News roundup: Wrestler with Romney-Ryan tattoo: no regrets
Pelosi announces plans. Utah Dems eye McAdams' empty Senate seat. State expenditures likely to exceed revenue.
Happy Wednesday. Whatever you do today, be happy you're not this guy: A pro-wrestler who offered on e-bay to tattoo his face to the highest bidder says now that he doesn't regret it. He got $15,000 to put the Romney-Ryan logo on his temple, a point that may lead down the road to a lot of explanations: "Who was that again?" [LATimes]
Topping the news: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announces today whether or not she'll step down from her post. [HuffPost]
-> The state of Utah faces a tough problem: Offer health care benefits to all full-time workers or cut back their hours. [Trib]
-> A Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll shows that the majority of Americans predict that President Barack Obama and Republicans won't come to a solution for the "fiscal cliff" before time is up. And if that were to happen, 53 percent would blame the Republicans to the 29 percent that said they would blame the president. [WaPost]
-> Amidst investigation of the Petraeus case, inappropriate email exchanges were discovered between Gen. John Allen, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Jill Kelley, the Florida woman whose complaints led to the initial Petraeus investigation. [LATimes] [HuffPost]
Tweets of the day: âFrom @sausagegrinder: "Is it possible that when the #UtLeg finds the extra $7M for @UTPublicEd that they can include a little extra for math lessons?"
From @BuzzFeedAndrew: "If you're a top general and Jill Kelley emails, just hit, 'mark as spam.'"
In other news: Rep. Jennifer Seelig will be the first woman to serve as Utah's House minority leader. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert is weighing how to deal with the Snake Valley water stand-off and may be considering an agreement with Nevada over the objections of a couple Utah counties. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the folks tee-ing up secession petitions. [Trib]
-> Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, drafted a bill that would make it easier for restaurant chains to sell alcohol in the state. [DNews]
-> Several notable Democrats have their eye on the Utah Senate seat left behind by Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County mayor-elect. [Trib]
-> Political Science doctoral candidate Scott Konopasek says Ben McAdams ran a model campaign. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bob Bernick wonders whether the Utah House will be more moderate in 2013. [UtahPolicy]
-> BYU's Adam Brown dissects the idea that gerrymandering hurt Utah Democrats and says, no, it didn't. [UtahDataPoints]
-> Paul Rolly passes along a story involving some Mormon home teachers and armed policemen. [Trib]
The Fixies: The Washington Post's "The Fix" will spend the next week awarding 2012 election superlatives. An Obama ad called "Firms" took Tuesday's "best television ad" title, a 30-second juxtaposition of Romney singing "America the Beautiful" while negative factoids about the Republican candidate marqueed the screen. [WaPost]
Election aftermath: Obama committed to tackle immigration reform sooner rather than later. [HuffPost]
-> Romney campaign officials will receive compensation through the end of the month, weeks longer than the Democratic National Committee staffers who have already been let go. [BuzzFeed]
-> Paul Ryan credited the Romney-Ryan ticket's loss to voter turnout in "urban areas." [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Utah Governor Gary Herbert meets with the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends the GOP Conference, gets interviewed by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and ends on a television appearance with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon attends Murray High School's career day before heading to the Utah Office of Tourism winter ad launch.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with the Wasatch Front Regional Council Active Transportation Committee, attends a community food assessment press conference and later meets one-on-one with constituents.
President Barack Obama will hold a news conference before meeting with business leaders to discuss economic growth and reducing the deficit.
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