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Monday, February 9, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - February 9, 2015

Utahns favor concealed weapons on campus. Lawmakers propose a gas-tax hike. Two bills seeking to kill the Count My Vote compromise advance to the Senate floor.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 31
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 183
  • Days to the 2015 election - 267
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 343
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 350
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 505
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 638

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. 51% of Utahns favor allowing concealed weapons on Utah's public college and university campuses [Utah Policy].
  2. Rep. Curt Oda wants anyone to be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit as long as there is no bullet in the chamber [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Sen. Kevin Van Tassell is proposing a 10 cents per gallon gas tax hike [Tribune].
  4. Lawmakers advance a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins that seek to undo last year's Count My Vote compromise [Deseret NewsTribune].
  5. Lawmakers get ready to brawl over competing Medicaid expansion plans [Utah Policy].
  6. A Senate committee holds Jenkins' bill requiring government to replace older cars with alternative-fuel or high efficiency vehicles [Deseret News].
  7. A report from the University of Utah says Utah's quest to take control of federal lands in the state could backfire on the state [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Merrill Nelson says the state prison should remain in Draper [Utah Policy].
  9. Lawmakers will begin negotiations this week over non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Tribune].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his review of Common Core saying the state remains in control of its public education [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1825 - The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
  • 1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
  • 1950 - Sen. Joseph McCarthy, during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. He never provided any evidence to substantiate his claims.
  • 1964 - The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor Allowing Concealed Weapons on Campus
A slight majority of Utahns favor allowing students and faculty carry concealed weapons on the campuses of Utah's public colleges and universities....

Oda Proposes 'Common Sense' Changes to Concealed Carry Laws
The Legislature’s leading authority on state gun laws says it is time for a “common sense concealed carry” strategy....

Medicaid Fight Heating Up on the Hill
The fight over Medicaid expansion is underway on Utah's Capitol Hill....

Bill Would Keep State Prison in Draper
Call it, perhaps, one last gasp....

Task Force Will Look at Utah's Low Voter Turnout
In 2014, Utah had one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. Now lawmakers want to figure out why....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Bringing Back the Firing Squad
Our "Political Insiders" are split down partisan lines on the issue of restoring the firing squad as a method of execution in Utah.Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, is sponsoring HB 11, which allows the state to use the firing squad for executions if the chemicals used ...

Economic Outlook: Winners & Losers of Cheap Oil
Who doesn’t love low gasoline prices?  ...

Seven Water Companies Listed as Non-Compliant
The Utah Division of Water Resources has listed seven water providers as non-compliant for failing to submit updated 2014 water conservation plans, which is required under Utah’s Water Conservation Plan Act. ...

United Way of Salt Lake President and CEO Deborah Bayle Announces Retirement
After a nearly 40-year career dedicated to strengthening our community, Deborah Bayle – who has served as the President and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake for the past 15-plus years – has announced her plans to retire in the summer of 2015, UWSL officials co...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Mero: Sexual politics in Utah just got real

Op-ed: Utah is unmatched in growing a diversified economy

Op-ed: Moving prison may be only way to get Utah to fix it

Op-ed: Give Utah regulators the flexibility to fix our air

Editorial: Wasatch 'blueprint' shows value of compromise

10-cent-a-gallon Utah gas tax hike proposed

Bill to allow concealed guns without permit back in Utah Legislature

In rare meeting, senator spars with voters over prison

Task force would tackle low-voter turnout in Utah

Chaffetz says Gov's Healthy Utah makes Obamacare repeal tougher

Transportation upgrades lag behind Sugar House building boom

Bill to toughen seat-belt law advances

Too many laws? Legislator seeks to repeal a couple

Bills take aim at Count My Vote compromise

Bill advances to weaken texting ban

Utah lawmakers face tall task: balancing LGBT, religious rights

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our primer for interpreting legislative lingo

David Blankenhorn: Why the LDS Church's statement on LGBT families is good for America

John Florez: Lawmakers keeping schools in constant chaos

Op-ed: President Obama's tin ear on clean coal

Op-ed: Comprehensive, not punitive, tax reform is needed

Natalie Gochnour: A bright future for Utah women

Drew Clark: Utah should welcome problem-solving and job-creating entrepreneurs

Robert Bennett: Islamic State group's big blunder with Jordan

Editorial: Will Obama use Antiquities Act in Alaska like Clinton did in Utah in '96 with Grand Staircase-Escalante?

Task force proposed to study reasons behind Utah's low voter turnout

Chaffetz talks gambling, public lands, taxes with Utah lawmakers

Lawmakers to study Fairpark's future, funding needs

House panel passes 'Start By Believing' resolution to help assault victims

Report: Many Utahns still trying to recover from Great Recession

Stricter seat belt law will save lives, lawmaker says

Utah House panel passes bill restricting young people from smoke shops

Lawmaker calls clean air bill 'painful' but 'appropriate'

Lawmakers grapple with raw milk regulations, public health concerns

Committee approves bills that grapple with prior year's election law

Vote on resolution to seek convention of states delayed

A verdict on Common Core? Utah gets a little closer

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini diagnosed with lung cancer

How the Utah Legislature is affecting your family, one-third of the way through the session

Kirk Jowers: the Hinckley Institute's main man


Committee routes Bountiful lawmaker's Medicaid drug bill to interim study (Standard-Examiner)

N. Ogden senator sponsors alternative to Herbert's health plan (Standard-Examiner)

Confusion abounds on Utah school test opt-out rules (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to make non-use of seat belts a primary offense advances (Standard-Examiner)

State legislators discuss health care, water (Logan Herald Journal)

Hillyard: Education budget not finalized (Logan Herald Journal)

In regional blueprint, expansion seen in Park City transportation routes (Park Record)

Panelists weigh in on the Mountain Accord (Park Record)

National Headlines

GOP's 2016 war primary (Politico)

Jordanian foreign minister: ISIS 'on the run' (The Hill)

Kerry: No Iran nuclear talks extension (The Hill)

Police, race emerge as signature focus for AG nominee (The Hill)

Do recent Guantanamo releases put US at risk? GOP senators question policy (Christian Science Monitor)

Sen. Ted Cruz Would Deploy U.S. Troops Against ISIS 'If Need Be' (ABC News)

Sen. Chuck Schumer urges CDC to offer free measles vaccine (New York Daily News)

Homeland Security Chief Says 30,000 Will Be Furloughed If Department Shuts Down (Huffington Post)

Jeb Bush Leads Potential Rivals In New Hampshire Poll (Huffington Post)

Paul on vaccines, thin line between medicine and politics (Associated Press)

Evangelist Franklin Graham rejects Obama's comparison between ISIS, crusaders (Jerusalem Post)

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