Utah 99% set to elect all GOP delegation. Hatch says he's sorry. Chaffetz: VA secretary must go.
Happy Friday. What are the odds that Utah will re-elect its three incumbent House Republicans and go for GOP candidate Mia Love? Oh, about 99 percent. That's the odds going into November by The Washington Post's Election Lab. Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are locks to keep their jobs, according to the analysis, and Love is on tap to replace Rep. Jim Matheson, who isn't running again. In fact, there are 405 House races where there isn't even a race, the Post notes, leaving only 30 elections, or 6.8 percent, that are actually competitive. [WaPost] And you can see the map -- and the Utah "races" here: [WaPost]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's sorry if he offended anyone with his comments that skewed a bit political on Memorial Day. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @Patbagley: "I am thinking of wearing a paper bag over my head to celebrate yet another national news story about modest dress in Utah"
-> From @danmccay: "@SenHoward: 'I'm a skunk in the garden of tax increment.' @GovHerbert: 'Sen Stephenson just said he's the Pepe Le Pew of the #utleg.'"
-> From @baseballot: "I'm old enough to remember when Eric Shinseki was the Cabinet member everyone missed on Sporcle quizzes."
Happy Birthday: To Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. On Saturday to State Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, and Tribune political reporter extraordinaire Robert Gehrke. And on Sunday to John Morgan, executive director of the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center.
In other news: Sen. Mike Lee, in reaction to Sen. Orrin Hatch's comment that legal same-sex marriage is inevitable, said he is unsure whether it will become a federal law, but said "it's wrong for these decisions to be made by federal judges." [DNews] [KSL]
-> Paul Rolly notes the Sutherland Institute has found a new source to fight same-sex marriage: people who are gay. [Trib]
-> The children of same-sex couples spoke about marriage equality in the state. [Trib]
Nationally: Among other claims of ill-service at the nation's VA hospitals, investigators now find that there were not enough doctors to provide care in certain facilities, including the Jackson, Miss. hospital. [NYTimes] Additionally, the list of politicians who hope to oust VA Secretary Eric Shinseki does not include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., or Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ate a private lunch together, a move that some suggest shows a strong partnership between the two politicians. [NYTimes]
-> Edward Snowden and the NSA seem to have different interpretations of an email Snowden sent before he leaked classified information. [Politico]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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