Spoof: Visit SLC, but leave if you must. Lockhart for school superintendent? Lee: Congress should approve major regulations.
Happy Friday. Salt Lake City officials have launched a new ad campaign: If you visit SLC, you can always leave if you don't like it. "The award-winning Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, the Natural History Museum of Utah - these are all places you can up and leave any moment you please," says Mayor Ralph Becker.
OK, that's not a real quote, and it's not a real campaign. The Onion, a satirical news site, posted a faux story and video yesterday poking fun of Utah's capital city and it's too funny to miss. (With apologies to Scott Beck and Mayor Becker.) [TheOnion]
Topping the news: Paul Rolly says that House Speaker Becky Lockhart, long thought to be eyeing the governor's chair, may be setting her sights on being the state school superintendent. [Trib]
-> The State School Board, meanwhile, named Joel Coleman as interim superintendent, though some board members raised concerns about his qualifications. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee wants Congress to approve of any federal regulation that impact more than $100 million of the economy, adding a check and balance to what he sees as overreach by the central government. [Trib][DNews]
From @gdebenedetti: "An advantage of having VP Biden on your train out of
Union Station: minimal delays."
Happy Birthday: On Saturday, to former Tribune reporter John Keahey.
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the talking heads telling President Barack Obama how to deal with ISIS and Iraq. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss this week in politics, including their poll on same-sex marriage, Jackie Biskupski's possible run for SLC mayor and the annoying thing local TV anchors do. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick also takes on Sen. Jim Dabakis over his criticism of Utah Policy's polling. [UtahPolicy]
-> The future of Mulligans Golf and Games complex will be decided after a city-wide public-opinion survey. [Trib]
-> The president of the Utah County Association of Realtors, Bill Freeze, has thrown his hat into the Utah County Commissioner race as a write-in candidate. [Trib]
Nationally: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, says the road to defeating the ISIS may be a long-term effort, and the only way to win may be extending airstrikes into Syria at some point. [NYTimes][WaPost][Politico][WSJ]
Where are they?
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-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson
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