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(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Chris Stewart during an election event in April 2012.
News roundup: Stewart says GOP has no post-election plan B

Lee joins bipartisan immigration reform negotiations. Governor's budget is friendly to education. Romney may be looking to return to Utah.

Happy Thursday. Rep.-elect Chris Stewart appeared on his friend Glenn Beck's radio program to talk about his e-book fiction series (which Beck's company distributes), but the conservative host couldn't help but talk a little politics saying: " I was trying to hire him when he feels he had a higher calling from God to try to fix the problem in Washington. I tried to tell I think that was alcohol, Chris. Somebody might have been drinking around you."

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Stewart, a former Air Force pilot, also tells Beck the Republican Party has yet to get over Mitt Romney's loss. "Normally in the military for example you have plan A and if plan A doesn’t work, you go to plan B, and you go down the line. I’m not sure that the Republican Party has a plan B." [GB]

Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed budget would allocate nearly all of the new money — $300 million — to public and higher education, particularly in areas of science and technology. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [UtahPolicy] [Herald]

-> Sen. Mike Lee is among eight bipartisan senators exploring immigration reform, and the only participant who has never backed a path to legal status for illegal immigrants. [Trib]

-> Will Lee be the next Jim DeMint? [WaPost]

Tweets of the day: From @redistrict: "In my estimation, if every state awarded Electoral votes by Congressional district (a la ME & NE), Romney would have won, 276-262."

In other news: Herbert's budget includes no money for an expansion of Medicaid under federal health reform. [Trib]

-> West Valley City and Sandy fight over Hale Centre Theatre. West Valley City's latest offer ads short term lease agreements to its already-pledged $500,000 in repairs. [Trib]

-> Colorado joins Utah, Indiana and Maine in publishing a state immigration compact. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley shows what happens when Santa goes down the wrong chimney. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee says the new LDS website is just another step in the Mormon evolution on same-sex attraction. [Trib]

-> The Colorado River Basin faces an eventual water shortage 50 years down the road. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Mitt Romney was spotted looking for ranch properties in the Park City area recently. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick start their countdown of the top 10 stories of the year. No. 10: The impact Romney's candidacy had on the LDS faith and Utah. [UtahPolicy]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters that the White House's initial fiscal cliff proposal was so bad that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner should have resigned instead of deliver it to Republicans. [Politico]

Nationally: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the notion that he is too overweight to become president "ridiculous." [WaPost]

-> Congress would already have a fiscal cliff deal if the female senators were in charge, Maine Sen. Susan Collins told ABC's Diane Sawyer. [ABCNews]

Where are they?

  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert meets with young entrepreneurs and later with Utah House and Senate Democratic leaders.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker dines at the mayor's breakfast with community council chairs, attends a performing arts center meeting, heads to a Salt Lake Valley Conference of Mayors meeting and then works on his office's holiday service project.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the Conference of Mayors meeting in Riverton and hosts the WVC employee holiday open house.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Hanukkah Reception.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Matt Canham and Betsy Blanchard

Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard



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