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News roundup: Only 16 percent approve of Congress

Published June 16, 2014 1:04 pm

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Poll: Only 16 percent approve of Congress. BLM hasn't inspected 'high risk' oil and gas facilities. UDOT plans oil pipeline.

Happy Monday. In a few months, Americans will head to the polls to decide on congressional races but a new poll shows most voters aren't happy with the current crop. In fact, Congress' approval rating has hit its lowest mark in a midterm election in at least four decades, according to a new poll. Some 16 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. That's down from 21 percent in 2010. [Politico]

Topping the news: The Bureau of Land Management reports it has not inspected all oil and gas facilities, among those are "high risk" wells, citing short staffing and limited funds. [Trib]

-> The Utah Department of Transportation has zoned in on a route for an oil pipeline, which will costs around $2 million. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert is working to gain approval on his "Healthy Utah" Medicaid plan, and says the feds are on board with a majority of the elements of his proposal. [Trib] [DNews]'

-> A Utah lawyer who wants to video divorce proceedings has court officials considering restrictions on the new ability for the news media to film hearings. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @merryjest: "The IRS lost two years of Lois Lerner's emails. This is the same agency that can find that .39 cent item you wrote off in 1987."

-> From @shoninutah: "If you don't follow Mark Shurtleff on @Spotify you're missing out. Some great tunes he listens to. #GangstaRapMadeMeDoIt"

Opinion section: David Mason, a Mormon author, says the letter Kate Kelly's bishop sent her disapproving of her actions in the Ordain Women group and potential excommunication from the LDS Church inspired Mason's daughter to rebel and brought their family closer together. [Trib]

-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley also captures a moment of dissidence within the LDS Church, when one member misses a beat. [Trib]

-> Ashley Isaacson Woolley, a Mormon graduate from the Harvard Divinity School, says the methods of the Ordain Women movement inappropriately oppose church leaders through public demonstrations, rather than just airing concerns. [Trib]

-> George Pyle compares the fiber optic network UTOPIA to Thomas Moore's Utopia, which translates to "nowhere," and argues it would be a shame if the telecommunication system really did go nowhere. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly takes a look at a mass email from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that asked for money directly after Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, lost the primary election to a Tea Party candidate; Lee's email says money is needed to support the conservative movement. [Trib]

-> Rolly also notes that while cities can pass anti-discrimination laws, they can't stop people from being idiots. [Trib]

-> The Tribune's Thomas Burr says Cantor's defeat isn't the first Tea Party victory and it won't be the last; political primaries draw unconventional voter populations to the booths who aren't hoping to maintain the status quo. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli explore the consequences of Cantor's loss, which they say could potentially include Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election. [DNews]

-> Also check out Bagley's depiction of George W. Bush, "The War President.". [Trib]

-> Peter Corroon, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, says the debate over increasing the minimum wage comes down to ensuring the economy has a stabilizing middle class. [Trib]

-> Christopher Thomas, executive director of HEAL Utah, argues Utah politicians automatically reacted against the new federal EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions, while in actuality the plan will be beneficial for Utah. [Trib]

-> Anastasia Swearingen, a senior research analyst for the Environmental Policy Alliance, says the Bureau of Land Management is controlling Utah lands it doesn't own and inhibiting economic development. [Trib]

-> Randy Miller, president and founder of the Utah League of Independent Voters, anticipates a monumental year for independent voters, who he hopes will not be pegged as merely "swing voters." [Trib]

-> Jeff Clawson, medical director of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, discusses right and wrong dispatch protocols in Salt Lake City. [Trib]

-> Eileen Hallet Stone looks back at the history of labor unions for miners in Bingham Canyon. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says there's a lot of miles between now and the 2016 election and forecasts in previous elections haven't been spot on this early in the race. [DNews]

Weekend in review: John Dehlin, under threat of excommunication from the LDS Church for founding the "Mormon Stories" podcast, was supposed to meet with his stake president to discuss the matter, but the meeting was postponed to late June in an attempt to "de-escalate" the problem. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> UDOT also plans to close eight highways that run through the mountains in the winter because of high costs. [Trib]

-> The BLM is considering birth control to lessen the number of wild horses in southern Utah over time. [Trib]

-> Justin Harding, who is leaving as Rep. Jason Chaffetz's chief of staff to take the same job for Herbert, talks about his favorite breakfast spots in Washington, his method of relaxing and where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. [RollCall]

-> The Utah Legislature created a panel to discuss air quality and alternative fuel sources, but forgot to supply the funding. [Trib]

-> Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Park City this week for his annual GOP retreat and told reporters he would not consider another presidential bid. [KSL] [LATimes]

-> Local school districts are starting to see a difference after the Utah Legislature designated more funds per pupil. [Trib]

-> Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City is financially in the green, with new additions coming this fall. [Trib]

-> The Governor's Office of Economic Development will give tax incentives to two film companies for shooting in Utah. [Trib]

-> This past ski season ranks third best in Utah's record; the best year was the 2007 to 2008 season. [Trib]

-> Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes formally spoke against a land auction near Hildale. [KUTV]

Nationally: The IRS said it not longer has access to Lois Lerner's emails from 2009 to 2011 because of a computer crash; the emails were part of an investigation into the agency for targeting tea party members. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama spoke about the current crisis in Iraq and weighed options for the U.S. to intervene without sending troops. [Politico]

-> Chelsea Manning, currently serving 35 years in prison for leaking classified government information, penned an editorial to The New York Times, saying, "I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance," in reference to the war in Afghanistan and the current war breaking out in Iraq. [Time] Check out her full editorial here. [NYTimes]

-> Obama also spoke at the University of California-Irvine commencement and said those who don't believe climate change is real are like the people who argued the moon was made of cheese; he also advised the graduates to stray away from cynicism. [WaPost]

-> Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, likened homosexuality to alcoholism. Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, spoke against Perry's comparison and said it was not an "apt analogy." [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Christie also made a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" dancing in khakis to awkward, typically embarrassing dad moves in celebration of Father's Day. [Politico]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in the Utah County Commissioners Golf Tournament in Lehi.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a Public Lands Coordination meeting and talks to the Golden Kiwanis Club in Orem.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds a Cabinet meeting, meets with Human Services Director Lori Bays and Communications Director Alyson Heyrend, speaks with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and Regional Development Director Carlton Christensen and later participates in media interviews.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with community liaisons.

President Barack Obama leaves Palm Springs, Calif. and returns to the White House.

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— Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner