The LDS Presidential Brand 

Also: Sexy Not Illegal, Valley Mental Health

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The Mormon Brand
Homeboys Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. are bringing the Mormon clean-cut, scandal-free brand to the field of GOP presidential hopefuls, with Huntsman’s articulate stances, in particular, generating a rather heady buzz from the pundits. Those who “knew him when,” though, be warned: Huntsman is shedding his “governor” skin, including his support of cap and trade, state health reform that included an individual mandate, and the federal stimulus (though he has yet to back away from gay civil unions). According to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, such flip-flopping is proof he is in the race to win—something most of us would still drink to—and thanks to his 2009 liquor reforms, it’s now easier to do. (Jerre Wroble)

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Maddening Practices

Valley Mental Health’s well-publicized troubles hit a new low recently with the news that some of its own doctors want the private nonprofit’s executive leadership replaced. After recent cost cutting and layoffs allegedly left some patients without care, staff complained to Valley’s board. The board’s response was, however, to endorse Valley CEO Debra Falvo, and they even reportedly asked employees for a thumbs-up for management. Instead of shaking up the very leadership whose highhandedness led Salt Lake County to switch control of its $50 million contract to OptumHealth, triggering the current crisis, the board seems content that Falvo and her team stay on the bridge even as her ship runs aground. (Stephen Dark)

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Sexy Is As Sexy Does

Good intentions may not be reason enough to clamp down on the First Amendment. According to the Associated Press, undercover cops complain that when they go after prostitutes, they are often asked to do unseemly things to prove they aren’t cops. So to keep cops from getting into compromising positions, lawmakers and Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank decided to broaden the definition of prostitution and make lewd behavior—essentially “acting sexy”—illegal. If cops wanted to go by the books, the law could be used against strippers and escorts not engaged in prostitution. Burbank promises they won’t use it to harass legitimate businesses, but at least two escort services don’t trust him. They’ve filed federal lawsuits to halt the law. (JW)

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