Obama's wilderness legacy. LDS Church challenged by Romney bid. Utah's highest ranking Obama official.
Happy Monday. President Barack Obama's wilderness legacy, so far, comes down to a couple historical sites he designated and a Bush administration deal he signed, but he's yet to tackle some environmental group's causes. That's a good thing to Rep. Rob Bishop, who says that's been his hope.
-> "I don't look at [Obama] as cautious," Bishop told The Washington Post. "I look at him as being busted." [WaPost]
Topping the news: While questions have been asked about how Mitt Romney will deal with the LDS Church, on the flip-side, how the LDS Church deals with Romney is also challenging. [Trib]
-> Matt Canham tells the story of a Mormon foreign diplomat and the highest ranking official in the Obama administration from Utah. He's had a dramatic seat during major events of recent history including 9/11 and the Arab Spring. [Trib]
Today's News: Paul Rolly introduces Zoomey, a 13 year old stand-up comedian who makes the Utah Legislature the butt of her jokes. [Trib]
-> Like many ultra-conservative legislators who did not clinch the nomination from their caucus, Bill Wright will face a challenging race against Merrill Nelson who says the representative's extreme ideas will do him in. [Trib]
@politicalmath: "Wouldn't banning elevators battle obesity more than banning sodas? Top floor workers would be super-fit."
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Merlynn Newbold, the Charter School Association's Chris Bleak and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee GOP Staff Director Chris Campbell. And a happy belated birthday to Chris "Sully" Sullivan of Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson's office.
Opinion section: Pat Bagley's tribute to the "Click and Clack Radio Show" after the announcement of their retirement. [Trib]
-> A Trib editorial stresses that the Wisconsin election was won with corporate dollars and argues that Move to Amend is a good idea. [Trib]
-> Lt. Governor candidate Vince Rampton invokes the former governor's Scott Matheson and his father Calvin Rampton, who both sought a bi-partisan efforts to propel Utah forward, and says Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Peter Cooke will do the same. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly relays the story of Carl Wimmer's political relationship with Chuck Warren and how it led to his embarrassing Nevada debacle. [Trib]
-> A mass transit user says if revenue is thin, lowering fares is the best way for UTA to get more riders on board. [Trib]
-> Attorney Greg Skordas thinks it's unfair for a lawyer who had to short sell his "dream home" to be further punished, but Sen. Mike Lee, who did the same thing, is looked upon with sympathy. [Trib]
-> Lee says his proposal will put the progress of the nation out of the government's hands and give it back to the people. [DNews]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb talk about the implications of the Wisconsin election, who it will affect the general election and how it signals a change for public sector benefits. [DNews]
Weekend in review: An industry newsletter reveals a part of Energy Solutions may be on sale, a move that correlates with the company's slipping profits. [Trib]
-> The three year old vacant lot known as the "Sugar hole" in central Sugar House will soon see development thanks to a city loan. [Trib]
-> Historians indicate that Mormons should grow thick skins in the coming months, as scrutiny inevitable. [Trib]
-> DC Notebook: Mike Leavitt returns to the headlines and enters the world of the harsh conservative blogosphere. In other news Romney draws a blank on Chaffetz' name, after traveling around the country together. [Trib]
-> More landslides in Cedar Canyon lead to more repair costs for the Utah Transportation Commission. UDOT will have to dip into emergency funds. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County residents are for their tax dollars going to preserving wildlife areas and hiking trails. [Trib]
-> A super-PAC funded Spanish ad chides Romney for a comment about not focusing on the very poor. [CNN]
-> The GOP attacks Obama on security leaks, as the White House brushes them off as a distraction from the economy. [TheHill]
-> Gov. Scott Walker and Obama disagree with Romney's comments on the results of the Wisconsin recall vote. [TheHill]
-> At Netroots Nation, Obama breaks out the highlight reel while admitting that his 2008 slogan "Change" is hard. [CNN]
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-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera
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