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News roundup: Report: IRS targeted liberal leaning groups, too

Published May 16, 2013 6:27 am

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IRS targeted Dem groups, too. Acting IRS commissioner resigns. Romney buys houses in Utah.

Happy Thursday. Turns out that it wasn't only tea party groups targeted by the IRS for increased scrutiny, there were a few liberal leaning wannabe nonprofits that faced the same level of concern. Three Democratic groups says not only were they subjected to extra questions from the IRS, one group say its tax exempt status denied. [Bloomberg]

Topping the news: Salt Lake and Davis county prosecutors are both investigating AG John Swallow for any violations of state law. [Trib]

-> The acting IRS commissioner resigned Wednesday after pressure from Republicans, including Sen. Orrin Hatch. [Trib]

-> Mitt Romney has bought a home in Utah next to his son Josh, though he still has homes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and California, too. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @CarlCannon: "All 3 scandals would coalesce if AP reporter writes abt Benghazi emails while being spied on by FBI, then is audited by IRS."

From @OrrinHatch: "Steven Miller's resignation was necessary, and represents an important first step for the IRS to begin to try to regain the public's trust."

Happy birthday: To the Target Group's Jim Gonzalez.

In other news: Three Utah police officers who died in the line of duty were honored with fellow fallen cops in Washington. [Trib]

-> In the wake of the John Swallow scandal, a state senator says Utah should look at appointing its attorney general instead of electing one. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Utah's leading gun group is again offering a free firearm training class for teachers — this time in southern Utah. [Trib]

-> Former state lawmaker Stephen Sandstrom talks to The Daily Show about his change of heart when it comes to immigration — and the show's producers line his house with a fence and "keep out" signs. [Herald]

-> State Sen. John Valentine says it's too early to say if Utah will adopt the recommendation by the feds for a lower the blood alcohol level for DUIs. [DNews]

-> A former Davis County deputy attorney is suing his old boss saying he faced a hostile work environment. [Trib]

-> Utah Republican delegates will consider a resolution to urge lawmakers to toss out Common Core curriculum for Utah schools. [Trib]

-> Former Rep. Fred Cox says the caucus-convention system could be improved but it is the best way to ensure grassroots power. [Trib]

-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist praises Rep. Jason Chaffetz for his continued efforts to probe the Benghazi terrorist attacks. [DNews]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop says the Defense Department furloughs are getting smaller but he's still not happy about it. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley suggests what's happening with the Obama administration. [Trib]

-> The U.S. House passed a bill that would authorize a land trade with between Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe. [Trib] Listen to the podcast between Bryan Schott and the author. [UtahPolicy]

-> A new comic book is launching with an LDS superhero who takes on Utah stereotypes. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: AG Eric Holder calls Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa "shameful," a comment that's not going to sit well with House Republicans. [AP]

-> IRS employees gave more than twice in donations to President Barack Obama than to Romney. [NRO]

-> Then-CIA Director David Petreaus objected to talking points for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi terrorist attack. [AP]

-> New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the American Indian education system is "embarrassing." [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jim Matheson meets with the Utah Petroleum Marketers and Retailers and with Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser.

Gov. Gary Herbert is in New Orleans for the Republican Governor Association meeting and then flies back to Salt Lake City.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with the Unified Police Department board, attends the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area meeting, lunches with former Mayor Peter Corroon and sits down with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn.

President Barack Obama meets with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and holds a new conference with him.

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— Thomas BurrTwitter.com/thomaswburr