House stenographer: God made me do it. Lee: The fight was worth it. Hughes, Dabakis on new radio show.
Happy Friday. The House stenographer who stole the microphone on Wednesday for a religious rant during the end-the-shutdown vote said that God kept waking her up and preparing her to deliver a message. Her husband says she's been evaluated by a psychiatrist. [HuffPost]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee raised over $249,000 last quarter, but spent nearly all of it fundraising. Lee aggressively raised money off his attempt to halt funding for Obamacare, sending 13 emails in three months. [Trib]
-> KCPW is featuring a new radio show with Rep. Greg Hughes and Sen. Jim Dabakis. [UtahPolicy]
Happy birthday: To Tyler Olsen, state Rep. Sue Duckworth, state Sen. Curt Bramble and state Sen. David Hinkins. On Saturday, send your birthday wishes to Dr. Greg Anderson of Salt Lake Orthopedics and state Rep. Douglas Aagard. And on Sunday to former Rep. Chris Cannon, and BYU's David Magelby.
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert said he's not happy with the current budget deal in Washington, but it's a step in the right direction. He hopes that in the three months that Congress can come up with a long-term solution, and urged them to do better. [Trib]
-> The National Park Service said Congress didn't give it the authority to repay states for reopening the parks during the shutdown and it'll take legislation to do so. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch blasted the Heritage Foundation, accusing the advocacy group of playing to the extreme wing of the party. Hatch said the group needs to get back to its conservative roots to help Republicans have to best intellectual conservative ideas. [Trib]
-> The Utah Senate did not approve of Gov. Gary Herbert's nominee Catherine Conklin to serve as a 2nd District judge, and in fact they refused to take a vote. [Trib]
-> UDOT is planning to make things better for bicyclists and pedestrians by working with communities to build safer trails and sidewalks. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley shares what it would look like if Utah took over the national parks. [Trib]
-> The Fish and Wildlife Service dropped a proposal to list the Coral Pink Sand Dune tiger beetle as a threatened species, allowing recreational ATV riders more acres of the Dunes to enjoy. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The UTA is performing full, normal schedule run of the Sugar House Streetcar line without any passengers. This allows training of operators and the final testing for the federal certification to officially open. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how Rep. Jim Matheson helped the GOP pass the resolution that only allows the House majority leader to bring a budget bill to the floor. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the shutdown, Matheson and Mia Love during their weekly videocast. [UtahPolicy]
-> Schott notes that Love has a 71 percent burn rate on the money she's raising. [UtahPolicy]
-> Luz Robles has raised a good amount in the 2nd Congressional District, making her bid against Rep. Chris Stewart more serious. [UtahPolicy]
-> An Idaho tea party state Senate candidate drew criticism as he said government shouldn't be involved with healthcare, but he has 10 kids enrolled in Medicaid. [Trib]
-> If you're traveling near Lehi this weekend, expect a 45 minute delay as UDOT works on maintenance of a bridge. [Trib]
Nationally: The national budget crisis is over, and Congress and the White House are looking to avoid another impasse come January. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the GOP is unlikely to try to shut down the government again. [WaPost] [CNN] [NYTimes]
-> President Barack Obama welcomed back federal workers and thanked them for their work and service. [WaPost]
-> Former Vice President Al Gore couldn't get credit for inventing the Internet, but he did try to buy Twitter. [CNN]
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