GOP upset over slow pace of IRS probe. Herbert hopes to have fed deal on Medicaid by summer. Audit: Utah State Fair under-attended, over-subsidized.
Happy Friday. The IRS, easily one of Americans' top hated government agencies, seems like an easy target for Republicans but some in the GOP are upset by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa's continued probe over the targeting of tea party groups. The point: It shouldn't have dragged on so long, and it's become a distraction from serious charges. Among those complaining, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah: "There is a perception that if your case is rock-solid, it doesn't need months to sort it out." [Politico]
-> The National Parks director says Americans' disconnect with their national treasures is making it more difficult to protect and maintain the lands. [Trib]
From @CarrieNBCNews: "Biden, noting his diplomatic outreach in the Americas: 'The president's basically put me in charge of this hemisphere.'"
Happy Birthday: On Sunday, to former state Rep. Lorie Fowlke and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's Stacee Adams.
In other news: Former Deputy AG Kirk Torgensen is also part of the broad investigation into former AG John Swallow. [Trib]
-> The change in age requirements for Mormon missions is again cutting into enrollment at Utah colleges, especially among women. [Trib]
-> Former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis said the party almost convinced a former LDS general authority to run for office two years ago. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss Dabakis' resignation and the possible GOP lawsuit against the Count My Vote deal. [UtahPolicy]
-> Gov. Herbert said if he runs for another term he would gather signatures to get on the primary ballot as well as go through the caucus-convention system. [KUTV] Bernick says even state officials are a little confused about the new process to get on the ballot. [UtahPolicy]
-> Paul Rolly says a teacher that criticized Granite School District's standardized testing was put on administrative leave and may be fired. [Trib]
-> GOP Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton is taking a page out of Mayor Ben McAdams playbook: reaching across the aisle to grab support for her election. [UtahPolicy]
-> Ann Romney will be the commencement speaker at Southern Utah University. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley pokes fun at Sen. John McCain's reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea. [Trib]
Nationally: A report commissioned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on the George Washington Bridge lane closures put almost all the blame on two former Christie appointees. The report did not conclude if the closures were politically motivated or not. [BergenRecord]
-> President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis and the two discussed poverty, inequality, war and other topics. [WaPost]
-> Congress has approved a $1 billion aid package for Ukraine. [NYTimes]
-> The White House said more than 6 million people signed up for health insurance through state and federal exchanges. [Politico]
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-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb
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