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Larry King: Hinckley Opposes Bush Faith Initiative
In his weekly column in USA Today, Larry King says that LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley is opposed to President Bush's Faith-based initiative. While the LDS Chuch has no official position on the proposal, King says that Hinckley told him the LDS Church isn't interested because "once the government is involved, regulations follow."

Beijing Sees Pro-Mormon Push Behind Bush Appointments of Huntsman, Gong
The expected appointments of two LDS Church members to posts in the Bush administration that deal with China has upset Chinese officials. The Chinese object to the appointments of LDS Church members Jon M. Huntsman Jr. as US Ambassador to China and Gerrit W. Gong as the National Security Council staff's China specialist, claiming that their appointments indicate that China is less of a priority for the administration. They also see behind the appointments an attempt to promote religious freedom in China and push the country to accept Mormon missionaries.

Will Salmon Run for Arizona Governor?
Maverick LDS Republican Matt Salmon is considering a run for Arizona Governor. Salmon is best known for keeping his 1994 term limit promise and didn't run for re-election to the U.S. Congress and for leading the 1998 revolt that cost Newt Gingrich his position as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. But Salmon, who admits he is considering the race, will face tough competition from a popular Democrat and because his views place him farther to the right than other potential Republican candidates.

Mr. Flake Goes to Washington
The newest LDS congressman, Jeff Flake, is trying to make his mark in Washington, and has spent his first month there figuring out the system. Flake, the former executive director of the conservative Goldwater Institute, won a four-way Republican primary last September and the subsequent general election to capture the seat held by retiring fellow LDS Church member Matt Salmon.

Utah Marriage Bill Would Snare Parents, Gays
A bill approved Wednesday by the Utah State Senate would make it a felony for parents or others to allow or arrange for the marriage of girls younger than the legal age. The measure, aimed at polygamous marriages involving girls as young as 12 or 13, would put offenders in prison for as much as five years. But some of the bill's support comes because it would also incriminate ministers or anyone else performing an illegal marriage in Utah, including those involving gay couples.

Stew Udall Finds Cowboys a Tough Audience
Longtime Mormon politician Stewart Udall spoke Saturday to a packed house at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, urging the assembly to work through the battle lines that have been drawn in the West over land use. "I hate that the battle lines across the West have been drawn. I think we need more discussion and less hollering."

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