There are 8 days until the end of the 2012 Legislative Session, 13 days until the Utah Democratic Party Caucus meetings, 15 days until the Utah Republican Party Caucus meetings, 118 days until the Utah Republican Presidential Caucuses and 252 days until the 2012 election.
Mitt Romney gets a narrow win in Michigan and a blowout in Arizona [Politico]. The Washington GOP caucuses are Saturday, followed by "Super Tuesday" next week with contests in 11 states, including Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee Georgia and Oklahoma.
Sen. Orrin Hatch has been arguing that, if he's not re-elected and Republicans regain control of the Senate, moderate Maine Senator Olympia Snowe would become the chair of the powerful finance committee instead of him. Snowe announced yesterday that she is retiring, dealing a blow to Hatch's campaign argument [Tribune].
More bad news for Hatch - Gov. Gary Herbert refuses to endorse his re-election bid, preferring to stay "neutral" in the fight for the GOP nomination [Tribune].
The head of the BLM says Utah's efforts to wrest control of public lands away from the federal government has "no chance of ever happening in the real world" [Tribune].
Reps. Stephen Sandstrom and Chris Herrod wonder if their immigration reform measures were stymied because they are seeking higher office [Daily Herald].
Wait...what? Somehow talk of abortion creeps into a debate over whether the state should create new license plates honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. [Tribune]
Lawmakers are considering some bills that may run afoul of the Constitution [Utah Policy].
The Salt Lake County Council approves a rule change that will allow Snowbird to seek a permit to build a roller coaster to boost their summer business [Tribune].
The Salt Lake County jail is nearly $1 million in the red [Tribune].
Legislators have $191 million in proposed spending, but only $2.5 million allocated for those programs [Utah Policy].
State regulators say they will not reverse their decision to give water rights to a proposed nuclear power plant, meaning the fight will now move to the courts [Tribune, ABC 4].
Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jani Iwamoto decides against running for another term [Tribune].