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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - February 6, 2015

Legislative Republicans mulling joint caucus to deal with Healthy Utah. Gov. Herbert says discrimination exists on both sides of the same-sex marriage argument. A record number of bills on Utah's Capitol Hill this year.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 34
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 186
  • Days to the 2015 election - 270
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 346
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 353
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 508
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 641

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House and Senate Republicans are mulling an historic joint closed caucus to discuss Healthy Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says his Healthy Utah plan makes more sense than any other alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  3. Herbert also says his office is investigating incidents of Utahns who have lost their jobs because they've spoken out against same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  4. House Republicans discuss a number of options for electing State School Board members [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. There's a record number of bills this session on Utah's Capitol Hill [Fox 13].
  6. The Utah House overwhelmingly passes a measure allowing small "political issues committees" to be exempt from campaign reporting requirements [Tribune].
  7. Sen. Allen Christensen wants to keep felons from working as child care providers [Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Stuart Adams is backing legislation to allow justices of the peace to be impeached [Standard-Examiner]. 
  9. President Barack Obama appoints Former Sen. Ross Romero to the Commission on Presidential Scholars [Tribune].
  10. The Utah State Tax Commission uncovers thousands of potentially fake tax returns due to a data breach with a third-party tax preparation software company [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1911 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.
  • 1933 - The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January, was declared in effect.
  • 1952 - Britain's King George VI died at age 56, and his daughter was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: More Utah special editions

Rolly: One hang-up with Rep. Love's mailer: It list wrong phone number

House votes to let small political groups escape disclosure laws

Utah House Republicans weigh competing proposals for school board elections

Alpine foothills protection referendum may fall short

Obama taps Utah's Romero for Presidential Scholars Commission

Governor says the math supports his Healthy Utah plan

Utah Tax Commission: Thousands of potential fake returns likely to delay tax refunds

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Utah is exceptionally strong

David Blankenhorn: American culture just shifted a bit with LDS Church's statement

Greg Bell: Reasonable pay for judges, state elected officials

Editorial: California's ban of Scout-affiliated judges flies in the face of religious freedoms

GOP House, Senate may hold rare joint meeting to hash out Medicaid expansion

Lawmaker proposes moral 'speed bump' when dealing with campaign donations

Lawmakers give initial nod to fund state plan to address Alzheimer's disease

Gov. Herbert urges contributions to homeless trust fund via state income tax check-off

Lawmaker calls for more teacher training, resources to help students with dyslexia

Background checks may be required for all Utah child care facilities

Utah lawmakers say state should manage wild horses

Herbert says prejudice exists on both sides of religious freedom, nondsicrimination issue

Utah lawmaker seeks to clarify comments on sexual assault bill


Layton Senator takes aim at justice court judges with SB79 (Standard-Examiner)

Legislative committee discusses Bear Lake beach access (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Jeb Bush moves to show he's no Mitt Romney (Politico)

House GOP chairman: Cyberattacks now threaten 'every business' (The Hill)

White House mum on report that Putin has Asperger's syndrome (The Hill)

Fed fires back at Rand Paul (The Hill)

NH1 Pulse Poll: Walker surges to top with Romney's exit; Bush second (

Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion' (Associated Press)

Three House Democrats to skip Netanyahu speech (Associated Press)

Obama poised to ask Congress for new war authorization (Associated Press)

Boehner sees call for military authorization vs Islamic State soon (Reuters)

Rick Perry: Washington is the problem (Union Leader)

Oregon's largest newspaper calls on governor to resign over fiance controversy (FOX News)

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