Elizabeth Smart to ABC News. Romney stakes claim to Utah. Utah County's own congressional district.
Happy Thursday. The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz scoops that Elizabeth Smart --kidnap-victim-turned-hero -- is going to work for ABC News and contribute to Good Morning America and Nightline. [DailyBeast]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney isn't just noting he's got endorsements from Utah, he's noting he's got pretty much all of them -- an indication observers say that he's trying to tamp down Jon Huntsman's ability to say Utah loved him. [Trib] Other news on the endorsements: [BostonGlobe] [DNews] [Time] (More 2012 news below)
-> Rep. Paul Ray was a little irritated to be included on Romney's endorsement list and released the following statement:
"The endorsement list for Mitt Romney was released today and my name was mistakenly listed. Per our discussion last week I am endorsing Gov. Huntsman in his campaign for President. During his tenure as governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman jump-started our state's economy by cutting taxes, reducing waste and passing market-based health care reform. That is exactly the kind of leadership our country needs today. I firmly believe that Jon Huntsman is the candidate best prepared to defeat President Obama and turn our country around."
-> Senate President Michael Waddoups says there will be one SL County congressional district when all is said and done. [UtahPolicy]
Happy birthday: The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson and Minnesotans Katrina Thai and Sandy Shafer.
Where are they?
-> Hatch refers to Obama's Twitter news conference as a "temper tantrum." [TheHill]
-> News excitement from Hart 104: Conservative radio host icon Hugh Hewitt endorses Hatch during an appearance on Wednesday.
-> Senate President Michael Waddoups and House Speaker Becky Lockhart are headed to Hawaii as part of an expensive, taxpayer-funded conference. [ABC4]
-> Peg McEntee says the state, not parties should fund primaries. [Trib]
-> The national interest in Mormons could boost traffic to Hill Cumorah. [Chronicle]
-> Tattoo Parlors in Draper OK'd, but relegated to industrial zones. [Trib]
-> Utahns petition the state Air Quality Board for state-level action on climate
-> Sen. Lee says he's open to pushing legislation for Utah's guest-worker program. [Herald]
-> Utah NASA's departure will severely limit USU students' research. [Trib]
-> Feds launch sweeping review of Glen Canyon flows. [Trib]
2012 watch: A Mormon president, the movie. [Politico]
-> The Hill newspaper questions presidential candidates on their support/opposition to Yucca Mountain; Huntsman's a no, Romney doesn't quite answer. [TheHill]
-> The Union Leader jumps on Romney's back-and-forth on whether Obama made the economy worse. [Politico]
-> Huntsman's website leads in the ability to allow one's spouse to donate as well. [DailyCaller]
-> The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza looks at what Romney's money haul means. [WaPost]
-> Meanwhile, Romney holds a fund-raiser in London. [NYTimes]
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