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @KenJennings: "It's almost midnight and Thomas Kinkade has NOT risen again. Told you Grandma."

Goodbye to an icon: CBS's Mike Wallace passed away on Sunday. [APviaTrib]

2012 watch: Romney's campaign is raking in less money from Utah than it did during the 2008 election cycle, though the candidate could see more in the general election. [Trib]

-> Megachurch pastor Rich Warren says there will be a "sticking point" with evangelicals over Romney's Mormon faith. [ABCNews]

-> Now that Romney has pretty much sealed the deal on the Republican nomination for president, speculation has begun to arise over who the former Massachusetts governor will choose as his running mate. [ABC4]

-> Newt Gingrich's fighting spirit seems to be waning after he essentially concedes Romney will win the Republican nomination for the presidency. [WSJ]

-> Despite his large crowds and ability to rally young people, Ron Paul failed to translate that apparent popularity into votes. [WaTimes]

-> Rick Santorum cancels his Monday campaign events to spend time with his hospitalized daughter. [WaPost]

-> Romney is noticeably moving further toward the center of the spectrum in issues as he steps out of a far-right primary. [NYTimes]

-> Rep. Paul Labrador of Idaho chimed in Sunday on Sen. Orrin Hatch's claim that President Barack Obama will use Romney's Mormon faith against him — with Labrador arguing that the media will do it for Obama. [Globe]

-> The head of the Democratic National Committee says Romney is rooting for economic failure to help him get elected. [Politico]

Weekend in review: NY Times highlights AG Mark Shurtleff's left-leaning immigration stance mixed with his normally across-the-board conservatism. [NYTimes]

-> A new survey shows that Gov. Gary Herbert is the only gubernatorial candidate that believes Utah's quality of life has improved in the past five years. [DNews] [UtahPolicy]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker announces the creation of a new Parks, Natural Lands, Trails and Urban Forestry Advisory Board, which will allow more citizen involvement in the stewardship of the city's public lands. [DNews]

-> Legal scholars say politicians are exaggerating Utah's role in U.S. Supreme Court's health reform case, while several Utah's politicians are seeking to gain credit. [Trib]

-> AG candidate Sean Reyes was cleared of possible wrongdoing after a complaint that he had contributed $5,000 to his campaign in 2010 from a political action committee before he established a personal campaign committee. [Trib]

-> Sen. Hatch is sponsoring legislation that would void an American's passport for seriously delinquent tax payments. [Forbes] UPDATE: Hatch's office says this story is incorrect in that Hatch was actually trying to strike this part of the bill.

-> Salt Lake Occupiers head to Library Square to pitch their tents. [Trib]

Where are they?

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon holds a Cabinet meeting and sits down with the Criminal Justice Advisory Coordinating Committee.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker heads to a "Fix the Bricks" press conference, conducts a conference call with Newton, Mass. Mayor Setti Warren, meets with United Way of Salt Lake Executive Vice President Deborah Bayle and later attends a Capital Improvement Projects budget meeting.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder meet with delegates in Murray and Riverton.

President Barack Obama hosts the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn and meets with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the White House.

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— Thomas Burr and Laura SchmitzTwitter.com/thomaswburr