D.C. media diss RNC's Cleveland pick. Hemp oil permits available now. Gay rights groups drop support of gay rights bill.
Happy Wednesday. It's official: Republicans are going to Cleveland for their 2016 convention, and Utah's own Enid Greene Mickelsen led the group that decided to head there. But that choice isn't sitting well with some of the D.C. media personalities who apparently don't want to Flee to Cleve.
-> "Woohoo we're going to Cleveland! - nobody ever," tweeted Buzzfeed's John Stanton. "Also, Cleveland finally won something competitive," added the Washington Examiner's David Drucker. Travon Free, a writer for The Daily Show, chimed in, "I'm sorry Cleveland, but getting the GOP convention is really not gonna help you get LeBron back." Salt Lake City wasn't in the mix for the GOP convention but you can imagine what the media might say then. [TheHill]
-> A gay rights group is no longer supporting a gay rights bill because it contains religious exemptions -- the reason Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, supports it. [Trib]
-> Former Attorney General John Swallow hired a new criminal defense attorney to represent him. [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @AaronBlakeWP: "Political parties are just like family. We support them even when they drive us crazy."
-> From @KevinSidwar: "I declare the economy fully recovered as people are now backing both a potato salad AND coleslaw @kickstarter projects."
In other news: A group in support of same-sex marriage signed a petition and will deliver it to Gov. Gary Herbert today asking him to drop Utah's court case. [DNews]
-> Despite a low amount of per pupil spending, Herbert said, "I'm not worried. We have been able to put new money into education." [KUTV]
-> Labor unions are backing two Utah Republicans this time around, and say it's not about the party but the issues. [UtahPolicy]
-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley depicts President Barack Obama serving immigrant children more than he bargained. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly writes about the ungodly process of renewing your driver license, award-winning cops and sweaty graduates. [Trib]
-> Davis County voted to add a UTA bus rapid transit route to run through Bountiful, Woods Cross and North Salt Lake. [Trib]
-> Voters are concerned the Utah county attorney broke the law in making public the personal records of his opponent. [Herald]
-> The Alpine Emergency Watershed Protection project was completed much to the praise of residents who feared flooding and mudslides. [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a little under $4 billion to help with undocumented minors crossing the border without parents, calling it a "moral obligation." [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> Obama nominated Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall as the new deputy secretary of Energy. [NYTimes]
-> Washington is now the second state to legally sell marijuana. [WSJ]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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