Romney's time at Harvard. Republican Guv's association helps Utah GOP/Herbert. Liljenquist's first ad.
Happy Tuesday! NPR continues its look at the two major presidential candidates by sharing stories from Mitt Romney's time at Harvard, a tumultuous period of history during the Vietnam War. Romney, married to Ann by that time and with son, Tagg, lived in the suburbs and was more of a necktie guy to everyone else's tie-dye fashion sense, friends said.
"He was almost sort of like a Boy Scout thrown into the middle of a late Vietnam War campus," says a former classmate. [NPR]
Topping the news: The Republican Governor's Association gave the Utah GOP funding to get thousands of voters to their neighborhood caucus meetings -- raising questions by Gov. Gary Herbert's opponents of fairness. [Trib] [UtahPolicy]
-> Abby Huntsman looks to join the ranks of politician offspring going on to be analysts and commentators. [Trib]
-> Dan Liljenquist's first television ad goes after Sen. Orrin Hatch for "ducking" debates. [Politico]
-> Hatch's primary is listed in the next five races to watch around the country. [Politico]
Happy birthday: To House press guru Joe Pyrah and to Janeen Halverson, executive assistant to the Senate minority. And a special shout out to Lisa Canham, mother of our very own Matt Canham, who is celebrating today as well.
Accepting resumes: Two of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's staffers have taken jobs on the Mitt Romney campaign and a third is taking a plum spot on Rep. Rob Bishop's staff. John Hadlock, a press assistant for Chaffetz, will work on Romney's team in North Carolina, while Chaffetz's scheduler, Tanner Mitchell, heads to Colorado. Fred Ferguson, Chaffetz's legislative assistant, will soon be Bishop's legislative director.
In other news: Despite $1,000 contribution and sharing a staff member with AG candidate John Swallow, Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says he is neutral in the GOP primary. [Trib]
-> A Utah judge rules that wading through a stream means wading through public land, but anglers will have to wait for the Supreme Court to rule before continuing to fish those waters. [Trib]
-> Food Stamp benefits being are cut as pre-recession time limits are being re-implemented. [KCPW]
-> Bryan Schott offers the Five Things He Thinks. [UtahPolicy]
-> The new book, "Why I'm a Mormon" seeks to show the real people who are members. [CityWeekly]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz tweets his approval of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission head stepping down, a move he insisted on earlier in the year. [TheHill]
-> Chaffetz wants law enforcement to have warrants before accessing citizen's geolocation data. [FierceGovIT]
-> Pat Bagley and Val Lambson go Behind the Lines, chatting about Pat's latest analogy of Wall Street. [Trib]
2012 watch: This time around, Obama will most likely not enjoy the comfortable campaign funding lead he did in 2008. [WaPost]
-> Looking at the electoral college map today, Obama is starting with slight lead, but too many states are up for grabs. [WaPost]
-> While Romney's former opponents are now backing him, their supporters are more reluctant to do the same. [AP]
-> Looking at Romney's run as Massachusetts governor, does he have real management and leadership skills or does he just know how to pander to the media? [AP]
-> In a year "ripe" for a third party candidate, American Elect had the perfect campaign, but no candidate or clear platform. [CNN]
-> Obama doesn't feel bad about Bain attacks since Romney's business record is what the election will be about. [MSNBC]
-> Comedian and Obama backer, Bill Maher calls Mitt Romney's faith a "cult" in a tweet, adding to his long list of criticisms of the church. [ABC4] The Obama campaign responds that Romney's religion is off the table. [UPI]
-> Romney's Super PAC is keeping its piggy bank stuffed while Obama's Super PAC is struggling to compete. [WaPost]
-> White House visitor logs show the GOP presidential hopefuls distanced themselves from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including Romney who has paid zero visits since 2009. [WaPost]
-> Romney campaign claims the candidate created more jobs as governor than Obama has as president. No backing behind the numbers. [TheHill]
-> BuzzFeed puts together a fake memo of Romney's "Words He's Not Supposed To Say." [BuzzFeed]
Where are they?