News roundup: Chinese flooding White House petition site
Lawmakers contemplate impeaching Swallow. Chinese citizens petition the White House. Lee's border security amendment gets rejected.
Happy Friday. Frustrated Chinese people have learned the White House accepts online petitions and they have decided to make a few requests, asking for everything from complete liberation from their leaders to endorsing a sweet tofu. So far the China-based petitions have received 170,000 votes in the past week. [WaPost]
Topping the news: State House Speaker Becky Lockhart says all options are on the table when it comes to embattled Attorney General John Swallow and that includes impeachment. While, Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis calls for Gov. Gary Herbert to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Swallow. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> The Senate Judiciary Committee rejects a slew of amendments by Republicans, including Sen. Mike Lee, that would beef up border security before immigrants here illegally would get a work permit. [Trib] [WaPost] [NYTimes]
Tweets of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "... And I've been pulled over. Great day so far."
-> Followed later by @RobertGehrke: "Just a fix-it ticket. Had a brake light out. If I was in WVC I'd try to get it thrown out."
From @TeaPartyCat: "The Department of Homeland Security has 1.2 billion bullets, so to be safe, every citizen needs to have 1.2 billion of their own bullets."
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Lynn Hemingway and Taylorsville Communications Director Aimee Newton. On Saturday, send your birthday wishes to Donald Adams, Taylorsville's economic development director.
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert struck a deal with the Obama administration and Utah will have two health insurance exchanges, one for small businesses run by the state and one for individuals run by the feds. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Department of Health and Human Services say the exchanges are ready to go and will start signing people up on Oct. 1. [USAToday]
-> Paul Rolly reports on the biggest evil according to state alcohol regulators: It's the news media. [Trib]
-> Department of Justice officials will meet with interest groups in West Valley City to discuss their police scandal. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about the latest in the Swallow controversy in their weekly video chat. [UtahPolicy]
-> The DMV has placed a 90-year-old naturalized citizen in limbo. [Trib]
Nationally: A gun-control bill may have failed in the Senate, but outside groups are still pushing for new restrictions while others are trying to beat back the drive for changes. [Politico]
-> President Barack Obama launches a new jobs tour with a stop in Texas to talk about manufacturing growth. [WaPost]
-> Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says the nation's homeland security system failed in the lead up to the Boston marathon bombing. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop attends the Ogden Exchange Club Dinner.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits fundraisers in California.
Gov. Gary Herbert films a bit for the 2013 Trade and Business Conference, hits a Bloomberg TV interviews and then heads to Thanksgiving Point for the Veterans' Golf Event.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank and County Sheriff Jim Winder, speaks to the Utah Hispanic Chamber and tours the U.'s Neuropsychiatric Institute.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with with Mayor McAdams, attends the kick-off for Foster Care Month and sits down with SLC Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa and Vice Chair Jill Remington Love.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder gives welcome remarks to the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and breaks ground for Petzl's North American headquarters.
President Barack Obama will deliver comments about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on women.
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