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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - February 10, 2015

Niederhauser leaning toward supporting Healthy Utah. The Senate approves an education budget with $63 million in cuts. Bramble is confident the Count My Vote compromise will survive.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 30
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 182
  • Days to the 2015 election - 266
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 342
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 349
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 504
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 637

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he is leaning toward supporting Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Utah Policy].
  2. House Republicans say the federal government may give the state more flexibility in negotiations over Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  3. The proposed joint closed caucus so House and Senate Republicans can discuss Medicaid expansion is coming under fire by open government advocates [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Senate approved a base budget for public education that has $63 million in cuts [Tribune].
  5. Sen. Curt Bramble says he's confident lawmakers will honor the Count My Vote compromise they voted for last year [Utah Policy].
  6. The Utah State School Board puts new science education standards on hold [Tribune].
  7. Lawmakers debate performance-based funding for higher education [Deseret News].
  8. The Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill requiring Utah students pass the same civics test given to immigrants in order to graduate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A House committee approves legislation allowing terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments that have not yet won FDA approval [Tribune].
  10. Newly unsealed search warrants in the case against Mark Shurtleff portray the former Attorney General as living it up on the dime of others [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 - Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began an exodus west from Illinois.
  • 1949 - Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway.
  • 1967 - The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
  • 1989 - Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.

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Niederhauser Leaning Toward Supporting Healthy Utah
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Bramble Confident Count My Vote Compromise Will Survive
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Competing Measures Take Aim at Cell Phones Behind the Wheel
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Nuclear Scientist Describes Carbon-Free Power Project Technology
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Poll: Utahns Favor Allowing Concealed Weapons on Campus
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: As SLC golf transitions, don't forget open space

'Constantly under attack': Utah colleges ask for cash to thwart hackers

House delays vote on clean-bus bill

Senate debates civics test for high-school graduation in Utah

Feds say Utah DUI laws not tough enough

Utah House panel OKs bill to fix dispute with California company

Bikes at the drive-thru? City, Legislature at odds

Education budget with $63 million in cuts passes Senate

New Utah science standards put on hold, concerns include evolution and global warming

Rolly: Why are Utah legislators apparently bucking LDS leaders on health care?

Closed-door government in Utah? Proposed House-Senate caucus debated

Three Utah House freshmen are unlike the others

'Right to try' meds measure advances

Warrants portray Shurtleff living it up, helping shady friends

Deseret News

Op-ed: Congress should act on Hatch's I-Squared Act

Marc Hyden: Capital punishment legislation fails to consider real problems

Ralph Hancock: The first freedom - religious freedom - remains fundamental

Editorial: What will happen if Salt Lake City tees up golf course closures?

Editorial: Retirement and entitlement - aging baby boomers facing quite a plight

House passes bill exempting nursing mothers from jury duty

Bill incentivizing early high school graduation gets preliminary Senate approval

Lawmakers say feds may give state more flexibility on Medicaid expansion

College completion could weigh heavily on performance funding for higher education

Lawmaker wants better Internet filtering on school devices

States could share putative father registry information under bill approved by House committee


Openshaw: What is discrimination? It is agency (Daily Herald)

How one legislator is trying to help breastfeeding mothers (Daily Herald)

Should a civics test be required to graduate from high school? (Daily Herald)

Layton lawmaker seeks $2.5 million for new Farmington Bay nature center (Standard-Examiner)

'Right to try' bill clears committee and now heads to the House (Standard-Examiner)

State civics test bar raised for high school students (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bush calls his 'bilingual, bicultural' background a campaign asset (Politico)

The Democrats' Dick Cheney (Politico)

Oregon governor facing calls for resignation, state probe (Politico)

Obama won't rule out sending lethal weapons to Ukraine (The Hill)

GOP moves to block union election rule (The Hill)

Netanyahu doubles down on speech to Congress (The Hill)

Over Half of Alabama Counties Defy Feds by Blocking Gay Marriage (ABC News)

Eyeing 2016, Jeb Bush urges GOP to court Latinos as he's set to release thousands of new emails (FOX News)

Bobby Jindal: 'You mean I'm not white?' (CNN)

Obama soon to ask Congress for ISIS war authority (CNN)

Fed's Powell slams 'misguided' proposals for deeper Fed oversight (Reuters)

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