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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 3, 2014

Lawmakers and "Count My Vote" reach an accord on election bill. Utah's budget picture is mostly flat for next year. Lawmakers still getting freebies, but not as many as last year.

Countdown:

  • 10 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 11 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 15 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 15 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 17 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 54 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 113 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 246 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 609 days to the 2015 elections
  • 674 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 980 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Lawmakers and the backers of "Count My Vote" come to a deal on changing Utah's system for nominating candidates [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah's revenue picture grows a bit, but not enough to meet every need [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Tensions between Gov. Herbert and Speaker Lockhart could shape negotiations on the Hill over the final days of the 2014 session [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers are still getting free dinners and receptions from lobbyists, but not as many as last year [Tribune].
  • Healthcare advocates are encouraged by Gov. Herbert's plan to extend coverage to Utah's poor [Utah Policy].
  • A bill requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments passes the Senate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church is encouraging members to attend this month's caucus meetings [KUTV].
  • Most of the same-sex couples who got married in Utah in December were lesbian [Tribune].
  • A House committee approves spending an additional $23.5 million on STEM education [Tribune].
  • Jonathan Johnson says Utah should look for ways to increase technology use in the classroom [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker wants to sell some "surplus" open space adjacent to the city's new streetcar line [Tribune].
  • State Auditor John Dougall says a number of local government agencies are late filing their annual financial reports [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Florida became the 27th state in 1845.
  • Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, was born in 1847.
  • Congress created the Minnesota Territory in 1849.
  • President Herbert Hoover signed a bill into law making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem in 1931.
  • Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police in an incident that was captured on video in 1991.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Let's find creative ways to say yes to technology in the classroom

Op-ed: Broad group comes together to promote political debates in Utah

Rolly: Once upon a time GOP wanted to help autistic kids

Editorial: Defense must be part of any spending reduction

Editorial: West Valley chief continues the cleansing

Bill to cover autism therapy passes Senate

James' journey: Utah's autism lottery 'changed his life'

Late filings hide how tax dollars are being spent

Bill to require annual study of federalism passes House

Utah lawmakers back millions more for STEM education

Hill Air Force Base trying to maintain F-35, lower costs

Herbert v. Lockhart in session's final stretch?

Lawmakers, advocates confirm Utah Count My Vote compromise

Tea party celebrates five years, but will it live to 10?

Paul Rolly: Bishop could be key in remembering Korean War dead

Free lunches, receptions abound for Utah Legislature

Deseret News

Gov. Gary Herbert: Caring for the poor the Utah way, with responsibility and flexibility

Pignanelli and Webb: Fun and games still abound from Capitol Hill

Op-ed: Bolstering the Earned Income Tax Credit

John Florez: Lawmaking is like a dog chasing a car

Editorial: Utah needs clean air fuel standards now

State revenue estimates up only slightly

Senate panel endorses bill allowing DNA sampling upon felony bookings

Mandate for insurance coverage of autism treatment passes Senate

Legislature gives somber recognition to families of 19 Utah fallen soldiers

Utah Legislature considering 3 sex assault bills

Agreement reached between Count My Vote group and legislators

Birth father rights the focus of two bills under consideration by Utah Legislature

'Win-win solution' keeps Utah caucus system, adds direct primary

Politician and parent: The behind-the-scenes struggle to balance work and family

Other

Bramble, Count My Vote reach compromise (Daily Herald)

Brad Dee: House colleagues working hard, offering ideas (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Legislative Medicaid tiffs (Standard-Examiner)

Utah minimum wage bill on life support (Standard-Examiner)

Hill said to be in strong shape if BRAC bogeyman returns (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rogers: Putin 'running circles' around US (The Hill)

Graham: Obama budget 'guts our defense' (The Hill)

Crunch time on Middle East peace (The Hill)

California governor unsure legal pot is good plan (Associated Press)

Wisconsin Republican lawmakers seek to remove majority leader (Reuters)

Issa, House GOP investigative committee say Lerner will testify in IRS scandal hearing (Fox News)

No longer loyal to Scouts, boys join Trail Life (Associated Press)

Hawaii's minimum wage would reach $10.10 an hour under bill state lawmakers advancing (Associated Press)

NY, Conn. up heat help in food stamp cut end-run (Associated Press)

Senator optimistic for passage of sex assault bill (Associated Press)

Costs of ObamaCare bungles start to add up, with Maryland first at about $30.5M (Fox News)






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