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Friday, February 13, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - February 13, 2015

New poll shows growing support for anti-discrimination legislation in Utah

Countdown:

  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 27
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 179
  • Days to the 2015 election - 263
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 339
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 346
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 501
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 634

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. New Poll: Support For Anti-Discrimination Legislation Grows In Utah [Utah Policy].
  2. Gov Herbert Would 'Respectfully Decline' to Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Bill Seeks to Prevent the Intentional Release of Endangered Species to Areas Outside Their Habitat [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. Count My Vote to Lawmakers: Keep Your Word [Utah Policy].
  5. Editorial: Utah school funding, minimal vs. barely acceptable [Tribune].
  6. Salary for Utah governor may see 36 percent bump [Tribune].
  7. Balancing religious rights, nondiscrimination a tall order for Utah lawmakers [Deseret News].
  8. Study: Snake Valley groundwater development unsustainable [Deseret News].
  9. Utah, feds face threat of lawsuit for alleged mistreatment of Shurtleff ‘fixer’ [Tribune].
  10. Utah's prison population growing [Standard Examiner].

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  • 1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1920 - The League of Nations recognized the continued neutrality of Switzerland.
  • 1935 - In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.
  • 1997 - The Dow Jones industrial average passed the 7,000 mark for the first time. The day ended at 7,022.44.


Today At Utah Policy


New Poll: Support For Anti-Discrimination Legislation Grows In Utah
Following statements by LDS Church leaders in favor of a state law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing and employment, Utahns’ support of such a law has greatly increased, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Count My Vote to Lawmakers: Keep Your Word
The leaders of Count My Vote sent a letter to Utah lawmakers Friday morning, urging them to honor the agreement they made last year....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #224
Almost live from the press bench in the House gallery, Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation, Medicaid expansion and Healthy Utah, budgets plus facial hair. It's your weekly rundown of the big stories in Utah polit...

Herbert Would 'Respectfully Decline' to Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, a faithful member of the LDS Church, said Thursday that if asked he would “respectfully decline” to marry a gay couple....

Bill Seeks to Prevent the Intentional Release of Endangered Species to Areas Outside Their Habitat
Having an endangered species living on a certain parcel of land can cause all sorts of federal entanglements for state officials. Now imagine what could happen if someone intentionally released an endangered species into an area where they don't already exist....

Who on the Hill Has the Best Facial Hair?
A number of Utah's legislators are sporting facial hair during the 2015 session. We want to know who wears it the best. Vote now!...

Bill Could Kick Primary Election Decision Back to Conventions
State Rep. Marc Roberts has introduced a primary election bill that some have called the “nuclear option” – for it could defeat one of the main goals of the 2014 Count My Vote citizen initiative....

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Federal Funds Utah Could Receive
Conservative legislators have been complaining for several years about how much federal money comes into the state’s $14 billion annual budget....

Featured Items


Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Wolf killed in Utah in December confirmed as animal from Grand Canyon--Tribune: National parks managers hope to spiff up using new funding in advance of 2016 Centennial-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit theDWR ...

Business Report in the Legislature
As Utah’s Statewide Chamber and the “Voice of Business”, the Salt Lake Chamber is a leader in critical issues that impact Utah’s businesses and community. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah liquor laws reduce alcohol abuse

Editorial: Utah school funding, minimal vs. barely acceptable

Small-county residents may see jury duty more often

State Street project behind schedule but developer says it will be completed

Salary for Utah governor may see 36 percent bump

Legislature moves to narrow Indian achievement gap

Utah lawmakers sour on SAGE test

Senate passes bill to expand free fishing for youth

Jail could await people who try to move endangered species

Payday loan restriction bill defeated

BLM pulls back most leases proposed for culturally sensitive Alkali Ridge in southeastern Utah

Utah governor: I would not marry a gay couple

Utah, feds face threat of lawsuit for alleged mistreatment of Shurtleff 'fixer'

Fairgrounds Real Salt Lake soccer stadium deal on shaky ground in Capitol

Rolly: New Utah House speaker wins staredown as freshman blinks on rape bill

10-cent gasoline tax speeds through committee

HB322 could elevate freedom of religion above other constitutional rights

Deseret News

Editorial: What will performance funding for higher education look like?

Study: Snake Valley groundwater development unsustainable

Utah teens lobby lawmakers for tighter e-cigarette regulations

Religious leaders visit Capitol in support of anti-discrimination bill

Lawmakers call for better school counselor training

License plate would honor children with cancer, fund research

Coalition lobbying lawmakers to help fund supportive housing for homeless

10-cent gas tax hike passes Senate committee

House GOP supports pay raise for governor, state elected executives

Balancing religious rights, nondiscrimination a tall order for Utah lawmakers

Other

Brad Dee: Utah's prison population growing (Standard-Examiner)

Hill seeks another $38 million for F-35 construction (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker proposes raising tipped wages from $2.13 to $7.25 (Standard-Examiner)

'Leadership failure': Rehab agency's stunning $6.3M deficit (Standard-Examiner)

Governor's Healthy Utah plan advances in Legislature (Logan Herald Journal)

Legislature may require small towns to post meeting agendas online (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The war on Jeb Bush (Politico)

Republicans delay Loretta Lynch, accuse Democrats of 'faux outrage' (Politico)

GOP to hold Keystone signing ceremony (The Hill)

Bush will head to NH after 15-year absence (The Hill)

Senate to try again on House DHS bill (The Hill)

House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster (The Hill)

Top Democrats call on Oregon governor to resign (Associated Press)

Philadelphia to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 (MSNBC)

Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning's sex change: report (New York Daily News)

Carter confirmed as Defense secretary (The Hill)

Joe Biden in Iowa: What's he really running for? (Christian Science Monitor)







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