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News roundup: A look at Romney's time as an LDS leader

Published October 17, 2011 7:43 am

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Redistricting begins again. Romney as bishop, stake president. Utahns favor Romney for donations.

Happy Monday. The Legislature reconvenes today to continue carving the state into congressional districts and all sides agree that one thing is certain: Salt Lake County will be split between at least two, if not three, members of Congress. [Trib] [AP]

Topping the news: An in-depth look at Mitt Romney's time as a lay leader in the LDS Church. [NYTimes]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz is joining a growing trend of elected officials who are avoiding pledges that lock them into one promise or another. [Trib]

Today's news: Salt Lake City is now requiring all landlords to obtain a business license. [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly finds some geography problems with a U.S. map at Dilworth Elementary. [Trib]

Campaign finance disclosures: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised $660,000 from Utah, more than twice what former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman pulled in from the state for his White House bid. [Trib]

-> But Huntsman is almost broke, ending the quarter with only $300,000 on hand ant $900,000 in debt. [USAToday] [CBSNews]

-> Romney spent a lot of his money on consultants and researching opponent Rick Perry. [ABCNews] [WaPost] And he likes private planes [ABCNews].

-> Huntsman, too, spent a bundle on private planes and for pricey hotels across the country. [Politico]

-> Newt Gingrich is more than $1 million in the hole. [TheHill]

-> On the local front, state Rep. Carl Wimmer has raised $150,000 so far for his congressional bid while Rep. Stephen Sandstrom has loaned himself $62,000 for his possible run. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @HowardKurtz: "That was quick! Politico last week: 'Mitt Romney Builds Case for Inevitability.' Today: 'Mitt Romney: Too Unloved to Be Inevitable?'" A link to the latter: [Politico]

Happy birthday: To state Rep. Mike Noel.

Opinion section: New York Times columnist Frank Bruni says call 911, Huntsman has flat-lined. [NYTimes]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop argues against any cuts to the Defense Department. [StandEx]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the 9-9-9 tax plan. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says to be cautious of polls, especially those asking if voters would back a Mormon for president. [DNews]

2012 watch: Romney is turning his focus from GOP rivals to President Barack Obama. [Globe]

-> An evangelical activist with ties to Rick Perry has an anti-Mormon message he'd like to share. [DailyBeast]

-> Continuing his lash out at Nevada moving up its caucuses, Huntsman says he will boycott tomorrow's Silver State debate. [Trib]

-> Obama's re-election team is preparing for a Romney nomination. [CBSNews]

-> Jon Huntsman Sr. takes a swipe at Romney in a NY Times interview. [Politico]

-> Bloomberg's Al Hunt offers his take on who is Mitt Romney. [Bloomberg]

Weekend in review: Wimmer is none to happy about a fake Twitter account he says people are mistaking for the real thing and has asked the social media site to block the user. [Trib]

-> MSNBC's Chris Matthews will offer a lecture in Salt Lake City on independent journalism. [Trib]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds district office meetings.

Gov. Gary Herbert sits down with Francine Giani and later talks with Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is in Golden, Colo., for the annual shale oil symposium, where he's offering the keynote address. Later, Bell meets with the Western Energy Alliance.

AG Mark Shurtleff speaks to the National Juvenile Justice Conference at the Sheraton, attends the Blue Alert press conference and then introduces Erin Runnion at the Amber Alert training conference.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon holds a Cabinet meeting.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker welcomes attendees to the National Conference on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders and later participates in the Project New West 2011 Western Summit Panel.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder hits the Utah League of Cities and Towns legislative policy committee, tours the Granite School District's new kitchen and then joins the Western Grown Coalition meeting.

President Barack Obama begins a three-day American Jobs Act bus tour by traveling to Asheville, N.C., and speaking to the West Wilkes High School. The president will spend the night in Greensboro, N.C.

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— Thomas BurrTwitter.com/thomaswburr