Would Reagan support gay marriage? Obama thinks California's attorney general is hot. Utah on list of most conservative House districts.
Happy Friday. At a fundraiser in California, President Barack Obama talked up the state's Attorney General Kamala Harris for her intellect and toughness. He then said: "She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country." And when that got quite the crowd reaction he followed it up with: "It’s true! C’mon.” [Politico] [WaPost]
-> Almost immediately, Buzzfeed came up with its list of the hottest attorneys general topped by Delaware's Beau Biden, the vice president's son. No woman made the list and... neither did Utah's John Swallow. [Buzzfeed]
Topping the news: Ronald Reagan's daughter said the former president would have supported same-sex marriage if he were alive today. [NYTimes]
-> Now that Gov. Gary Herbert has rejected a Snake Valley water deal with Nevada, he can return to the negotiating table or the whole thing can go to court. [Trib]
-> Only six House Republicans represent more conservative districts than Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, according to a new study by Cook Political Report. [Trib]
From @BenFellerNY: "Been 150 days since the election. The next one is 1,300+ days away. It's jussst possible America isn't eager for so much 2016 coverage yet."
Happy birthday: To Karen Crompton, president of Voices for Utah Children. And on Saturday to Utah GOP National Committeeman Bruce Hough, state Sen. Karen Mayne, former state Rep. Neil Hansen and Young Democrats President TJ Ellerbeck.
In other news: Activists launch the LDS Democrats of America, a spin off of the Utah LDS Dems, a group hoping to lure more liberal minded Mormons to get involved in campaigns. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13]
-> Paul Rolly says Dave Hansen's involvement shows that Mia Love is redoubling efforts to oust Rep. Jim Matheson. [Trib]
-> Ogden activist fights the city and gets line-by-line budgets that he posts online. [Trib]
-> A private prison company offered to pay for the entire relocation of the Draper prison as long as it got to run the state's new corrections facility. [CityWeekly]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the NRA's plan to put armed guards in schools. [Trib]
-> A small group of protestors gathered at the federal building in Salt Lake to protest the proposed Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It's a project that all of Utah's members of Congress support. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about the legislation Herbert signed and who the Republicans may turn to for their next chairman in their weekly online chat. [UtahPolicy]
-> A group of new state lawmakers have pushed to change the way the Legislature operates, such as allowing members to abstain from voting when they have a conflict. Leaders are creating a select committee to review the issues. [UtahPolicy]
-> Salt Lake City still trying to decide where the Sugarhouse street car line should end. [Fox13]
Nationally: Obama among prominent Americans memorializing the legendary film critic Roger Ebert. [USAToday]
-> The president will use his budget next week to try to attract Republican support to a grand bargain, including cuts to Medicare and Social Security along with smaller tax hikes than he has previously proposed. [WaPost] [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> For the first time, more than half of respondents support legalizing pot, a shift propelled by the baby boomers. [LATimes]
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-- Matt Canham