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News roundup: Obama to join Obamacare health care exchange

Published March 22, 2013 10:52 am

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Obama to join Obamacare exchange. The Gingrich-Santorum ticket that almost stopped Romney. Huntsman Sr. jokes about 2016.

Happy Friday. If you want to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk: President Barack Obama confirmed that he'll enroll in a health insurance exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare - despite having easy access to excellent health care through the White House Medical Unit and the official physician to the president. [Politico]

Topping the news: The great untold story of the 2012 presidential race: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were in secret negotiations to form a "unity ticket" that could have kept Mitt Romney from the GOP nomination. The problem: Gingrich and Santorum couldn't agree on who should be president. [BusinessWeek]

-> Jon Huntsman Sr. jokes at an announcement in Louisiana that he's not sure who he'd vote for in 2016: Bobby Jindal or Jon Huntsman Jr. [NoLa]

Tweet of the day: From @meggfishy: "Gosh, it's great to see Harvard students finding success!"

Happy birthday: To Sen. Orrin Hatch (79 years old today), state Rep. Jacob Anderegg and Utah GOP field coordinator David Nielsen.

New gig: Former Jon Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller has joined with Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, Matt Rhodes, to start a new PAC called America Rising. [AmericaRising] More here: [WaPost]

In other news: Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with only three Republicans - including Sen. Mike Lee - voting against her confirmation. [Trib]

-> After some leadership shuffling in Taylorsville's City Hall, newly-minted Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach and Councilman Brad Christopherson are settling into their new roles.[Trib]

-> State regulators gave Arches Health Plan, Utah's first and only health insurance co-op, the green light to start enrolling patients on Oct. 1, with coverage set to begin next year.[Trib]

-> While it would require the city to pour in an extra $4 million, offering naming rights opportunities for a new downtown megatheater could pull in up to five times the initial investment for Salt Lake City, says an analyst. [Trib]

-> Five mayors from around the Salt Lake area teamed up to hand-deliver dinners for Meals on Wheels, which brings dishes to homebound senior citizens around town. [Trib]

-> TSA agents found two more guns - both fully-loaded Glocks - in carry-on luggage at Salt Lake City International. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss whether Gov. Gary Herbert will veto the conceal and carry bill, and the ethics legislation effort. [UtahPolicy] Bernick opines on the conceal and carry issue, noting Herbert warned lawmakers about it. [UtahPolicy]

-> Utah businessman Sam Skaggs dies at age 89. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly writes about two competing approaches to immigration in the Utah County GOP platform. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley goes after Rep. Chris Stewart on his hesitancy with man-made climate change science. [Trib]

Nationally: The House gave a final nod to a stopgap bill that keeps the federal government afloat through Sept. 30, a day after the Senate passed the measure. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> While 2016 is still far on the horizon, the GOP seems to be taking a turn for the young, as rising conservative stars Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. make some strategic - and possibly presidential - moves. [Politico]

-> Rubio and Paul might have a competitor in Dr. Benjamin Carson, a Baltimore surgeon who, despite his lack of political experience, has fired up conservatives in his heated rallies against ObamaCare. [NYTimes]

Correction: Thursday's Cornflakes schedule for Rep. Rob Bishop was incorrect. We apologize for the error.

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert hits a City Creek one-year anniversary celebration, meets with state Auditor John Dougall and Stan Ellsworth, has a state marketing discussion, reviews legislation and hits a FIRT Robotics event.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams has a Council on Diversity Affairs meeting, a household hazardous waste meeting, hits an event at the Magna Senior Center and speaks at the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Awards banquet.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has a budget meeting.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder hosts the Mayor's Gala at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

President Barack Obama visits Holocaust memorial sites in Jerusalem, and then flies to Amman, Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II.

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— Thomas Burr and Emily AndrewsTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/emilytandrews