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Mitt Romney isn't running for president but what about veep? Watchdog group files complaint about Rep. Ken Ivory. Poll: Less than half of voters want to re-elect Love.
Happy Tuesday. Mitt Romney fell short of winning the presidency but what about a Vice President Romney? In his new book, radio show host Hugh Hewitt argues that the GOP presidential candidates this time around should give serious thought to choosing Romney as a running mate because he would be a formidable campaigner and fundraiser and has the influence and status of former Veep Dick Cheney. [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mitt-romney-called-top-vp-pick-in-2016/article/2565369" target="_blank">Examiner]
Topping the news: A watchdog group has filed formal complaints in three states alleging Rep. Ken Ivory uses phony facts and arguments to scam local governments into giving his group taxpayer dollars that eventually flow to himself and his wife. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2575779-155/utah-snake-oil-salesman-rep-ken" target="_blank">Trib] [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629867/Watchdog-group-accuses-Utah-lawmaker-of-fraud-in-soliciting-funds-for-lands-fight.html" target="_blank">DNews] [http://kuer.org/post/good-government-group-seeks-probe-utah-lands-transfer-leader" target="_blank">KUER] [http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/group-asks-states-to-investigate-utah-lawmaker-s-lands-push/article_f0ed1ed6-1843-5ca7-99a7-3d3492cc20bb.html" target="_blank">AP]
-> A new poll shows some 47 percent of district residents want to re-elect Rep. Mia Love while some 58 percent want to give Rep. Jason Chaffetz another term (FYI: the poll has a plus or minus 7 percent margin of error). [http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/5844-poll-shows-love-could-be-vulnerable-in-2016" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]
-> Sophia Hawes-Tingey, a candidate for the Midvale City Council, could be the first transgender person to be elected in Utah. [http://fox13now.com/2015/06/01/midvale-candidate-could-make-history-as-the-first-transgender-person-elected-in-utah/" target="_blank">Fox13]
Tweets of the day: From @https://twitter.com/jermsguy" target="_blank">jermsguy: "Who has a more convincing Southern accent - Ewan McGregor or Hillary Clinton?"
-> From @https://twitter.com/Will_Antonin" target="_blank">Will_Antonin: "Has the Patriot Act lapsed yet? I have some weird stuff I've been dying to check out of my local library."
In other news: Here's a look at the two potential prison relocation sites in Utah County. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2575430-155/the-state-prison-move-a-look" target="_blank">Trib] The Prison Relocation Committee will hold its third meeting tonight in Eagle Mountain. [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629869/Eagle-Mountain-mayor-wants-to-avoid-contentious-debate-at-prison-open-house.html" target="_blank">DNews]
-> Rep. Mia Love returned to her high school in Connecticut to speak to students. [http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/politics/utah-congresswoman-mia-love-returns-home-norwalk-high" target="_blank">DailyVoice]
-> Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon calling out the NSA's collection of phone data. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2576646-155/bagley-cartoon-nsa-aleeper-agents" target="_blank">Trib]
-> GREENbike, Salt Lake City's bike sharing program, is taking off. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2575489-155/greenbike-rides-again-in-salt-lake" target="_blank">Trib]
-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and some City Council members knew of allegations of sexual harassment filed against new Fire Chief Brian Dale before appointing him last week. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2576484-155/salt-lake-city-council-was-briefed" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Becker also formerly filed for re-election yesterday. [http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-mayor-ralph-becker-files-re-election" target="_blank">KUER] [http://fox13now.com/2015/06/01/filing-begins-in-slc-municipal-elections/" target="_blank">Fox13]
-> A local union says the Salt Lake City Police Department is being stretched thin, especially on the east side of town. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2572798-155/rising-crime-keeps-salt-lake-city" target="_blank">Trib] [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629791/Salt-Lake-police-union-chief-joins-calls-to-hire-more-officers.html?pg=all" target="_blank">DNews]
-> The Utah chapter of a group formed by the Koch Brothers is supporting legislators who voted against Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629833/Koch-brothers-group-launches-campaign-against-Healthy-Utah.html" target="_blank">DNews]
-> Patricia Jones, a former state senator, was given initial approval for a position on the Utah State Board of Regents. [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629829/Senate-committee-gives-early-approval-to-appoint-Patricia-Jones-to-Board-of-Regents.html" target="_blank">DNews]
-> The South Jordan City Council paid off its bond on Mulligans Golf and Game, but some council members and residents say it's not as good of a deal as it seems. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2575412-155/south-jordan-city-pays-off-46m" target="_blank">Trib]
Nationally: The aftermath of the partial Patriot Act expiration comes down to a spat between Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/us/bluff-calledmitch-mcconnell-misplays-his-hand-in-phone-data-fight.html?ref=politics" target="_blank">NYTimes] [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/now-the-senates-biggest-feud-is-hitting-the-presidential-campaign-trail/2015/06/01/ba3de11a-0886-11e5-a7ad-b430fc1d3f5c_story.html" target="_blank">WaPost] [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/patriot-act-meltdown-mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-bond-118522.html?hp=t1_r" target="_blank">Politico]
-> Many Americans have felt personally affected by the death of Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau. [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/joe-bidens-tragedy-is-a-death-in-the-american-family-118517.html?hp=t2_r" target="_blank">Politico]
-> Caitlyn Jenner now has more Twitter followers than President Barack Obama. [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/caitlyn-jenner-bruce-twitter-followers-record-118509.html?hp=l6_4" target="_blank">Politico]
-> Hillary Clinton announced that she will launch her campaign on June 13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/06/01/hillary-clinton-to-hold-official-launch-rally-on-roosevelt-island-in-new-york-city/" target="_blank">WaPost]
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Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner