Daily Fix, Feb 14

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Happy Valentine’s Day! CPAC concluded in DC over the weekend – Mitch Daniels gives a well-received speech, Orrin Hatch gets booed, Ron Paul wins the straw poll. Again. On the homefront, Sandstrom’s immigration bill passes out of committee and Utahn’s would choose Romney over Huntsman by more than 2 to 1.

*CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference – held their annual get-together in DC over the weekend. Mitch Daniels was one of the presidential hopefuls who addressed the crowd. He called the sea of red ink the new “Red Menace” and called for drastic measures in cutting. “Our morbidly obese federal government needs not just behavior modification but bariatric surgery,” he told the applauding masses. He also told Politico he would have fun running for POTUS but would not commit. Politico

*Ron Paul breezed to victory – again – in the CPAC straw poll — a sign, says Politico, of the intense following he enjoys and the waning relevance of the surveys. Politico

*Utah Senator Orrin Hatch braved the lion’s den and spoke to the CPAC crowd. He was booed soundly for his TARP vote, and while he defended it, he also apologized for it. Trib // The Blaze // Slate

*Arizona Republican Jeff Flake is the first to jump into the Senate race just days after Senator Jon Kyl announced he will not be seeking re-election. Club for Growth has already announced their endorsement of Flake, the first of their endorsements in the 2012 cycle. AZ Central // Club for Growth

*In Utah news, Rep Steve Sandstrom‘s immigration bill passes out of committee on a party-line 9-3 vote after almost 4 hours of debate. Changing “shall” to “may” in Class B and C misdemeanors is expected to drop the fiscal note significantly, as well as increase the comfort level for legislators and other involved parties. Deseret News

*Utahns would vote for Romney over Huntsman by over 2-1. Makes for some interesting dynamics headed into the 2012 cycle and probably makes the rumor that Huntsman actually wants to run against Hatch less likely to happen. Deseret News

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2 Responses to “Daily Fix, Feb 14”

  1. James R Says:

    Congressman Paul’s speech wasn’t too bad, either. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM8d_Arjz6g

  2. Rob Crawford Says:

    Re: Sandstrom’s bill: so if he changes “shall” to “may”, why is this bill necessary at all? Local law enforcement already has the power to query Immigration status if they want to, don’t they?

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