Tea party leaders avoid Nevada cattle battle. LG's office investigating anonymous letter. San Juan County leader urges ATV ride on BLM land.
Happy Thursday. The battle over cattle in southern Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has attracted a ton of right-wing media coverage but not any of the tea party leaders you thought might show up. Turns out, the most well-known tea party icons are staying away from the cow roundup, preferring to take aim at Obamacare. [Politico]
-> The Lt. Gov.'s office is launching an investigation into who sent a letter to Utah County GOP delegates claiming to be from the Foundation for Government Accountability. [Herald]
-> A San Juan County commissioner is advocating taking motorized rides next month in an off-limits canyon in protest the BLM's actions. [Trib]
-> Marc Sessions Jenson faced a set back in his efforts to get former AGs Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify in court. [Trib]
From @MarkKnoller: "Of course, if Biden had a deal with a smartphone maker to take the selfie with POTUS, he'll probably get a cease & desist from WH Counsel."
Happy Birthday: To Taylorsville City Councilwoman Kristie Overson, Gov. Gary Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter and attorney Randy Dryer.
-> Utah has some of the highest interest rates for payday loans in the nation. [Trib]
-> The South Jordan City Council approved an apartment complex overlooking the Jordan River despite objections from residents and the mayor. [Trib]
-> Four cities in SL County are receiving $10,000 ZAP tax grants to promote arts in their communities. [Trib]
-> The WVC Council rejected a proposal to build a multicultural marketplace along the Jordan River. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses the Cliven Bundy cattle scandal. [KUTV]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Russian President Vladimir Putin's military strategy. [Trib]
Nationally: Three Democratic women running for Senate in battleground states raked in a lot of cash. [WaPost]
-> Speaking of Democratic women running for Senate, outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is thinking about it. [NYTimes]
-> Get ready folks, campaign ads are already here. [WaPost]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb
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