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News roundup: Obamacare foes losing support over government shutdown idea

Published August 20, 2013 10:07 am

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Obamacare foes losing support. Utah push for 2016 convention faces critics. New deal in roadless claims.

Happy Tuesday. The drive to cut off funding for certain programs under the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to some — is losing steam. The effort to either stop funding the act or shut down the government, an idea pitched by Sen. Mike Lee and fellow tea party conservatives, isn't finding many supporters in Congress. [NJ]

Topping the news: Juab County has agreed to abandon some of its right-of-way claims and limit motorized use in its share of the 69,000-acre wilderness study area covering the West Desert Range. Many hope this agreement will serve as a template for numerous other quiet-title claims. [Trib]

-> The environmental group HEAL Utah says Rocky Mountain Power is trying to dodge the EPA's proposed pollution controls by arguing that the costly measures would reap little benefit. [Trib]

-> The Utah Republican Party is looking to host the 2016 GOP convention despite concerns from within that the cost is too high for the benefit. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From ‏@AriFleischer: "Gallup shows Pres O's job approval rating down to 45%. A Wash Post/ABC poll in April had Bush's at 47%. Just sayin..."

Happy birthday: to Holly Mullen, Mike Mower and the Omaha World Herald's Joe Morton.

In other news: In an attempt to save native languages and connect Native American youth with their heritage, Native American educators and Utah tribal and state leaders have been collaborating on programs offering native students course on their own language, culture and history. [Trib]

-> Three of Salt Lake Community Action Program's five food pantries will be opening their doors fewer days each week due to funding problems. [Trib]

-> The Deseret News discovers SL Co. GOP Chairman Chad Bennion's controversial comments about state DA Sim Gill. [DNews]

-> Park Service officials are asking the public to weigh in on a new management plan for portions of the Virgin River in Zion National Park aimed at protecting the river and surrounding areas. [DNews]

-> The Senate Conservatives Fund is running cable ads in Utah featuring Sen. Mike Lee denouncing Obamacare. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: Sen. Ted Cruz, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News showing his birth in Canada to his American mother and Cuban father. Legal experts say that makes him a citizen of the United States and our neighbor to the north. [DMN]

-> Buzzfeed breaks down the House of Representatives by religion, showing that all the elected Mormons come from the West — and only one is a Democrat. [Buzzfeed]

-> A new Gallup poll shows that President Barack Obama's approval rating does not traditionally fare well during the summer months. [Gallup]

-> House Republicans are facing increasing pressure to launch a special investigative panel into the Benghazi terror attacks. Sept. 11 will mark the one-year anniversary of the attack that killed four Americans. [TheHill]

-> A new ticker from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association shows that 46 days of experience is lost every second due to federal-worker retirements, illustrating concerns about retirement-induced "brain-drain." [WaPost]

-> Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which looks at government appeals when Justice Department requests are denied. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Chris Stewart tours the SUFCO coal, holds a Sevier County roundtable, meets with Wayne County Commissioners and hosts town halls in Wayne and Piute counties.

Gov. Gary Herbert does an interview with the Economist magazine, meets with candidates for open judicial spots and sits down with state Sen. Stuart Reid.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with state AG Counsel Brian Tarbet, talks to Yolanda Francisco-Nez from the Mayor's Office of Diversity and Human Rights, sits down with SLC attorney Lynn Pace, talks to Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Brad Petersen and attends the City Council meeting.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder tours the new Granger High School and attends the City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama welcomes the 1972 season Miami Dolphins to the White House.

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