Fourth seat dash. Lockhart hires Pyrah. Shurtleff to discuss cancer.
Happy Tuesday. New Census numbers will be out today, confirming what we've all known for a while, that Utah will gain another seat in the House of Representatives. Just a few people (Read: everyone) is lining up for a chance at it and Utah's current members are being quiet about what they want to see result from redistricting. [Trib]
Topping the news: Joe "The Sausage Grinder" Pyrah is leaving the journalism racket to become the new deputy chief for incoming Speaker Becky Lockhart. I assume now we'll really get to see how sausage is made, right Joe? [Trib] [DNews] [SausageGrinder]
-> In another exit interview, Sen. Bob Bennett says Congress is too polarized. [Clipper]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop calls out the Standard Examiner's editorial board for taking on his Repeal Amendment. Bottom line: Bishop thinks they're wrong and would like to school the board members on their Federalism history. [StandEx]
Happening this morning: AG Mark Shurtleff and his doctor, Richard N. Frame, will discuss his cancer diagnosis and upcoming chemotherapy treatments. 10:30 a.m. at the offices of Utah Cancer Specialists, 82 S. 1100 East, Suite 403, SLC.
If you wondered: Sen. Orrin Hatch was absent Saturday from the DREAM Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" votes because he was here.
Tweet of the day: (Fighting the man) From @JasonintheHouse: "Headed back to D.C. to try to fight back this Lame Duck Congress."
Happy birthday: To Jeremy Slaughter, executive director of Salt Lake Democrats.
Out of Context catchup: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, whose thinks the federal workforce is bloated, gave his own staff an average of 9 percent raises this year. [Trib] Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. appears on the Charlie Rose show. [Trib] And Robert Gehrke digs into the alleged hacking of Gov. Gary Herbert's Facebook page. [Trib]
Comic relief: Must see new Jib Jab video features Obama and Biden bidding farewell to 2010. [JibJab]
Comic relief II: Your Utah federal delegation rocks out for the holidays, courtesy of yours truly. [JibJab]
Where are they?
Herbert holds successive meetings with Financial Institution Department's Ed Leary, Health director David Sundwall, the VA's Terry Schow, the Labor Commission's Sherrie Hayashi, with a break in the morning to hit the Road Home 16th Annual Holiday Broadcast. The governor later meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon also attends the Road Home broadcast, attends the Unified Fire Authority board meeting and later hits the Homeless Memorial Candlelight Vigil in Pioneer Park.
Becker has breakfast with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, joins the Giant in Our City Committee meeting, gets a briefing on the performing arts center and also stops by the candlelight vigil.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder hears a presentation by Green River Capital, lunches with Sen. Dan Liljenquist and later sits in on the City Council meetings.
President Barack Obama meets with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Oval Office.
In other news: ABC4's Chris Vanocur discovers that the LDS Church invited several gay activists to its Christmas concert this weekend. [ABC4]
-> Becker has been elected to the board of directors for the National League of Cities. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Hatch spoke about support for the DREAM Act recently. [DNews]
-> Peg McEntee notes Bennett won't be around next time around to make the tough vote he did Saturday. [Trib]
-> Bennett gets cheers for his vote backing the DREAM Act, while Hatch gets jeers. [KCPW]
-> Mexican authorities are refusing to extradite a suspected hit-and-run driver accused of killing a child in Taylorsville in a case threatening to become an international incident. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and federal regulators are surprised to learn of Chevron's goal to reopen its pipeline next month. [Trib]
-> Road opening in Utah County doesn't sit well with some neighbors. [Trib]
-> The ACLU and Granite District agree schools can't ban popular "I heart boobies" bracelets. [Trib]
-> The Utah Health Insurance Exchange names a new leader. [Trib]
-> Defense Department Inspector General releases report on the "misconduct" of former Hill Air Force Base commander. [Trib]
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