News roundup: Romney launches ad blitz in swing states
Obama asks for more time. Matheson goes after Love on cops. 60 days to the election.
Happy Friday. In last night's acceptance speech, President Barack Obama explained to America that he is the right man to get the country back on track, but he needs more time to finish the job: "America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now... Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together." [Trib] [Politico] [WaPost] [NYTimes]
-> Now that the conventions are over and the home stretch begins, Mitt Romney is launching an ad blitz with 15 different commercials in eight swing states. [Politico]
-> Shaking things up: One of the most important job reports of the election will be out this morning and could either signal more stagnation or a continued climb out of a jobs deficit. Look for updates at sltrib.com.
Topping the news: Rep. Jim Matheson claims that Mia Love's proposed budget cuts would endanger police officers and result in more crime. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> A Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 35% of potential voters do not know that Romney is Mormon. [PublicReligion]
-> Utah's school superintendent, Larry Shumway, is retiring after 12 years as the state's top K-12 official. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: from @RobertGehrke: "Twitter Verdict: It was somewhere between the greatest speech ever and most horrible, deceitful piece of oratory in history. #utpol"
Happy birthday: To former State Rep. Fred Hunsaker and KUED's Ken Verdoia. On Sunday, send your birthday wishes to SL Co.'s Rob Jeppsen.
Democratic National Convention: Vice President Joe Biden tells viewers that the best days are ahead under an Obama administration, of course. [CNN] [Fox]
-> Actress Scarlett Johansson tries to appeal to young voters, citing affordable education, accessible healthcare and equal pay as matters of great importance. [Politico]
-> Caroline Kennedy says Obama is the kind of leader her father John F. Kennedy once wrote about. [WSJ]
-> Gaby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot to the head last year, left the crowd in awe as she led them in reciting the pledge of allegiance. [ChiTrib]
-> The Obama campaign took advantage of Biden's frequent use of the term "literally" and paid for a sponsored tweet to appear upon searching for the term on Twitter. [WaPost]
-> Utah Democrats gathered on the convention's final morning in memory of Jim Judd, prominent Utah union leader, who passed away last month. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake Tribune's Matt Canham talks with KCPW about LDS Democrats at the convention. [KCPW]
-> Utah Dems don't think Obama has been rightfully credited. [ABC4]
-> Bob Bernick compares the speeches at the conventions. [UtahPolicy]
-> A chart comparing social media activity between nights of the two conventions shows that the DNC has already gathered a significantly greater amount of attention on Twitter. [Atlantic]
-> For those who are curious, a Scribd document compares Clinton's prepared vs. actual remarks. [Scribd]
-> The 1924 DNC was a chaotic 16-day event with an entirely different set of arguments, with religion, the KKK and the legalization of liquor as its headliners. [CSM]
2012 watch: New GOP ad shows a young woman "breaking up" with Obama. The woman happens to be a Republican National Committee staffer. [Globe]
-> Romney defends his decision to avoid mention of war in his acceptance speech last week. [APviaYahoo]
-> Pat Bagley says Republicans are attacking an Obama that only they can see. [Trib]
-> The Anti-Defamation League asks Democrats to cut out the Nazi and Holocaust comparisons. [NewsMax]
-> Biden is campaigning in Ohio's Appalachian region this weekend in an attempt to draw working-class votes from the heavily-white area. [APviaDNews]
-> Michelle Obama's convention speech dress will soon find itself in mass production and retailed for under $500. [WaPost]
-> Obama girls stay out of the spotlight. [NYTimes]
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert's challenger, Peter Cooke, says he has asked Utahns if they're better off, and they're answering no. [Trib]
-> Corrections workers say there are serious moral problems and may be looking for a vote of no confidence in Executive Director Tom Patterson. [Trib]
-> In an op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee blasts Obama's call for more investment a trick to boost crony capitalism. [IBD]
-> Former Utah congressman Merrill Cook's proposed "Lawful Employment Ordinance" aims to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants, but he feels the Legislature was wrong in changing the signature-gathering requirements that may prevent it from passing. [Trib]
-> Herbert and business leaders launch a new education initiative to boost technology jobs in the Greater Salt Lake area. [DNews]
-> Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about the Love-Matheson battle and the conventions in their weekly videocast. [UtahPolicy]
-> Conservative TV host Glenn Beck answered questions about Mormonism on his program last night after growing tired of the religion's portrayal in the media. [BuzzFeed]
-> Tests from the water near the Wood's Cross Hollow refinery indicate that they have not been polluted by the oil tank explosion, but more tests are on the way. [Trib]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert attends a series of closed interviews before meeting with Brian Levin-Stankevich, president of Westminster College.
AG Mark Shurtleff is recovering from Tuesday's knee surgery.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon heads to the Council of Aging and later speaks at the grand opening of the Greek Festival.
President Barack Obama speaks at the Strawbery Banke Field in New Hampshire in the afternoon and at the University of Iowa in the evening.
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