Huntsman hits on both parties. Romney: JFK and FDR were rich. Ryan for Love.
Happy Thursday. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman goes off on what he calls a broken political system during a conference call with the group No Labels: "I'm downright embarrassed with where we are as a nation and what we're about to pass on to the next generation. So we have a choice as citizens and public elected officials to stand on the sidelines and watch it play out or step up and do something about it." [Trib] [UtahPolicy]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney points out that FDR and JFK were rich, too, dismissing the idea that a successful business guy can't be elected to the White House. [Politico]
-> United Fire Authority/SL County Councilman Michael Jensen can run for office without running afoul of the federal Hatch Act, the feds rule. [Trib]
-> House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is headed to Utah to help raise money for Mia Love. [UtahPolicy]
Happy birthday: To State Rep. John Mathis and The Salt Lake Tribune's own Robert Gehrke.
In other news: A high amount of citizens and protesters show up to Orem's budget open house. UTOPIA project would raise taxes or slash budgets, either way, it's happening. [DailyHerald]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch invites Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming to Utah to help him campaign. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee says our lawmakers need to stand by legislation that protects women from violence and helps them cope with rape. [Trib]
-> A new $8 million UTA bus garage is on the way thanks to federal funding. [Trib]
-> A Logan road with a reputation finally gets a safety barrier after 25 accidents in the last five years. [Trib]
-> ABC4's Chris Vanocur takes a long, hard look at the Capitol's creepy clown. [ABC4]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Donald Trump idea for "a better Amercia." [Trib]
2012 watch: Obama calls Romney for a "brief and cordial" congratulations on officially becoming the presumptive GOP nominee. [CNN]
-> Romney chides Obama for past Las Vegas remarks. He says Obama's negative comments on Sin City lend to his point that the president doesn't get the economy. [CNN]
-> "A Better Amercia." The title of Romney's official campaign app. See anything wrong with it? [CNN]
-> Condi Rice backs Romney. Not a shock. [WaPost]
-> Is there such a thing as "the Latino vote." Some say candidates and the news media shouldn't homogenize the community as a single voting bloc, as it is far too diverse. [CNN]
-> Author Ronald Scott explains the tough role that Mormon bishops find themselves in, noting that Romney's time as a lay leader in the faith wasn't easy. [WaPost]
-> When it comes to government and business partnerships, is Romney a saint or hypocrite? [Reuters]
-> Clash of the celebrity donors. Romney camp counters all the negative Trump attention with Bill Maher and his Obama donations. [TheHill]
-> Legend of GOP foreign policy, Henry Kissinger, withholds endorsement after Romney's harsh words on China, Russia and Syria. [NYTimes]
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