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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:

  1. 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].
  2. Lawmakers approve a $3.9 billion budget starting point for public education [Deseret NewsTribune].
  3. 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].
  4. Lawmakers advance a measure to bring back the firing squad in Utah executions [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. 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].
  6. Lawmakers say they're looking for ways to slow down the flow of legislation this session [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Senate kills a measure to send fines from liquor violations to the attorney general's office [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Legislators kill one measure to eliminate daylight savings time [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. 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].
  10. 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

Poll: Utahns Favor Goals of Common Core Standards
Does a rose by any other name not smell as sweet?...

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....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Stop Talking!
Just stop talking!...

Bill Would Allow Lawmakers to 'Borrow' Books from Lobbyists
Utah legislators burning books?Ok, that probably won’t happen....

Weekly Survey: Should Utah Reinstate the Firing Squad
Utah lawmakers are considering restoring the firing squad as an option in executions. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Does the GOP Have an 'Orrin Hatch Problem'?
Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin says the Utah senator "exemplifies the career politician who stands for nothing and rolls over for everything."...

Utah Bill Calls for Constitutional Convention on Balanced Budget and Term Limits for Congress
One of the most conservative members of the Utah Legislature wants to call a constitutional convention of the states, even as arch conservatives worry such a gathering could become a “runaway” convention, causing much mischief....

More Accolades for Utah's Economy
Utah racks up another prestigious accolade for its economy. ...

Featured Items

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....

Utah Companies Showcase Strength of the State's Life Sciences Sector at Arab Health
Utah showcased its strong life sciences industry at January’s Arab Health trade show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ...

Mayor Becker Issues Executive Order to Increase Energy Efficiency at City Facilities
Today Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued an Executive Order designed to maximize superior energy management at all Salt Lake City facilities. ...

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)

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