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Lawmakers near a final budget deal. Final report on John Swallow investigation delayed. Likely no decision on Medicaid before the 2014 session ends.


  • 3 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 4 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 8 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 10 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 10 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 46 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 106 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 239 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 602 days to the 2015 elections
  • 667 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 973 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Sources say House Speaker Becky Lockhart will get no money for her education technology initiative in a budget deal worked out by lawmakers [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The House committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow is delaying their final report by a few days because they recovered 400 more emails from a supposed destroyed hard drive [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • It appears the 2014 session will end without a decision on Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • A Senate committee approves a bill to create a new panel tasked with finding a new location for Utah's prison [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee's camp almost scuttled the deal between lawmakers and "Count My Vote" backers [Tribune].
  • The House kills a bill that would make elections for the State School Board a partisan affair [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Senators change a clean air bill allowing the state to adopt tougher standards than the feds before advancing it [Tribune].
  • The Senate approves a modification to Utah's abortion laws [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City moves one step closer to approval [Deseret News].
  • One ethics reform that won't happen this year - campaign donation limits [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Senate approves a bill to freeze boundaries of the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County until 2015 [Tribune].
  • Utah's unemployment rate hits a five-year low [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1496 - Christopher Columbus concludes his second visit to the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1629 - England's King Charles I dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
  • 1785 - Thomas Jefferson appointed minister to France.
  • 1848 - The Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.
  • 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant becomes commander of the Union armies during the Civil War.
  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful voice transmission over his telephone when he said to his assistant, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you."
  • 1969 - James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1985 - Konstantin Chernenko, was the Soviet leader for just 13 months, died at the age of 73.
  • 1997 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuted on the WB network.
  • 2008 - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized after allegations surfaced that he had paid thousands of dollars for a high-end call girl.

Today At Utah Policy

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Lawmakers Close to Final Budget Deal
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Google Fiber would help Salt Lake stay in the game

Op-ed: Herbert's Medicaid alternative works for Utah

Rolly: Mike Lee camp nearly stopped Count My Vote deal

Editorial: Expensive tech is not what Utah schools need

Editorial: Constitutional reviews still needed in Utah Legislature

Editorial: Meter mess not SLC's best moment

Utah unemployment rate hits a five-year low

Utah Senate OKs emergency drug to counter overdoses

Senate pushes a tweak to Utah abortion laws, sends it to House

Senate advances bill on 'Big Brother' automatic license-plate readers

Exposing kids to porn may be considered in custody battles

Bill that would enable tougher air rules in Utah clings to life

New panel to supervise prison move

Municipal boundary bill revamped, flies through Utah Senate

E-smoke bill dies in panel

House OKs optional air-cleanup tax

Ethics bills advance without caps on Utah campaign donations

Bill to make ed-board election partisan fails

Utah Medicaid decision appears unlikely

D.C. Notebook: Why Obama's budget is dead on arrival

Paul Rolly: Parking cops find 'Capitol' offenses in faded license stickers

Budget talks: No money for Lockhart's Utah ed-tech plan

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Count My Vote: Exploring the impact of compromise legislation

Op-ed: Utah's financial model should not include Medicaid expansion

John Florez: Education - Big government 101

Editorial: Prison relocation iffy

Editorial: With caucus compromise, Utah will enter new political terrain

Senate passes bill to consider parents exposing kids to pornography in custody cases

Senate passes bill removing informed consent rule for abortion if mother's life is threatened

Prison relocation legislation passes Senate committee

Senate committee advances bill facilitating convention hotel

Newly recovered emails delay House report on ex-Attorney General Swallow

Lawmakers shutter partisan school board proposal

Committee recommends bill excluding archery equipment from dangerous weapon list

House passes bill creating school standards review committee

Resolution proposes state superintendent selection be subject to governor, Senate

House approves bill excluding exemplary students from criminal truancy

'Kumbayah' bill temporarily halts governance changes in unincorporated S.L. County

Senate panel endorses campaign finance reform bills

School board election reform stalls as three bills fall to opposition

House, Senate still struggling over budget

Senate committee snuffs out e-cigarettes bill, leaving sponsor 'perplexed'

Q&A: Carlton Christensen, newly appointed director of development for Salt Lake County

Local religious leaders urge support for activists fighting for immigration reform

Bill creates contingency plan for keeping national parks open

Utah unemployment rate hits five-year low

Cities, state battle panhandling through the lens of public safety


Lawmakers nearing budget deadline (Daily Herald)

Utah has highest rate of mental illness in US (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A tech overload for students (Standard-Examiner)

Utah air quality bills get inversion treatment (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Cheney: Ramp up missile defense (The Hill)

Cruz on O-Care repeal: 'We'll do it in 2017' (The Hill)

Paul says he would grow GOP in 2016 (The Hill)

Groups raise pressure on Obama to scale back deportations (The Hill)

Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at NY trial (Associated Press)

Millennials don't trust you, and four other takeaways from Pew's new report (Washington Post)

Paul outlines potential 2016 platform, fresh off CPAC straw poll victory (Fox News)

WikiLeaks founder hints at 'upcoming' info leak during South by Southwest address (New York Daily News)

President Obama to expand coastal protection in California (Los Angeles Times)

Florida's Charlie Crist heaps praise on Obama: 'God bless him' (Washington Times)

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