News roundup: Washington's Mormon population on the rise
Published: May 14, 2012 07:21AM
Updated: May 14, 2012 07:20AM
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Sen. Harry Reid answers a question at a press conference which was held after the convocation at SUU on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Credit SUU Photo Services

Washington's 'Little Provo'. Senate to take up DOMA repeal. 'Mini Mitt.'

Happy Monday. CNN takes a look at "Little Provo," also known as Crystal City, and the growing population of Mormons in the Washington region. The LDS faithful include those in the Obama administration, members of Congress, lobbyists and other powerful spots. There's been an "absolute explosion in Mormon growth inside the beltway," according to one Mormon bishop. [CNN]

Topping the news: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who now supports gay marriage, says the upper chamber may look to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. [Politico]

-> Mitt Romney spoke openly about the strength of religion during a speech at an evangelical college but doesn't mention his own Mormon faith. [ABCNews] [WaPost] Such moves could help ingratiate Romney with those fearful about his religion. [DNews]

-> Romney's son Josh is one of two living in Utah but he's been all over the country pitching his father to voters. [Trib]

-> The Trib's David Montero profiles the mayor of Eureka, Milt Hanks, who threw the Utah GOP convention into chaos with his allegations. [Trib]

Today's news: Salt Lake City police officials have reassigned their vice squad after concerns were raised about detectives going to far with prostitutes. [Trib]

-> Mia Love could present the strongest challenge to Rep. Jim Matheson in his 12-year career. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Arlen Specter says Utahns should keep Sen. Orrin Hatch -- an endorsement the Hatch camp may not want. [DailyCaller]

-> Paul Rolly reports that Gov. Gary Herbert will enjoy the perks of incumbency -- his picture in state buildings -- as he campaigns for office. [Trib]

-> A nonscientific email survey of Salt Lake County voters finds Mark Crocket and Mike Winder in a close battle for the GOP county mayorship nomination, though Winder has a lead in the results. [UtahPolicy]

-> Salt Lake City could create more neighborhood pubs, an idea supported by some folks but disconcerting to others. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @jasoninthehouse: "Time and now Newsweek are showing they are no better than Star and National Enquirer. TMZ for the real news???"

Happy birthday: To Christian Burridge and to Matt's dad, Steve Canham.

Opinion section: Pat Bagley offers his tribute to Mother's Day. [Trib]

-> Rolly offers his personal experience with a gay friend about the debate over same-sex marriage. [Trib]

-> John Swallow and Anthony Rampton argue that Utah deserves title to thousands of roads in the state. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Jake Garn argues that the proposed SkiLink gondola won't hurt the watershed it crosses. [Trib]

-> George Pyle runs through some unfortunate comments American leaders have said about the American people. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss whether the UDOT and Medicaid scandals will hurt Herbert's re-election chances. [DNews]

-> SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon, who ran unsuccessfully against Herbert in 2010, says openness and transparency are key to good government. [DNews]

-> Ex-Sen. Bob Bennett offers his take on which party will control the Senate next year. [DNews] (Though headline writers should be warned: The Democrats will still control the Senate in November; the question is who will control the Senate in January.)

Weekend in review: The state agreed Friday to pay the legal fees for wrongfully terminated UDOT worker and will move her to the state's Human Resources Department. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Tribune goes after Hatch for not agreeing to more debates with Dan Liljenquist. [Trib]

-> The redevelopment of a stretch of State Street in downtown Salt Lake City should be completed in 18 months. [Trib] [DNews]

-> LDS Church officials kick-off the transformation of the Provo Tabernacle into a new Mormon temple. [Trib] [Herald]

-> Our D.C. Notebook looks at how a Hatch victory could make him third in line for the presidency. [Trib]

-> Some municipal officials learned about fighting fires during a weekend workshop. [KSL]

2012 watch: Romney says his anti-same-sex-marriage decision has nothing to do with his LDS faith. [WaPost]

-> Romney talks a lot about his love for America. Is that part and parcel of his belief in Mormon theology? [WaPost]

-> The Deseret News goes after another newspaper columnist for mischaracterizing tenets of the Mormon faith. [DNews]

-> Rick Santorum urges Romney to step up his attacks and weaponize the gay marriage debate against President Barack Obama. [CNN]

-> A top GOP pollster suggests that Republicans may want to change their tune on gay marriage and even suggests that the conservative policy is for equal rights and individual choices. [DailyBeast]

-> What Romney referred to as hijinks from his youth would now be called bullying. [USAToday]

-> The New Yorker pokes fun at the bullying claims about Romney, including a point where he gives Huntsman a wet willy. [NewYorker]

-> A biographer looks at Romney's many treks to Salt Lake to meet with LDS Church leaders. [DailyBeast]

-> Five facts about Romney's mother, Lenore. [ABCNews]

-> CBS News tracks down the folks who are very much excited about Romney's candidacy: small businessmen. [CBSNews]

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-- Thomas Burr
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