Herbert has skin cancer surgery. Politician's secret daughter fails DNA test. Lawmaker leading Swallow investigation has Jeremy Johnson connections.
Happy Friday. A Tennessee Democrat created a stir earlier this year by saying the woman he got caught tweeting during the State of the Union wasn't a lover, but actually his secret daughter. Flash forward a few months, Rep. Steve Cohen agrees to let CNN test their DNA and it turns out the woman he has treated as his daughter for the last three and a half years is not related to him at all. Yes, this actually happened. [Politico] [WaPost]
Topping the news: State Rep. V. Lowry Snow, tapped to lead the House's investigation into Attorney General John Swallow, apparently has linked to Jeremy Johnson, a key cog in the whole controversy. Snow says he'll meet with House leaders and is willing to step down if they consider it a conflict. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @MMFlint (Michael Moore): "Detroit (1701-2013). Don't cry for us, America. You're next."
Happy birthday: on Saturday to Barney Bettilyon and Valerie Larabee.
Congrats: to Melissa Subbotin and Nathaniel Sillin on their recent engagement. Melissa is the communications director for Rep. Rob Bishop, while Nathaniel is the head of U.S. financial education at Visa.
In other news: State Sen. Pat Jones, D-Salt Lake City has decided not to run for reelection. She's served in the Legislature for 14 years and has been a champion for schools and the elderly. [UtahPolicy]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz rips the White House for blaming "rogue agents" for the IRS scandal in tense House hearing. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch is trying to lure unions, upset by some Obamacare provisions, to join his effort to get it "permanently delayed." [WSJ]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson discussed the "common-sense ideas" in the Make Government Work! package of nine bills put forward by the post-partisan group No Labels, which is co-chaired by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. [Fox13] [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Liz Cheney's decisions to run against Sen. Mike Enzi in Wyoming. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick agrees with a proposed change in the Utah election calendar, moving the June primaries to July or August. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about the Swallow scandal in their weekly video conversation. [UtahPolicy]
-> Alta is holding its third annual Alta Ski Area Cleanup Day on Saturday, calling on loyal recreational users to help them clean up the the slope. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama defended Obamacare at the White House on Thursday in the wake of a bid by House Republicans to repeal the law. According to Obama, 8.5 million Americans are receiving a rebate from their insurance companies as a result of his signature legislation. [NYTimes] [Politico] [WaPost]
-> The Senate voted 54-46 to confirm Thomas Perez as the new labor secretary. Republicans have reservations about Perez, whom they believe to have been improperly involved in a whistleblower case in Minnesota. [WaPost]
-> Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plans to block President Barack Obama's nomination of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a second time. McCain wants Dempsey to respond to questions he has about the level of U.S. involvement in the conflict in Syria. [NYTimes]
-> Team Romney is gathering in Washington next week to help launch a new conservative super PAC. [Politico]
Where are they?