News roundup: GOP hits Obama on ties to celebrities
Published: June 5, 2012 08:14AM
Updated: June 5, 2012 08:14AM
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President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton stand together on stage at the end of a campaign event at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Monday, June 4, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Wimmer is Nevada-bound. Obama hits Broadway. A liberal comes up with a reason to vote Romney.

Happy Tuesday. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took New York by storm, fundraising on Broadway and chiding the GOP all the way through. [CNN] [NYTimes] But Republicans are going after the president for cozying up to celebrities when he should be helping average Americans. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Carl Wimmer is now the political director for the Nevada Republicans, planning to commute back to Utah on weekends. Some say he's being handed a "clunker," as the state's GOP party is fractured and has even lost the confidence of the Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> David Axelrod says former Utah governor Mike Leavitt's appointment to Romney's transition team in the long run, means nothing. [Politico]

Tweet of the day: From @RalstonFlash: "This is classic: The new political director of the NV GOP will live in...Utah: http://bit.ly/LfWyfc #itdoesntmatter"

Happy birthday: To Ernest Burgess, Taylorsville City Council member.

In other news: The Utah Taxpayers Association says Draper City is rushing a $29 million bond for a new rec center, even though a majority of residents say they'd vote for it. [Trib] Local businesses side with the association saying that such a rec center would hurt them. [DNews] [DailyHerald]

-> Republican Mark Crockett wants to run Salt Lake County more like a large company. [Trib]

-> A packed city hall applauds the South Jordan City Council for taking employee benefits off the chopping block. [Trib]

-> A 2009 interview with Jon Huntsman reveals that the tension between Attorney General's office and the Division of Commerce for Consumer Protections goes back a long ways. [ABC4]

-> Former general and Utah Governor-hopeful Peter Cooke is opposed to giving up Fort Douglas to the U if the Olympics happen to return to Salt Lake. [KCPW]

2012 watch: Both camps prepare for another month of big fundraising. Mitt Romney hits the west coast while Barack Obama mingles with the "Hollywood and New York elite." [Reuters] Sarah Jessica Parker amps up fundraising and ads for Obama. [ABCNews]

-> The Obama camp acknowledges this is going to be a tight race, but the electoral map is still on their side. [TheHill] [LATimes]

-> Electing Romney because he's a good leader? Nah. Because it'll make Republicans stop their gridlock, says a left-leaning columnist. [WaPost]

-> Obama's latest ad question's Romney's records on jobs while Mass. Governor. [NYTimes] Romeny's former Lt. Governor defends his tenure, calling the ad dishonest. [CNN]

-> Romney gains lead with middle-income voters ($36K-$90K), while Obama maintains big lead in lower-income and non-white voters. [Politico]

-> Romney set to campaign in Texas, ATM of the south, this week, not for votes but for cash. [MSNBC]

Where are they?

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-- Andreas Rivera

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