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News roundup: Your leaders: The top 50 richest members of Congress

Issa tops richest in Congress list. Aposhian can have his guns. Tooele County hikes taxes.

Happy Wednesday. Who is the richest member of Congress? Just happens it's President Barack Obama's chief watchdog. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., tops The Hill's list of the 50 wealthiest lawmakers in D.C. Issa, as you may recall, started a car alarm company and was the voice, for a while, of the warning "Please step away from the car."

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In 2012, Issa's fortune was estimated to be at least $355 million, more than three times the wealth of The Hill's number 2, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. Utah's members don't make the cut. [TheHill]

Topping the news: A judge ruled Tuesday that gun rights activist Clark Aposhian must stay away from his ex-wife's husband but that he can have his guns back. [Trib]

-> The BLM plans to lease thousands of acres of federal land for oil and gas drilling in the San Rafeal Swell despite the fact the tracts are within wilderness areas. [Trib]

-> More controversy comes out of the municipal elections as it appears Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis offered assistance to a candidate who was a registered Republican. [Trib]

-> Tooele County passes a $2.6 million tax increase as a way to stave off further deep cuts to services. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @jaloysius: "Tip of the hat to RN's lawyers. Four decades (!) later, the last batch of Nixon tapes will be released today at noon eastern time."

Happy birthday: To state Rep. Michael Morley and Kat Boden Dayton.

In other news: SL Co. Assessor Lee Gardner has resigned after 19 years in the post to embark on a LDS mission to Spain with his wife. [Trib]

-> Howard Dean dropped by Utah and urged Democrats to go after the 300,000 unregistered voters in the state. [Trib]

-> A majority of Utah voters don't think that the so-called Zion Curtain does anything to curtail younger onlookers from drinking. [Herald]

-> Paul Rolly talks rising FrontRunner fees, shrinking bonuses at the UTA, cut-backs at the Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah's Catch-22. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the NSA's data farming. [Trib]

-> The deadline to submit an application for a spot on the United Effort Plan board of trustees has been extended until Sept. 30. The UEP is a trust holding large portions of land in the polygamist-dominated border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, AZ. [Trib]

-> At a public meeting on Tuesday citizens groups voiced their concerns to federal officials that the UTA and the UDOT have stopped considering the views of regular people when it comes to planning. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott offers his take on what positions Utah politicians would play if there were part of a soccer club. [UtahPolicy]

-> Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is holding five town hall meetings across the state in the next few weeks. [ABC4]

-> Utah GOP Chairman James Evans is pushing for SLC to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Utah Republican National Committeewoman Enid Mickelsen is concerned that the price tag for holding the convention could exceed $40 million. [DNews]

Nationally: Two anonymous lawmakers say that Maine Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans at a private fund-raiser that President Barack Obama "hates white people." [NYTimes] [Politico]

-> Despite a decline in the number of cases awaiting action, a petition signed by 26,000 veterans and sent to the White House Tuesday is asking President Barack Obama to end the disability claims backlog and fire Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki. [WaPost]

-> Hawaii state House Democrats will meet this week to discuss legalizing same-sex marriage. If the Dems think they can get enough votes to support a bill, the governor will call a special session to deal with the issue in the fall. [WaPost]

-> Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas., is the first Republican senator to declare his support for Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve chairman. President Barack Obama will make a decision on a nomination in the fall. [Politico]

-> Former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says that all GOP senators who do not support cutting funding for Obamacare because they are worried they will be blamed for a government shutdown should be replaced. [TheHill]

-> In an email to his supporters, Obama said he would be unveiling a series of proposals to help make college more affordable by reshaping the way Americans pay for higher education. [NYTimes]

-> Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., intends to file a lawsuit challenging the IRS's interpretation of a law governing whether groups qualify for tax-exempt status as social-welfare organizations. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart tours ATK facilities in Magna and speaks at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Event.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert catches up with Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, holds interviews for open judicial slots and positions on the state school board, talks to Amanda Smith from the Utah Dept. of Air Quality and discusses refugee issues with Thurl Bailey and Jon Pierpont.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker drops by an orientation session for new employees, meets with community liaisons and attends the 100th Anniversary Celebration for Sarah Daft Home.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder speaks to Granger High students.
  • President Barack Obama attends meetings at the White House.

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-- Thomas Burr and Isobel Markham

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/i_markham



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