News roundup: GOP to GOP: immigration inaction will hurt party
GOP to GOP: Immigration inaction will hurt party. Boehner sues Obama. Retail sales in SLC downtown on the rise.
Happy Friday. House Republicans have blocked movement on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, arguing that they won't pass anything because they can't trust President Barack Obama to enforce existing laws. The GOP is also opposing a request by Obama for more funding to help solve the wave of new immigrants flooding the border. But fellow Republicans are warning that's not a sustainable move: just opposing Obama. "If we do that, then we're going to get blamed for perpetuating the problem," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. [HuffPost]
Topping the news: House Speaker John Boehner is suing President Barack Obama for his actions regarding the Affordable Care Act, saying, "He has said that if Congress won't make the laws he wants, he'll go ahead and make them himself, and in the case of the employer mandate in his health care law, that's exactly what he did." [NYTimes] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> Some people love it. Others hate it. Utah residents sprung forward to voice their preferences for the future of Daylight Saving Time in the state. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> Retail sales in downtown Salt Lake City are increasing and new additions are coming to Salt Lake City. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @gopTODD: "If you are in the public eye and the target of a criminal investigation, maybe you should cancel that texting plan."
-> From @jortron: "This whole debate on DST is skipping the point. We need to focus research on time travel."
Happy Birthday: To Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. On Saturday to Taylorsville's Jerry Rechtenbach. And on Sunday to Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, USU President Stan Albrecht, Jim Burr and Aaron Perkins.
In other news: Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon on the "Utah Man" fight song and how some fans are overreacting to the new changes. [Trib]
-> The U.S. Senate approved a Utah land exchange bill and another that affects the Provo River; both bills will move on to President Barack Obama for his signature. [Trib]
-> Utah Policy looks at the state senators with the most cash in their campaign accounts. [UtahPolicy]
-> Weber County could see an additional 500 jobs in the area with two state incentive packages. [Trib] [DNews]
-> South Jordan banned a city councilman from attending a meeting on Mulligans Golf and Games, but has since reinstated him and hope to solve bigger issues. [Trib]
-> West Jordan city officials voted not to conduct a study on a potential split with Jordan School District, but they may use a 2007 study instead. [DNews]
-> The Bureau of Land Management selected new residents to sit on Utah's advisory council. [DNews]
-> Analysts say vote-by-mail ballots increased voter participation in the primary election in Weber County. [StandEx]
-> Salt Lake City is hosting a free medical fair with no-charge services to provide care for underinsured residents. [Trib]
Nationally: A judge told the IRS it has until August 1 to speak under oath on why Lois Lerner's emails are missing. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [Politico]
-> Republicans in Congress want concessions before they approve Obama's $4 billion immigration plan. [NYTimes]
-> A Washington Post reporter thinks Obama's recent "the bear is loose" actions show a need for the president to break free of the White House walls every so often. [WaPost]
-> A member of Congress took time out of his busy schedule to edit a wikipedia page about Obama shaking hands with a man in a horse head, but waitthere's more! Check out other hilarious wikipedia edits by politicians using their IP addresses. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Rep. Doug Collins from Georgia, votes in the afternoon and returns back to Utah.
Rep. Chris Stewart votes in the morning and travels back to Utah.
Gov. Gary Herbert spends the day in Nashville where he attends a board meeting at the NGA Center, takes part in a news conference and works in a business session. Herbert later goes to an open session on the state-federal partnership and an Education and Workforce committee meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams participates in the National Association of Counties annual conference.
President Barack Obama speaks with company executives and their small business suppliers.
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