News roundup: Paul Ryan visits Utah today to raise cash
DNC is underway. Paul Ryan visits Utah. 63 days to the election.
Happy Wednesday. Michelle Obama was the talk of the town last night, raking in almost double the tweets-per-minute as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did during his convention acceptance speech. [Politico] Without ever saying the GOP nominee's name, the first lady not-so-subtly jabbed at Romney's wealth in an attempt to portray her husband as the man who can connect with middle-class Americans. [LATimes] [Fox]
Topping the news: Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will host a fundraiser at Utah Valley University today where donors are expected to contribute between $1,000 and $25,000 per plate. [ABC4]
-> Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accidentally informed the media of his knee surgery, thanks to a "Reply all" flub. [Trib]
-> The Utah Legislature is considering using crowd-sourcing as a way to answer GRAMA requests. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: from @RealClearScott: "If anyone at the DNC needs a chewable toothbrush, the dispensary in the press file men's room sells them."
Happy Birthday: to gun rights advocate Clark Aposhian.
Democratic National Convention: Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio and the first Latino to give the DNC keynote speech, painted Romney as anti-women's rights, anti-gay rights and inconsistent on the creation of accessible health care. [Fox] [Politico] [HuffPo]
-> Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reiterated the night's "Forward" theme, insisting that a Romney presidency would be a step in the wrong direction. [BaltimoreSun]
-> Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn encouraged viewers to use the hashtag "#sexyface" when tweeting about his convention performance last night. [LATimes] [Fox]
-> Tonight, Obama is entrusting former President Bill Clinton to convince persuadable voters that Obama is the man to turn this economy around. [WaPost]
-> Four years ago, the Democratic Party platform stated that "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel," a claim that has since been removed. [CNN] [APviaWaPost] "God" didn't make the cut, either. [CBN]
-> Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association, intimates to Utah delegates that Mia Love is a "crazy person." [Trib]
-> Obama says his acceptance speech will be a "distant second" in quality behind his wife's, whom he called the "star" of the Obama family. [USAToday]
-> During the Iowa delegation's Tuesday morning breakfast meeting, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin announced that Clint Eastwood, as "an old angry white man spewing incoherent nonsense," is a perfect symbol of the Republican tea party. [Politico] [DMRegister]
-> National debt surpassed $16 trillion on the convention's first day. [ABCNews] [WSJ] [HuffPo]
-> In a training session for Jewish Democrats, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that the Israeli ambassador to the United States called Republicans "dangerous" to the Middle Eastern nation. [LATimes] Schultz denies it. [Politico]
-> Democrats say their Republican criticism will be limited to "substance-based" remarks. [LATimes]
-> New GOP video features Cherokees insulted by Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's unsupported claim to be part-Cherokee. [BostonHerald] Opponent Scott Brown launches an anti-Warren website. [Globe]
-> Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist receives heat from Florida Republicans after endorsing Obama and securing a speaking slot at the DNC. [CNN]
-> The 15-1/2 ton Obama sand sculpture sustained no critical injuries from the weekend rain. [UPI]
2012 watch: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan compared Obama to former President Jimmy Carter, asking: "If we fired Jimmy Carter then, why would we rehire Barack Obama now?" [LATimes]
-> The addition of Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode to the Virginia presidential ballot might draw voters that otherwise would have leaned Romney. [WSJ]
-> Quoting a recent Rolling Stones article, Vice President Joe Biden wrongly claimed that Romney's Bain dealings "cost the government and American taxpayers $10 million." [WaPost]
In other news: Republican attorney general candidate John Swallow has raised approximately $1.23 million, over 25 times that of his Democratic opponent. [Trib]
-> Provo's City Council voted 4-3 last night to reject a proposal requiring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide a conditional use permit for proposed high-rise structures of their new Missionary Training Center. [Trib]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the Uintah Basin Energy Summit.
AG Mark Shurtleff undergoes knee surgery.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with the Wasatch Front Regional Counci's transportation committee.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder will hold "Milk with the Mayor" open-door meetings.
President Barack Obama arrives in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.
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