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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - February 19, 2014

House GOP leaders unveil their plan for Medicaid expansion. Leavitt slams Bramble's alternative to Count My Vote. Lawmaker says the atmosphere could use more, not less carbon dioxide.


  • 22 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 23 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 27 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 27 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 29 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 66 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 125 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 258 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 621 days to the 2015 elections
  • 686 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 992 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Utah House leaders unveil their plan for the state to not accept any Medicaid expansion money [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Mike Leavitt slams Sen. Curt Bramble's bill that would neuter the "Count My Vote" initiative [Tribune].
  • Bramble's SB 54 will be up for debate in the Senate on Thursday morning [Daily Herald].
  • Polls show only the most conservative Utahns want to preserve the caucus system, while those with other political leanings favor an open primary [Utah Data Points].
  • Sen. Scott Jenkins is proposing a constitutional amendment that would keep the state from changing the way political parties nominate their candidates [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jerry Anderson thinks the atmosphere needs more, not less, carbon dioxide and is proposing legislation to de-fang the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gasses [Tribune].
  • Foes of Common Core education standards hold a rally at the Capitol [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A House committee advances a measure to help pay for a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart visits lawmakers to talk immigration reform. federalism [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert warns if the federal government lists the sage grouse as an endangered species, Utah could lose billions in revenue [Deseret News].
  • The Senate passes a bill torestrict who can access Utah voter information [Standard-Examiner, Tribune].
  • A House panel passes a measure giving a tax refund to home-schoolers [Tribune].

On this day in history:
  • Astronomer Copernicus was born in 1473.
  • Thomas Edison patented the phonograph in 1878.
  • Kansas became the first state to prohibit alcoholic beverages in 1881.
  • President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the military to relocate Japanese-Americans in 1942.
  • U.S. Marines landed at Iwo Jima in 1945.
  • The first broadcast of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood airs on PBS in 1968.
  • Former Enron executive Jeffery Skilling was charged with fraud in 2004.
  • New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples in 2007.
  • Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba in 2008.

Today At Utah Policy

House GOP Discusses Medicaid Expansion Options
So, Reps. Dean Sanpei and Jim Dunnigan spend around an hourTuesdayafternoon in an open GOP caucus discussing the House's solution to Medicaid expansion....

Utah Democrats Courting Latino Vote in 2014 (Video)
Utah Democrats are actively courting the Latino vote as a path to victory in 2014....

Awesome Political Ad Compares Sen. Mitch McConnell to a Turtle
Holy moley! Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall hammers Sen. John Cornyn for voting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel. Bonus points, he also compares McConnel to a cartoon turtle, and there's a talking dog, a pickup and a rifle....

Utah's Economy is Equal to Angola's
Here's an interesting map showing how much economic impact each state has....

Sen. Aaron Osmond vs. the Utah Policy 'Lightning Round'
Sen. Aaron Osmond hasjust 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible as he plays the "Lightning Round."...

CMV Alternatives Fall Short of What Utah Needs
There are now three legislative alternatives to the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition....

Featured Items

Bend Labs Extending Success at BioInnovations Gateway
We live in a world where interactive technology is becoming increasingly commonplace in our everyday lives. Gaming systems, motion capture animation, smart phones and computers are just a few examples....

SB 54 is an Abuse of Power
I sit at my computer, absolutely baffled and amazed atthe audacity of another proposal to limit the public's right to speak....

You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi.
The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah voter ID bill balances privacy, democracy

Bill to allow hunting without hunter ed class advances

Utah bill advances to prevent posting voter rolls online

Bill advances to help schools identify suicidal students

Bill to allow counties to buy bulk amounts of renewable energy stalls

Beer tax bill watered down again

Utah lawmaker: Our atmosphere needs more carbon dioxide

House leaders to punt on hundreds of millions in federal Medicaid money

House panel advances tax credit for home-schoolers

Former Gov. Leavitt: Bill on caucus system denies Utahns' right

Common Core foes rally at Utah Capitol

Megahotel proposal clears House committee

Medicaid 'coverage gap' a concern for all Utah lawmakers

Stewart says immigration reform unlikely

Paul Rolly: Charter school bill harks back to alleged legislative shakedown

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's air quality important for economics

Editorial: Fund growth in higher education

Revised forced entry bill zips through House committee

Gov. Gary Herbert: Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

Rep. Chris Stewart talks to Utah lawmakers about federalism

Senate passes bill to protect children whose parent is suspected of murder

Proposed constitutional amendment would counter Count My Vote initiative

Senate passes bill to limit access to Utah voter information

Utah lawmaker wants to privatize state golf courses

300-megawatt solar plant crosses regulatory threshold in Millard County

House committee lends unanimous support to bill facilitating convention hotel

House GOP leadership unveils Medicaid expansion alternative

Common Core opponents warn lawmakers to act or be voted out


Count My Vote bill scheduled for floor debate on Thursday (Daily Herald)

Lawmakers consider Obamacare option to expand Medicaid (Daily Herald)

Resolution would add more state inmates to Davis, Weber jails (Standard-Examiner)

Stewart pokes fun at global warming, says air quality a state issue (Standard-Examiner)

Bill would look at ditching Daylight Savings Time in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Utah House Republicans float Medicaid options (Standard-Examiner)

Stream access group, recreationists pressing H.B. 37 (Park Record)

Meet a Democratic congressional candidate in the Basin (Park Record)

National Headlines

Minimum wage hike would kill a half-million jobs: CBO (Washington Times)

White House: Dems won't lose Senate (The Hill)

New Jersey Democrat Holt Announces Plan to Retire From Congress (Bloomberg)

U.S. launches push to gain release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl (CNN)

Billionaire Steyer Enlists Donors for $100 Million Climate Cause (Bloomberg)

Mixed Results in U.S. Study of Increasing Minimum Wage (New York Times)

Obama seeks new fuel efficiency rules to cut truck pollution (Los Angeles Times)

Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result (Seattle Times)

Chris Christie denies talking about bridge closure with cop (CBS News)

Abbott welcomes Nugent, but ducks divisive remarks (Miami Herald)

New York City teachers union president proclaims back pay is 'a big issue' (New York Daily News)

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