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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman goes off on what he calls a broken political system during a conference call with the group No Labels: "I'm downright embarrassed with where we are as a nation and what we're about to pass on to the next generation. So we have a choice as citizens and public elected officials to stand on the sidelines and watch it play out or step up and do something about it." AP file photo
News roundup: Huntsman calls out both parties for a 'broken political system'

Huntsman hits on both parties. Romney: JFK and FDR were rich. Ryan for Love.

Happy Thursday. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman goes off on what he calls a broken political system during a conference call with the group No Labels: "I'm downright embarrassed with where we are as a nation and what we're about to pass on to the next generation. So we have a choice as citizens and public elected officials to stand on the sidelines and watch it play out or step up and do something about it." [Trib] [UtahPolicy]

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Topping the news: Mitt Romney points out that FDR and JFK were rich, too, dismissing the idea that a successful business guy can't be elected to the White House. [Politico]

-> United Fire Authority/SL County Councilman Michael Jensen can run for office without running afoul of the federal Hatch Act, the feds rule. [Trib]

-> House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is headed to Utah to help raise money for Mia Love. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From @AP: "This is a little awkward. Obama, who often disses George W. Bush, must welcome him to the White House tomorrow: http://apne.ws/JRyPhB"

Happy birthday: To State Rep. John Mathis and The Salt Lake Tribune's own Robert Gehrke.

In other news: A high amount of citizens and protesters show up to Orem's budget open house. UTOPIA project would raise taxes or slash budgets, either way, it's happening. [DailyHerald]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch invites Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming to Utah to help him campaign. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee says our lawmakers need to stand by legislation that protects women from violence and helps them cope with rape. [Trib]

-> A new $8 million UTA bus garage is on the way thanks to federal funding. [Trib]

-> A Logan road with a reputation finally gets a safety barrier after 25 accidents in the last five years. [Trib]

-> ABC4's Chris Vanocur takes a long, hard look at the Capitol's creepy clown. [ABC4]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Donald Trump idea for "a better Amercia." [Trib]

2012 watch: Obama calls Romney for a "brief and cordial" congratulations on officially becoming the presumptive GOP nominee. [CNN]

-> Romney chides Obama for past Las Vegas remarks. He says Obama's negative comments on Sin City lend to his point that the president doesn't get the economy. [CNN]

-> "A Better Amercia." The title of Romney's official campaign app. See anything wrong with it? [CNN]

-> Condi Rice backs Romney. Not a shock. [WaPost]

-> Is there such a thing as "the Latino vote." Some say candidates and the news media shouldn't homogenize the community as a single voting bloc, as it is far too diverse. [CNN]

-> Author Ronald Scott explains the tough role that Mormon bishops find themselves in, noting that Romney's time as a lay leader in the faith wasn't easy. [WaPost]

-> When it comes to government and business partnerships, is Romney a saint or hypocrite? [Reuters]

-> Clash of the celebrity donors. Romney camp counters all the negative Trump attention with Bill Maher and his Obama donations. [TheHill]

-> Legend of GOP foreign policy, Henry Kissinger, withholds endorsement after Romney's harsh words on China, Russia and Syria. [NYTimes]

-> Planned Parenthood begins the assault on Romney, with a $1.4 million ad campaign. [NYTimes] [ABC]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz heads to committee meetings.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at an Idle Reduction press event and then presents the Governor's Awards for Excellence to outstanding state employees.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon attends the National Association of Counties meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker sits in on the Jordan River Commission Governing Board Meeting, participates in a White House conference call and then attends an Olympics Exploratory Committee Meeting.
  • President Barack Obama and the First Lady hosts George and Laura Bush at the White House for the unveiling of their official portrait.

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