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Boehner: Americans probably won't 'love' Romney

Published July 9, 2012 7:51 am

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Boehner: Americans probably won't 'love' Mitt. Anti-Mormon sentiment dwindles amongst Republicans. Obama parade float raises ire.

Happy Monday. House Speaker John Boehner was incredibly candid in comments over the weekend about his presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. The speaker has endorsed Romney and says he'll do everything he can to get the former Massachusetts governor elected. But, Boehner noted, "Listen, we're just politicians. I wasn't elected to play God. The American people probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney." [CBSNews]

-> Another great read for Utahns: AP's Kasie Hunt notes how Romney draws strength from his family. All 30 of them. [AP]

Topping the news: Anti-Mormon sentiment among Republicans is at an all-time low as loyal party members rally around their nominee. [Trib]

-> A parade float — featuring a man in an Obama mask and a sign saying, "Ask us about our assault gun plan" — causes controversy in a small Utah town. [Trib] [ABC4]

Today's News: Paul Rolly says the Legislature would prefer the courts not to follow the literal wording of a statute they don't like, but rather their "legislative intent." [Trib]

-> Experts weigh in on how Mayor Mia Love compares to Rep. Jim Matheson's past opponents. Conclusion: She is one of the most unique and one of the most conservative. [DNews]

-> The battle over the FLDS assets could end up costing Utah taxpayers millions. [Trib]

-> A switch to e-filing at Utah courts could free up 60 clerical spots but also heavily ding the bike messenger business. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City may have to pick up the tab for the second phase of the Sugar House street car since federal money isn't flowing like it used to. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @BorowitzReport: "Only a billion more lies until the election."

Behind the scenes: Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog offers the details of who got the high court's decision right on the Affordable Care Act — and how CNN and Fox got it wrong. [SCOTUSblog]

Opinion section: A Utah physician says Utah's policies on preventing fires are foolish and only serve to turn the state into "kindling." [Trib]

-> A Utah doctor says the Affordable Healthcare Act is imperfect, but shouldn't be "repealed and replaced," instead it should be worked on and improved. [Trib]

-> The director of a free clinic says the Medicaid expansion won't be too costly for the state and definately worth it. [Trib]

-> Rolly says a group of conservative thinkers want the Common Core Standards — which standardizes school curriculum — trashed and replaced. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb dissect the healthcare ruling and what it means for Utah politics. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley's take on climate change with an ice age point of view. [Trib]

-> Ex-Sen. Bob Bennett tries to set the facts straight in the case of Bush v. Gore since folks are raising it int he wake of the Supreme Court health care ruling. [DNews]

Weekend Review: Both the government and everyday citizens do their part to reach pollution reduction goals. [Trib]

-> D.C. Notebook: Romney continues pulling in the dough from Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch was special guest to conservatives' new foe and Sen. Mike Lee comes around to endorse Hatch. [Trib]

-> Jon Huntsman continues his dissent from GOP, skipping the convention and says the party has lost its way. [Trib]

-> Big changes are heading to the Utah Legislature in as far as turnover but not political power. [DNews]

-> The Park City mayor won't endorse either Rep. Rob Bishop or his Democratic opponent, Donna McAleer. [ParkRecord]

-> Mia Love supports a pay cut for members of Congress. [ABCNews] (Missing context: the story doesn't mention that Rep. Jim Matheson donates his latest pay raise to charity annually)

-> BYU's Joel Campbell offers a quiz on open government laws/rights. [Trib]

-> A higher rate of volunteering doesn't, as previously suggested, translate into more voter turnout. [UtahDataPoints]

-> Private land inside Zion National Park could become a new posh subdivision, conservations fear. [Trib]

-> The additional liquor licenses seem to only be a temporary fix to an ailing industry. Lawmakers will be in the same predicament in one year's time. [Trib]

-> A neighbor fighting the new LDS Church missionary training center building backs off after church leaders reach out to him. [Herald]

2012 Watch: Democrats take aim at Romney's offshore accounts, demanding more tax information. [TheHill] [Reuters]

-> It's no secret that Rob Portman wants to be Romney's VP. He says Romney's time at Bain should't be shameful. [CNN]

-> Another potential veep pick, Marco Rubio, is holding a rund-raiser for Romney. [ABCNews]

-> Latest poll on swing states shows Obama in the lead — by an inch. [CNN]

-> Romney is much more low key on civil rights issues as opposed to his dad in his 1968 bid for the White House. [LATimes]

-> The next big event in the race is Romney's running mate decision. Will he pick early, to boost fundraising potential? Or announce around the time of the GOP convention? [WaPost]

-> Romney fund-raises in the Hamptons at the home of one of the Kock brothers — and finds a protest by the "99 percent." [Newsday] Two boaters are arrested at the event for crossing a Secret Service line. [Patch]

-> Romney first got on the public's good side during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Some would suggest he wouldn't have a political future if they had not been in danger. [Salon]

-> Could Obama's biggest threat come from his own party? [Politico]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a briefing at the National Security Agency and manages the House floor debate for Republican's jobs bill.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon continues his visit to Yuzowa, Japan, a sister city to the Magna Township.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with Taiwan Governor Lin, Junq-Tzer.

President Barack Obama does interviews with anchors from Louisiana, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nevada. The president later attends two fund-raisers in Washington.

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— Thomas Burr and Andreas RiveraTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/andreascrivera