GOP candidates' latest idea: Raffle off guns. 10th Circuit hearing on Oklahoma case just as unclear. Utah's population expected to double by 2050.
Happy Friday. It used to be that if you donated to a political campaign, all you got were more requests for money. Now you might win a gun. GOP candidates are turning more and more to online gun sweepstakes to lure potential contributors and boost their support. What better way, of course, to tout your 2nd Amendment love and excite folks at the same time. [NYTimes]
-> Utah's population is expected to double by 2050. [Trib]
From @Bencjacobs: "So ready for a big think piece on what the grandchild means for Hillary '16"
Happy Birthday: On Sunday to former state Rep. Bill Wright.
-> Paul Rolly discusses the fraudulent, anonymous attack letter sent to some Utah County Republican delegates and subsequent anonymous apology. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the Utah payday loan industry. [Trib]
-> After making noise at a city council meeting, SLC tennis players are getting Coach Mike back. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert named Thursday "Comic Con Heroes Day" at the Salt Lake Fan X opening press conference. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13] [ABC4] The convention isn't as large as the Outdoor Retailers expo but it's still a big deal for the state. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss this week in politics, including interesting results from county conventions and Herbert's alternative plan to Medicaid expansion. [UtahPolicy]
-> An an op-ed, Herbert touts Utah's free-market economy as the reason the state is doing so well. [DNews]
-> State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis and state Rep. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, talk about police pension plans and other topics. [ABC4]
Nationally: VP Joe Biden's son Beau, who is the Delaware attorney general, will run for governor in 2016. [NewsJournal]
-> The tale of "Kissing Congressman" Rep. Vance McAllister is quite a soap opera. [WaPost]
-> Outside groups, such as super PACS, are turning to more positive campaign ads this year. [NYTimes]
-> Remember the Obama-Biden selfie? Now the Internet has put it through Photoshop and made some additions. [WaPost]
-> Michael Bloomberg is confident he's earned a spot in heaven by a long way. [WaPost]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb
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