EPA hunting for serial pooper. Lee vindicated by Supreme Court ruling. FEC complaint filed against Lee.
Happy Friday. Put down your cereal to read this: The Denver office of the Environmental Protection Agency had to send an interoffice memo around asking for its staff to stop leaving feces in the hallway. It seems there's a serial pooper on the loose. The memo, which is seriously not a joke, asks employees to stop stuffing paper towels in toilets so they overrun, and above all to come forward if they know who might be leaving feces outside the restroom. And you thought your workplace had issues. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Opponents of same-sex marriage vow to take their fight to the Supreme Court and are hoping the justices will side with state's rights. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert says he's not sure if Utah will prevail if it takes its case against gay marriage to the high court but if so, the state should do so swiftly. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee was one of the loudest voices criticizing President Barack Obama's appointments to the national labor board and now feels vindicated by the Supreme Court ruling that Obama's move was unconstitutional because the Senate wasn't technically in recess. [Trib] Sen. Orrin Hatch says the ruling shows Obama's pattern of "lawlessness." [KUTV] Nationally: [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
Tweet of the day: From @davidaxelrod: "Shouldn't it be taxpayers suing Congress for LACK of action, instead of Congress suing the President for doing too much?"
Happy Birthday: To KSL Radio's Sheryl Lake Worsley and the Detroit News' David Shephardson. And on Saturday to Quinn McCord.
-> Gov. Gary Herbert is unsure whether Utah will succeed in its appeal of same-sex marriage, saying in a KUED news conference, "We can speculate and suppose what the outcome will be but we don't know." [Trib]
-> More than 20 percent of Utah's population, or one in five residents, is a minority. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says while the new parking kiosks in downtown Salt Lake City aren't perfect, a private parking lot can have its own problems. [Trib]
-> A Bountiful doctor trying to expand Medicaid is running for House District 19 and he'll likely win. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake City Council is asking the SLC Police Department to talk to residents about how to handle a missing child case after an officer shot a dog when trying to find a missing kid in the area. [KSL]
-> A new book examines the murder of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith and the events leading up to it. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the 10th Circuit Court ruling, the primary elections and Gov. Gary Herbert's plans to run for re-election. [UtahPolicy]
-> With the recent ruling on same-sex marriage, check out this powerful story of staff working under the Bush administration who were gay, but kept it closeted. [Politico]
-> A Pew Research Center poll found than only one in four people can correctly state which party is the majority in both the House and the Senate. Do you know? [WaPost]
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-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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