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Thursday, February 5, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - February 5, 2015
Utahns like Common Core as long as it's not called that. Lawmakers start working on the public education budget. Firing squad moves one step closer to returning in Utah executions.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 35
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 187
- Days to the 2015 election - 271
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 347
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 354
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 509
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 642
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- A new poll finds Utahns like the goals of the Common Core educational standards as long as you don't use the words "Common Core" [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers approve a $3.9 billion budget starting point for public education [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Ken Ivory wants Utah to join a constitutional convention of the states to consider a balanced budget amendment and terms limit for members of Congress [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers advance a measure to bring back the firing squad in Utah executions [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis' bill setting a 2016 deadline for the state to sue the federal government over control of public lands moves forward [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Lawmakers say they're looking for ways to slow down the flow of legislation this session [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate kills a measure to send fines from liquor violations to the attorney general's office [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Legislators kill one measure to eliminate daylight savings time [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A legislative committee advances a bill allowing the state to adopt air pollution rules that are more stringent than what the feds require [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Brian Greene attempts to walk back a statement he made during debate over a sexual assault bill [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1937 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court Justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.
- 1988 - The Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office.
- 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq, saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was harboring terrorists - claims that later turned out to be false.
Today At Utah Policy
|Lawmakers Hoping to 'Slow the Flow' of Legislation this Session|
While the chairs of the Senate and House rules committees very carefully talk around the issue, UtahPolicy has been told that both bill sifting bodies have, in one way or another, slowed down the bills of members who have filed a large number of measures this session....
|Utah Struggles to Stay in Tune|
Legislators in Utah have responded quickly to concerns expressed by technology leaders that the state’s insurance department has struck a dissonant chord. Now they have an opportunity to help Utah get back into regulatory tune....
|Don't Delay SB 54|
Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed SB 54, a compromise bill that dramatically changed our state’s elections process. I voted no on the bill in hopes of preserving our state’s caucus system....
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Wood burning still must be addressed
Utah legislators go bigger with commemorative firearm for the 2015 session
House: School board should meet only within their boundaries
Bill wiping out real estate disclosures is watered down
Senate defeats liquor-enforcement bill
Pioneer Park planning extravaganza aimed at area makeover
Utah sues feds, demanding removal of horses from trust lands
Bill would let state be more aggressive in cleaning air
Utah closer to bringing back the firing squad
Bill sets deadline for state to sue feds over land control
Golden retriever on way to fetch official state animal title
Advocacy group launches pointed campaign for health care at two Utah lawmakers
Obama taps experienced prosecutor to be next U.S. Attorney for Utah
Planners unveil blueprint for future of Wasatch canyons
Utah's Chaffetz bets against online gambling
Senators dump move to change Daylight Saving Time
Bill advances to control anonymous political donations in Utah
Utah lawmaker apologizes after comments on rape, sex with unconscious partner
Jay Evensen: Forget silly hand-washing rules, Washington should focus on tax reform
Richard Davis: Gay rights, religious rights can share common ground
Jay Evensen: Shrinking Great Salt Lake signals need for better water policies
Editorial: School innovations require not just funding, but latitude to move from current 'factory model'
Senate votes down bill to divert alcohol fines to A.G.'s office
Utah's public lands initiative to be unveiled March 27
Utah repeats as best performing state in economic growth
Committee endorses bill to repeal no more stringent law on pollution
Legislative committee recommends $3.9B education budget
Dabakis gets passage of 'big enchilada' lands bill
Provo, Ogden, Salt Lake City rank among best in U.S. for top tech jobs
Utah's plan for Alzheimer's needs attention, funding to make a difference
Bill seeks for equalized capital funding for charter schools passes committee
Bill giving noncustodial parents more time with kids passes committee
Bill excusing nursing moms from jury duty advances
Utah lawmakers reject move to cancel daylight saving time
Fraud charges dismissed, 'nightmare' over for ex-Provo councilman
Bill to revive firing squad narrowly passes House committee
Student-backed bill for state pet gets OK from committee
Utah DPS struggling to hire, keep emergency dispatchers
Utah lawmaker seeks to clarify comments on sexual assault bill
Editorial: Stop bickering on BRT and move forward (Daily Herald)
How the state legislature will tackle water rights this year (Daily Herald)
Politicians may be giving contributions to charity in the future (Daily Herald)
Steve Turley speaks out after felony charges dismissed (Daily Herald)
Rep. Perry's vehicle impound bill heads to House for full debate (Standard-Examiner)
Bill requiring candidates to give away large anonymous donations clears House (Standard-Examiner)
Farmington leaders want a full review of Shared Solution alternative for the West Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)
Budget: More airmen at Hill, another move to retire A-10 (Standard-Examiner)
Jeb on running as a Bush: 'Interesting challenge' (Politico)
Walker targets Romney donors, Jeb turf (Politico)
Republicans blast net neutrality 'power grab' (The Hill)
WH won't criticize Jordan over executions (The Hill)
Dems complain to Israel about Netanyahu visit to Congress (The Hill)
Top Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer to leave White House (The Week)
Hillary retreats deeper into cocoon (FOX News)
5 Things Jeb Bush Just Revealed About His Likely 2016 Run (ABC News)
Senate Democrats again block bill derailing Obama on immigration (Reuters)
Ascent from Abington: Senators grill Defense nominee Carter on world's woes (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Christie's job approval ratings slide in N.J. (USA Today)
Price of Success
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi Brainy Quote
"The IRS is warning that there could be long delays getting your tax refund thisyear because of budget cuts. They're expecting so many delays that they're renaming themselves the DMV." Jimmy Kimmel Political Humor