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New Huntsman SuperPAC. Redistricting goes behind closed doors. Zion Curtain extended.
Happy Tuesday. Jon Huntsman supporters have set up a new political action committee called Our Destiny PAC to throw big sums of money at promoting Huntsman's presidential campaign (Rick Perry and Mitt Romney already have similar PACs). [Politico] Huntsman's ad guru, Fred Davis, is leaving the campaign to head to the SuperPAC. [RCP]
Topping the news: Leaving openness behind, senators on the Redistricting Committee go behind closed doors to hammer out boundaries for state Senate districts. [Trib]
-> Former Secretary of State Jim Baker makes a plea for compromise by politicians at Sen. Orrin Hatch's seniors conference. [Trib] And Backer passes on endorsing any specific GOP candidate yet. [DNews]
-> The Zion Curtain, it turns out isn't just for booze it also will require new restaurants to pour beer out of view of customers. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "New Utah liquor law means "Zion Curtain" now applies to pouring beer. Check out the hot NSFKids photo w/ story. bit.ly/qmRZhX"
Happy birthday: To Intrepid's Leigh Dethman.
Happening today: Rep. Jim Matheson speaks at the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics at 10:45 a.m. This evening, Sen. Mike Lee holds a town hall from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sanpete County at the Fairview City Hall.
Where are they?
Sen. Hatch keynotes the World Trade Association at the Little America Hotel.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with John Pearce and then Tim Bridgewater before hitting the grand opening of Security Metrics in Orem. The governor later meets with Sen. Curt Bramble, Homi Vazifdar and then LuAnn Adams.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon hits the County Council meetings.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with department directors and meets with LDS Church Presiding Bishop H. David Burton.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with Roseman University officials.
President Barack Obama heads to the Twin Cities where he will speak to the American Legion annual conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
In other news: Hatch makes the "tea party Senate races to watch." [TheNation]
-> Hatch offers his Top 10 reasons to jettison Obamacare. [USNews]
-> Did you know? Sen. Mike Lee was just in Israel. [YeshivaWorld]
-> Plans for building a movie studio near Park City may have quieted down but they haven't gone away. [Trib]-> Red Butte Garden announces an end to the free hillside viewing of concerts that has been growing in popularity. [Trib]-> A hookah ban is about to go into effect at most indoor locations in Utah. [Trib]
-> ATK opens a new composite facility that the company says could add some 800 jobs in the future. [Trib] [StandEx] [DNews] [Fox13]-> West Valley City's reptile man is in a tussle with city officials over relocating his hundreds of snakes, lizards and other creatures. [Trib]-> Utah Transit Authority launches an internal competition that just might end with one of three new rail lines opening as soon as next year. [Trib]
-> Early voting for municipal primaries starts today. [Trib]-> Utah hospitals are not immune from drug shortages affecting the rest of the nation. [Trib]
-> A proposed coal-to-natural-gas plant in southern Utah is the subject of a petition now signed by 600 residents. [AP]
-> Utah's health agency is clarifying that hookahs are against the Clean Air Act but one hookah bar owner argues that studies haven't proven conclusive of dangers. [DNews]
-> Flexpak, the company at the heart of the probe into Utah's alcohol regulatory agency, fights back in a letter to the agency's acting director. [ABC4]
2012 watch: Texas Gov. Rick Perry keeps Romney second in another poll. [LATimes]
-> Mary Anne Huntsman is hosting a watch party for next week's GOP presidential debate at her family home in Washington and it's only $100 for Generation H. [Politico]
-> Romney gets the endorsement of a former Hawaiian GOP congressman. [Politico]
-> And Romney says he's really only trying to double the size of his home in California because the garage and basement shouldn't count for square footage. [UnionLeader]
-> Romney's playbook against Perry could include highlighting some immigration positions the Texas governor has stated that could be against the conservative mindset. [WaPost]
-> The comments by the outgoing NY Times editor about candidates' faith is drawing criticism from religious corners. [CNN]
-> Huntsman stumps in Indianapolis. [IndyStar]
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