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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 11, 2014

LGBT protesters arrested at the Capitol. The LDS Church and other groups jump into the Amendment 3 appeal. Bill to fund schools by making big families pay more taxes moves forward.


  • 30 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 133 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 266 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 629 days to the 2015 elections
  • 694 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1000 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Police arrest a group of protesters at the Capitol who demanded lawmakers give a hearing to a statewide non-discrimination bill[Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church and other groups make their arguments in support of "traditionalmarriage" to a federal court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Did AG Sean Reyes actually ask lawmakers to kill SB 100 because of the state's pending appeal on Amendment 3? [Publius Online]
  • A Senate committee approves a bill to pump money into schools by capping the number of state personal income-tax exemptions for large families [Tribune, Standard-Examiner].
  • Lawmakers and Gov. Herbert may be headed to a showdown over some of Herbert's ideas for cleaning up Utah's dirty air [Tribune].
  • Sen. Stuart Adams will sponsor legislation to add $1 per month to utility bills in order to fund air-quality projects [Tribune].
  • The House committee that investigated former Attorney General John Swallow will hold one of their final meetings on Wednesday [Tribune].
  • Rep. Kraig Powell introduces legislation calling for Utah to join a constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants to expose so-called "dark consulting" in some political campaigns [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Rep. Paul Ray introduces legislation to limit the powers of federal law enforcement on federal lands [Standard-Examiner].
  • Mia Love's Congressional campaign is among the top fundraisers in the nation [Tribune].
  • Advocates say the number of domestic violence cases is on the rise in Utah, but funding from the state to help victims is failing to keep pace [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Robert Fulton patented the steamboat in 1809.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law that clearly favored his own party - giving rise to the term "gerrymandering" in 1812.
  • President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement in 1945.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini's followers seized control of the Iranian government in 1979.
  • South African leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison after more than 27 years in 1990.
  • Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in 2013.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Legislation Calls for Constitutional Convention to Adopt Balanced Budget Amendment
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Video: Protesters Demand Hearing on SB 100
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Weiler: Lobbyists Should Report Time they Donate to Candidates (video)
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert taking helpful steps to clean up our air

Utah legislators advance bill to allow DNA sampling at time of booking

Bill to stop bans of pit bulls claws way to victory

Mia Love leads nation in fundraising by challengers

LDS Church, other faiths say traditional marriage is crucial to children, society

Bill gives kids from poor families extra help from teachers

Senate panel OKs bill requiring big families to pay more for schools

Senate votes to change Utah's state tree

Lawmakers debate fixes for Utah doc shortage

Utah schools funding boosts don't always reach classrooms

Deseret News

House holds bill defining when police could forcibly enter buildings

Quaking aspen a step closer to becoming Utah's state tree

Utah Senate committee requests public comment on judicial nominee

Bill restricting local laws targeting specific dog breeds survives House committee

Committee approves two bills to fund schools through tax reform

Senate committee advances Education Task Force extension

Utah Air National Guard studying idea of moving to Hill Air Force Base

Bill seeks to limit access to Utah voter information

LDS Church, other faiths say same-sex marriage opposition not due to bigotry


Drone legislation grounded by committee (Daily Herald)

Bill would limit child tax deduction to two (Daily Herald)

Bill eases Utah voter registration deadlines to increase turnout (Standard-Examiner)

Bill would shed light on 'dark consulting' by Utah lobbyists (Standard-Examiner)

Bill would cut some state tax deductions to increase school funding (Standard-Examiner)

Ray introduces new bill limiting federal policing in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Box Elder files in support of state's gay marriage appeal (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Health Insurance Enforcement Delayed Again for Some Employers (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton dismissed Monica Lewinsky as a 'narcissistic loony toon' after she learned of affair (Telegraph)

All clear in Ron Wyden's office (Politico)

Sexual harassment suit against ex-Mayor Filner settled for $250,000 (Los Angeles Times)

Mitch McConnell's lead in GOP primary shrinking, challenger Matt Bevin says (Courier-Journal)

More subpoenas being issued in NJ bridge probe (Associated Press)

House Republicans Seek to Trade Debt Deal for Repeal on Military Pensions Cut (New York Times)

Jury breaks until Tuesday in Nagin bribery case (Associated Press)

Obama officials weigh drone attack on US suspect (Associated Press)

Former Navy Tech Gets 30-Years for Sell U.S. Secrets Via Tree (NBC News)

Obamacare delay sparks new mandate fight (Politico)

Illinois partners with The Onion to push Obamacare enrollment (Chicago Tribune)

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