Romney loses track of how many grandkids he has. Utah's nuke power plant on trial. Utah GOP chair: Count My Vote could run us over.
Happy Monday. Mitt Romney has a big family, big enough, it appears, to lose track of how many grandkids he has. Romney took to Twitter on Friday to announce the adoption of his 22nd grandkid, but he'd already claimed No. 22 months earlier with the birth of Josh and Jen Romney's son. So how many Romney grand babies are there? Turns out, 22. A previous Tweet had the count wrong. [Politico]
Topping the news: Last week's mass shooting in Washington has done nothing for the gun-control effort, and even advocates don't plan to push measures in response to the latest tragedy. [Trib]
-> Utah GOP Chairman James Evans said that the Count My Vote initiative will run over the party, if party activists keep digging in their heels against it. This scenario comes after the State Central Committee did not did not adopt another attempt to reform the caucus-convention system. [Trib]
-> Utah's first proposed nuclear power plant goes on trial today as environmentalists attempt to invalidate the water rights the plant needs to cool its reactors. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @BuzzFeedAndrew: "Just saw World War Z, would have been much more realistic if Russia and China vetoed any of the UN efforts to stop the zombies."
From @ktumulty: "I'm starting to get confused between the meltdown scenarios for the end of the fiscal year and the ones for the #BreakingBad finale."
Opinion section: Sen. Orrin Hatch offers the IRS some questions to ponder and discusses the Finance Committee's strategies for its investigation. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Pope Francis' recent comments. [Trib]
-> State Rep. Ken Ivory suggests how the Utah House should ease back on its probe of Attorney General John Swallow. [Trib]
-> George Pyle talks about Lt. Gov. Greg Bell stepping down to go back into the private sector and how he has a distinct advantage than most for it. Pyle also discusses how the rich live different lives than most people and the struggles of some Utahns to feed their kids. [Trib]
->Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb give their take on the impacts of Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to replace Bell and offer a list of all people that could take his place. [DNews]
-> John Florez says that it should be our moral obligation to make sure that everyone can afford health care. [DNews]
-> Educator Cindi Shields slams state lawmakers who assume that more-gifted teachers are only found within a high-performing school. Shields says that there are many factors that are overlooked and that gifted teachers are everywhere. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses the conversion of many state Republican leaders to the LGBT community cause, such as Sen. Steve Urquhart, who spoke at the Utah Equality banquet. [Trib]
-> Rolly also tells the story of a Utah man who lost his job and his home because of steep health care costs. [Trib]
-> Sociology professors Lawrence Bench and Terry Allen, discuss their research findings about sex offenders and their risk of reoffending. They believe that Utah policy makers need to reconsider their sentencing strategy, from a one-size-fits-all, to an ad hoc basis. [Trib]
-> Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack talks about how polygamy should be decriminalized, and argues that the government lacks the authority to imprison such individuals. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee says that it is big government's fault that the poor stay poor, and the rich and political elite have it easy. He states that his new Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act will make it better for families to get out of the rut of big government. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says that Utahns should consider the "County My Vote" effort so that voters are more involved in who their leaders turn out to be. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Rep. Jim Matheson broke with party ranks and voted to halt funding for Obamacare. The Democrat voted for the GOP-pushed budget cut, even though he says he disagrees with the legislation and thinks the strategy is irresponsible. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The road to being a legal immigrant in Utah is a long and arduous one, and for one woman, a 35-year ordeal. The system is full of complications, errors, and unwilling workers, something that one attorney has said is unconscionable and inhumane. [Trib]
-> A piece of the World Trade Center will become a permanent monument at Fort Douglas after a statewide tour. The five tone slab of concrete, which was part of the "slurry wall' was purchased by the Utah's Fallen Warrior Memorial group. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Hill Air Force Base will do maintenance for F-35 stealth fighter jets through a public-private partnership with Lockheed Martin and the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. The new maintenance program is expected to bring 1,000 jobs to Utah. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The controversial West Davis Corridor gained more opposition as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is threatening to deny the permits needed to build it. [Trib]
-> The committee investigating AG John Swallow said that the investigation is making very good progress. It also warned that the probe could take months, not weeks, and that the investigation will be fair and thorough. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County Republicans have elected Kevin Jacobs as the new county assessor, after Lee Gardner resigned. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City's GREENbikes is offering a free 24-hour membership to anyone who wants a ride this Tuesday. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama says during a Navy Yard memorial service that the nation must find a "common sense" approach to gun control. [WaPost]
-> Despite mass shootings, gun-control advocates are losing ground throughout the states. Only a handful of Democratic-run states have managed to pass any gun-control bills. [WaPost]
-> As a government shutdown and default looms, the crisis approach appears to have become the norm in Washington. Even if the political stalemate over the Affordable Care Act is avoided, a more stressing crisis awaits: the national debt ceiling. [WaPost]
-> With the shutdown and default around the corner, Republicans and Democrats have resorted to playground name calling. Each party is content on passing blame on the other, but neither gave a clear path plan to compromise and keep the government open. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams tours the Salt Lake Community College's campus and meets with state Rep. Eric Hutchings.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with teachers from Granger High School.
President Barack Obama travels to New York City and participates various U.N. events.
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