Utah's GOP elite upset with Lee. Mitt Romney's secret room. The Capitol Dome gets a face lift.
Happy Wednesday. There was a Twitter troll in the White House. Jofi Joseph was fired after it was discovered he used the Twitter handle @natsecwonk to criticize his bosses and leak administration documents. Here's just a taste of his now defunct Twitter account:
“I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me." [DailyBeast]
Topping the news: The Washington Post comes to Salt Lake to explore why Sen. Mike Lee's approval rating dropped after his plan to defund Obamacare helped lead to the shutdown and they got this quote from former Gov. Jon Huntsman: “You don’t have ideological wack-jobs. For all of its labeling as a red state, underneath it all Utah is a pretty pragmatic Western state, a just-get-it-done ethos.” [WaPost]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch said Lee and other tea partiers need to rehabilitate themselves to consider being re-elected. Hatch declined to endorse Lee at this time, but said he likes that Lee has guts to stand up to the Senate. [DNews]
-> We poked around the architectural drawings of the home Mitt Romney plans to build in Holladay and found his hidden door. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @RexHuppke: "On the new iPad Air, the Obamacare website crashes four times as fast!"
From @ChrisMurphyCT: "Things staff never want to hear from their Senator: 'I feel like I need to grow a beard for the World Series.'"
Correction: Two names were misspelled in Monday's Cornflakes. Apologies to John Dougall and Carlton Christensen.
-> Huntsman will host a weekly talk show on SiriusXM with No Labels group that hopes to bring more compromise in Washington. [Trib]
-> Lee should be happy he's in the Senate, says Bob Benrick. He has three years to rehabilitate his low poll numbers. [UtahPolicy]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how Utah spent $800,000 to fight wolves, but won't spend any money on raccoon control, and how the Utah Tax Commission won't allow joint filed taxes from same-sex couple because it's illegal. [Trib]
-> The mayoral candidates in West Valley City — Ron Bigelow and Karen Lang — both say they have the experience to lead the city through its recent police problems. [Trib]
-> The medical-waste incinerator owned by Stericycle is exploring how to move the incinerator out of town according to North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave. [Trib]
-> The problems with the Affordable Care Act website have a Utah insurance company trying to do its own work around to enroll people. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is inviting residents to sit down and meet with him one-on-one Wednesday Oct. 30. Interested parties are invited to schedule an appointment in advance. [DNews]
-> The Utah Republican Party might be tweaking the way they elect officials with neighborhood meetings and conventions, but the Count My Vote initiative says it's too late. [Trib]
-> The Kennecott landslide and the government shutdown put a dent in Salt Lake County's economic recovery, but it's still improving just not at the rate as once hoped. [Trib]
-> PETA complains about the death of Jerry, a carriage horse in Salt Lake City. [Trib]
Nationally: The U.S. Capitol Dome will undergo a two-year, $60 million renovation that is long overdue. The 150 year old dome hasn't been renovated since 1960 and needs thousands of crack and other deficiencies fixed. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> The network of nonprofit insurance companies set up by the government under the Affordable Care Act are in serious trouble of closing, causing a $1 billion default on loans. [WaPost]
-> The IRS is delaying the tax-filing season by two weeks because of the 16-day government shutdown. The delay is necessary to allow adequate time to program and test the tax-processing systems. [WaPost] [CNN] [NYTimes]
Where are they?