GOP Rep: Democrats waging 'war on whites.' Valentine to lead tax commission. Chaffetz gives liberal counterpart tour of rural Utah.
Happy Tuesday. An Alabama Republican says the GOP's hardline stance on immigration isn't going to hurt the party. In fact, he says the Democrats are hurting themselves with white voters who still make up the biggest percentage in the country. "This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they're launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else," Rep. Mo Brooks told radio host Laura Ingraham. "It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that's not true." [HuffPost]
-> A must read: Great on-the-ground and in-the-air story by Matt Canham on Rep. Elijah Cummings' visit to Rep. Jason Chaffetz's district that was meant to help educate the Maryland Democrat about issues facing the rural West. [Trib] See also: [DNews]
-> A witness in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell said the latter tried to convince Mitt and Ann Romney of the health benefits of Antabloc and said it would help Ann Romney's MS. [WaPost]
Tweet of the day: From @alvarezmark: "Congressional themes: Incumbents: I am not like people in D.C. Challengers: I am not like people in D.C."
From @RepCummings: "I'm learning more about public lands, and seeing them firsthand, today in Utah. Bipartisanship is not a bad word."
Happy Birthday: To Intermountain Communications President Aaron Walker and Minnesota's Kate Jorges.
In other news: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams plan to crash into each other for charity on Saturday in a demolition derby match. [Trib]
-> Rep. Steve Handy says it's time to move the state fair park closer to where the ag community is and stop taking up prime real estate for a once-a-year event. [UtahPolicy]
-> A new Utah commission is looking at how to close the gender pay gap in Utah, where women earn 30 percent less than men in the workforce. [Trib]
-> Syracuse University is the nation's top party school while BYU claims the title of stone cold sober for the 17th year. [Trib]
-> The public is invited to tour Utah's new federal courthouse today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. [Trib]
-> Lisa Nentl-Bloom is the new executive director of the Utah Education Association. [Trib]
Nationally: Congress has left Washington for a five-week break, though it shouldn't really be congratulated for getting anything done. [Politico]
-> Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was wounded during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and became a driving force in gun control, died Monday. He was 73. [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Some 51 African leaders -- many heads of state -- are in Washington for the first such large conference with President Barack Obama. For D.C. residents, the street closures and myriad motorcades are making commuting difficult but just for fun, take a look at some of the presidential suites around town where some leaders are staying. [WaPost]
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