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Love fires back at black caucus member's comment. Redistricting pits incumbent against incumbent. Backmann's staff critical of Mormons.
Happy Tuesday. It's primary election day in Utah, so make sure to head out and vote for the contested city council races in your community. Find your polling place here: [Utah.gov] As always, check back at SLTrib.com tonight for results.
-> Meanwhile, take a read at Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love's shot back at a Congressional Black Caucus member's controversial comment: "I have yet to meet a tea party member who wants to see me 'hanging on a tree,' as U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana recently suggested. He says the tea party considers me a second-class citizen. In truth, as a black conservative woman in Utah, I have been welcomed into the arms of a freedom-loving movement." [DailyCaller]
Topping the news: The Legislature's Redistricting Committee approves maps for state Senate and House seats and they do a good deal of pitting incumbents against each other. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] Bob Bernick says the Senate map sends a message [UtahPolicy] while the House map may not go over well with the GOP House caucus. [UtahPolicy]
-> Sherri Winder, who died in a car crash late Sunday, loved serving her community. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Michele Bachmann's staff have said some mean things about Mormons before. [MinnesotaIndependent]
-> Huntsman says Rick Perry comment on border is "pretty much treasonous," and his campaign later says it was a joke. [Trib]
-> A tough day at The Tribune as we lose five of our colleagues to lay offs. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @askmormongirl (Joanna Brooks): "Mitt Romney is so Mormon he's related to all the other Mormon presidential candidates, and half of his campaign volunteers as well." (Well worth checking out Brooks's other tweets.)
Happy birthday: To Trib columnist Peg McEntee and former Utah First Lady Norma Matheson.
Happening today: Alliant Techsystems and NASA will announce an agreement today the organizations say will accelerate development of commercial space travel.
Where are they?
Sen. Orrin Hatch meets with Sen. Curt Bramble about postal service issues, holds a delegation meeting with Gov. Gary Herbert, meets with Utah Farm Union members and later holds a tele-town hall.
Rep. Rob Bishop holds a hearing on the Utah Pubic Lands Soverignty Act, joins the delegation meeting and meets with Speaker John Boehner and other members and later with Utah constituents.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a meeting on cybersecurity, hits the delegation's meeting and attends the Judiciary subcommittee hearing and a House technology team meeting.
Herbert meets with the delegation, sits down with Sen. Mike Lee and later with Interior Department officials.
AG Mark Shurtleff is in Washington for the National Association of Attorneys General conference.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with Council Chairman Max Burdick, visits with the Economic Development Corp. officials and attends the County Council meetings.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker welcomes the National Waste Technical Review board meeting, meets with department directors and attends the Hinckley Institute forum on "Civility in American Politics," and then chats with UTA General Manaer Mike Allegra.
President Barack Obama meets with senior advisers in the Oval Office, sits down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then heads to Columbus, Ohio to push his American Jobs Act at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School. Later, the president returns to Washington to meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
In other news: Mitt Romney endorses Hatch in his re-election bid but will it help? [Trib] [DNews] [TheHill] [NJ] [CNN]
-> Former senators Bob Bennett and Byron Dorgon say the government is going to need more money read tax hikes if it wants to fix its debt problems. [Trib]
-> Strategist David Frum says Bennett is an American hero who gets no credit. [CNN]
-> USU's college paper, the Statesman, profiles Bishop's son, Jashon. [Statesman]
-> The creators of The Book of Mormon musical envision a movie down the road. [ABC4]
-> Utah Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, is preparing to announce his candidacy for Salt Lake County mayor. [Trib]-> Longtime law enforcement officer and frequent election candidate Beau Babka apologies again for buying gas for his personal vehicles on a government credit card. But he had his police certification suspended for four years. [Trib] [DNews]-> Kennecott Utah Copper picks up 3,100 undeveloped acres in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant in a land swap with the LDS Church. The company says it has no current plans for development. [Trib]-> The state school board OKs the selection of Ogden School Board Brad Smith as that district's superintendent. [Trib]-> The Interstate 15 rebuild through Utah County reaches the midway point. [Trib]-> McEntee argues Utah needs a tougher, more specific hate crimes law. [Trib]-> The Canyons District reaches an agreement with teachers and it includes a 3.5 percent one-time bonus for teachers. [Trib]-> Iron County School District Superintendent Jim Johnson is named Utah's 2011 superintendent of the year by the superintendents association. [Trib]
2012 watch: Karl Rove says the Republican primary could be a long, drawn-out process. [Politico]
-> Huntsman's spokesman criticizes Romney and Rick Perry on their stands on Social Security. [WaPost]
-> Pat Bagley suggests Perry's Social Security fix involves wolves. [Trib]
-> PoliFact gives Huntsman a "half true" ranking for his comments saying Utah was No. 1 in job creation when he was governor. [PolitiFact]
-> The Republican Party of Florida says Huntsman has "redefined irony." [MiamiHerald]
-> Arizona is flouting the DNC/RNC rules on the primary calendar, setting its primary for February 28. [Politico]
-> On Huntsman's debate performance: Twitter users were wondering if his reference to Kurt Cobain and a "heroine-like addiction" to foreign oil were trying to hint at something. [Politico] While some suggest he's dropped his civility plan in favor of "smack talk." [MotherJones] The Washington Post calls out Huntsman for his attack: "That isn't a zinger, it's a desperate ploy to attract attention, Mr. Ambassador." [WaPost]
-> Perry took fire from all sides in the debate but still seemed to have his best night at a debate. [HuffPost]
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