Election day: 99 days out. Is the BLM in Utah pro-drilling? Cheney to Mitt: Don't pick a Palin.
Happy Monday. We're now 99 days out from Election Day, and although it may seem like this race has been going on for years, we're finally in the home stretch. Polls show the presidential election is still neck-and-neck despite the roller-coaster of a primary season and the down-and-dirty fight so far. [TheHill]
-> Want to play your own game of handicapping the outcome of the presidential race? The NY Times offers an interactive electoral map where you can set up your own scenarios on what states will go for President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Former VP Dick Cheney's advice to Romney: Don't pick someone like Sarah Palin. [Globe]
-> The BLM in Utah has been on a pro-drilling binge despite the Obama administration's previous urge to slow down permitting, the NY Times reports with a story headlined, "Drillers in Utah have a friend in the U.S. land agency." [NYTimes]
Today's News: The Utah Supreme Court is weighing whether a state ethics reform initiative is still valid and can be on the November ballot. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly tells the story of a man with a case of mistaken identity that almost cost him a run in the slammer. [Trib]
-> While running for president, several candidates may have talked about fiscal responsibility but when their bids ended, so did their payments to several small businesses that they contracted with. [Politico]
Happy birthday: To Sen. Orrin Hatch's Utah spokeswoman Heather Barney.
Tweet of the day: From @DaveMontero: "Pretty sure NBC is televising Beijing #Olympics now. With tape delay, I guess I can expect to see London games in 2016."
New HQ: Congressional candidate Mia Love will be setting up shop at her Victory Center today at 7 p.m. at 1227 W. 9000 South, Suite C, in West Jordan.
Opinion section: Peg McEntee says while conservative ALEC works behind closed doors, liberal activists groups are out in the open with nothing to hide. [Trib]
-> Members of Utah's various outdoor recreational organizations say that protecting the state's natural areas should come first before energy production. [Trib]
-> A Utah resident and gun owner says that the culture of guns is no doubt affecting kids and should be downplayed to discourage the glorification of firearms. [Trib]
-> A British national living in America says the legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympics is closely tied to this years summer games in London. [Trib]
-> The head of UTA says that while the transit hub is expanding TRAX and Frontrunner, transportation in the Salt Lake City metro area is still a priority. [Trib]
-> A Utah nurse and educator says schools need to be politically neutral and not pander to a religious majority. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly uses examples from the past to show that outside consultants who don't understand the politics of Utah muck up campaigns. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss ALEC versus left-wing organizations that are counterproductive. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley's take on Romney's first impression on London. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett notes the tension that erupted after the Aurora, Colo., shooting between privacy and security. [DNews]
Weekend in review: The Utah Labor Commission is trying to fix problems caused by two administrative judges who allegedly shredded documents. [Trib]
-> President Barack Obama names an LDS Church official to his faith-based advisory council. [Trib]
-> Mormon officials do vote, a new study shows. [Trib]
-> Two Utah state senators and members of ALEC want to pull back the curtain of secrecy and end the perception of villainy. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch takes aim at Democrats on Bush-era tax cuts issue. Both sides says the other is holding the economy "hostage." [Trib]
-> The LA Times looks at a little known part of history: A U.S. senator from Utah and Mormon helped raise awareness in America of the need to help Jews in occupied Nazi lands. [LATimes]
-> From our D.C. Notebook: Salt Lake City citizens respond to the Britain's rebuke, Romney references the Book of Mormon and Utah politicians still celebrate Pioneer Day in the nation's capitol. [Trib]
2012 watch: During his trip to Israel, Romney says preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power should be a priority. [NYTimes]
-> Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Romney embarrassed America in London. [ABCNews]
-> Some potential Romney running mate picks try out their hand in the swing states while the candidate is abroad. [CNN]
-> Romney cancels a meeting with Israel's liberal party. The camp says they canceled since the group is no longer an official government party. [CNN]
-> Romney is out to prove he's not a wimp according to the upcoming Newsweek article that alludes he's insecure. [CNN]
-> Why is Romney behind in the polls? Could it be that Americans just don't like him? [WaPost]
-> Obama releases $70 million more in aid to Israel as Romney visits the country. [WaPost]
-> The Romney camp is now taking Obama's words and printing them on T-shirts, as son Tagg Romney markets new line of campaign merchandise. [CNN]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera