White House buddies up to Herbert. Lawsuits may delay election results. Romney up in Colorado, down in Virginia.
Happy Wednesday. The political world is hyperventilating over Mitt Romney's impending choice of a running mate, a decision that could happen as soon as Friday, with the Olympics coming to a close and Romney scheduled to start a multi-state bus tour. [LATimes] The Drudge Report even floated the name of CIA Director David Petraeus, which the former general rejected quickly. [Politico]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney launched an all out attack on President Barack Obama's welfare waiver program and the White House countered with outrage and ... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's request for flexibility. [Trib] [Reuters] [NYTimes]
-> Legal battles over absentee ballots and early voting in battleground states could result in the nation not knowing the results until weeks after the election. [CNN]
Tweet of the day: From @jeremyscahill: "Sorry, but Obama campaign emails are getting creepy: 'Jeremy, I'm so jealous of you that I can barely write the rest of this email.'"
Happy Birthday: to SLC chief of staff David Everitt and Kate Sackas, a now 21-year-old Hinckley Institute of Politics intern wrapping up a semester at the Treasury Department.
-> Herbert says a decision on expanding Medicaid needs to wait until after the election. [DNews]
-> Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Morgan Philpot dives head first into the world of political media. [UtahPolicy]
-> Salt Lake County Council members withhold saying yes to partnering with Salt Lake City on a performing arts center, saying more analysis is needed. [Trib]
-> Herbert names the interim director of the problem wrought liquor-control board to the permanent position. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says Salt Lake County fire departments paid $300,000 for injuries and workers compensation, but not for job related injuries, instead for basketball. [Trib]
-> Utah Democrats say the one-third of documents on redistricting handed over "aren't worth the paper they're printed on." ABC4 requests the rest of the documents. [ABC4]
-> Jon Huntsman says he longs for the Republican party of old. He's not ashamed to be a moderate GOP, something he says the party is leaving behind. [KSL]
-> Obama says the country doesn't have a gun problem, but a violence problem that requires soul-searching. [Reuters]
-> No Olympic Gold glory for Ann Romney's dressage horse Rafalca. [NYTimes]
-> "Romney Hood" jabs back at the president's gesture, calling it "Obamaloney." [CNN]
-> Republicans in Congress dissent with Romney on not extending the wind power tax credit for battleground state Iowa. The industry employs 7,000. [AP]
-> Making just under $2 million in a day, Romney holds the biggest fundraiser in Iowa history. [CNN]
Where are they?