Anti-Mormon fervor growing. Hatch calls for Holder's resignation. Utah's economy poised for more growth.
Happy Thursday and happy Flag Day. A new study paints a disturbing trend of a growing anti-Mormon sentiment with liberal and independent voters, and raises the potential that Republicans concerned about Mitt Romney's faith may stay home in November. Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins breaks down the study and shows that the biggest jump in wariness about the LDS faith comes from the liberal camp. [BuzzFeed]
-> Also: Sen. Orrin Hatch has called for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign if he won't cooperate on the Fast & Furious investigation. Republicans have hammered Holder over the issue and several have come out recently to call for his head. [DailyCaller]
Topping the news: AG candidate John Swallow is accused of being person of interest in a 2010 FBI corruption case. [Trib]
Happy birthday: To Fox13's Ben Winslow and belated wishes to former Hatch chief of staff, Trish Knight.
Oops, we did it again: Elisabeth Jessop is spelled Elisabeth Jessop. It's now a mantra for us, since we've twice misspelled her name in trying to wish her a happy birthday. The third time, however, is the charm, and we hope that Elisabeth is still celebrating.
In other news: The NRCC has reserved nearly $1 million in airtime with Salt Lake
-> Democrats running for the 1st Congressional District nomination will square off tonight for the last time before the June 26 primary. [KSL]
-> Salt Lake City favors adopting transparency guidelines authored by U. students that include making meetings, schedules and records accessible over the web. [Trib]
-> Residents say eliminating the SLC downtown free-fare zone for UTA buses is a step backward and that the transit authority needs to examine it's operational problems rather than charge more. [DNews]
-> Presidential wannabe Fred Karger gets a not-so-nice welcome in southern Utah. [YahooNews]
-> Hatch goes off on the falsehoods he says that FreedomWorks continues to perpetuate. [CacheValleyDaily]
-> The Washington Examiner posted the full transcript of its wide-ranging interview with Sen. Mike Lee. [Examiner]
-> Rebecca Walsh argues that Rep. Jim Matheson could surprise a lot of people and pull out a win because he's a fighter. [SLMagazine]
-> Candidates in state Senate District 8 are using technology to zero in on potential voters. [UtahPolicy]
-> Salt Lake County Mayor candidates Mike Winder and Mark Crockett are all for the SkiLink project, they just differ on how to go about doing it. [Trib]
-> American Fork hires interim treasurer Melanie Marsh to fill in after the previous treasurer was charged with theft. [DailyHerald]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on an unregulated Wall Street that's gone zombie. [Trib]
2012 watch: Romney may have a tough time winning over minority voters from President Barack Obama, especially since most are optimistic about the country's future. [TheHill]
-> Ann Romney writes her own dress code on the campaign trail. [NYTimes]
-> Romney envisions a market driven health care system in place of Obamacare. He says he'll fight to remove it regardless of the Supreme Court's decision. [Reuters]
-> Obama argues he needs four more years to fix the economy, electing Romney would return the country to the Bush-era policies that got it in this mess. [Reuters]
-> The candidates put their fundraising rewards to use and unleash a wave of million-dollar ad buys in battleground states. [CNN]
-> Sheldon Adelson, long a Newt Gingrich backer, is now firmly behind Romney, offering $10 million to his Super PAC. [NYTimes]
-> While Americans are less enthusiastic about Obama, his support wains in the international community. [CNN]
-> Romney says his first 100 days will focus on reversing Obama's first term. [CNN]
-> Republicans won Ohio in 2000 and Romney is liking his chances there. Democrats are bracing for the close race. [AP]
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