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News roundup: VP Biden headed to Utah for fund-raiser

Hatch's favorite restuarant. West Jordan could hike taxes. Matheson for Bush tax cuts.

Happy Tuesday. When Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to raise cash in Washington, he frequently heads to one spot: The Monocle. The famous spot just steps from Hatch's Senate office is rich with history and on occasion, filled with rich folks who can toss the senator some financial backing. The Tribune's Matt Canham explores this love of the Capitol Hill haunt. [Trib]

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Topping the news: Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Utah in July to raise money for the re-election campaign, hosting a private event in Park City. [DNews]

-> West Jordan could raise its property taxes by 17 percent, its first hike in two decades. [Trib]

-> Rep. Jim Matheson follows Bill Clinton's lead and says he'd vote for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts. [Trib]

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's home is burglarized while his family is at church. Police are in the preliminary stages of the investigation, but they don't believe it was political. [Trib] [Herald] [ABC4] [StandardEx]

Tweet of the day: From @PounderFile: "It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama."

Happy birthday: To Senate President Mike Waddoups, Taylorsville City Engineer John Taylor and Elizabeth Jessops, the recent U.S. Delegate for the G(irls)20 Summit.

In other news: The Tribune's Nate Carlisle has a fascinating (and scary) story out of southern Utah where an audit says local police officers were apparently citing foreign tourist with crimes and then demanding cash payment on the spot. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee gets some help in fighting President Barack Obama's nominees, with 30 other Republicans voting against a 9th Circuit pick they say is an activist. [DailyCaller]

-> The SLC-Park City bus route receives lower ridership than originally predicted and fails to break even. UTA and Summit County are still hopeful that it will grow. [Trib]

-> SLC Councilman Charlie Luke says the idea of charging more for pay meters downtown is wrongheaded. [DNews]

-> Jon Huntsman's top political strategist made about a half-million dollars, according to an amended campaign finance report. It reveals he was given about $200,000 more than originally reported. [Trib]

-> Early voting begins for the June 26 Utah primary. Four major GOP contests: Senate, attorneys general, Salt Lake County mayor and state auditor. [Trib] And early voting could play a huge role in how the elections turn out. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bryan Schott says the Senate race is kind of boring right now. [UtahPolicy]

-> The DEA will not be present for a legislative hearing about the use of cameras along I-15 to track drug traffickers. Lawmakers worry this means either the plan is scrapped or the feds will do it without state consent. [Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley's take on the concerns about voter fraud and the need for voter ID. [Trib]

2012 watch: On the road again. After nearly a month of fundraising, Mitt Romney will put that money to use on a busy bus tour through six swing states that will determine his future. [CNN] [LATimes] [WaPost]

-> The FEC ruled Monday that Obama and Romney can accept donations via text message -- so you should probably expect more text pleas. [WaPost]

-> Obama's "private sector" comment will continue to haunt him throughout the election thanks to political parties' relentless nature to turn their enemy's out of context words against them. [WaPost]

-> After the big blow to unions in Wisconsin, a poll finds that a majority of union workers are for Obama. They happen to make up 11 percent of the vote. [CNN]

-> A computer model shows that Obama faces a similar predicament as Jimmy Carter did, but he has other factors on his side including his popularity and the headlines. [CNN]

-> Romney's comment on less public workers goes back to his time as governor, when he and firefighters clashed. [Salon]

Where are they?

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch has a Judiciary Committee hearing, a Finance Committee hearing and the Republican Policy Meeting.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Annual Western Governors Association Meeting in Washington state.
  • Lt. Gov. Greg Bell sits in on the State Board of Education and then the Commission on Volunteers.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder sits in on the Economic Development Corporation of Utah trustees meeting then has meetings in Emigration Canyon and Rose Park.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com.

-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/andreascrivera



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