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News roundup: Another bridge scandal for Chris Christie?

Published June 24, 2014 9:25 am
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Another bridge scandal for Chris Christie? LDS Church excommunicates Kate Kelly. Shurtleff, Swallow used businessman's jet, Ferrari.

Happy Tuesday. Is there another bridge scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie brewing? Investigators looking into the whole bridge closure issue from last year have stumbled on to another concern: That Christie officials pushed to divert money from the Port Authority to fix a state-owned bridge — which isn't part of the Port Authority's purview — against the advice of lawyers. A securities probe is now ongoing. [NYTimes]

Topping the news: Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women movement, was excommunicated from the LDS Church; despite her sadness from the ruling, Kelly said, "I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don't leave. Stay, and make things better." [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13] [NYTimes] [LATimes]

-> Search warrants from the June 2 raid on former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow indicate that the two men borrowed indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson's jet and Ferrari and that Swallow had a stash $10,000 in his home. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL] [KUTV]

-> Primary election day is today for Utah, but the polls may not see many voters as no big-name candidates or races are on the ballot. [KUTV] Bob Bernick makes his predictions of who will win today. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From @lemckay: "Loooool Swallow/Shurtleff are the gifts that keep on giving."

-> From @cboyack: "10k? Swallow should have invested in bitcoin. Investigators wouldn't have a clue what to do with it."

In other news: Gun rights activist Clark Aposhian has settled his criminal case, pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. He can now have his arsenal of weapons back. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly says former AG Mark Shurtleff wasn't as concerned about a 2001 police raid in Midvale where a woman says officers pointed guns at young children. [Trib]

-> The owner of Hamblin Custom Furniture Frames says UTA has been plotting with the Utah Department of Transportation to take the land his factory currently resides on in downtown Salt Lake City to build a garage. [Trib]

-> Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has introduced a bill to stop non-law enforcement agencies from obtaining weapons after the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy dispute. [Trib]

-> BLM officials plan to round up 140 wild horses in southwestern Utah, despite calls to list the wild horse as an endangered species. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Promoting the scenic byway between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks could help bring in millions of tourism dollars. [Trib]

-> A former staffer to Rep. Jason Chaffetz who lied about his war injuries killed himself in March, according to court records. [DNews]

-> Mayor Ralph Becker commends cities nationwide for their efforts to reduce the ill effects of climate change. [DNews]

-> The Utah Honor Flight organization is sending 25 veterans from WWII to Washington to see memorials and be thanked for their service. [DNews] [KSL]

Nationally: President Barack Obama addressed the needs of working families by drawing on his own experiences. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Josh Earnest, who replaced Jay Carney as Obama's press secretary, had a rough first day on the job. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and Obama urged him to de-escalate forces in the region. [WaPost]

-> An investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that whistleblowers within the agency were ignored previous to the scandal that resulted in the resignation of Director Eric Shinseki. [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Obama is keeping the buzz alive with his signing of a memorandum to protect bees. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with the National Small Business Association, takes part in a GOP conference, attends an Oversight hearing on the IRS and meets with the Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Rep. Chris Stewart attends the weekly GOP conference meeting, speaks with Utah veterans at a WWII memorial in conjunction with the Utah Honor Flight, heads to a State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill mark up and meets with the RESULTS Group and later Bridgepoint Education. Stewart then presides over the House floor and participates in an IRS investigation briefing.

Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the polls at Orem Elementary School for primary election voting.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox works at a policy meeting in the morning and later participates in the Governor's Advisory Team meeting.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to a County Council meeting and talks with the media.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with the League of American Bicyclists, speaks with the press and hosts the Music with the Mayor event at the Gallivan Center.

President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hage. He later hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team.

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— Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner






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