News roundup: Tagg Romney: Boston bomber 'messed with the wrong people'
Tagg Romney: Boston bomber 'messed with the wrong people.' SL Marathon full steam ahead. Senate takes up gun amendments today.
Happy Wednesday. Tagg Romney, a Bostonian, said in an interview that the Boston bomber "messed with the wrong people" and added that it was a "cowardly act." The son of Mitt Romney who has been rumored to be considering running for office himself, was just getting into a cab at Fenway Park when the tragedy struck the Boston marathon. [CNN]
Topping the news: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Salt Lake City's own marathon is still slated to go forward this Saturday, although with a heightened police presence. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Senate today will take up nine amendments to the gun-control legislation its now debating, though each proposed change to the measure will have to get 60 votes. [Politico]
-> While a public roll-out was scrapped due to the bombings, the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight says its ready to file its immigration overhaul bill. [Politico][NYTimes]
Tweet of the day: From @StephenAtHome: "Buzzfeed is the Edward R. Murrow of posting lists of chipmunks that look like Edward R. Murrow."
Happy birthday: To Taylorsville City Councilwoman Kristie Overson and attorney Randy Dryer, and belated wishes to ABC4's Brent Hunsaker who celebrated yesterday.
In other news: Utah's House Republicans are pushing back against the Antiquities Act, hoping to exempt their state from the president's power to declare national monuments or add other restrictions. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson is raking in the campaign cash for a potential rematch against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in 2014. [Trib]
-> Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, says some lawmakers are more concerned with the gun lobby than their constituents - but has hope that "serious conversations" can bring about change on the gun issue. [Trib]
-> By cutting fares and proving some free transfers, UTA has seen a ridership boom on its buses between Salt Lake City and Park City, a trend that public transportation advocates say could apply to the system at large. [Trib]
-> Park City is firing up the first phase of a 10-year, $15 million overhaul of utilities and sidewalks. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick notes two new report cards are out on how Utah lawmakers did this last session. [UtahPolicy]
-> Ambulances rushing patients to the U. hospital will now be able to summon green lights on the entirety of their route, as the Utah Department of Transportation announced that they had finished installing infrared detectors on signal posts. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley takes on the conspiracy theorists who are making things up about the Boston Marathon bombing. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly blasts the Sutherland Institute over its arguments for the Zion Curtain. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama said that authorities were investigating the Boston Marathon bombings as an act of terrorism, adding that the, "American people refused to be terrorized." The FBI is also asking for any tips that the public might have, including video footage and photographs from the scene. [BostonGlobe] [WaPost] [NYTimes]
-> Obama will visit Boston tomorrow to attend a memorial service. [USAToday]
-> When tragedy strikes, politicians wrestle for answers to give rattled constituents. However, in the pause of grief after events like Monday's bombings, approval ratings tend to experience a significant uptick. [WaPost]
-> A letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive for the poison ricin, prompting renewed fears on the Hill about dangerous mailings. [WaPost]
-> The fate of the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment to a Senate gun control bill that would expand background checks to all gun sales is still uncertain - although all indications are that it's dead in the House. Here's an updated rundown of where the Senate votes stand. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop hits a House Armed Services Committee hearing, meets with representatives from Emery County, the Military Officers Association of America, Swire Coca Cola, Washington County Water Conservancy and the president of the Utah Bar Association. Bishop later has a Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee hearing and meets with Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
Rep. Chris Stewart meets with representatives from Central Utah Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, Arches Health Plan, American Rental Association, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Utah State Bar. The congressman later meets with Rep. Scott Rigell and other Republican House freshmen, chats with House Speaker John Boehner, has a Natural Resources Committee hearing and hits a reception at the Chinese embassy.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a postal reform hearing, meets with representatives from Emery County, hits a Republican Study Committee meeting, meets with Utah bankers, has a House Oversight committee hearing, meets with Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and speaks at a Digital Patriot Dinner reception.
Rep. Jim Matheson has a No Labels Problem Solvers meeting and meets with Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
Gov. Gary Herbert holds his monthly news conference, discusses appointments to the Third District Juvenile Court, is briefed on a trade mission to Israel, has a conference call with Alan Matheson from the Western Governors Association, hits a veterans and military families summit and tapes Let Me Speak to the Governor.
Utah AG John Swallow has a Conference of Western Attorneys General roundtable discussion and flies back to Salt Lake City.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams participates in the Great Utah ShakeOut and hits a press conference to unveil a new performing arts center design.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has a budget meeting, unveils a new performing arts center design and has a "Fix the Bricks" town hall meeting.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder has a Utah's Sister Cities Association meeting and hits a Cub Scout pack meeting.
President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, welcomes Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride participants at the White House and dines with Senate Democrats.
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