-> Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is calling for a religious exemption to President Barack Obama's executive order protecting LGBT employees from discrimination with government contractors. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> The court case on the Joint Operating Agreement with The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News will be heard again before a judge in September to see if the case is worth pursuing. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
Tweet of the day: From @BenWinslow: "Many in the #utleg refuse to open Warren Jeffs' letters. Other lawmakers say it's not the craziest thing they've gotten."
-> From @UTStateCapitol: "We did tell them that tater tots are extremely popular among the legislative session crowd!"
-> From @jpaceDC: "Pet peeve: When WH tries to discredit stories bc of use of anonymous sources. Then why do WH officials speak to reporters anonymously?"
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, and West Valley City Councilman Corey Rushton.
In other news: Congressional candidate Doug Owens switched his campaign manager in his race for District 4, a move he says was planned, but his top aide says wasn't. [Trib]
-> More than 20 activists were arrested during a protest at a tar sands development in eastern Utah, and the group accused Uintah County deputies of "brutality." [Trib]
-> SLC Councilman Luke Garrott could challenge Mayor Ralph Becker should the incumbent mayor seek a third term. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley suggests the scary spot unaccompanied minors find themselves between Mexico and the United States. [Trib]
-> The mayor of South Jordan is against the city's split from Jordan School District. [Trib]
-> Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring will retire in February after 11 years of service. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz appears to be the only candidate actually raising money in the 3rd Congressional District race. [UtahPolicy]
-> A communications company in Utah is increasing its Salt Lake branch, bringing 1,000 new jobs to the city. [DNews]
Nationally: Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent 1,000 troops from the National Guard to the Mexican border to help with the immigration overload. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]
-> When signing the executive order to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, President Barack Obama said, "We're on the right side of history." [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> Obama also condemned anyone in Russia or Ukraine trying to hinder investigation of the downed Malaysian airliner. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [Politico]
-> Check out this profile of Vice President Joe Biden in which Obama says Biden would make a "superb" president in 2016. [NewYorker] [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz travels back to Washington, meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams, talks with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, votes in the evening and attends a Young Guns dinner.
Rep. Chris Stewart also flies to Washington, conducts a staff meeting and hosts a telephone town hall event.
President Barack Obama talks with representatives of Apollo 11, signs HR803 on workplace innovation and travels to Seattle. He later attends a party fundraiser and a Senate Majority PAC roundtable before flying to San Francisco.
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