News roundup: LDS Church brings in about $7 billion a year in tithing
Published: August 14, 2012 07:57AM
Updated: August 14, 2012 09:34AM
FILE - This April 27, 2006 file photo shows the sun setting behind the Mormon Temple, the centerpiece of Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

A double presidential visit. The $7 billion faith. Cooke against gay marriage, abortion.

Happy Tuesday. Utah hosted two former presidents yesterday. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were in Salt Lake City on Monday to participate in the Outlook Leadership Conference, a petroleum summit. Clinton also hosted a fundraiser for Ben McAdams, who is running for Salt Lake County Mayor. [Trib] [ABC4] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]

Topping the news: The LDS Church brings in about $7 billion each year in tithing and its dominate revenue source is wealthy members like Mitt Romney. [Reuters]

-> Peter Cooke, the Democrat running for governor, is opposed to gay marriage and abortion, positions that doesn't sit well with many in his party. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]

-> Condoleezza Rice headed to Utah to stump for Mia Love. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "2008: GOP veep pick sparks discussion of teen pregnancy. 2012: GOP veep pick sparks discussion of Medicare spending. 2012 >2008."

Happy Birthday: To SL Co. Councilman Michael Jensen and Helen Langan, adviser to SLC Mayor Ralph Becker.

In other news: Robert Gehrke gives you a political pop quiz about Paul Ryan and his ties to one House member from Utah. [Trib]

-> GOP activist Greg Peterson faces new sex charges. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the policy similarities between Romney and Ryan. [Trib]

-> State Rep. Chris Herrod says there's no appetite for a stronger E-Verify law in the state Legislature. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott says the timing of the Paul Ryan pick was strange and Peter Cooke's campaign has some Democrats nervous. [UtahPolicy]

-> An active super PAC active in Utah's attorney general race is hiding its funding source. [OpenSecrets]

-> A state Senate panel takes issues with one of Gov. Gary Herbert's judicial picks. [UtahPolicy]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker will name the architects of the proposed Broadway-style theater on Wednesday. [Trib]

-> The head of Canyons ski resort points out the path where the controversial SkiLink gondola would run. [Trib]

-> Advocates want the state to conduct an air pollution study before signing off on a new power plant. [Trib]

-> Abby Huntsman helps launch HuffPoLive. [Trib]

-> Doug Gibson gives his take on Sen. Orrin Hatch's upcoming book: "An American, A Mormon and a Christian: What I Believe." [StandEx]

2012 watch: Romney's selection of Paul Ryan will force a major debate over Medicare and Dan Balz wonders if the Republicans area ready. [WaPost]

-> Romney says Obama is running a dirty campaign. [NBCNews]

-> David Frum argues that Romney just gave the Democrats a big gift. [CNN]

-> Peg McEntee argues that if Paul Ryan was in charge it would be bad for women and the LGBT community. [Trib]

-> First Lady Michelle Obama clears something up. Obama is not Spiderman. [TheHill]

-> Atheist group goes after both presidential candidates in a billboard campaign. [CNN]

-> Paul Ryan's wife Janna is accustomed to political life and now must get ready for the presidential campaign spotlight. [WaPost]

-> The debate moderators are announced and for the first time in 20 years, one of the showdowns will be led by a woman, CNN's Candy Crowley. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give the keynote address at the National Republican Convention. [USAToday] [WaPost]

Where are they?

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-- Matt Canham