Romney asked to return C. Moore Bacon donation. Utah general fund up $250M. Herbert could tap chief of staff for Lt. Gov.
Happy Wednesday. Mitt Romney's joint fundraising organization Romney Victory Inc., is being asked to return a $50,000 donation from a donor named C. Moore Bacon. And it's not because Bacon sounds like a fake pseudonym, but because Mr. Bacon is listed as a British national and foreign nationals aren't permitted to donate to U.S. elections. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Utah finished its fiscal year with nearly a $250 million surplus in the state fund that pays for public education and universities. Under state law, half of that will have to go into the state's rainy-day funds, which leaves the rest for supplies, equipment and buildings. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert might not have to look very far to find a replacement for lieutenant governor, in fact he might not have to search outside his office. Derek Miller, Herbert's chief of staff, is the name people are repeating around the water cooler as former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell's successor. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @ChuckTodd: "I hate effective advertising. Because it's Wednesday, all I'm hearing in my head is 'what DAY is it. Hey, what day is it."
Happy birthday: To former Sen. Bob Bennet and to Weber County Clerk/Auditor Ricky Hatch.
Welcome: To the U. Hinckley Institute of Politics students who are joining the Cornflakes movement. We wish you the best of luck in your internships and hope we can help keep you up to date with all the Utah politics news.
In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch pens an op-ed supporting the delay of funding for Obamacare, arguing that the Obama administration failed to test the information technology for the security of personal information. [FoxNews]
-> Salt Lake County is looking to upgrade its image with the public by putting its logo on all county correspondence and websites. [Trib]
-> Environmentalists are seeking to overrule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and declare the Uinta Basin out of compliance with federal clean-air standards. [Trib]
-> State Sen. Pat Jones wants to get rid of the state's child tax credit and put that money back into public education. While many parents of large families oppose the idea, Jones says the money will help improve the education of Utah's children. [KUTV]
-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tells Montana students their state stands to benefit from Chinese consumers. [KXLF]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on another day, another massacre. [Trib]
-> A group of fourth-graders urged Gov. Gary Herbert change the state tree from the Colorado blue spruce to the quaking aspen. Herbert supported the ideas and said to look forward to legislation that will make the change. [KUTV]
-> Paul Rolly discusses Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion plans for a Constitution Day picnic at the same time as Gov. Gary Herbert's black tie gala. Rolly also talks about Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love and her fundraising efforts. [Trib]
Nationally: The Congressional Budget Office warns that Congress and the White House are making the wrong budget cuts, and if current trends continue, will leave the United States with unsustainable levels of debt. [NYTimes]
-> A new poll shows that Democrats have lost ground with voters, while Republicans haven't done enough work to gain favor. [WaPost]
-> Top Democrats say that the Navy Yard mass shooting did not change the political reality in Congress regarding any gun control legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says that there isn't enough votes to support it. [USAToday]
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