News roundup: Swallow caught on tape making secret campaign promise
The campaign promise Swallow doesn't want you to know about. Romney cash going to Idaho GOP, not Utah. Herbert's no-idling push.
Happy Friday and welcome to June. The top presidential campaigns held events in places meant to annoy the other side, to middling success, and then found the news dominated by the mistrial of John Edwards, offering another example of how difficult it is to control the spotlight. [NYTimes] [LATimes]
Topping the news: City Weekly obtained an audio recording of AG candidate John Swallow saying that he wants to take the authority to investigation consumer protection claims away from the governor's office and put it under his control, a move that could potentially benefit some of his campaign donors. [CityWeekly]
-> Black Mormons face a historic, and potentially difficult, choice this presidential election and they are quite pleased by it. [Trib]
-> Top donors to a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Salt Lake next week will give big to his Victory Fund, which also helps the Republican Party in four states, one of them not being Utah. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: @TheLewisBlack: "Everytime the media gives coverage to Donald Trump and his bs the universe contracts and moves closer to imploding. Or maybe its me."
Happy birthday: To Taylorsville City Administrator John Inch Morgan.
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert wants to set a good example by banning drivers of state vehicles from idling. [Trib] [DNews]
-> State lawmakers are reviving an idea of mandating that all teachers groups, not just the powerful Utah Education Association have equal access to educators. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly points out the people at HEAL Utah blamed the governor's new energy adviser Cody Stewart for calling in an embarrassing item to the newspaper, but it wasn't Cody. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how war has changed over the years. [Trib]
-> Senate candidate Dan Liljenquist gets some credit for his term limit stance, but the group lauding him mistakenly calls him a "California" candidate. [Trib]
-> The Trib's Thomas Burr talks about Jon Huntsman's involvement in No Labels in his weekly radio chat. [KCPW]
-> With just weeks left until the primary election, Bob Bernick argues that Liljenquist needs to make a move and it should contain a little humor. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick and Schott banter about the week in politics. [UtahPolicy]
-> State political leaders are having closed door discussions about how much another run at the Winter Olympics would cost. [DNews]
-> University of Utah officials are behind another Olympic run, especially if it helps them get control of the rest of Fort Douglas. [Trib]
-> A book depicting a family with lesbian parents isn't banned in Davis School District, but students will need a signed permission slip from parents to check it out. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> 200 Davis County residents protest UDOT for the proposed extension of Legacy Parkway, which would cut through neighborhoods. The alternative would cut through farms and wetlands. [Fox13]
-> The Jordan School Board is suing UDOT for $4 million arguing that the transportation agency didn't follow through with its end of the bargain involving land used in the Mountain View Corridor. [DNews] The first section of the Corridor opens Saturday. [Trib]
-> Superlawyer Jonathan Turley says Idaho's ban on the Five Wives Vodka is unconstitutional. [Wordpress]
2012 watch: Both candidates try to push through the noise and distractions to get to the people who really matter. The voters. [WaPost]
-> The Obama campaign turns to the second phase of their attacks on Romney, this time focusing on his governorship. [WaPost]
-> Romney goes to the headquarters of Solyndra, the bankrupt energy company, to jab at the president. [WaPost]
-> Romney admits to sending hecklers to Obama camp events. "You know what, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." [CNN]
-> Newt Gingrich nay says super PACs, despite the $20 million spent on his behalf. [CNN]
-> Romney is slated to hand over his latest personal financial disclosure today, which is expected to show that he sold a bunch of stock and now has a mountain of cash. [Reuters]
-> Buddy Roemer ends presidential run. Wait, who? [CNN] [WaPost]
-> Syria is becoming a growing issue, but both candidates have few words on the matter. Romney says Obama shows a lack of leadership, but what would he do differently? [AP]
-> Nancy Reagan says President Ronald Reagan would have backed Romney, and she does too. [MSNBC] [FoxNews]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has an Oversight Committee meeting then returns to Utah.
AG Mark Shurtleff participates in the Republican Attorneys General Association in Colorado Springs, Co., then returns to Utah to be a panelist in a discussion about agriculture in Sandy.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker cuts the ribbon at the Hogle Zoo's Rocky Shores exhibit, attends the "Fix the Bricks" Initiative meeting, then sits down with Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper Sustainable Development Director Piper Rhodes.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder appears at an event at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.
President Barack Obama holds campaign events and fundraisers in Minnesota and Illinois.
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