Dabakis to take McAdams' senate seat. Dems gather in Utah. Hatch, Obama trade jabs.
Happy Monday. With Mitt Romney's presidential hopes dashed, the Republican Party is facing a leadership vacuum as it tries to figure out what direction to head: "It's left the GOP rudderless, lacking an overarching agenda and mired in infighting, with competing visions for the way ahead, during what may be the most important policy debate in a generation." [AP]
-> Meanwhile, Romney hasn't returned to Michigan after the race but his plane is there. [Freep]
-> Former Utah coach Rick Majerus passes away while awaiting a heart transplant. [Trib]
-> When it comes to dealing with the fiscal cliff, it all comes down to a last-minute push to see which side caves in first. President Barack Obama has proved to be equally as unyielding as the Republicans. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
Tweets of the day: From @daveweigel: "Another Nate Silver interview in which he mocks his enemies? I think he's killed the grass with all this endzone dancing"
Opinion section: Outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon stresses the importance of educating homeowners. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb look at tough questions the Legislature will have on its plate. [DNews]
-> Rep. Jim Nielson, R-Bountiful, favors the elimination of sales tax on food entirely. [Trib]
-> Brian Bushman, an Ogden psychologist, discusses the science behind political apathy. [Trib]
-> Ex-Sen. Bob Bennett says journalists are failing to do their job with regard to questions raised about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly weighs in on hibernating campaign donations, political connections and a clever high schooler's response to thievery. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the burdens teens carry these days. [Trib]
-> George Pyle shares recent web discoveries that may be of interest to political junkies. [Trib]
-> Members of the Southern Utah Anti-Discrimination Coalition think it's time for "Dixie" in "Dixie College" to head for the hills. [Trib]
Weekend in review: Sen. Orrin Hatch counters the president's taped remarks concerning the fiscal cliff, labeling the incumbent's tax plan a "classic bait-and-switch on the American people." [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Utah Republican Party won't challenge Rep. Jim Matheson's slim win but officials plan to push for uniform standards across the counties for counting votes. [Trib]
-> An argument dating back six years has been dealt with (again), resulting in a decision allowing EnergySolutions waste facility to renovate but forcing it to remain approximately the same size. [Trib]
-> In the D.C. Notebook, a look at congressional superlatives as well a question about Sen. Mike Lee's favorite shopping place. [Trib]
-> Congressman-elect Chris Stewart slowly gets the hang of Washington D.C., his part-time home for the unforeseeable future -- all starting with the office selection raffle. [Trib]
Where are they?