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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - February 18, 2014

Bill to nullify "Count My Vote" moves ahead. Measure to make the attorney general appointed instead of elected moves forward. Proposal to increase the number of liquor licenses stalls.

Countdown:

  • 23 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 24 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 28 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 28 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 30 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 67 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 126 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 259 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 622 days to the 2015 elections
  • 687 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 993 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • A bill that would neuter the "Count My Vote" initiative moves out of a Senate committee [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick says the proposed legislative alternatives to "Count My Vote" don't go far enough to reform the process [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers and advocates still await Gov Gary Herbert's decision on Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • A Senate committee advances a measure to make Utah's attorney general appointed by the governor instead of elected [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Brad Wilson introduces resolutions in support of moving the prison away from Draper [Tribune].
  • A proposed bill would require state lawyers and judges to to study federalism [Tribune].
  • A House committee holds a measure that would have increased the number of liquor licenses available to restaurants [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Greg Hughessays his legislation about breathalyzers in bars would not mandate their placement or use [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rich Cunningham wants to roll back a law allowing charter schools to locate on land zoned for any purpose [Tribune].
  • A bill cracking down on payday lenders flies out of a House committee [Tribune].
  • Senators reluctantly advance a bill making cockfighting a felony [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Customers of the federal Obamacare exchange in Salt Lake and Davis Counties payamong the least of any areas in the nation [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in 1861.
  • Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.
  • Five of the "Chicago Seven" defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national convention in 1970.
  • The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty in 1972.
  • Anthony Kennedy was sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988.
  • FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for Russia in 2001.


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Sen. Osmond Discusses his Education Bills (Video)
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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Medicaid Expansion
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Proposal Would Move Utah to the Front of the Line in 2016 Presidential Primaries; Hold Voting Online
Iowa and New Hampshire are so yesterday. A bill proposal on Capitol Hill would allow Utah to hold the first presidential primary in the nation, and conduct voting online....

Bill to Head Off 'Count My Vote' Moves Out of Committee
Sen. Curt Bramble calls the "Count My Vote" initiative a "gun to the head" of Utah's political parties....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Told You So
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Randy Horiuchi calling it quits after this year

Op-ed: Amendment 3 supporters not motivated by bigotry

Editorial: Utah legislators should require autism coverage

Editorial: Deal protecting Fishlake Park sets a good example

Mike Lee: Obama is making a 'shameless power grab'

Utah lawmaker introduces resolutions on prison move

Lawmaker: Time to roll back special break for Utah charter schools

Deal keeps oil rigs out of big chunks of Fishlake National Forest

Utah lawmaker proposes letting small power customers go green

Paul Rolly: Critics give Granite's testing program an F

Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: The stakes have been raised in the Count My Vote debate

Editorial: Expanding Medicaid

Robert Bennett: Utah unlikely to 'take back' federal lands

Resolution encourages better oral health for kids in need of help

'Revenge porn' bill passes House with lesser penalty

Bill would help low-income students with cost of Advanced Placement tests

Senate committee advances suicide prevention bill

Election initiative, legislative bill each draw strong reaction

Lawmaker clarifies breathalyzer proposal in response to 'mischaracterizations'

Swallow fallout has lawmakers asking questions about attorney general election

Utah awaits governor's decision on Medicaid expansion

Debate heating up for preschool, education funding bills

Utahns have serious concerns on air quality, low river levels, poll shows

Other

Bramble's 'Count My Vote' bill clears first hurdle (Daily Herald)

Some fear federal control of Utah water (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bishop and the environmentalists (Standard-Examiner)

Bill gains steam to make Utah AG an appointed office (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County legislator wants to restructure Utah court system (Standard-Examiner)

Powell's 'energy choice' bill has hurdles to go through (Park Record)

National Headlines

Cooperation scarce in 'year of action' (The Hill)

Immigrant status, border security equally important, poll finds (The Hill)

Republicans open investigations into ObamaCare's disaster sites (The Hill)

White House, Republicans Rekindle Feud Over 2009 Stimulus (Wall Street Journal)

Romney: Lewinsky Affair is Bill's Failure, Not Hillary's (Fiscal Times)

Clinton Foundation restricts access to papers from Bill Clinton's tenure as Arkansas governor (New York Daily News)

Monica Lewinsky: Why GOP can't stop talking about Clinton scandal (Christian Science Monitor)

Poll finds increasing support for making medical and recreational marijuana use legal in New York State (New York Daily News)

UAW drive falls short amid Tenn. culture clash (Associated Press)

Port Authority cop with ties to Gov. Christie and cronies being investigated in Bridgegate scandal (New York Daily News)

Radiation Detected At New Mexico Nuclear Plant (AFP)





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