News roundup: Mountain Meadows could haunt Romney candidacy
Published: May 21, 2012 12:03PM
Updated: May 21, 2012 07:37AM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said American students are receiving a 'third-world education.' He derided teachers' unions and supported school vouchers. In this file photo he speaks in Hillsborough, N.H., on Friday (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Romney's faith helped shape his life. Mountain Meadows haunts the Mormon candidate. Matheson's dual campaign fights.

Happy Monday! The New York Times takes a fascinating look at Mitt Romney's faith and how it shaped the presidential candidate, noting how he takes time, wherever he is, to attend church and how serving as a church leader helped define who he is. [NYTimes]

-> Also, in Romney's presidential run, many Mormons are seeing a path to acceptance as a mainstream religion. [Bloomberg]

-> Also II, the Mountain Meadows Massacre comes back to haunt Mormon descendent Romney, with relatives of the families killed then even more wary of a potential Mormon president. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Blue Dog Rep. Jim Matheson fights to keep the once prominent group of fiscally conservative Democrat House members afloat. The odds are against him. [Trib]

-> The GOP candidates for attorney general come out swinging at each other in a debate this weekend. [Trib]

-> State Rep. Brad Daw says a PAC attacking him is hiding its donors. [Trib]

Today's News: Utah prison inmates are staying there about three months longer than they were several years ago, raising prices for incarcerating Utah's bad guys. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly tells the story of a Utah women getting tossed around by bureaucrats over the spelling of her name. [Trib]

-> Former SLC Mayor Deedee Corradini is back in the mayor's office -- or at least her likeness is. [Trib]

Opinion section: Peg McEntee contends that Sen. Orrin Hatch is running out of excuses for no debates. [Trib]

-> The Spectrum goes after Sen. Orrin Hatch for declining debate requests from opponent Dan Liljenquist. [Spectrum]

-> Paul Rolly says that Rep. Bill Wright, sponsor of the failed sex-ed bill, showed he answers only to Eagle Forum. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley goes after Mitt Romney for saying what he said he said. [Trib]

-> The Deseret News suggests the Senate's proposed punishment toward Facebook's Edward Saverin only gives the IRS too much power and scares money out of the US. [DNews]

-> Jordan Garn says the federal government should be fined for passing the Child Nutrition Act as opposed to Utah high schools getting the brunt of the act. [UtahPolicy]

-> Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb are skeptical about the Tea Party's influence in Utah politics. They'd serve as a liability to any candidate. [DNews]

-> Heidi Mcintosh argues that Gov. Gary Herbert's brawl with the feds over 12,000 miles of roads is a waste of time and taxpayer's money. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says after France and Greece's problems have become serious, it's time for America to fix it's own entitlements before they become volatile. [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @schottslc: "From the Tribune's iPhone app. Didn't know McAdams was a fugitive pic.twitter.com/eS5R5TYo"

Happy birthday: To Elly Muth.

Weekend in review: The recent House-passed defense bill would bring millions of dollars to Utah's military bases. Utah delegations wants to fight base closures, especially with Hill Air Force Base allegedly on the chopping block. [Trib]

-> In Salt Lake County mayoral race, Ben McAdams really wants the Latino vote, but first he's going to have to get them registered. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee made $25,000 minus 1 cent on his book "The Freedom Agenda: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary to Restore Constitutional Government." [Trib]

-> A Utah baker is suing Sen. Orrin Hatch for not supporting gluten-free regulations, but such a lawsuit may be a lost cause. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> WVC Mayor Mike Winder is accused of moving campaign cash around before his Salt Lake County mayoral campaign even began. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City police and fire dispatch centers are to become one upon the opening of the new public safety building. Officials call it efficient, but it's not expected to save much money. [Trib]

-> Democrats get ready to face each in the race to see who will challenge Rep. Rob Bishop's lengthy tenure. [FOX13]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert is blunt on his position on same-sex marriage. His opponent, Peter Cooke, wants discrimination banned. [FOX13]

-> KSL's Bruce Lindsey sits down with former-Sen. Bob Bennett for his final Sunday Edition and retirement from the station. [KSL]

-> Reps. Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz support a transportation bill with tacked on approval of Keystone XL Pipeline and piping tar sands oil in from Canada. [KCPW]

-> Protesters gather in Green River against the proposed nuclear power plant there. [Trib]

-> A Utah County GOP legislative candidate hears from the RNC that his use of an elephant logo is unacceptable. [Herald]

2012 Watch: Another Bush back in the White House? Sen. Lindsey Graham isn't opposed to the idea of Jeb Bush as Romney's pick for VP. [TheHill]

-> While the focus has been on the president's amazing fund-raising ability, it's possible that Romney and Co. will be able to outraise the Democrats this year. [WaPost]

-> That said, Romney and Obama are neck and neck in fund-raising so far this year. [Politico]

-> Romney says jobs are being destroyed in Obama's "war on coal." [TheHill]

-> Newark Mayor and Obama supporter, Cory Booker, is "nauseated" by negative campaigning on both sides. [MSNBC] [FoxNews]

-> Newt Gingrich owes $4.8 million for his failed White House bid. [CNN] Rick Santorum is in the same boat, owing $2.3 million. [WaPost]

-> Romney Super PAC's funding is halved in a months time. The end of the primary season is a likely reason. [CNN] [Reuters]

-> Obama is miles ahead of Romney as far as cash-on-hand, with the Republican slowly inching his way to equal the president. [WaPost] [LATimes] [Politico]

-> On the eve of the NATO summit, Romney says Obama's cuts to the military has only weakened relationship with NATO countries. [ChicagoTrib]

-> Shira Toeplitz profiles Romney's go-to guy on the Hill. [RollCall]

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-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera
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