Utah lawmakers shocked by health care ruling. Utah case at the heart of the decision. Lee says its good for Romney.
Happy Friday. The political sphere is still recovering from yesterday's surprising Supreme Court ruling on health care and we've got all the coverage you need to know right here:
SCOTUS: Utah's lawmakers are taken aback by the Supreme Court's decision, but rise with more resolve to repeal it. [Trib]
-> Justice John Roberts cites a 1996 Utah case as the premise for his decision to uphold mandate as a tax. [Trib]
-> All three Utah House members, including Democrat Jim Matheson, joins movement to charge U.S. Attorney general in contempt of Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says it's about justice. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @SamYoungman: "Biden: This is a huge [bleep]ing, mother[bleep]ing deal with a [bleep] on it's [bleep] and [bleep]ing [bleep] [bleep]ed
through the nose."
Facebook update: From Dave Hansen: "Just checked with Ancestry.com -- John Roberts is the illegitimate grandson of Earl Warren."
Happy birthday: To former state Rep. Sheryl Allen, Carl Wimmer the Daily Herald's Ashley Franscell Detrick. On Sunday, send your birthday wishes to Ben Horsley and Bob Springmeyer.
In other news: Two state labor employees are on leave after it is alleged they destroyed vital documents workers compensation cases. [Trib]
-> An outspoken board member of the Salt Lake City library is asked not to return by the the mayor's office. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly disappointed at parking enforcement who "waited like vultures" at the Utah Arts Festival to write tickets. [Trib]
-> Thomas Burr talks about the Sen. Orrin Hatch's primary victory and what it means for his future and other Republicans around him. [KCPW]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the GOP's shock at the Obamacare ruling. [Trib]
-> The Democratic primaries in Utah this week are a shock to Bernick. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utah Policy's Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah politics in their weekly podcast. [UtahPolicy]
-> The historic ruling energizes supporters on both sides. It reinvigorates the President's waning supporters, and gives life to the fleeting tea party. [CNN]
-> CNN and Fox got the initial news of the ruling wrong. Ironically Obama was watching both, confusing him. [CNN]
-> Rick Santorum takes a stab at both Romney and Obama by saying "their" healthcare plan will ruin the country. [CNN]
-> "The stakes are higher:" The Romney camp collects more than $2 million in donations in response to the healthcare ruling. [TheHill]
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