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Republican strategist Karl Rove gestures while at a luncheon at the California Republican Party convention, in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2013. Rove told California Republicans to "get off the mat", and to find candidates to reflect the party's diversity. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
News roundup: Karl Rove warns GOP not to get cocky

Karl Rove to GOP: Don't get cocky. Stewart wants to kill agency 'SWAT teams.' Utah could lose $400 million in transportation funds.

Happy Wednesday. Republicans may be looking good heading into the midterm elections -- polls show Americans want the GOP in charge and President Barack Obama's numbers are low -- but campaign guru Karl Rove says his party should be careful not to coast. If "Republicans get cocky, think the election is over and think that all they need to do is to play it safe and beat up on Obama," Rove told Fox News, "Democrats are going to win more races than they otherwise should." [Politico]

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Topping the news: Rep. Chris Stewart says he's going to use his spot on the House Appropriations Committee to kill funding for "SWAT teams" at the BLM, IRS, etc. [Trib]

-> A conservative group that helped Sen. Orrin Hatch get re-elected in 2012 is suing the IRS claiming the agency targeted it based on its political views. [Trib]

-> Utah could lose more than $400 million in transportation funds if Congress doesn't act soon. [Trib]

-> Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, stirred up some controversy with this tweet: "We should've known Don Sterling was a racist when he gave money to National Association for Advancement of Colored People." [Trib] [Fox13] [KUTV]

Tweets of the day: From @TheFakeESPN: "LA Times announces it will deliver the paper to Donald Sterling's house without the sports section."

From: @FakeSportsCenter: "Adam Silver: 'We planned to ban Donald Sterling for the rest of the Clippers season but that's only a couple of games"

From: @ianbremmer: "US bans Putin from Ukraine for life, fines him $2.5 million. #WorthATry"

In other news: Wild horse advocates are criticizing Gov. Gary Herbert over comments he made on reducing the number of the horses in order to benefit cattle grazing. [DNews]

-> The Republican Party has opened a call center in Provo to contact undecided voters in key races to help in the party's efforts to take back the U.S. Senate. [Herald]

-> Sandy and South Jordan are both wooing the Hale Center Theater. [KUTV]

-> The percentage of Latinos in the United States who are foreign-born is shrinking because immigration has stalled and the number Latinos born in the country is growing. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses a case of alleged witness tampering, a panhandler shift change and other topics. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on a flexible immigration policy. [Trib]

Nationally: House Speaker John Boehner said passing immigration reform will depend on the White House changing its attitude toward congressional Republicans. [NYTimes]

-> President Barack Obama said the debate on the Affordable Care Act is over and called the law a success last week. Most Americans, however, are not convinced. [WaPost]

-> Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., tried to look hip yesterday while talking about raising the minimum wage and it didn't go so well: "Today, 50 Cents is a singing group. Am I right about that?" [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits Homeland Security and Judiciary mark-ups, hosts an RSC meeting with former VP Dick Cheney, meets with Indian Ambassador Dr. S. Jaishankar and attends the Young Guns reception.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox goes to the Unmanned Aerial Systems Committee meeting and speaks to Complete College Utah.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits the Kearns Ball Field Renovation Effort and meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a budget meeting and the Salt Lake Council of Governments and also meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams.
  • President Barack Obama speaks on raising the federal minimum wage.

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