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News roundup: Herbert soars, Obama flops in new Utah poll

Published June 18, 2013 7:19 am

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Herbert job approval high; Obama's low. 80% Utahns want Swallow to resign. Lockhart says impeachment may be needed.

Happy Tuesday. Gov. Gary Herbert continues to have sky high job approval ratings in Utah while only a third of residents have any love for President Barack Obama. That's according to a new poll by BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, which found Herbert with 75.3 percent approval to 24.7 disapproval. Some other interesting results:

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch holds a slightly better favorability ratings than Sen. Mike Lee — 51.23 vs. 49.89 percent, though Hatch has higher unfavorable ratings than Lee — 47.52 vs. 40.7 percent.-> Some 69.4 percent of Utahns disagree with the job Obama is doing while 30.6 back the president.-> Rep. Jim Matheson still holds killer favorability — 65.19 percent favorable to 29.51 unfavorable.-> The Legislature's approval rating, 56.4 percent favorable to 43.6 percent unfavorable, isn't stellar but enough to make Congress jealous.-> Some 64.7 percent of Utahns have little or no trust in the Utah news media. So we've got that going for us.

Topping the news: The same survey shows that nearly 80% of Utahns want AG John Swallow to step down and over 70% think he should be impeached. [Trib] [UtahDataPoints] [DNews] [Herald]

-> In an online Trib Talk, state House Speaker Becky Lockhart said that Swallow is so distrusted by the public that formal impeachment may soon be needed. [Trib].

-> Watch the Trib Talk with Lockhart, Rep. Spencer Cox, R-Fairview, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, and the Trib's Jennifer Napier-Pearce here: [Trib].

Tweets of the day: From @BenjySarlin: "'Okay, so let's start with a few basic questions. First, do you believe in the concept of 'countries?"' #FutureNSAJobInterviews"

From @JennyJohnsonHi5: "If your dream is to be on a Donald Trump show in a swimsuit and high heels, it's highly unlikely you can answer a question about education."

Happy birthday: To Omari Bradley who turns the big 4-0 today, veteran Utah pollster Dan Jones, former Utah GOP activist Tiffany Gunnerson and BYU's Joel Campbell. Belated birthday wishes to Gov. Gary Herbert's deputy chief of staff, Ally Isom, whose birthday was Monday.

Condolences: To state Rep. Patrice Arent whose father, Marvin, passed away on Saturday.

In other news: In our D.C. notebook we write about Sen. Mike Lee's assertion that the GOP needs to reach out to the poor and Rep. Jim Matheson's reluctance to speak about his feelings toward U.S. AG Eric Holder. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee gives her take on Miss Utah's blunder at the Miss USA pageant. [Trib]

-> SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams begins a new campaign to lend more county assistance to after-school opportunities and preschool programs. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Budget cuts drive Tooele County to extreme measures to save money. It has decided to grind up an 11-mile stretch of the old Pony Express Trail and turn it into gravel because it will be cheaper than fixing pot holes. [Trib]

Nationally: The Supreme Court ruled that Arizona is not allowed to require prospective voters to present proof of citizenship before being added to the voting rolls. [NYTimes] [Politico] [TheHill]

-> NSA leaker Edward Snowden holds an online chat to answer questions about why he took his big step, why he chose to go to Hong Kong and if he's worried about the penalties he could face. [Guardian] [Politico] [WaPost]

-> The IRS tea party targeting scandal could lead to clarification of vague guidelines governing non-profits. [Politico]

-> House Republicans bring a new measure to the floor today that would prohibit abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. There would be limited exceptions for incidences of rape or incest, but only if the victim had reported the crime. [NYTimes]

-> A major tea party group has released its own proposal for immigration reform which includes increased border security, assimilation vouchers and restrictions on entitlements. [Politico]

-> A new Gallup poll shows that Democrats have more confidence in newspapers than Republicans. [Gallup]

-> According to newly-released financial disclosure reports House Majority and Minority Leaders Eric Cantor and Nancy Pelosi are once again the wealthiest members of the House leadership. [Politico]

Where are they?

Rep. Rob Bishop attends a weekly GOP conference meeting and chairs a Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing to discuss citizen and agency perspectives on the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act.

Rep. Chris Stewart attends a border and maritime security hearing, joins a hearing for the Science, Space and Technology Committee, discusses tax reform and speaks at the Art of Political Campaigning conference.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Unified Fire Authority board meeting, meets with the County Council and presents a proclamation to refugee community members.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with officials to discuss the new performing arts center, joins the Hinckley Institute of Politics Huntsman Seminar for teachers and attends the City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama attends sessions at the G-8 Summit, takes a walk with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and has a meeting with Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. He then meets one-on-one with Hollande before departing the Summit for Berlin, Germany.

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— Thomas Burr and Isobel MarkhamTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/i_markham