Schafly: Romney, McCain 'a bunch of losers.' Utah County jail books fewer immigrants. Love vs. Matheson, Round II?
Happy Monday. The national founder of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly, didn't have kind words to say about Mitt Romney and some other failed GOP nominees, blaming them for listening to consultants instead of hugging traditional conservative values:
-> "The establishment has given us a whole series of losers. Bob Dole and John McCain. Mitt Romney. ... Why is it that the establishment has given us this bunch of losers?" [HuffPost]
Topping the news: The Utah County Jail is housing far fewer immigrants for the federal government than before sequestration. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch is hitting the fundraiser circuit, raking in funds for a Republican take-back of the Senate, which would potentially propel him to be chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. [Trib]
-> Calling a rematch? Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love says she's "seriously looking" at another run against Rep. Jim Matheson, who narrowly beat the rising GOP star by 700 votes in last year's Fourth District race. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @gopTODD: "So glad that I can return to my glamorous life now that the #utleg is over. I spent the afternoon picking up dog poop in the yard."
Heard on the Hill (catchup version): "The lion really doesn't need to negotiate with the lamb but the lion has been more than fair."
-- Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City and chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, at the end of the 2013 legislative session.
Opinion section: Paul Rolly applauds state Sen. Steve Urquhart for his willingness to sponsor bills that may go against the Republican Party line. [Trib]
-> When it comes to Latinos and the GOP, Rolly also says that actions may not speak louder than words. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee gives a thumbs up to increased accountability measures to fight corruption in the state government. [Trib]
-> George Pyle says democracy works -- for better and for worse -- because of human interactions. [Trib]
-> Two Utah philanthropists encourage Utahns to give during a state-wide charity drive this week. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County leaders say the public benefits from taxes that bring businesses into the valley. [Trib]
-> The ACLU of Utah decries the lack of support for public defenders. [Trib]
-> Clean air advocate Joro Walker says that legislative inaction on environmental issues hurts kids. [Trib]
-> A lawyer says that some business practices and legal loopholes are hurting Native American tribes in the West. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb line up the winners, losers, rookies and veterans of this year's Utah Legislature. [DNews]
-> A BYU biology professor blasts the state's attempted "land grab," saying that taking public lands from the federal government would lead to a decrease in scientific research. [DNews]
-> John Florez says that lawmakers should pay it forward by funneling money into programs that enhance quality of life -- prioritizing preschool over prisons. [DNews]
-> Former state Rep. Chris Herrod says that immigration groups aren't clear about who they're actually helping. [DNews]
-> Deseret Digital Media general manager Matthew Sanders takes a look at religious freedom. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says taking ineffective immigration laws off the books would go a long way to help the situation. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Matheson said he'd back a bill to green light the Keystone XL pipeline project, circumventing President Barack Obama's approval and distressing environmentalists in Utah. [Trib]
-> Without going into detail, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged fellow conservatives to "learn from my mistakes" in a speech at CPAC last weekend. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz spoke about Internet freedom at CPAC, arguing that conservatives need to pay attention to the issue. [HuffPost]
-> Utahns for Ethical Government says that embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow should take leave until a federal investigation into the allegations against him is wrapped up. [Trib]
-> While birthdays remain public records, lawmakers moved to make data gathered by UTA private records. [Trib]
Where are they?