Romney faces race questions. Hatch confident heading into convention. Medicaid breach bigger than reported.
Happy Tuesday. As Mitt Romney wraps up the Republican nomination, it's likely he's going to face some tough questions from ministers and other advocates for how his Mormon faith has dealt with race, particularly the treatment of blacks during the religion's history. [BuzzFeed]
-> On that note, the Religion News Service notes that some evangelical leaders are coming around for Romney, figuring its best to unite for the better cause. [RNS]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch's camp remains confident as the senator prepares to enter the convention after polling numbers reveal the anti-Hatch FreedomWorks holds a 57 percent disapproval rating among Utah delegates. [DNews]
-> Second Congressional District Republicans attack the debt and the federal deficit -- instead of each other -- at a debate in North Salt Lake. [Trib]
-> A breach of Medicaid data in Utah may now have put some 800,000 Utahns at risk. [Trib]
Tweet of the Day: Regarding the 2nd District debate, From @PubliusDB: "And here come the candidates. Cands are almost all in shadow. Kind of creepy. Looks like a meeting of the witness protection."
Happy birthday: To Kara Trevino.
In other news: The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Legislature acted unconstitutionally be wrapped several education bills into one and passing it on the last night of the session. [Trib]
-> Utah Republicans may have sidestepped a dicey issue since no anti-guest worker resolutions are likely to be topics at many county conventions and not at the state convention either. [UtahPolicy]
-> Salt Lake City's Parks, Natural Lands, Trails and Urban Forestry Advisory Board is seeking volunteers for its 11-member panel, aimed at sparking grass-roots involvement in the stewardship of the city's public lands. [Trib]
-> The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs resigns after to take on a new role with the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy. [Trib]
-> FreedomWorks is pulling back its resources invested to oust Hatch, and pouring more money into other races. [Politico]
-> Pat Bagley suggests a way for Republicans to deal with the woolly mammoth in the room. [Trib]
2012 Watch: An guide to how the Romney's camp made it through the race to become the inevitable nominee. [FoxNews]
-> Romney may have cut his teeth on his parent's political runs in his childhood. [BuzzFeed]
-> At Obama's campaign headquarters, Romney's candidacy is viewed almost as a joke, according to one writer. [NRO]
-> The New York Times compares Ron Paul's 2012 run with the his 2008 race, showing that the Texas congressman has doubled his reach in this cycle. [NYTimes]
Oops: We linked yesterday to a Forbes story saying Sen. Orrin Hatch was trying to void passports for Americans with seriously delinquent taxes. Turns out, Hatch was actually trying to take that section, sponsored by a Democrat, out of the bill, and Forbes got it wrong. Corrected story here: [Forbes]
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