Hurricane could cancel/postpone convention. Polygamists turned off by Romney. 75 days to the election.
Happy Thursday. Tropical Storm Isaac, now churning in the Caribbean, could strengthen and turn into Hurricane Isaac with a projected path straight toward Tampa, Fla., and the Republican National Convention. The Tampa mayor says that the storm could cause the gathering to be postponed or canceled. "Obviously public safety is going to trump politics," Bob Buckhorn told CNN. "If we had to make that decision to cancel or to postpone or move the convention, we will do that knowing full well that my obligation and the city's obligation is to move people out of harm's way. The politics will take care of itself." [Politico]
-> We might know by today if the convention is a go -- or not. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who may be the luckiest Senate candidate this cycle, will be in Utah next week for a fundraiser. [Trib]
-> Romney says one of the distressing parts of releasing his tax returns is that people now know about his tithing paid to the LDS Church. [Trib]
-> Polygamists in Utah were turned off by Romney's adamant contempt for plural wives. [BuzzFeed]
-> Romney has asked a former Mormon counselor of his when Romney served as stake president to say the opening prayer on the night he accepts the nomination. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @PeterHambyCNN: "Storm models suggest that the two cities Tampa beat out for the convention, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, are not in the path of a hurricane."
Happy Birthday: To Cody Stewart.
Happening today: Sen. Mike Lee holds a town hall at the Sevier County Administration Building in Richfield at 7 p.m.
Welcome: To the U. students in Peter Watkins' and Dan Harrie's classes who are now reading Cornflakes.
In other news: Glen Warchol says Democrats are uniting in Utah: as Republicans. [SLMag]
-> The Utah Democratic Party will honor Megan Holbrook with its Eleanor Roosevelt award. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan being forgotten about. [Trib]
-> The former top bishop of the LDS Church has been tapped as UTA's new vice chairman. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee says AG Mark Shurtleff is angry over the acquittal of a man accused of killing a cop but that Shurtleff still believes in the system. [Trib]
-> Internal strife in the Peter Cooke for governor campaign has cause a bit of a shakeup. [UtahPolicy]
Convention-al news: As if the convention wasn't enough drama for the delegates and journalists in Tampa, there's plenty of other things to keep them occupied, from golf outings to parties to concerts. [Politico]
-> The Democratic convention has a long list of female speakers. [WaPost]
2012 watch: Paul Ryan refuses to explain what "forcible rape" is as compared to rape. [ABCNews]
-> The three major networks may not cover Ann Romney's speech slated for the evening of the first night. [Politico]
-> Mitt Romney will unveil his energy plan today in New Mexico that includes boosting onshore drilling and letting states handle the permitting on federal lands. [LATimes]
-> Mormon Democrats in Utah give Romney a 42 percent approval rating -- much higher than non-Mormon Dems in Utah. [UtahDataPoints]
-> Romney has set a target of the Latino vote he wants: 38 percent or better. [FoxNews]
-> Ryan says he's proud of his record on fighting abortion. [WaPost]
-> After the crowd boos Republicans, Obama tells Vegas voters, "Don't boo, vote." [WaPost]
-> Romney tries to return to his economic message after the fallout of Todd Akin's rape comment. [WaPost]
-> CNN attempts to help separate fact from fiction with Romney's Mormon beliefs. [CNN]
-> While NBC's Rock Center plans an hourlong special on Mormonism, Romney passes on participating. [Politico]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr
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