Romney: I'm still concerned about the country. Utah GOP effort could stall reform. To-be missionary claims LGBT protest cost him.
Happy Thursday. Mitt Romney lost the election but still says he's concerned about the future of America. In an interview yesterday, the former presidential candidate said he felt a certain "frustration" at his diminished role now that the campaign is over, not that he'll quietly go away:
-> "I'm very concerned about the country," Romney told radio host Dennis Miller. "I wouldn't have gotten into this if I thought everything was going swimmingly." [CNN]
Topping the news: The Utah GOP's reform stall might spur a ballot initiative that could change how candidates are nominated. [Trib]
-> A 20-year-old in the Pacific Northwest claims that he was barred from serving a mission for the LDS Church and stripped of his temple recommend after revealing his support for same-sex marriage and LGBT people in a pre-mission interview. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @StevenTDennis: "One thing that didn't actually come up in today's gay marriage #SCOTUS debate: Sex."
From @daveweigel: "In related news, Rand Paul to filibuster RT @postpolitics: President Obama invites Senate Republicans to dinner again"
Happy birthday: To our favorite pollster, Craig LaCasse.
In other news: Check out this analysis of the Utah Legislature's biggest nay-sayers this session. [UtahDataPoints]
-> An interesting take on the caucus-convention system by a member of the GOP's state Executive Committee. [JonisFrontPorch]
-> A WVC cop involved in a shooting that led to a woman's death last year speaks out, telling Fox 13's Ben Winslow that it was a justified shooting. [Fox13]
-> Google Maps is partnering with UTA to roll out a new feature that allows public transportation riders to check the status of trains and busses in real time. [Trib]
-> After 60 years, Tooele County is calling off its annual fair due to tightening purse strings. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will finally come down on the side of love. [Trib]
-> While she doubts that Utah will repeal its anti-same-sex marriage law anytime soon, Peg McEntee praises the national sea change regarding LGBT rights. [Trib]
-> Here's a transcript of Wednesday's proceedings. [AtlanticWire]
-> Despite seeming like the catalyst that would spur lawmakers to enact comprehensive gun control laws, more than 100 days have passed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. and Congress has yet to pass a new law. [Politico]
-> The Pima County Sheriff's Department released thousands of pages of documents in a shooting that killed six people and wounded former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords along with 13 others. While the shooter, Jared Loughner is currently serving a life sentence plus 140 years in federal prison, the documents - which include police reports and witness statements - offer information on Loughner's mental state. [NYTimes] [Politico] [APviaTrib]
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