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(John Locher | The Associated Press) The Bureau of Land Management calls cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy, below, "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy has been grazing in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
News roundup: Tea party icons avoid Nevada cattle battle

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]

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Topping the news: The big difference between Utah and Oklahoma's court battles over same-sex marriage: Utah's was first. [Trib] [DNews]

-> 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]

Tweet of the day: From @TheFix: "Barack Obama and Joe Biden took a selfie. Yes, for real. [Twitter]

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.

In other news: Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has proposed "Code R Kit Project" to make inquiries into rape investigations more transparent. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> 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]

-> The White House may be more on board with Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to make health care more accessable to low-income Utahns than state lawmakers. [DNews] [Fox13] [UtahPolicy]

-> 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?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart meets with WVC Mayor Ron Bigelow and attends the Sanpete County convention.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Alan Matheson and hits Comic Con.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox heads to the Governor's Rural Partnership Board meeting and the Juab and Sanpete county conventions.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams appears on KUTV, participates in the Great Utah ShakeOut Earthquake Drill and Afternoon Earthquake Preparedness Exercises with County Emergency Management Staff.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends budget, air quality and community liaison meetings and gives the Bicycle-Friendly Business District welcome address.
  • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House and meets with officials from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

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