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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 3, 2014

Urquhart wants public support for his non-discrimination bill. Hatch tells lawmakers quest to control federal lands may not bear fruit. Lawmakers wonder how to pay for Lockhart's education initiative.


  • 38 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 141 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 274 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 637 days to the 2015 elections
  • 702 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1008 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart wants the public to help him get his statewide non-discrimination bill out of legislative purgatory and before lawmakers [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch tells Utah Lawmakers that the quest to gain control of federal lands in the state isn't likely to succeed anytime soon [Tribune].
  • 4th District Congressional candidate Mia Love continued her torrid fundraising pace despite the retirement announcement by Rep. Jim Matheson in that race [Tribune].
  • Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says the House, instead of investigating former Attorney General John Swallow, should have simply started impeachment proceedings [Tribune].
  • The latest search warrant in the criminal investigation into Swallow's dealings seeks text messages between the former Attorney General and a top aide [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers are wondering how the state will pay for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's proposal to expand technology in Utah's schools [Tribune].
  • Sen. John Valentine says lawmakers are facing a record number of bills this legislative session [Utah Policy].
  • A task force wants lawmakers to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes to improve education in the state [Tribune].
  • Despite a blistering legislative audit, lawmakers vote to continue funding for the embattled USTAR program [Standard-Examiner].
  • The owner of a local coffee company is challenging other business owners to heed President Obama's call for a higher minimum wage for employees [ABC 4].
  • Gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian gets a win in court as a judge refuses to issue a protective order against him that was requested by his ex-wife [Tribune].
  • Former Weber State University President Ann Millner launches her campaign for the state senate [Standard-Examiner].
On this day in history:
  • Spain formally recognized American independence in 1783.
  • The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which provided for a federal income tax, was ratified in 1913.
  • Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, died at the age of 67 in 1924.
  • Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general in 2009.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Lockhart running for governor, three years early

Op-ed: Polling challenges Legislature on school funds

Editorial: Broad coalition key to 'Mountain Accord' success

Editorial: State should close Stericycle, not rescue it

Hatch says Utah control of fed lands not likely

Retiring Matheson's fundraising slows, while Love rakes it in

Senate president defends his 'good friend' ex-A.G. John Swallow

Questions abound about how to pay for Speaker's massive education push

Paul Rolly: Utah heart attack victim dies after 911 runaround

Lower impact fees? Salt Lake City Council has a lot to chew on

Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: Obama, Lockhart and Herbert: A tale of three speeches

Doug Fullmer: Dissolve PRADA and move the state prison, piece at a time

Robert Bennett: Caucuses overshadow the elections, Count My Vote aims to empower voters

John Florez: Education Task Force missing followers

Editorial: Farm bill may signal new mood of compromise in Congress

Bill seeks to set limits on drone surveillance of Utahns

Rep. Jason Chaffetz seeks to take away tax exemption from pro sports leagues like NFL

Sen. Orrin Hatch talks to Utah lawmakers about immigration, other issues

Utah teachers want an active voice in education policy decision-making

House speaker's education initiative has big price tag

Local leaders laud renewed push for federal immigration reform

Herbert's new education adviser says she's terrified and 'having a ball'


Lockhart wants every child to have an e-tablet (Daily Herald)

Brad Dee: The House wraps up AG investigation (Standard-Examiner)

Embattled USTAR program snares funding in split legislative vote (Standard-Examiner)

Firearms bills scarce in Utah Legislature this year (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators want to find and expose 'dark money' in campaigns (Standard-Examiner)

Some Herbert clean-air plans hit speed bump in Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Tooele lawmaker OK with Stericycle move (Standard-Examiner)

Hatch backs Herbert for so far refusing $432 million in Medicaid funds (Standard-Examiner)

Congress includes PILT funding in Farm Bill (Park Record)

National Headlines

Aide denies Obama has 'small' 2014 agenda (The Hill)

Lawmakers, Obama butt heads on risks from playing football (The Hill)

Chris Christie attacks N.Y. Times, David Wildstein (Politico)

Chris Christie fights back over Bridge-gate. Is he cornered? (Christian Science Monitor)

'An increasingly lawless presidency': Paul Ryan blasts Obama for 'doing the job of Congress' (Daily Caller)

Man arrested for threatening to kill former President George W. Bush to get to his daughter (Celebrity Cafe)

Republicans won't commit to immigration reform this year, but White House still optimistic (New York Daily News)

White House: Obama awaits more Keystone reviews; timing unclear (Reuters)

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No More Keystone Excuses (Wall Street Journal)

California in grip of 'worst drought in 500 years' (New York Times)

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