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Utah lawmakers shocked by health care ruling. Utah case at the heart of the decision. Lee says its good for Romney.

Happy Friday. The political sphere is still recovering from yesterday's surprising Supreme Court ruling on health care and we've got all the coverage you need to know right here:

SCOTUS: Utah's lawmakers are taken aback by the Supreme Court's decision, but rise with more resolve to repeal it. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert will abide by the Affordable Healthcare Act's Medicare mandate, but will work to repeal law, and certainly won't allow it to "bust the budget." [Trib] [DNews] [KCPW] [KUER]

-> A group of Utah caregivers are both shocked and thrilled by the Supreme Court ruling. Many recall when patients had to be turned down for lack of insurance. [Trib] [DNews] [KCPW] [KUER]

-> Justice John Roberts cites a 1996 Utah case as the premise for his decision to uphold mandate as a tax. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee decries the Supreme Court of forcing new tax on citizens and calls the ruling a great boon for Romney. [Politico] [TheHill]

-> All three Utah House members, including Democrat Jim Matheson, joins movement to charge U.S. Attorney general in contempt of Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says it's about justice. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @SamYoungman: "Biden: This is a huge [bleep]ing, mother[bleep]ing deal with a [bleep] on it's [bleep] and [bleep]ing [bleep] [bleep]edthrough the nose."

Facebook update: From Dave Hansen: "Just checked with — John Roberts is the illegitimate grandson of Earl Warren."

Happy birthday: To former state Rep. Sheryl Allen, Carl Wimmer the Daily Herald's Ashley Franscell Detrick. On Sunday, send your birthday wishes to Ben Horsley and Bob Springmeyer.

In other news: Two state labor employees are on leave after it is alleged they destroyed vital documents workers compensation cases. [Trib]

-> An outspoken board member of the Salt Lake City library is asked not to return by the the mayor's office. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly disappointed at parking enforcement who "waited like vultures" at the Utah Arts Festival to write tickets. [Trib]

-> Utah won't take any chances on fireworks in this dry season. Gov. Herbert issues ban in unincorporated areas. [KUTV] [Fox13] [KCPW]

-> Thomas Burr talks about the Sen. Orrin Hatch's primary victory and what it means for his future and other Republicans around him. [KCPW]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the GOP's shock at the Obamacare ruling. [Trib]

-> The Democratic primaries in Utah this week are a shock to Bernick. [UtahPolicy]

-> Utah Policy's Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah politics in their weekly podcast. [UtahPolicy]

2012 watch: Obama calls the ruling on his Affordable Healthcare Act a victory for all American. He acknowledges it wasn't popular politically, but that it still the right thing to do. [Reuters] [CNN]

-> Romney says the American people need to elect him if they want Obamacare repealed but his history on healthcare may complicate things. [Reuters] [CNN]

-> The historic ruling energizes supporters on both sides. It reinvigorates the President's waning supporters, and gives life to the fleeting tea party. [CNN]

-> CNN and Fox got the initial news of the ruling wrong. Ironically Obama was watching both, confusing him. [CNN]

-> Rick Santorum takes a stab at both Romney and Obama by saying "their" healthcare plan will ruin the country. [CNN]

-> "The stakes are higher:" The Romney camp collects more than $2 million in donations in response to the healthcare ruling. [TheHill]

Where are they?

Rep. Rob Bishop attends a retirement ceremony for Col. Todd Harmer.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz sits in on a leader's circle meeting with Majority Leader Eric Cantor and has a conference call with U.S. Forest Service officials.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell visits Window Rock in southern Utah.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon attends Utah Association of Counties meeting.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker appears at the downtown achievement awards lunch then meets with Office of Diversity & Human Rights Coordinator Yolanda Francisco-Nez.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder prepares for Taylorsville Dayzz.

President Barack Obama travels to Colorado Springs to observe and speak on the wildfires that plague the state.

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