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]
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)
->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]
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