News roundup: Josh Romney: Hey, Harry Reid, my dad pays taxes
Josh Romney: Hey, Harry Reid, my dad pays taxes. Herbert: The White House likes my health care plan. Rep. Stewart ahead in money race.
Happy Wednesday. During the 2012 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to claim that Mitt Romney had paid zero taxes for several years and that's why he wouldn't release his tax returns. Well, Romney's son Josh who lives in Utah wanted to tweak Reid a bit yesterday and tweeted out a picture of his dad waiting in line at the post office to mail his taxes. "Hey @SenatorReid here's a shot of @MittRomney paying taxes. Does it every year. It's how you get your paycheck," Josh Romney wrote. [ABCNews] [NRO]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert says the White House is moving toward approving his plan to help low-income Utahns get health insurance. [Trib]
> Dieter Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church First Presidency, was among faith leaders who discussed immigration reform with President Barack Obama. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUTV]
-> Rep. Chris Stewart has a big financial advantage in the race for Utah's 2nd District congressional race. [Trib]
-> The SLC Council is asking why so few rape kits are forwarded on to the state crime lab. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @MichelleMumford: "@bobfuehr I am begging you to stop calling me. Please. Stop. I don't even live in your district. You are creating ill will. Stop."
Happy Birthday: To former TV anchor Brent Hunsaker and freelance reporter Jennifer Dobner.
In other news: Paul Rolly discusses some hijinks at the county party conventions last weekend. [Trib]
-> A federal judge is not ready to set a trial date for Jeremy Johnson despite requests from prosecutors. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> Officials warn that a proposed oil pipeline could damage Utah drinking water supplies. [Trib]
-> The SL Co. Council extended the deadline to get on to the committee that will make decisions about the future of the unincorporated areas of the county. [Trib]
-> Stericycle's public meeting didn't draw much of a crowd. [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the "green energy" fueling the climate change denial train. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama will not use executive orders to overhaul immigration laws. [ABC]
-> VP Joe Biden paid tribute to those killed and injured at the Boston Marathon bombings. [WaPost]
-> Obama commuted the sentence of a drug convict that was extended by a typo. [NYTimes]
-> Michael Bloomberg wants to out muscle the NRA. [NYTimes]
-> It's that time of year when millions of Americans file their tax returns, and thousands refuse because they don't think the government can collect taxes from them at all. [Politico]
-> Want to fix Congress? There's an app for that. [ABC]
Where are they?
Rep. Chris Stewart meets with Western AG Credit and later with the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Salt Lake City.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, Todd Maclin of Chase Bank, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove and later with Jacey Skinner and Cody Stewart. He also attends a solar panel roof ribbon cutting, meets with SL Co. Councilman Randy Horiuchi and hits the UAC Management Conference.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox greets the Consul General of Vietnam and goes to a public lands meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the National Public Safety Telecommunications Week event with SL Co. Sheriff Jim Winder, the Midvale Senior Center Groundbreaking Ceremony and the Utah Association of Counties Management Conference.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hits the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Sacramento.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tour a classroom and speak on job-driven skills training at Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., and then returns to Washington.
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