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Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Hosue approves the compromise with "Count My Vote." House and Senate leadership are at odds on how to fund Speaker Lockhart's education technology proposal. Democratic lawmaker introduces a bill for Utah to accept full Medicaid expansion.

Countdown:

  • 7 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 8 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 12 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 14 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 14 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 50 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 110 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 243 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 606 days to the 2015 elections
  • 671 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 977 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • The House approves the compromise with "Count My Vote" [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • House and Senate leadership are facing off over how to fund Speaker Lockhart's proposal to increase technology use in Utah's schools [Tribune].
  • Democratic Senator Gene Davis unveils a bill pushing for the state to accept full Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • LGBT protesters return to the Hill to rally for the stalled statewide non-discrimination law [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • The Senate advances a measure to crack down on payday lenders [Tribune].
  • Rep. Greg Hughes' measure allowing bars to provide a breathalyzer for use by patrons moves out of a House committee [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A House committee approves a bill making cockfighting a felony [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah's Democrats complain a bill approved by the Senate is just a way to remove members of the minority party from the Utah State Tax Commission [Tribune].
  • The House approves a plan to make Utah's State School Board elections nonpartisan affairs [Deseret News].
  • The Senate advances some changes to Utah's controversial school grading system [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers delay the effective date of of Utah's guest-worker program until 2017 [Tribune].
  • Higher education officials are urging Utahns to attend this month's caucus meetings [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • The Alamo fell to Mexican forces in 1836.
  • The Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott case that slaves were not citizensin 1857.
  • Oreo cookies were first introduced in 1912.
  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. died in 1935.
  • Walter Cronkiet signed off as anchor of "The CBS Evening News" for the final time in 1981.
  • Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.


Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Five Stages of Grief and 'Count My Vote'
I was struck by something said during floor debate on the compromise between "Count My Vote" and the legislature....

House Approves 'Count My Vote' Compromise
It was a legislative exhale of resignation...an acceptance of the inevitable. The Utah House voted 49-20 on Wednesday to approve a compromise between Count My Vote and legislative leadership that would keep the caucus system while creating an alternative path to the primary ...

Mike Lee Backs Nebraska Candidate
Sen. Mike Lee is getting involved in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary, backing Ben Sasse in the race to replace retiring Senator Mike Johanns....

House Committee Advances Bill to Move Utah's Presidential Primary to First in the Nation
Utah took another big step toward moving to the front of the line in the 2016 presidential nominating process....

Featured Items

Momentum Builds for Legislature to Take Action to Improve Air Quality
Momentum continues to build in support of H.B. 388, "A Quarter for Clean Air Legislation." The bi-partisan House bill would let voters choose more mass transit to help address the state's air quality challenges....

Hatch Aide Jumps to D.C. Lobbying Shop
Hatch communications director Antonia Ferrier is leaving the Senate to work for Washington, D.C. lobbyingfirm Forbes-Tate....

Weekly Survey: "Count My Vote" Compromise
What do you think of the accordbetween the Utah Legislature and "Count My Vote"? Was it a good compromise, or did caucus defenders fold too quickly? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Brown Offers Perspective on 2014 Legislature
At Utah Data Points, Adam Brown compares the number of bills introduced and passedin the 2014 Legislature with past legislative sessions dating back to 2007....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Two more Utah clean air bills approved by committee

Bill to name highway for slain officer advances to House

Bill: Grandparents retain rights after parental termination

Bill: Fewer consequences for smart Utah school truants

House panel okays funding for after-school programs

Deal on Count My Vote gets OK

House, Senate draw line in sand over pricey tech plan

House bill advances to encourage Breathalyzers in Utah's bars

House rejects tax break for transit passes

Landmark immigration bill on hold

Dems say GOP pushes them off tax panel

Does Daybreak's mission make up for Kennecott's emissions?

Utah Senate gives preliminary nod to payday loan reform

Report lauds Utah's computer science education

Cock fighting law flutters forward in legislative committee

Alaskan capital ditches blue parking kiosks

House bill a nod to women's role in the economy

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah voter list: Time to stop putting citizens' lives at risk

Dan Liljenquist: Count My Vote: Compromise isn't a betrayal of principles

Op-ed: Adoption legislation: Children first, parents second

Jay Evensen: Don't mess with a great Utah property tax law

Editorial: Maintaining balance

Editorial: Protecting privacy

Committee OKs bill to fight intergenerational poverty with after-school programs

Higher education officials urge caucus attendance

Clear air proponents rally around bill proposing transit tax

Bill would exclude exemplary students from criminal truancy

Utah may study daylight saving time

House bill sets standards for commercial breathalyzers

Committee advances bill banning city dog-breed ordinances

Deal ending Count My Vote initiative passes House, Senate

Senate gives preliminary nod to school grading changes

House approves direct, nonpartisan election of State School Board

Cockfighting closer to becoming felony in Utah

House sends 'Josh Powell bill' to governor for signature

Democrats offer full Medicaid expansion bill

Other

Bill to end Daylight Saving Time making progress at Legislature (Daily Herald)

Bill on state elections clears House (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Support Count My Vote deal (Standard-Examiner)

Farmington bill to grapple with West Davis Corridor up to $100,000 (Standard-Examiner)

Bear River Health Department unhappy with changes to Legislature's e-cigarette bill (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

White House announces new O-Care delay (The Hill)

Controversial DOJ nominee fails to clear Senate test vote (FOX News)

NYC's De Blasio to Seek Union Cost Savings, Budget Director Says (Bloomberg)

Ted Cruz now 'proud' to endorse John Cornyn for Senate (USA Today)

Rep. Grayson says video shows he didn't push wife (Associated Press)

Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th (FOX News)

Pentagon sending fighter jets to boost NATO presence amid Ukraine crisis (FOX News)

Officials: CIA probes Senate interrogation report (Associated Press)

Rob Astorino announces run to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Newsday)

U.S. Effort to Broker Russia-Ukraine Diplomacy Fails (New York Times)

Ben Bernanke has always lived a fairly modest lifestyle. But his earning potential just exploded. (CNN)






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