The Huntsman girls cause a stir. Some counties have more voters than residents. Legislative turnover to have big education impact.
Happy Thursday, Mitt Romney's motorcade raced down the New Jersey Turnpike so fast that a trip that was supposed to take well over an hour ended up lasting 45 minutes and as a result he found himself interrupting a Jewish wedding. Turns out the bride and groom were supporters and they now have some interesting wedding photos. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: A watchdog group uncovers unusual numbers in several counties, notably having more registered voters than they have residents. [Trib]
-> Abby Huntsman causes an uproar among conservatives after she sarcastically considers becoming a Democrat, then her sister Liddy comes to her aid with a jab at the LDS Church. [Trib] [DailyCaller] [Politico]
-> It hasn't even hit the airwaves yet, and a pro-Obama Super PAC's ad is heavily scrutinized. The ad implies Romney is at fault for the death of a steelworker's wife to cancer after getting laid off by Bain Capital. [CNN] And in an unexpected move, Romney's spokeswoman cites "Romneycare" in her defense against that super PAC ad. [WaPost]
Tweet of the day: From @jengranholm: "Invite still stands! MT @AlexPappasDC: @HuntsmanAbby says wasnt serious when she accepted Granholm invite 2 become Dem."
Happy Birthday: To Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
In other news: Expect to see a batch of fresh faces at the next legislative session. Public education advocates say it's a good sign. [Trib]
-> Utah Democrats appeal to moderate Republicans disillusioned with the hard-right Tea Party. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake County strives "to provide better customer service," by launching an online forum for residents to voice issues. [Trib]
-> Mark Crockett, the Republican candidate for S.L. County mayor, says the county is $2 billion in debt, a figure that some in his own party bristle at. [UtahPolicy]
2012 watch: Obama appeals to women in Colorado, saying Mitt Romney would roll back their rights to the 1950's. [TheHill]
-> One of Brigham Young's great, great granddaughters and ex-Mormon tells the Daily Beast how Romney's upbringing in the church would affect his role as a leader. If the Beast is going to start a series on the thoughts of Brigham Young's descendants, they should have material to last all the way through to 2016. [DailyBeast]
-> Romney's team carefully plans the speakers at the Republican National Convention and reveals who the campaign does and doesn't trust. [NYTimes]
-> A poll finds that Romney is still struggling to find a favorable footing with the American people. [CNN]
-> The Obama team jokes about Romney's VP shortlist possibly containing Newt Gingrich or Rep. Michele Bachmann. [CNN]
-> Americans aren't happy with the way things are going, but they don't seem to be taking it out on the president. [Reuters]
-> Obama's campaign phone app brings grassroots to the digital age, but raises questions about the misuse of private information. [Reuters]
-> Romney VP talk buzzes around the internet so fast that Wikipedia locked down the editable pages of those rumored to be in contention. [TheHill]
-> Renowned biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins slams Romney and Mormonism over Twitter. [TheHill]
Where are they?
-- Matt Canham and Andreas Rivera
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