Cheney: GOP needs a restart. Inside the Lee strategy. Utah GOP tries to avert Count My Vote with changes.
Happy Monday. Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it's healthy for the Republican Party to face new challenges and it should start building back its base of supporters. The former VP says it's time the party goes back to work. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee is one of the nation's most polarizing political figures, and he's finding himself there by going against the norms of his own party and sticking to his convictions. Lee says he is representing Utahns' best interests because he's doing what he promised he'd do in 2010 when they elected him. [Trib]
-> Some of Lee's noteworthy moments in his short Senate career. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @TonyFratto: "All this 2016 chatter makes me want to quit Twitter. Or gauge my eyes out with a rusty cement trowel."
Opinion section: George Pyle discusses how longtime friends, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kans., are being torn apart by the tea party. [Trib]
-> State Sen. Jim Dabakis urges Gov. Gary Herbert to accept the $433 million federal help that would provide 123,000 Utahns health insurance. [Trib]
-> Former state senator Dan Liljenquist says Utah's caucus system is worth preserving because of the state's track record, but believes some aspects should be modified. [DNews]
-> The mayors from South Jordan, Bluffdale and Riverton express their concerns over the $495 million bond request from the Jordan School District. [Trib]
-> Troy Williams from Alliance for a Better Utah lauds state Rep. Steve Urquhart for standing up for LGBT issues, but says he needs to get better on other issues. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly talks about how many hostage negotiators see similarities between hostage takers and the tea party. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss Sen. Mike Lee and his future in Utah. [DNews]
-> Sam Roche, a spokesman for Right by Ike: Project for a New Eisenhower Memorial, says Congress should approve Rep. Rob Bishop's proposal for a new Eisenhower Memorial and members of Utah's delegation shouldn't oppose it. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the growing pains of the tea party. [Trib]
Weekend in review: Republican leaders voted to approve changes to the state's caucus system, but members of Count My Vote say it's too little, too late and their efforts will go forward. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> National park rangers have said that instances like the recent rock-toppling at Goblin Valley are the result of poor leadership, and the Boy Scouts of America cause more problems than the public would think. However, Boy Scouts also volunteer hundreds of thousands of community service hours to help the community and nature. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated John Pearce to be a judge on the Utah Court of Appeals, replacing Judge William A Thorne Jr., who retired in September. Pearce will have to be approved by the Utah's senate. [DNews]
-> Utah's farmers and ranchers want to see immigration reform that allows more equality with distribution of visas, and to give workers and producers more flexibility. [DNews]
-> UDOT has intersections and bridges with sensors that will salt themselves when freezing conditions are detected. The technology has been used in the past couple of years, and accidents have gone down. [Trib]
-> Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, considers himself the nation's leader for the conservative movement. Cruz spent the weekend in Iowa with his wife, hunting and speaking to supportive crowds. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> A lone GOP Congressman from California is joining the 185 Democrats to co-sponsor a plan that would allow immigrants a path to citizenship. [WaPost]
-> New data suggests that the NSA began spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone as early as 2002. German officials are questioning President Barack Obama and why Merkel was a target. [NYTimes]
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