News roundup: First lady takes on heckler, threatens to leave
First lady hates hecklers. Aposhian gun-less after court. State rep wants Utahns to be able to recall elected leaders.
Happy Wednesday. First Lady Michelle Obama doesn't like hecklers for sure, but she took an extra step Tuesday night at a fundraiser where she threatened to leave the stage after an audience member kept interrupting her speech. The crowd jeered the protester and the first lady kept going. [DailyCaller]
Topping the news: A justice court judge gives Utah's top gun-rights spokesman Clark Aposhian 24 hours to turn in all his firearms following four misdemeanor charges, including domestic violence. That follows on a temporary order from the 3rd District Court. [Trib] [DNews]
-> In the wake of the Swallow scandal, state Rep. Lee Perry wants Utah to join the nineteen states that permit voters to recall state officials if they are concerned that they may be corrupt or unfit for office. [Trib]
-> Military brass came under intense scrutiny on Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military. [NBCnews] [WaPost]
Tweets of the day: From @CarrieNBCNews: "More Gillibrand in SASC: 'Not every single commander can distinguish between a slap on the ass and a rape.'"
And from @edatpost: "Someone check the records, but is @SenGillibrand the first ever to say 'a slap on the ass' in the public record?"
Happy birthday: Taylorsville City Councilman Ernest Burgess.
In other news: Former Utah state budget director Ron Bigelow announces he will run for West Valley City mayor and places problems in the police force at the top of his priority list. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee joined with three other Republican senators to write a letter to colleagues, warning them of the dangers of passing the proposed immigration reform legislation. [TheHill] [Examiner]
-> Paul Mero, president of public policy think tank the Sutherland Institute, calls for AG John Swallow to resign over recent allegations of unethical behavior. [Fox13] [DNews]
-> A group of prominent Utah Republicans behind a proposed new system for nominating political party candidates called "Count My Vote" plans to poll Utahns to find out which system they believe will work best. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley says he's going to go pro-Utah in the coming weeks as he welcomes cartoonists from across the country to Salt Lake City for a conference. [Trib]
-> Meanwhile, Bagley offers his take on the Clark Aposhian situation and how justice is blind. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly notes that the AG's spokesman got into a bit of a tiff with a conservative blogger. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick talks to several House members about possible impeachment of Swallow and quotes some anonymously. [UtahPolicy]
-> Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan has again filed for re-election in Sandy. [UtahPolicy]
-> Sen. Tom Harkin introduced a revamped version of No Child Left Behind that would allow states to write their own education standards. The Education Department in 2012 gave Utah permission to disregard key parts of the federal law. [Trib]
Nationally: New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie calls for a special election in October to fill the senate seat left vacant by the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, causing critics to question his motives and his use of taxpayer dollars. [NorthJersey] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> In a formal ceremony in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, President Barack Obama nominated three lawyers for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, calling on Republican senators to swiftly approve them. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
-> The United Nations announced on Tuesday that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in several clashes during the ongoing conflict and reported that 17 incidents in the country since mid-January could be considered massacres. [NYTimes]
-> Donald Trump believes the Romney campaign would have stood more of a chance in 2012 had they run his "You're Fired!" commercial. [NationalReview]
-> After Obama White House tightened the purse strings, I.R.S spending on conferences fell from $37.5 million in fiscal 2010 to $4.8 million in fiscal 2012. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop heads to the House Armed Services Committee mark up and attends the weekly Republican Study Committee meeting.
Rep. Chris Stewart meets with officials from Salt Lake Community College and the National Association of Home Builders from Utah and attends a reception for the Airline Pilots Association.
Gov. Gary Herbert attends a ribbon-cutting for a new Applied Technology College in Tooele and considers candidates for open judicial spots.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams takes a tour of the Valley Emergency Communications Center.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a meeting on the new performing arts building, hits the opening of the downtown farmer's market and attends a press conference on community cycling.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder hosts his monthly open doors constituent meetings and teaches a Boy Scout merit badge class.
President Barack Obama hosts the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House to honor the team and their victory in Super Bowl XLVII and also makes a personnel announcement.
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