Daily Fix, July 11

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WEEKEND UPDATE:

*The White House has finally started vetting a new candidate for Utah’s U.S. Attorney position, which has been vacant for 18 months, and the choice is quite interesting: David Barlow, current legal counsel to Sen. Mike Lee. (SL Trib) Yes, he’s a Republican. And Todd Taylor, Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party, thinks the possible appointment is “a travesty.” Apparently the Utah Democratic Party has recommended more than 6 qualified candidates, with no response from the White House. It just goes to show how little Democrats can get done in Utah.

*Presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann signed a controversial pledge titled “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMILY,” that implies black children were better off during slavery by claiming that black children born today are less likely to be raised by both their parents than black children born during slavery. (LA Times) The pledge can be found here. What was she thinking?

*The director of Utah’s Minuteman Project, Eli Cawley, was raised in a Colorado City, illegal, polygamous family. (SL Trib) The Minuteman Project is a popular group that opposes illegal immigration and is calling for “the protection of ‘American culture’ and rule of law.” And yet, Cawley doesn’t admit to the irony of his situation. He claims that “[t]here is a massive difference between the First Amendment and the invasion of our country.” Needless to say, his support doesn’t lend much credence to the movement.

*And speaking of illegal immigration, the Salt Lake Tribune wrote an editorial, titled Leadership Vacuum, agreeing with Speaker Becky Lockhart’s condemnation of Utah’s federal delegation for skipping the debate entirely.

TODAY’S NON-NEWS:

*The President and Congress failed to reach an agreement this weekend on the debt limit talks.

*The President wants to raise taxes.

TODAY’S NEWS:

*The President again summoned congressional leaders to the White House to resume debt talks today. (Washington Post) Here is a good summary of how the talks progressed this weekend. Hint: they didn’t. Today, President Obama reiterated his position that temporary, stop-gap measures are not acceptable. “[W]e might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas. Now is the time to do it. If not now, when?” I think he intends Republicans to pull off the band-aid, and Democrats to eat their peas. And by the way, he loves peas. Just look at his garden.

*The nation’s governors are meeting in Utah this week. (Deseret News) Not to quote Joe Biden, this is a big deal. The governors will be hosted by our own Governor Herbert and activities will include an East vs. West bobsled competition. They will be joined by at least four provincial leaders from China, who will also enjoy their own U.S.-China trade conference organized by state economic development officials. Mandarin-speaking participants AND governors? It’s like Jon Huntsman’s dream audience. And yes, he’ll be attending too.

*A Democrat-leaning polling company polled Utahns this week and plan to start publishing results tomorrow. But they’ve let a few interesting tidbits out on twitter and Political Cornflakes has them summarized here. Most interesting: Jon Huntsman has a 69-25 favorability rating among Utah Democrats. That won’t be good for his convention chances.

*Governor Herbert has called the legislature for its 3rd special session on July 20. (Examiner) “The agenda of the session is expected to include a clarification of conflict of interest rules for members of Utah’s liquor commission, a look at the process used to evaluate the performance of justice court judges, a revamp of proposed changes to health insurance rates, the federal balanced budget Cut, Cap and Balance amendment pledge signed by Herbert last week, and a possible change in the way the committee is selected to study the relocation of the State Prison currently located in Draper.” The agenda will not include HB116 or illegal immigration. Slap.

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3 Responses to “Daily Fix, July 11”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    RE: Michelle Bachmann’s pledge. Look up Starr Parker’s thoughts on that subject. One of her books is about the Plantation and she doesn’t mince words. Having been on both sides, she describes specific examples of life on the Liberal Plantation.

  2. rmwarnick Says:

    The debt limit negotiations have been held behind closed doors, which is too bad because we have a right to know what deals are being discussed.

    According to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was in the room, the Republican position can be described as follows:

    1) GOP refuses to consider any revenue increases at all
    2) They demand more than $2 trillion in budget cuts
    3) But they can’t identify $2 trillion in budget cuts that they would vote for

  3. rmwarnick Says:

    Talking Points Memo reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to give up on hostage-taking for now, and just raise the debt limit like they always do.

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