Tea party angst aimed at Fox News. Matheson versus Love, the rematch. Republicans reject caucus changes.
Happy Monday. A group of tea party activists boycotted Fox News over the weekend, arguing that the conservative media giant has gone soft since November's election, particularly on issues such as immigration. [Beast]
Topping the news: State Republican leaders push their central committee to approve changes to the caucus system in hopes of heading off a petition effort to let candidates bypass the system altogether. Delegates were hesitant to back efforts to make it harder for candidates to avoid a primary. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed a bill that would allow Utahns to concealed carry guns without a permit and some in the Legislature want to try to override him. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @gopTODD: "Since the #utpol tried to start 'avoiding primaries,' the voter participation rate in Utah has plummeted."
From @ChaseEverton: "Random thought on Zion Curtain: aren't the colorful drink menus more enticing than seeing a drink being made?"
Opinion section: Paul Rolly argues that not only was two legislators' questioning of a PTA president rude, but it also reveals systemic issues in the Legislature. [Trib]
-> And Rolly says the way to kill something the LDS Church likes in Utah County is to point out that President Barack Obama supports it. [Trib]
-> George Pyle says ObamaCare isn't actually socialist in nature, and thus its critics are missing the point. [Trib]
-> An English teacher from Wasatch Junior High says standardized testing is overwhelming educators' ability to teach. [Trib]
-> Ty Markham calls for the protection of the state's public lands. [Trib]
-> Freshman state Sen. Jim Dabakis, who doubles as the state Democratic chairman, describes his first legislative session. [Trib]
-> A prison education activists says taxpayers and inmates lose in relocating the Utah State Prison. [Trib]
-> Life-saving surgery should be extended to communities around the world, says a Utah surgeon. [Trib]
-> A Utah businessman applauds the Utah Legislature for managing the state efficiently.
-> A West Valley City Councilman gives police officers a nod. [Trib]
-> Brian Moench examines the connection between the Snake Valley "water grab" and Utah's winter inversions. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli take a look at the aftermath of the legislative session. [DNews]
-> John Florez says it's the "invisible baggage" – hunger, poverty, health issues – that keep kids from learning. [DNews]
-> Jay Evensen laments what he sees as the sexualization of young girls. [DNews]
-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist says he agrees with Bill Maher when it comes to taxing the wealthy. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett argues that the world is better off because of the Iraq War. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Salt Lake County wants to buy the land under the Salt Palace from the LDS Church and if it does so in the next few years it will come at a significant discount. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee said that a budget proposed by Democrats, which would raise about $1 trillion in revenue from taxing the wealthy, is a moral misstep. [Trib]
-> In our D.C. Notebook we discuss Sen. Mike Lee using a metaphor involving spoiled chocolate pudding to illustrate his desire to see more responsibility for governance. [Trib]
-> Chevron already faced some tough questions from federal regulators before its pipeline began leaking near the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. [Trib]
-> Unlike neighboring cities, West Valley City's civilian review board is not autonomous or open about its investigations into police actions. [Trib]
-> Syracuse goes to mail only voting in hopes of boosting participation. [Trib]
Nationally: Republican fundraisers are seeing a chance to unlock big dollars from donors in states like New York and California as the party softens its stance on gay marriage. [Politico]
-> This week, the Supreme Court will hear two cases dealing with same-sex marriage, but with most state laws banning it and public opinion swinging toward it, expect caution from the justices. [WaPost]
-> Chief Justice John Roberts's lesbian cousin will sit in seating reserved for his family during Tuesday's session. [LATimes]
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