Huntsman daughter takes on Sen. Lee. Swallow blamed computer glitch for deleted emails. Jewell: No political motivation in monument closures.
Happy Friday and welcome to November. Sen. Mike Lee got his start in politics working as then-Gov. Jon Huntsman's general counsel but the relations between the Huntsmans and Lee have soured. The ex-governor's daughter Abby Huntsman, an MSNBC anchor, took Lee apart during her show on Thursday, saying he's probably already lost his re-election in 2016. [MSNBC] [YouTube]
Topping the news: Attorney General John Swallow's counsel say that he didn't intentionally delete emails pertinent to the investigation, but said a computer glitch from a state government-wide change in email systems did. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says there was no political motive in placing barricades around the monuments in Washington during the shutdown. She also clarified that states in 1995 never got repaid by the Interior Department for opening national parks. [Trib]
-> Mayoral candidates in West Valley City have raised nearly $38,000 hoping to replace Mike Winder who chose not to run for re-election. Sandy's incumbent Mayor Tom Dolan has raised over $160,000, and other Salt Lake County cities have disclosed their mayoral campaign finances. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @TheFix: "The Huntsmans vs the Romneys is the political equivalent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. And it is amazing."
Happy birthday: On Saturday to Sarah Neilson and on Sunday to SLC's Ann Ober.
Congrats: To Fred Ferguson of Rep. Rob Bishop's office who proposed to his girlfriend on a midnight tour in the Capitol rotunda on the two-year anniversary of their first date. She said yes!
Tune in: KNRS's Rod Arquette is inviting municipal candidates to call in his radio show on Monday, Nov. 4, to make their pitch on why they should be elected. Each candidate, he says, will get one minute to tell voters why they should be elected.
In other news: Utah's first Honor Flight brought 32 World War II veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. The veterans said it was a privilege to see the tribute dedicated to their efforts, and a fabulous way to celebrate how they fought. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> After 12 years, the Bureau of Land Management is reopening a long-delayed environmental review of grazing in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how a Salt Lake City Council candidate's website claims to be endorsed by organizations that advocate for LGBT rights, but no such endorsements were made. [Trib]
-> Federal food stamps will be reduced to 2008 spending levels today, a cut that will impact over 250,000 Utah families, more than half of them with children. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said that he will not revoke the business license of Carriage for Hire after the death of Jerry the horse. A letter to PETA said that Carriage for Hire's violations of city ordinances were not severe enough to revoke their license. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee has introduced measures to lower the tax burden for families with children and to allow more workplace flexibility. [Herald]
-> Pat Bagley discusses the cut of food stamps, Congress and the oldest profession in the world. [Trib]
-> Davis County has proposed a tentative 2014 budget of nearly $105 million without raising taxes. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the GOP's change to its caucus system and whether it's enough to derail the Count My Vote effort. [UtahPolicy] Meanwhile, Bernick pens a column saying the changes come a little too late. [UtahPolicy]
Nationally: Employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been racking up overtime hours they didn't earn to pad their paychecks by up to 25 percent. A report submitted to the White House and Congress cites seven whistleblowers who testified against the entrenched problem. [WaPost]
-> Senate Republicans blocked two of President Barack Obama's federal nominations with only two GOP senators voting in favor of the nominees. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have proposed changing the rules to eliminate filibusters on nominations. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> Amid NSA spying allegations, top tech companies including Google, Apple and Facebook are pushing for legislation to restrict how the NSA obtains its data. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Tooele County Commissioners, sits down with Dr. Gary Carlston of Prosperity 2020 and meets with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a staff retreat and goes to the Huntsman Cancer Center Foundation Gala.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder goes to the Day of the Dead Celebration at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.
President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden and then hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the White House to highlight the importance of the U.S.-Iraq relationship.
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