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Portraits of world leaders which are part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," are on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
News roundup: Bush's artwork 'ham-handed,' but insightful about ex-prez

Bush artwork 'ham-handed' but offers his personal reflections. Corroon, Davis running for Dem chair. Profiles of the two sides of the gay-marriage debate.

Happy Monday. Former President George W. Bush put his artwork up for display at his library this this weekend and the New York Times art critic says he's a "decent amateur," even if his talent isn't something the art world would laud. "Mr. Bush has an uncanny ability to translate photographs into more awkward images enlivened by distortions and slightly ham-handed brushwork," the critic writes, then quickly adds that its not the brushstrokes that matter but the perspective Bush paints into his portraits. [NYTimes]

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Topping the news: Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Brigham Young University political scientist Richard Davis are running to chair of the Utah Democratic Party. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Ahead of the 10th Circuit Court arguments this week, The Tribune profiles the legal teams on both sides of the gay marriage debate in Utah: The defenders of Amendment 3 who believe in their cause of "traditional marriage" [Trib]; and the lawyers fighting to end the same-sex marriage ban who took up the case because they say its the right thing to do. [Trib]

-> A new TV ad in Utah uses grandparents to argue why gay Utahns should be able to marry. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @DeidreHenderson: "Just randomly bumped into @GovHerbert at Hale Center Theater. I thanked him for not vetoing my bill. My son laughed at me."

Happy Birthday: To Lane Ronnow, host and producer of "A Story to Tell" from the campus of Dixie State University.

Opinion section: Paul Burke, the Utah State Bar's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2012; John Mackay, a litigator with more than two decades of experience; and Brett L. Tolman, a former U.S. attorney for Utah argue that Thursday's hearing on Utah's defense of Amendment 3 will be a test for the integrity of the AG's office. [Trib]

-> Marina Gomberg, a communications professional in Salt Lake City, says as a lesbian she's felt love and support from members of the LDS Church. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee says Republicans should stand up agains renewing the Import-Export Bank because it tilts the playing field toward certain companies, i.e. big corporations, and is the kind of thing conservatives should oppose. [NRO]

-> Michael Rossetti and Melanie Florence, founding members of Utah Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy, argue that Rocky Mountain Power needs a stronger commitment to renewable energy. [Trib]

-> Sachin Pavithran, legislative director of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah, argues that the Republican members of Utah's House delegation need to support a bill improving access to educational materials for people with disabilities. [Trib]

-> Todd Hodnett, the founder and chairman of Digital Recognition Network, a company that sells license plate recognition technology, says that a new Utah law easing restrictions on private license plate data collection does not go far enough. [Trib]

-> Jay Francis, a member of United Way of Salt Lake's Board of Directors and executive vice president of corporate affairs of Miller Family Philanthropy; and Paula Green Johnson is a member of United Way Worldwide's Women's Leadership Council and chair of United Way of Salt Lake's public policy committee, say that Congress needs to continue funding a federal program that provides in-home help for vulnerable families. [Trib]

-> George Pyle compares the John Roberts Supreme Court to a TEC-9. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses whether it is ethical for Iron County Republican Party Chairman Blake Cozzens to run for the state Legislature while still remaining a party leader. [Trib]

-> Rolly also talks about excessive parking tickets at the Capitol and other topics. [Trib] And the Trib columnist says that SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank wants the public to alert him to any police misconduct and he'll deal with it personally. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb lay out some races that are turning heads. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley suggests a possible reason behind some issues facing the LDS Church. [Trib]

-> Tribune Publisher Terry Orme explains why it is important to have a local reporter in Washington. [Trib]

-> Here are some of the best reader comments from sltrib.com. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says references last week's Supreme Court ruling in saying that we should have more free speech, not less. [DNews]

Weekend in review: With a change in leadership, Utah's Democratic Party is looking for a new direction. [DNews]

-> From our Washington Insight column: Utah's members of Congress may be holding more power next year. [Trib]

-> SL County will provide a way for people with disabilities to vote electronically. [DNews]

-> Utah County's Republicans will be choosing who will be the county's elected leaders next year since no other party fielded candidates. [Herald]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker is nominated his former campaign manager for a seat on the planning commission. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert and former Gov. Mike Leavitt helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cornerstone laying for the state Capitol. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Deseret News sat down with state Sen. Stuart Reid who has decades of experience on both sides of the political arena. [DNews]

-> It turns out that 75 percent of Utahns have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in their state government, the third most support of any state. [Trib]

-> A Westminster student will be among the first women to lead field artillery students in to combat after she is commissioned. [Trib]

-> Court documents provide a look at the lives of same sex couples challenging Amendment 3. [Trib]

-> Same-sex marriage advocacy group Utah Unites for Marriage, which features some notable Utahns, started a television ad campaign. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> UDOT says it has learned from the controversial ThrU Turns in Draper and Kearns and wants to put another one in Layton. [Trib]

-> Utah is in the middle of the road for how much residents pay in taxes to state and local governments. [Trib]

-> The West Jordan City Council rejected a plan to build an apartment complex next to Gardner Village. [Trib]

Nationally: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he will decide whether he is running for president by the end of the year. [WaPost]

-> A federal judge in Ohio will force the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state, but not require the state to perform such unions. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama is planning to issue two more executive orders related to equal pay. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz flies to Washington, meets with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and votes.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the UVU conference on Innovation in Emergency Services and visits the Department of Commerce.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has budget meetings, has a media interview and hits the Kitchen v. Herbert event at Library Square.
  • President Barack Obama visits a classroom and speaks at Bladensburg High School in Maryland. He also meets with Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars William Thien and attends the ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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