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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 5, 2014
Senate hijacks a school funding bill. Lawmakers not sure they'll come to an agreement on Medicaid before the end of the session. The compromise measure over "Count My Vote" could come up for a vote Wednesday or Thursday.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 8 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 9 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
- 13 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetingsThe15 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
- 15 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
- 52 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 111 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 244 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 607 days to the 2015 elections
- 672 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 978 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- The Senate hijacks a bill to equalize funding between school districts to fund Speaker Lockhart's plan to increase technology use in classrooms. Lockhart says she was surprised by the move [Tribune].
- It's not clear if lawmakers will be able to find an accord on Medicaid expansion before the end of the session, and Gov. Gary Herbert suggests it may take a special session to resolve the issue [Deseret News, Tribune].
- SB 54, the compromise measure between lawmakers and "Count My Vote" could be up for a vote in the House today [Daily Herald].
- "Count My Vote" organizers continue gathering signatures for their citizen's initiative even while the compromise measure winds its way through the legislature [Deseret News].
- A House panel approves ameasure to provide more money from gas taxes [Tribune].
- Lawmakers advance a bill to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain" [Tribune].
- The House passes a measure providing a tax incentive for the construction of a convention hotel in Salt Lake City [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Legislators push ahead with a measure authorizing the state to keep the national parks open if the federal government has another shut down [Daily Herald].
- A resolution supporting the relocation of the state prison sailed through the House on Tuesday [Tribune].
- Anumber of clean air measures move forwardon the Hill [Tribune].
- The Senate unanimously approves a bill establishing more oversight of the USTAR program [Tribune].
- A new study says Utah has the highest rate of mental illness in the nation [KSL].
- The Boston Massacre took place when British soldiers opened fire on colonists, killing five people in 1770.
- The Nazi party won 44% of the vote in German parliamentary elections in 1933. These were the last free elections in Germany until after World War II.
- Winston Churchill delivered his famous"Iron Curtain" speech,referring to the Soviet Union's influence in Eastern Europe in 1946.
- Soviet leader Josef Stalin died in 1953.
- The nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect in 1970.
- Comedian John Belushi was found dead from a drug overdose at the age of 33 in 1982.
- Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government in 2004.
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Editorial: Autism treatment works, and should be covered
Bill advances to protect Utah police from chase-related lawsuits
Senate passes bill to reform USTAR with more oversight
Utah Senate acts to prevent 'another Stericylcle situation'
Utah's CUP doesn't runneth over in Obama's budget
House OKs downtown Salt Lake City convention hotel plan
Money for Utah school equalization hijacked for tech initiative
Lawmakers advance clean-air bills, reject wood-burning crackdown
Paul Rolly: Legislative UFO buzzes the Utah Capitol
House gives resounding support to relocation of state prison
Utah Supreme Court hears challenge to tar sands permit
Bill defending carbon dioxide gets shelved
Utah lawmakers embrace wilderness? Not so fast
Lawmakers advance two bills to raise highway funds, including higher gas tax
Bill to limit force in police raids passes House
Senate panel OKs bill to rein in student-loan garnishment
Restaurants: Tear down that 'Zion Curtain'
Utah high court weighs appeal in Pennsylvania man's adoption case
Does Daybreak's take on green building help air quality?
UTA gets nod for involvement in more development
Will Utah's lawmakers take action on Medicaid this session?
Op-ed: All Utahns can help clean up our air
Richard Davis: State legislators: There's still more election reform to do
Editorial: In prudently expanding Medicaid, Utah can be a model for the nation
Senate panel advances bill expanding role of parent review committee
School district 'cherry-picking' bill advances to Senate
Committee OKs bill to help victims get information about rape exams
Bill giving immunity to officers in police chases passes Senate
Senate approves tax increase to fund technology modernization plan
Utah Supreme Court hears hotly contested water war on oil sands development
Senate panel approves bill excluding disabled students from school grade calculations
House approves convention hotel bill
Senate committee shelves $1M school technology bill
Pennsylvania man challenges adoption, Utah law
Count My Vote continues to gather signatures as vote on deal nears
Prison relocation resolution passes House
Regulators: 2014 inversion season was a mixed bag
House panel approves bill to protect children whose parent is murder suspect
Governor says special session may be needed on Medicaid expansion
S.B. 54 may face changes when debated in House (Daily Herald)
Bill would keep parks open during government shutdowns (Daily Herald)
House OKs bill to put Utah primary first, online (Daily Herald)
Editorial: UTOPIA's clinging existence (Standard-Examiner)
Utah Senate committee doesn't recommend Terryl Warner for Board of Education (Logan Herald Journal)
Count My Vote supporters happy with compromise bill but push on with petitions (Logan Herald Journal)
Stream access fight will not be resolved by Legislature (Park Record)
Count My Vote 'compromise bill' advances to House (Park Record)
Rep. Mel Brown to seek re-election (Park Record)
New O-Care delay to help midterm Dems (The Hill)
Christie's standing ovation for O-Care rip (The Hill)
Hoyer breaks with Pelosi on energy race (The Hill)
Obama stands by energy strategy while pushing climate change fund (The Hill)
Budget proposal won't tame debt, interest would soon exceed military spending (Fox News)
Harry Reid really hates the Koch Brothers (Washington Post)
Fugitive and whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak from Russia at SXSW (CNN)
Sarbanes-Oxley Whistle-Blower Shield Expanded by High Court (Bloomberg)
Obama budget seeks new spending, new taxes to boost economy, tame debt (Washington Post)
DC Council decriminalizes pot possession (Associated Press)
Texas primary voters to test Sen. John Cornyn, George P. Bush (Los Angeles Times)
Do Your Duty
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Clearing Things Up
"At the White House. . . . President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had a private meeting in the Oval Office. They met for about an hour. It turns out the last five years have been a big misunderstanding. They actually agree on everything. I'm glad they cleared that up." Jimmy Kimmel Political Humor