Paul: 'Goons' blocked WWII vets from their memorial. Senate rejects Lee-Cruz plan. SL Co. finds money to help in the shutdown.
Happy Wednesday. What happens when a group of World War II vets come to Washington and find their memorial on the National Mall closed? Well, hell hath no fury. The Honor Flight group pushed through the barriers and visited the homage, but the situation has become a big talking point for federal lawmakers. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the administration went out of its way to close the memorials and even sent "goons" to block the way. [Politico] More on the shutdown below.
Topping the news: Two state lawmakers want to raise the smoking age in Utah to 21, matching the time when you can buy alcohol. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City won a lawsuit over a reservoir but a mining company is also claiming victory. [Trib]
The shutdown: The Senate rejected a piecemeal budget plan pushed by by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The proposed plan would allow funding to National Parks and Veterans Affairs; Democrats and the White House considered the plan frivolous. [Trib] [WaPost]
-> Sen. Mike Lee says he is concerned about Utahns impacted by the shutdown and will continue to fight for them. Rep. Jim Matheson says Lee's plan is "an unrealistic strategy" and it's time for everyone in Washington to grow up and fund the government. [DNews]
-> The Salt Lake County Council came to the rescue and provided food vouchers for the county's neediest mothers and children when the Women, Infants and Children program was suspended by the shutdown. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> Utah Republicans and Democrats can both agree on one thing, that all of Washington is to blame for the shutdown. [Trib]
-> Ask anyone in Washington who is at fault for the federal shutdown and they'll say it was the other party's fault. Some GOP members are beginning to worry, though, it'll come back to haunt them. [Trib]
In other news: The Utah Republican Party is $90,000 in debt and is asking for help to raise some cash. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank slammed the alternative immigration bill, saying it would lead to racial profiling and cause Latino communities to distrust the police. [Trib]
-> The Tribune's editorial page says Obamacare deserves a chance to be tried out and researched by everyone. [Trib]
-> The Standard-Examiner says Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's strategy to "hijack Obamacare" is "reckless and, frankly, egomaniacal." [StandEx]
-> Pat Bagley is on his way to France and suggests folks keep an eye on our website to see how he's doing. [Trib]
-> A good portion of state lawmakers support the County My Vote effort, though may not be able to publicly because they're worried about repercussions. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Supreme Court next week will hear a challenge top the individual limit of campaign contributions. [NYTimes]
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