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Friday, March 6, 2015

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Lawmakers propose a big boost in education funding. House Democrats force a vote on Healthy Utah. Herbert says he will sign the non-discrimination bill if it gets to his desk.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 6
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 158
  • Days to the 2015 election - 242
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 318
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 325
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 480
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 613

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. It looks like education is going to get a big boost in funding this session, but not as much as Gov. Gary Herbert wanted [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will continue to push for his Healthy Utah plan, but the House has the upper hand right now [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  3. House Democrats force a floor vote on Healthy Utah, much to the displeasure of the GOP [Tribune].
  4. The non-discrimination and religious liberty bill cruises out of a Senate committee and heads to the floor [Deseret News].
  5. Gov. Herbert says he will sign the non-discrimination bill if it makes it to his desk [Tribune].
  6. A new bill would allow government employees to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, but that means they would forfeit their ability to perform any marriages [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A House committee decides to send a proposed death with dignity bill to interim study instead of advancing it to the floor [Tribune, ABC 4].
  8. A House committee approves a bill setting up Utah's 2016 presidential primary, even though the Utah GOP may not participate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Utah House GOP chews over a number of bills that are part of the fight over control of public lands [Deseret News].
  10. Legislators again take aim at changing Utah's school grading system [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 - Mexican forces captured the Alamo in San Antonio, killing the last of 187 defenders who held the Texas mission for 13 days.
  • 1857 - The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling that slave Dred Scott couldn't sue for his freedom in federal court, even though his white owner had died in a "free" state.
  • 1981 - Walter Cronkite signed off from the "CBS Evening News" for the final time.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

January sees Utah's best job gains since 2007

House passes bill to keep partisan elections in counties

Rolly: Oops! Herbert aide disses House leaders - by mistake

For the fifth year in a row, lawmakers tweak school grading system

Hundreds of Healthy Utah backers rally to pressure the House

House milks debate over cow sharing

ALEC leader meets with Utah leaders, U. students

Utah lawmakers not ready to OK physician-assisted suicide

Legislature backs big bump in student spending, smaller than guv wanted

Bill advances to allow presidential primary, a day after Mitt Romney requests it

Equality Utah concerned about bill allowing government employees to refuse to perform gay marriages

'I'm going to sign the bill': Utah guv lauds compromise of religious liberty, LGBT protections

Dems force Healthy Utah vote in House, igniting fight with GOP

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: The best of Utah demonstrated in religious freedom/LGBT compromise

Editorial: Closing the 'discipline gap' in our schools to keep kids in class

House committee passes bill setting presidential primary date

Bill to replace 'dirty buses' moves on to Senate

Initiative for better school Internet filtering moves to Senate floor

School counselor training bill gets preliminary approval in Senate

Court fee for parents seeking guardianship of disabled children may drop tenfold

Bill to expand death benefits to families of fallen officers advances

Should Utah high schoolers be required to take four years of math?

Lawmakers propose big increase for education in new budget

House committee rejects class size reduction bill

Who will control Utah's public lands?

Teacher salary increase bill advances to Senate

'Death with dignity' bill put on hold for further study

Senate panel endorses anti-discrimination, religious rights bill

Bill requires county clerks to provide person to perform same-sex marriages

Gov. Herbert: 'Fight goes on' for Healthy Utah


House gives nod to Lockhart name on I-15 (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Healthy distrust of government key to democracy (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Corradini leaves a positive legacy (Standard-Examiner)

Bill for presidential primary and limited internet voting advances (Standard-Examiner)

Competing religious liberty and antidiscrimination bills move forward (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The Outsider: Elizabeth Warren wants to be the most powerful Democrat in America-without running for president (Politico)

Moderates press Pelosi on Democratic agenda (Politico)

Texas AG accuses feds of misleading on immigrant work permits (The Hill)

Democrats do damage control (The Hill)

Justice Scalia boosts Republican hopes in ObamaCare challenge (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton Was in Violation of State Dept. Policy for Nearly 6 Years (ABC News)

Hillary Clinton Email: Local Democratic Leaders Stirred, Not Shaken (ABC News)

Hillary's Email Escapade (Wall Street Journal)

2016?s grotesque beginning: How Jeb & Hillary are quietly competing to win Wall Street's heart (Salon)

Jobless claims jump unexpectedly to 10-month high (Christian Science Monitor)

De Blasio urges businesses to raise wage minimum to $13 an hour (Newsday)


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