Daily Fix, June 1

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*Jason Chaffetz has told “political insiders” that he plans to run against Sen. Orrin Hatch for the Senate seat. SL Trib This is one step better than “thinking about”, but still, anonymous political insiders??? Come on. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola responds to the rumor with “Run, Jason, Run!”

*Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder is changing policy in the local jails to make it easier to force-feed inmates on hunger strikes, after Carlos Umana, a 20-yr-old mentally-ill inmate awaiting trial on attempted murder charges, stopped eating and died. SL Trib What was the policy before? Wait and see?

*South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is considering a run for president. The Hill The Tea Party is titillated.

*Former Governor Jon Huntsman wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal today. In it he calls our time “A Time for Choosing,” not just who will lead us, but what our future will hold. Heavy.

*Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has reversed his controversial wild lands policy that allowed the BLM to set aside federal lands and designate them “wild lands.” Instead, he will now seek input from local leaders and Congressional delegations who have an interest in the land. SL Trib Earlier this year, Republicans had stopped funding for any action on the wild lands policy in a budget bill. I guess money really does talk.

*Data Points has found that there are no Democratic-majority counties in Utah, and no county voted less than 57% Republican. Data Points Kane County is the only county that decreased its Republican voters between 1992 and 2008, but Kane County is still 77% Republican. The most dramatic shift occurred in Carbon County, which voted 34% Republican in 1992 and 61% in 2008. For a county with historically large mining and union sentiment, 27 percentage points is certainly some discontent.

*The private sector added a meager 38,000 jobs in May, far less than the hundreds of thousands Biden promised. VodkaPundit In response, the stock market dropped 279 points, the worst day since last August. Reuters I’m stocking up my food storage – not sure we can make it to Nov. 2012.

*The Hispanic population is still the largest minority in the United States, accounting for 16.3% of the total U.S. population. Pew Research “By comparison, 63.7% of the population is white, 12.2% is black, and 4.7% is Asian.”

*Despite President Obama and David Axelrod’s frequent tweets about the great success of the auto bailout (ex: here and here), the administration said today that U.S. taxpayers will lose $14 billion from the bailout. That’s a pretty low threshold for success. Yahoo News

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One Response to “Daily Fix, June 1”

  1. Daniel B. Says:

    A meager 38,000 jobs? I can hear the headlines: “Unexpectedly,…” Which is how they’ve begun every economic headline for the last two years. So at what point do we get the point: it’s the policies and business is afraid to hire while the government is threatening?

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