Civil disobedience yields 2 years in prison. Huntsman's new aggressive speech. First Lady scores $420k in Utah for husband's re-election.
'Tis Wednesday and Tim DeChristopher, who made monkeywrencher a modern term in Utah, is going to prison for two years for disrupting a federal oil lease auction. About 30 supporters were arrested after the sentencing for blocking traffic on Main Street in front of the courthouse. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] [KUTV]
-> Paul Rolly notes that unlike DeChristopher, Rep. Mike Noel hasn't faced charges for riding ATVs in a protected creek bed. [Trib]
Topping the news: First lady Michelle Obama gives a rousing speech in Park City and raises a cool $420,000 for Barack Obama's re-election. [Trib] [ABC4] [DNews] (Chris Vanocur asks the youngins about the visit by the First Lady: [ABC4])
-> Jon Huntsman debuts a new speech in New Hampshire, saying the country needs to focus on "America helping America" and withdrawing from Libya and Afghanistan. [WaPost] [ABCNews] [Globe] [BostonHerald]
Sen. Orrin Hatch has a new political ad highlighting his work with Sen. Mike Lee on the balanced budget amendment. [ABC4] UPDATE: ABC4 has pulled the previously mentioned story after Hatch's office pointed out that the commercial the reporter was referring to is an ad from FreedomPath and was not sponsored or affiliated with Hatch's campaign.
Tweet of the day: From @msubbotin: "Think the president is satisfied that he has crashed everyone's phone lines and websites? #winningthefuture"
Tweet logic: From @OrrinHatch: "The American people don't want lectures.They are demanding action. They know the answer is cutting/capping spending & passing a BBA." Followed two hours later by: "I'll be going to Senate Floor in about a half hour to fight the President's latest call to raise taxes."
Status update of the day: From Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen on the DNews' laudatory piece on Hatch and his spot on Senate Finance: "Good article about Sen. Hatch and the Senate Finance Committee. Of course the only negative in the story was Jason Chaffetz comments. I believe if Sen. Hatch were to state today that the sun would rise in Salt Lake City over the Wasatch mountains Chaffetz would grab a shovel and spend all night trying to move the mountains to the west side of the Salt Lake Valley."
Testing the waters? Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is reportedly meeting with NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions today.
Happy birthday: To Weber State's Julie Snowball.
Where are they?
-> The student body president of Westminster College joined other college leaders in a private conference call with President Barack Obama. Jonathon Pierce -- son of Tribune TV writer Scott Pierce -- won't reveal details of the chat but says it left him hopeful. [Trib]
-> Rep. John Dougall wants to get rid of state vehicle safety and emissions testing. [Herald]
-> Ogden residents will get the chance to hobnob with mayoral candidates -- all eight of them -- at a forum Thursday night. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley warns about a return to the dark ages. [Trib]
-> Last minute budget cuts in the Legislature will change the way the state investigates cases of children exposed to domestic violence. [Trib]
-> State lawmakers are headed to Hawaii for a conference later this week but it's not the first such trip to raise questions with the public. [UtahPolicy]
-> Civil rights attorney Brian Barnard, who is fighting Utah's roadside crosses for officers killed in the line of duty, argues the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't hear the case because it doesn't have relevance outside the state. [Trib]
-> Jury selection is under way in the Warren Jeffs case in Texas -- but it's not easy finding people who aren't aware of the polygamous sect controversy through extensive news coverage. [Trib]
-> Mayor Becker says the federal debt ceiling stalemate could hurt the city's streetcar project. [DNews]
-> The debt ceiling impasse in Washington is making Utahns concerned about their retirement and livelihoods. [ABC4]
2012 watch: Mitt Romney and Rick Perry might share the title of front-runner. [NYTimes]
-> The pro-Sarah Palin film "The Undefeated" will start airing in West Valley City on Friday. [Trib]
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