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News roundup: GOP speaker: African Americans taking back seat to gays, immigrants

Published August 27, 2013 11:12 am

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GOP speaker: African Americans have lost out to gays, immigrants. Utahns at center of climate change debate. Herbert: We're no Vail.

Happy Tuesday. The Republican National Committee held a 50th anniversary event in honor of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and the March on Washington yesterday and one of its most rousing speeches came from a black Republican who said the concerns of African Americans have taken a back seat.

-> "Everybody has come in front of them on the bus - gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists," the speaker said. "You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general." [WaPost]

Topping the news: Two Utahns are at the center of a congressional fight over whether pollution causes health problems: One, a BYU professor who was part of a much-cited study on the health risks posed by air pollution and the second, Rep. Chris Stewart, chairman of a subcommittee with jurisdiction on the subject. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah is trying to raise its public perception, noting while in Colorado that Utah is no "Vail." [DenverPost]

-> The White House says Utah's housing prices increased 9.4 percent since the depths of the economic crisis while new construction permits have jumped 72.8 percent, and that Utahns should back President Barack Obama on new housing initiatives. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @BuckSexton: "Im just waiting for President Obama to come out and say his position on Syria is 'evolving.'"

From @iowahawkblog: "If Miley Cyrus really wanted to shock people, she'd become a rodeo clown and wear an Obama mask. #transgressive"

Happy birthday: To former SLC Councilman Eric Jergensen.

Congrats: To Louis Cononelos, who has been referred to as "Mr. Kennecott" for his work in the mining industry, on his retirement after 34 years of service. The Utah Mining Association gave Cononelos its Patrick E. Connor Award in 2009.

In other news: Salt Lake City residents who register to vote by August 31st will get a chance to join a survey by a group called Move to Amend on whether political contributions should count as speech. [Trib]

-> Utah sportsmen are angry that the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration has allowed up to 80,000 acres of roadless land in the Books Cliff area for gas and oil development. [Trib]

-> Murray mayoral hopeful David Wilde dropped out of the race Monday, saying his prostate cancer has spread. Wilde says he isn't sure if he would be able to complete a full term. [Trib]

-> Utah motorists collectively drove to the sun 100 times, or 9.2 billion miles in 2011 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Utah ranked No. 29 in miles driven in the country compared to No. 1 California which drove over 84.7 billion miles. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the finger pointing over Syria's use of chemical weapons. [Trib]

-> Northern Utah business owners expressed frustration to Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, about the partisan politics in the immigration reform debate. Bishop stated that the partisan politics is not a Democrat versus Republicans issue, but a House versus Senate issue. [DNews]

-> Bishop, meanwhile, said his public lands initiative is going so well he's afraid to say much about it. [StandEx]

-> The business-backed Utah Taxpayers Association may support some tax increase for roads but is concerned about the other proposals out there in various local governments. [UtahPolicy]

-> The carriage horse that collapsed earlier this month in Salt Lake City has died. SLC Councilman Charlie Luke said in a release on his Facebook page that the horse's death will not deter the city's interest in the horse carriage issue. [Trib] [FOX13]

Nationally: U.N. inspectors are finally in Syria after snipers attacked the group's initial convoy. [WaPost]

-> Secretary of State John Kerry says that the Obama administration's evidence that chemical weapons were used against Syrian civilians is 'undeniable,' and President Barack Obama is determined to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Gmail's new tab system is making it difficult for campaign marketers to reach potential voters. [Politico]

-> Obama administration is taking a big risk in filing a lawsuit against Texas to block its voter ID law. The administration is hoping this move will further thwart other states trying to craft such laws. [Politico]

-> The U.S. is on course to run out of borrowing authority by mid-October. Officials say this leaves the government at high-risk for funding its operations, including Social Security and military salaries. This new deadline is earlier than most analysts expected. [WaPost]

-> The U.N. is outraged about the alleged spying of its internal operations. This statement was made after the German magazine Der Spiegel reported from documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA monitored the U.N.'s internal monitoring video, and bugged the European Union's office building in Washington, D.C. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Chris Stewart tours the Milford wind project, visits the Pacificorp Geothermal Plant in Milford and holds town hall meetings in Garfield and Kane counties.

Gov. Gary Herbert meets on his Education Excellence initiative at the Capitol and sits down with Spencer Eccles to discuss international travel strategy and an upcoming trade mission.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder holds a press conference to announce new police chief and runs a City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama meets with mayors from cities around the country to discuss reducing youth violence and later

hosts a reception for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

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— Thomas Burr and Jordan BaileyTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/THEJordanBailey