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Published April 8, 2014 7:25 am
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GOP congressman caught in 'extramarital encounter.' Three Utahns hit the federal donation cap tossed by the Supreme Court. Gay marriage supporters give send off to plaintiffs on way to 10th Circuit arguments.

Happy Tuesday. A Louisiana newspaper has video of Rep. Vance McAllister, a married GOP congressman who campaigned on family values, kissing a congressional staffer, calling it an "extramarital encounter." McAllister released a statement saying he's sorry and will work to rebuild trust of his constituents. [TPM]

Topping the news: Three Utahns are among the 646 donors who hit the campaign donation cap the Supreme Court overturned last week. [Trib]

-> Utahns sent over 200 messages of support to the plaintiffs in the case the overturned Amendment 3 as they head off to Denver. (More coverage below) [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> Utah GOP Chairman James Evans is looking to rank-and-file Republicans to help raise funds for the party to diversify the revenue stream. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From @JohnGramlich: "BREAKING: Adultering politician asks for forgiveness."

From @rebeccaberg: "Indox: 'Grimes Statement On NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game.' With nary a mention of that McConnell ad!"

Happy Birthday: To Republican strategist John Weaver.

In other news: Here's a look at the couple who challenged Amendment 3. [APviaHerald]

-> The Deseret News gives a run down of what will happen in Denver. [DNews]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert is headed on a four-day trip to Mexico next week to try and expand economic opportunities for Utah exporters. [UPR]

-> Sen. Mike Lee's Jell-O Wednesday has gotten some attention recently despite the fact that there are no shredded carrots in his supplied snack. Plus, there's a nifty video to go along with the story. [Trib]

-> A surplus M-16 rifle given by the military to the Davis County Sheriff's Office has gone missing, possible back in 2006. [Trib]

-> The Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency wants to allocate over $3 million to purchase an undetermined piece of land. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives a new take on a Woody Guthrie classic. [Trib]

Nationally: Common wisdom is that the more voters know, the better choices they'll make. But a new study shows that partisans have a hard time believing facts when they've already staked out a position. [Vox]

-> President Barack Obama is going to speak today about closing the wage gap between men and women but his critics point out that women earn less than men at the White House. [NYTimes]

-> The Supreme Court decided against hearing a case about whether a wedding photographer can refuse to shoot same-sex weddings. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits in a Judiciary Committee hearing with AG Eric Holder and an Oversight hearing.

Rep. Rob Bishop meets with Conoco Phillips' Chief Economist Marianne Kah, attends a Natural Resources Committee hearing and meets with members of the Utah Snow Mobile Association to talk about public land management issues. He also goes to the Team Boehner meeting, meets with colleagues on the HASC Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, and representatives from the Utah Physical Therapy Association, the Rosemont Dental School in Utah and the Utah Academy of Family Physicians.

Gov. Gary Herbert has a live interview on Bloomberg Mexico TV, a Utah business press conference and a Utah Investment overview. He also meets with Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, minister of the Economy of Mexico, Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and Daniel Servitje, Grupo Bimbo CEO.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hits the Sevier and Beaver county conventions.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a Department Directors Meeting, a Utah Performing Arts Center update and has a GreenBike 2014 re-launch press conference.

President Barack Obama announces executive orders to strengthen equal pay laws, has lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and meets with the VP and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb






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