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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a GOP congressman from Texas, waits for his turn on the stage during a North Dakota Republican district convention on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)
News roundup: Ron Paul gets his own video game

Paul's new video game. Hatch leads among voters. Wimmer snags an extra delegate.

Happy Wednesday. Rep. Ron Paul has inspired a new video game: "Ron Paul: Road to REVOLution," featuring the long-shot candidate traveling across America collecting gold and delegates. Yes, it's true.

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-> Players can also fight battles against the Federal Reserve and is quite reminiscent of Super Mario Bros, but with Paul playing the role of Mario and without the princesses. [WSJ]

Topping the news: A new Salt Lake Tribune poll shows Sen. Orrin Hatch leaving his rivals in the dust with 62 percent of support from voters -- three times that of his closest challenger, former Sen. Dan Liljenquist. [Trib]

-> Rep. Carl Wimmer winds up with an extra delegate in his 4th Congressional District race -- because no one showed up for the Lehi caucus. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert's campaign is fueled by energy and real estate interests, bringing in several times more than all of his rivals combined. [Trib]

Tweet of the Day: @CNHorn: "Romney, asked about Dog Wars, in radio interview: 'I think this campaign is ultimately going to be about jobs not dogs.' h/t @wcronkite"

Happy birthday: To Romney adviser Ron Kaufman.

ICYMI: Jon and Karen Huntsman took out a full-page ad in today's Tribune and DNews thanking Hatch for fighting against cancer.

New today: BYU's Prelaw Review is out with stories on the right to privacy, the legality of subpoenaing media members, the constitutionality of current sex-offender punishment and the future of student clubs in public schools. [BYU] (PDF)

In other news: The Uintah County Commission  calls on President Barack Obama to release oil shale lands that were cut by more than one million acres, saying the BLM  made a "sweetheart deal with environmentalists." [Trib]

-> Voters favor Herbert by 65 percent according to a new poll, but opponents warn that delegates may not all be on his side. [Trib]

-> The anti-Hatch FreedomWorks and Hatch are dueling in a war of words, both demanding apologies from one another. [Trib]

-> The LDS Church's push for members to caucus this year could be responsible for the more-moderate temperament of the delegates. [UtahPolicy]

-> New air rules from the Environmental Protection Agency are drawing praise from clear-air advocates but being criticized because of its high cost. [Trib]

-> A few Utah executives say the state's economy will continue to struggle unless the talent supply starts to meet the demand. [DNews]

-> Peg McEntee tracks down the UDOT whistleblower and finds her still struggling after outing an I-15 contract issue. [Trib]

-> Democrats in Utah's 1st Congressional District are already attacking Rep. Rob Bishop as they campaign for office. [StandEx]

-> Occupy SLC folks are irked that some congressional candidates used video of the protest to make it appear they have the group's support. [Trib]

-> Herbert says there were some communication gaps during the Utah ShakeOut. [Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the recent Secret Service prostitution scandal. [Trib]

-> Jordan Garn argues that congressional candidate Mia Love could be a rock star for the GOP nationally. [UtahPolicy]

2012 Watch: Mitt Romney says the Secret Service men involved in the prostitution scandal should be fired. [HuffPost] (Three were on Wednesday)

-> They're still in the race: Ron Paul airs a TV ad in Rhode Island, prepping for the presidential primary on Tuesday [USAToday], and Newt Gingrich campaigns in two states beforehand. [TheRepublic]

->Speaker John Boehner accuses Obama of throwing up a "bogeyman" in his reelection campaign to distract the public from talking about economy issues. [ABCNews]

-> Romney aides point out that Obama has tasted dog meat as a child, fighting back from the firestorm about putting his dog on the roof. [NYPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with the Budget Committee sits down with the Utah State Bar president and then returns to Utah.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert heads to a meeting with the Utah Association of Counties then attend the dedication of USTAR Sorenson molecular biotechnology building.
  • Lt. Gov. Greg Bell goes to a Private Sector Emergency Management Steering Committee and helps kick off the Orbit Water conservation campaign.
  • AG Mark Shurtleff speaks at Leadership West, attends Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Commemoration Day and meets with Mike Crowder of Music Makes Music.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with the Utah Association of Counties, speaks at the dedication of Art Teece Ice Sheet then goes to the Utah Association of Counties banquet.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the National League of Cities Best Practices in Sustainability Exchange .
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder heads to the "Cops and Kids" event at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.
  • President Barack Obama welcomes the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide to the White House.

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-- Thomas Burr and Laura Schmitz

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