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.
-> 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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