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Monday, March 10, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 10, 2014
Lawmakers near a final budget deal. Final report on John Swallow investigation delayed. Likely no decision on Medicaid before the 2014 session ends.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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
|Lawmakers Close to Final Budget Deal|
Republican state House and Senate leaders, meeting for around four hours on Saturday, have reached what they hope is a final budget deal and will take it to their party caucuses Monday morning....
|Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: 'Count My Vote' Deal|
The Utah Legislature agreed to a compromise with the backers of the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative that preserves the caucus system while, at the same time, establishes an alternate path to the ballot for candidates. We asked our "Political Insiders" and readers what t...
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
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)
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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