News roundup: Obama to talk on race 50 years after MLK dream speech
Obama to talk on race 50 years after MLK's dream speech. Matheson could face inter-party challenge. Aposhian filings sealed in court.
Happy Thursday. Exactly 50 years since Martin Luther King stood at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and pronounced the iconic words "I have a dream," the nation's first black president will return to the spot to speak about race in modern-day America. President Barack Obama is expected at the Aug. 28 ceremony to mark the anniversary of the civil rights leader's remarks. [Politico]
Topping the news: Rep. Jim Matheson could face a challenge from within his own party again as some Democrats are upset over his vote to repeal Obamacare. [UtahPolicy]
-> Donations to AG John Swallow's campaign for office by an ex-con known to work for a company that defrauded thousands of Americans out of $275 million do not appear anywhere on Swallow's official campaign records. These documents are kept so that the public can be aware of any potential conflicts of interest. [CityWeekly]
-> Freelancer Lynn Packer argues that Swallow was lobbying for legislation in 2011, despite having given up his registration with the state to do so. [UTPoliticalCapitol]
-> Many of the filings in the civil case against Utah gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian are sealed and the public may never learn what's in them. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "What am I supposed to do with these 10,000 'Obama-Putin Summit 2013' commemorative coins?"
From â@DavidMDrucker: "The glamorous life of a White House reporter: Follow POTUS around the country & watch him be interviewed by others who aren't journalists."
Happy birthday: to SLC Mayor Ralph Becker's Chief of Staff David Everitt.
In other news: Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee threw a joint fundraiser for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Salt Lake City Wednesday night - but Lee wants to be clear that this doesn't mean he's supporting McConnell. Lee, who had no plans to attend the event, wants to stay neutral in Republican primary fights involving incumbents. [Trib]
-> Former state Sen. Ross Romero may be weighing another bid to return to office. [UtahPolicy]
-> Taylorsville will be raising its taxes by 29 percent to go toward roadwork, public safety and economic development. [Trib]
-> A number of environmental groups are urging President Barack Obama to preserve more open space through the creation of national monuments, to raise royalty and lease rates for oil and gas companies and to establish a mitigation fee for oil or gas exploration on federal land. [Trib]
-> A Supreme Court ruling in favor of the family of a 16-year-old, who died when he crashed his car in Weber County after a high-speed police chase, could significantly affect the ability of law enforcement officials to chase down suspects. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how Utah's state government works. [Trib]
-> In a meeting at the state Capitol on Wednesday, the Utah Public Service Commission talked smog reduction through alternative fuel vehicles with businesses, agencies and advocates. [Trib] [Fox13] [DNews]
-> Officials from the Utah Division of Air Quality say they've nearly cracked the Wasatch Front's winter smog problem and hope to have their plan in place by the end of the year, narrowly averting an EPA crackdown. [Trib]
-> The National Governors Association chairwoman has re-named Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to the organization's nine-member executive committee. [DNews]
-> The combination of school, city and county tax hikes which could come into effect could mean a big hit for Utahns' pockets. [DNews]
-> Defending his attempt to defund Obamacare via the threat of government shutdown from GOP criticism, including disapproval from Mitt Romney, Utah Sen. Mike Lee characterized his fight as the people against Washington and the politically powerful. [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert's senior environmental adviser discusses Utah's water needs and challenges, stressing the need to think ahead. [ABC4]
Nationally: In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama has canceled his upcoming meeting with Putin in Moscow. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> Sen. Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is proposing an overhaul of public pensions that which would allow workers to choose to hand their funds over to insurance companies, which would make payments to workers when they retire. Hatch argues that shifting the investment risk to insurers would help make pensions more robust and efficient. [Bloomberg]
-> In a speech at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Wednesday President Barack Obama promised to fight military budget cuts and thanked the Marines for their central role in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [WaPost] [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., indicated that he is not against a piecemeal approach to the immigration reform bill in the House, as long as Congress gets there in the end. However, he is adamant that a path to citizenship must be included. [Politico]
-> House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined forces at Charles and David Koch's bi-annual seminar, speaking to a host of wealthy donors and conservative non-profit leaders. [Politico]
-> One of President Barack Obama's most trusted advisers Pete Rouse, who was the first senior aide Obama hired when he became a senator, is planning to leave the White House this fall. [Politico]
-> The Pentagon is finishing up new rules to fight sexual assault in the military, which include greater protection for victims and higher levels of scrutiny for all accusations of wrongdoing. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce luncheon and spends the evening with Emery County Commissioners.
Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with the Prison Relocation and Development Authority board.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker lunches with community council chairs.
President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the Oval Office.
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