Hatch: 95% of Planned Parenthood is abortions. Elie Weisel calls out Romney over LDS baptisms. Enviro group broke.
Happy Wednesday. Last year, Sen. Jon Kyl came said that abortion is 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does -- prompting a spokesman to state that it wasn't meant to be a "factual statement." Well, it will be interesting to see how Sen. Orrin Hatch responds to a similar situation after stating on video that "95 percent of all they do, from what I understand, is abortion." [DailyKos] [MSN]
-> PolitiFact rated Kyl's comment a true "false." [PolitiFact]
Topping the news: Elie Weisel, the Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, is calling on Mitt Romney to use his power within the LDS Church to block posthumous baptizing of Holocaust victims. [WaPost]
-> Rep. Todd Kiser is retiring. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @MayorWall: "How come many teenagers know to hate members of other political parties but don't know what the Mayor of a city does?"
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Mel Brown.
New on the Twitters: @BenMcTastic, the alter-ego of state Sen. Ben McAdams, prompted some chuckles yesterday with his tweets on the best pickup lines at the Utah Capitol (One of the more family friendly ones: "I know Mitt Rommey.")
But the real Ben McAdams says he doesn't know who is impersonating him on the social media site. "I wish I was that funny," McAdams tells us. "Fake me is a little risque, huh?"
In other news: Paul Rolly says that Romney's "flip-flopping" doesn't stop at his politics. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee introduces legislation that would ban abortions in D.C. for women pregnant longer than 20 weeks. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County D.A.'s new digs will cost an additional $12 million in the already hefty price tag, but the county says it'll save money in the long haul by owning the building. [Trib]
-> Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort could be in the clear to build a mountain coaster this summer without bringing widespread development after a compromise that would revise a noise ordinance. [Trib]
2012 watch: Romney can't escape the story of putting his dog, Seamus, on top of his car for a road trip to Canada -- and it seems some folks are trying to make sure he's remembered for it. [CSMonitor]
-> All four presidential candidates agree to participate in an upcoming debate in Arizona at the request from the Arizona Republican Party and CNN. [CNN]
-> In a state that once could have had Romney taking a breather, Michigan could be his biggest test yet. [WaPost]
-> Can Santorum break out of his status quo to become more than just a "not Romney?"[WaPost]
Heard on the Hill: "I've got a case of beer out in the garage that's sat there for three years now." - Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield. "That's a shame." - Rep. Brian Doughty, D-Salt Lake City
-> Though killed in a Senate committee, a bill to create a preferred drug list for Medicaid patients was resurrected Tuesday after a compromise. [Trib]
-> A day after a poll revealed 40 percent of voter registrations are flawed, a bill is introduced to fix the problems. [Trib]
-> Nearly 400 protest at the Capitol to rally for the state to invest in those fighting drug addictions. [Trib]
-> The House approves a bill that would prevent mothers from getting preferential treatment in child custody cases -- a move that comes after a 3-year-old was killed when her drunk mother drove them into a brick wall. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> High school students would be in charge of their education costs under a bill that gives them funds directly to spend at schools of their choosing. [Trib]
-> The Legislature is considering a bill that would return to the practice of almost a century ago to poll itself on its preferred Senate candidates. [Trib]
-> Lawmakers are getting closer to a decision in their discussions on how much funding to give Utah schools. [Trib]
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