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News roundup: GOP infighting over same-sex marriage ban

Published April 22, 2014 7:21 am

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GOP infighting over gay marriage ban. Only one legislative race close in fundraising. Delegates to vote on backing partisan school board races.

Happy Tuesday. With concern that the GOP may drop "traditional marriage" from its platform, some groups are pushing back with polling that says Republican voters and those who lean toward the party support only marriage between a man and woman. That's counter, though, to what other surveys have shown, which is growing support for same-sex marriage. [Politico]

Topping the news: With state party conventions coming up only one race for the state Legislature is close in terms of fundraising. The rest are runaways. [Trib]

-> Delegates at the state Republican convention will vote on a resolution supporting partisan state school board elections. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @Jasoninthehouse: "Love this place. Who can be the first to tell me where the Grub Box is.... pic.twitter.com/8TOhMqvRRs"

Which prompted this response from @NSA_PR: ".@jasoninthehouse are we allowed to play too?"

In other news: House Speaker Becky Lockhart and Rep. Kevin Stratton, R-Orem, will speak at a regional GOP conference in Salt Lake City this week. [Herald]

-> Bob Bernick looks at how Utah's races may change when the new rules for getting on a primary ballot kick in. [UtahPolicy]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker discussed climate change with eighth graders at Hillside Middle School. [KUER]

-> A facility to help youth transition away from life on the street will open Wednesday in Salt Lake City. [Trib]

-> A meeting Wednesday will look at how the 2014 legislative session affected Utah business owners. [Trib]

-> A trust set up for the Hilldale polygamous community is making money but a new report shows lawlessness is still rampant there. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on blind justice in drug crime sentencing. [Trib]

Nationally: The Justice Department is planning on getting thousands of clemency applications from non-violent drug offenders after the White House floated that the president would consider a slew of commutations. [WaPost]

-> Officials at 17 federal agencies are no longer allowed to talk to journalists about unclassified intelligence-related topics without permission. [NYTimes]

-> Republicans have beaten Democrats to Spanish campaign ads this year. [WSJ]

-> Democrats have a one percent chance of taking back the House this year. [WaPost]

-> The White House hosted its yearly Easter Egg Roll Monday, and the captions at The Guardian's photo gallery have some not very nice, yet witty, things to say about it. Key examples: "Throngs of children and parents mill in disorder on the South Lawn of the White House, with little or no idea of what's in store for them or why the US celebrates a religious holiday in this fashion." and "Cam Anthony sings the national anthem as the president and his wife hold hand to their hearts, while the Easter Bunny looks down upon the assembled with disdain and a not-very-leporine hand on its chest." [Guardian]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds town hall meetings in Price and Provo, has an interview with The County Seat and presents Youth and Congressional Awards.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hits an Education Excellence Commission meeting and the Hinckley Institute of Politics Law Day panel.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the Salt Lake Chamber's Board of Governors meeting, the Salt Lake County Health Department Earth Day Festival, the Utah Technology Council Board of Trustees meeting and tours the new facility for the homeless in Provo. He also goes to a County Council hearing, the Olympian and Paralympian Recognition event and the State of Sports Awards Dinner.

President Barack Obama flies to Oso, Washington to see the devastation from the recents mudslide, meets with affected families, first responders and recovery workers. He also delivers remarks before departing to Tokyo.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb