The governor's vetoes. The presidential selfie that turned out to be a phone ad. And the Supreme Court decision that should pump even more money into politics.
Happy Thursday. Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama at the White House this week. It was a nice moment, except that it was all part of an ad campaign. One Sox supporter called it a "Yankee move." [BusinessWeek] [WaPost] [Globe]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert wrapped up bill signings Wednesday with a few vetoes, including one on a bill stemming from the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow. The bill would have strengthened subpoenas issued by the state Legislature. Herbert's concern is that it didn't allow for a person to challenge such a subpoena in court. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [KUTV] [ABC4] [UtahPolicy]
-> The Guv also vetoed an education bill requiring a 15 parent panel that looks over standardized test questions to also investigate complaints from parents about curriculum and learning materials. The panel never asked for nor wants the authority. [Trib]
-> The Supreme Court struck down the limit on the total amount a donor can spend each campaign season, a move heralded by Republicans and questioned by Democrats. [Trib] [ABC4] [WaPost] Here are some breakdown of winners and losers. [WaPost] [NBC]
-> The U.S. government secretly helped create a "Cuban Twitter" in hopes of stirring up political unrest in that Communist island, according to an AP investigation. [AP]
Tweet of the day: From @EricEthington: "If money now = speech, then speech must = money. I'm sending my landlord a copy of my latest article for rent this month."
From @HarrisonMooney: "Just so we're clear: Rob Ford just voted against honouring Canadian olympians, paralympians and Nelson Mandela. By Accident."
From @NPsteve: "Rob Ford dissenting vote in motion to not murder all the puppies in Toronto."
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights.
In other news: A new law in Utah increases the prison sentence for teachers convicted of sexually abusing children, though the lesser punishment still is in place for other adults in authority positions such as doctors, parents or religious leaders. [Trib]
-> State Rep. Richard Greenwood has ended his re-election bid, saying he'd rather step aside that get into a primary fight against fellow Republican Mike Schultz. [UtahPolicy]
-> A new U. study shows that people who live in compact, connected urban communities have better quality of life than those in sprawl areas. [Trib]
> The governor is working to bring tier 3 gasoline to the state. [KUTV]
-> 85 percent of Utahns over 50 say Congress should work to provide people over 50 equal opportunity at work. [DNews]
-> Immigration lawyers will volunteer to help legal immigrants apply for citizenship on April 26. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on where potential Republican presidential candidates place their faith. [Trib]
Nationally: Americans of all stripes support limits on campaign donations. [NYTimes]
-> Obama held a rally in Michigan to call for an increase in the minimum wage that sure looked like the first steps of a midterm campaign to help congressional Democrats. [CBSNews]
-> Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's voting blunders and how the council wouldn't let him correct his mistake. [Star]
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