News roundup: Hatch says compromise key to Senate action
Hatch looks at his legacy. Mormons new era of power in Washington. Romney's potential cash shortage.
Happy Monday. With the GOP nomination in hand, Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's ready to make deals in the Senate to restructure the tax code and cut back on government spending. And Hatch is willing to compromise rather than follow the take-my-marbles-and-go-home philosophy that has eaten up Washington in recent years, CBS News reports:
-> "Neither side is going to get everything they want," he said. "But it is important that we move ahead, and that we do the art of the doable to pull this country out of the fiscal morass it's in. And I think we can." [CBSNews]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney might run short of cash as he approaches the Republican convention because major donors have maxed out but they still have another venue to help their guy: Super PACs. [USAToday]
-> Meanwhile, The Hill newspaper notes that Mormons are on track for a new era of power in Washington no matter how the election turns out this year. [TheHill]
-> Rep. Mike Noel is a vicious opponent of the federal government, but is happy to use national tax dollars to make improvements to his district. [Trib]
-> The Senate's inaction on federal judicial nominees means cases are piling up in Utah and other parts of the country. [Trib]
Today's News: Paul Rolly says that Utah lawmakers took a trip to Switzerland to learn how they deal with light rail and ski resorts. [Trib]
-> Only a few local governments will be increasing property taxes this year, but for those who live in those districts the increase will be steep. [Trib]
-> The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance campaigns against Gov. Gary Herbert's public lands plans, saying that the state couldn't possibly afford to manage that much acreage. [DNews]
-> Herbert responds to a conservative news outlet that targeted his efforts to curtail shooting during the dangerous fire season. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From â@RicCantrell: "Everyone has the god-given right to be awesome. If your awesomeness means wandering the mountains in a goatsuit, rock on."
Opinion section: Rolly says there are too many hands from both local and national Republicans in Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love's campaign and it's leading to a convoluted mess. [Trib]
-> A Utah judge says that local courts should not be viewed as revenue generators for cities but a fair and essential part of government. [Trib]
-> The Democratic nominee for the 2nd congressional district, Jay Seegmiller, says the current Utah delegation's strategy of obstructionism is hurting more than helping and that more of its time needs to be spent on job creation. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott says UTA is one of the best transit systems in the country because of it's free downtown service, and that officials should measure it beyond it's monetary value. [Trib]
-> Former Utah Attorney General Paul Van Dam says Utah water officials in Washington County are wrong in assuming they are entitled to water in the Colorado River when it is already unfairly divided. [Trib]
-> Former state Rep. Carl Wimmer says there's no wrong doing or anything unethical about the conservative think-tank ALEC. [DNews]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb offer their thoughts on politics in parades. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley's take on the National Rifle Association's philosophy on guns and freedom. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the presidential election will come down to the 8 percent of voters who haven't yet made up their minds. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Companies involved in the Red Butte oil spill want the courts to throw out lawsuits, claiming that no harm was caused to the plaintiffs. [Trib]
-> The Utah Supreme Court dismisses a challenge to oust Gov. Gary Herbert for allegations of campaign misconduct. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Salt Lake City Council wants to institute a Bicycle Advisory Committee, something that Mayor Ralph Becker proposed a few months ago. [Trib]
-> Officials who were exploring a potential bid for another Olympic Games say they will make public their findings once they've given the report to Herbert and SLC Mayor Ralph Becker. [DNews]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz says airport security needs to be looked at in the wake of the airline employee who stole and crashed a plane in St. George. [DNews]
2012 watch: Both presidential candidates temporarily cease all campaign ads in Colorado in light of Aurora tragedy. [WaPost]
-> President Barack Obama and Romney are left in a somber state after the shooting, lowering their offenses and instead giving comfort to victims. [WaPost]
- It's still unlikely that the gun-control issue will rear its controversial head in the coming months. [LATimes]
-> Romney's right-hand man on healthcare, Michael Leavitt, has advised states on how to deal with their plans and has helped prepare them for a GOP president. [NYTimes]
-> A month after Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin, the state is still up for grabs. But campaigning has been quiet in the state thus far. [Politico]
-> After Obama spends more on advertising in June, Romney takes the lead in campaign money in the bank. [WaPost]
-> The overseas trip could be a gamble for Romney who needs to impress voters with his foreign policy skills and fundraise at the same time. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the Trucking Association executive council and then appears at the Spanish Fork Rodeo.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell meets with the Tree Initiative, honors teacher Mary McArthur and then hits the Spanish Fork Rodeo.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with United Way officials.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker sits in on an ESRI senior executive seminar.
President Barack Obama appears at several campaign events throughout California and Nevada.
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