News roundup: How Romney ended up crashing a Jewish wedding
The Huntsman girls cause a stir. Some counties have more voters than residents. Legislative turnover to have big education impact.
Happy Thursday, Mitt Romney's motorcade raced down the New Jersey Turnpike so fast that a trip that was supposed to take well over an hour ended up lasting 45 minutes and as a result he found himself interrupting a Jewish wedding. Turns out the bride and groom were supporters and they now have some interesting wedding photos. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: A watchdog group uncovers unusual numbers in several counties, notably having more registered voters than they have residents. [Trib]
-> Abby Huntsman causes an uproar among conservatives after she sarcastically considers becoming a Democrat, then her sister Liddy comes to her aid with a jab at the LDS Church. [Trib] [DailyCaller] [Politico]
-> It hasn't even hit the airwaves yet, and a pro-Obama Super PAC's ad is heavily scrutinized. The ad implies Romney is at fault for the death of a steelworker's wife to cancer after getting laid off by Bain Capital. [CNN] And in an unexpected move, Romney's spokeswoman cites "Romneycare" in her defense against that super PAC ad. [WaPost]
Tweet of the day: From @jengranholm: "Invite still stands! MT @AlexPappasDC: @HuntsmanAbby says wasnt serious when she accepted Granholm invite 2 become Dem."
From @HuntsmanLiddy: "The day my sister becomes a democrat, is the day I go back to the Mormon Church. #Notinthislifetime. I got your back @huntsmanabby"
Happy Birthday: To Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
In other news: Expect to see a batch of fresh faces at the next legislative session. Public education advocates say it's a good sign. [Trib]
-> Some Utahns aren't happy that Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed a member of Energy Solutions to the board that regulates the company. [Trib] [KUER]
-> Utah Democrats appeal to moderate Republicans disillusioned with the hard-right Tea Party. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake County strives "to provide better customer service," by launching an online forum for residents to voice issues. [Trib]
-> Mark Crockett, the Republican candidate for S.L. County mayor, says the county is $2 billion in debt, a figure that some in his own party bristle at. [UtahPolicy]
2012 watch: Obama appeals to women in Colorado, saying Mitt Romney would roll back their rights to the 1950's. [TheHill]
-> One of Brigham Young's great, great granddaughters and ex-Mormon tells the Daily Beast how Romney's upbringing in the church would affect his role as a leader. If the Beast is going to start a series on the thoughts of Brigham Young's descendants, they should have material to last all the way through to 2016. [DailyBeast]
-> Romney's team carefully plans the speakers at the Republican National Convention and reveals who the campaign does and doesn't trust. [NYTimes]
-> A poll finds that Romney is still struggling to find a favorable footing with the American people. [CNN]
-> The Obama team jokes about Romney's VP shortlist possibly containing Newt Gingrich or Rep. Michele Bachmann. [CNN]
-> Americans aren't happy with the way things are going, but they don't seem to be taking it out on the president. [Reuters]
-> Obama's campaign phone app brings grassroots to the digital age, but raises questions about the misuse of private information. [Reuters]
-> Romney VP talk buzzes around the internet so fast that Wikipedia locked down the editable pages of those rumored to be in contention. [TheHill]
-> Renowned biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins slams Romney and Mormonism over Twitter. [TheHill]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz remains in Colorado traveling on the Romney bus to counter Obama's visit to the swing state.
SL Co. Peter Corroon judges various events at the Salt Lake County Fair, then appears at the Tour of Utah award ceremony.
SLC Ralph Becker attends the Project for Public Spaces Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia.
WVC Mike Winder meets with Justin Allen of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.
President Barack Obama appears at campaign events in Colorado.
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