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News roundup: Romney aide to pen tell-tale book about campaign

Romney aide writing tell-tale book. Hatch wants immigrants' DNA. New complaint against Swallow.

Happy Wednesday. A former Mitt Romney aide is writing a book on what he says were the major mistakes in the campaign, including some made by the candidate himself. Other former advisers says the author wrote op-eds and wasn't in on the biggest decisions. [Globe]

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Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch wants immigrants in America illegally to have to submit DNA samples to be compared against criminal databases if they want to be lawful residents. [Trib] [ABCNews]

-> Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love says she's running again against Rep. Jim Matheson in 2014. [StandEx]

-> The former head of Utah's consumer protection division has filed a complaint alleging AG John Swallow violated ethical standards when he talked to a business owner facing fines for violating telemarketing laws. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @joshualyman: "What's a little lap-band surgery in pursuit of the Presidency? No pain, no gain!"

Happy birthday: To the U.'s Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, state Sen. Mark Madsen, the Governor's Office of Economic Development's Sophia DiCaro, State Board of Regents' Spencer Jenkins, former State Rep. Kenneth Summison and Former State Sen. Phil Riesen.

In other news: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the sequestration cuts hitting her department will impact tourists visiting national parks and oil companies seeking leases. [Trib]

-> A BYU graduated nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Libya says security will be foremost in her mind if she's confirmed to the post. [Trib]

-> WVC Mayor Mike Winder says he's reviewing how the police scandal in his city happened and how to avoid such embarrassments in the future. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly notes that Murray Mayor Dan Snarr's SLC traffic ticket is turning into a political circus. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on what freedom now means. [Trib]

-> State Sen. Luz Robles is considering a congressional bid. [Vanocur]

-> Springdale is paying for lawyers for its city manager and police during the investigation into their targeting of lawyers. [Trib]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop says in an op-ed that the federal-state partnership is totally out of whack. [DNews]

-> The U. law school has received a $4.5 million gift as it prepares to move into its new home. [DNews]

-> Mayors Ralph Becker and Ben McAdams join others to promote biking to work. [Trib]

Nationally: Voters are forgiving: Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wins a special election after defeating the sister of Stephen Colbert. [TheState]

-> NJ Gov. Chris Christie had lap-band surgery to try and slim down his weight, a move some see as a step toward a White House bid. [NYPost]

-> Gun violence is dramatically down in the United States but nearly three-quarters of all homicides involve a firearm. [WaPost]

-> Senate Majority Reid Harry Reid likens tea party Sen. Ted Cruz a schoolyard bully for blocking a measure to appoint conferees on the budget. [Yahoo]

-> The DOW closed above 15,000 for the first time, a sign of an improving economy. [AP]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jim Matheson hits the No Labels/Problems Solvers meeting and a mark up on the pharmaceutical drug supply chain.
  • Rep. Rob Bishop meets with U. students from the Hinckley Institute, students attending the Army War College, hits a hearing on the Interior's position on hyrdaulic fracking, sits down with BLM interim Director Neil Kornze, attends the Republican Study Committee meeting, the House Armed Services Committee hearing, the House Endangered Species Act working group and chats with representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Utah State Tax Commission.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a hearing on the Benghazi attacks.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart meets with University of Utah Hinckley Institute students, attends a joint meeting of Congress with President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, sits down separately with officials from Comcast, Utah's Department of Workforce Services and the Utah State Tax Commission. The congressman later meets with Speaker John Boehner and other freshman members.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Arch Coal teacher awards event at Gunnison High School, visits the Richfield Chamber of Commerce, hits a meeting on the Rocky Mountain Power Transmission Line and later heads to an employee appreciation visit with Richfield's DWS Job Services offices.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to a transportation meeting, attends an executive meeting of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and meets with Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a Wasatch Front Regional Council Active Transportation meeting and then a summit on Denver Transit Oriented Development.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the Molina Health Care awards event.
  • President Barack Obama meets with electric utility CEOs and their trade groups, sits down with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, visits with a group of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders and later attends a dinner with Democratic House leaders.

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]

-- Thomas Burr

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