*Just ahead of the state GOP convention, the LDS church released two new statements regarding immigration. One expresses concern that enforcement-only bills are “likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God.” Additionally, the “Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.” LDS Newsroom The second statement reminds members that the LDS church has had a long-standing policy that “undocumented status should not by itself prevent an otherwise worthy Church member from entering the temple or being ordained to the priesthood” and cautions members to avoid making judgments about other members. LDS Newsroom
*Up in the Uinta basin, a years-long environmental hurdle was finally overcome, opening the door for thousands of new jobs and almost 4000 new oil wells. Tribune Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, said “We have to find sensible ways of allowing natural gas development to move forward…” Um, that’s new. Couldn’t be the soaring price of gas and OPEC’s refusal to increase production, could it? USAToday
*State Senator Dan Liljenquist received the “Real Leader” Award from a national watchdog group, State Budget Solutions, for his work on reforming pensions. He “caught the attention of Utahns with his legislation on the state’s pension plan. Now he’s caught the eye of the nation” says the Davis County Clipper. The Trib publishes an op-ed about the Medicaid reforms and calls it the “right idea”.
*Weber county continues to be hit hard with this spring’s flooding. Two Blackhawk helicopters are now helping to deliver giant sand bags to help with the levee breach. Trib
*Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was tempted to try medicinal marijuana during his chemotherapy, leading to a discussion about the possibility of Utah legalizing the weed. Sorry. It ain’t gonna happen. DNews
*Speaking of Shurtleff, he is one of the many considering a run for the US Congress. (Or something else.) Surprising no one, Jim Matheson says he is keeping his options open for a statewide race – Governor or US Senate. Get yer popcorn. Last year’s Senate race is going to look like a walk in the park compared to the 2012 battle. DNews
*Members of Congress have slowed down significantly on their Tweeting since the Weiner incident. Gee, ya think? Politico
*And the DNC’s Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a gift to the GOP. n the four weeks since she succeeded Tim Kaine, Wasserman Schultz has been called out by four nonpartisan fact-checkers for mischaracterizing the GOP’s Medicare plan. She’s come unhinged accusing Republican’s of being anti-woman, accuses the GOP of not supporting the American auto industry (but drives a foreign car) and equates voter ID with Jim Crow laws. Mike Huckabee quipped “It is reassuring to know that there’s someone standing by to step in, just in case Joe Biden needs time off.” Politico