Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was heavy on policy, but even heavier on challenges to Congress [Politico].
Sen. Mike Lee turned down the opportunity to give the Tea Party response to Obama’s speech [Tribune].
Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders say they wished Attorney General Mark Shurtleff had told them about the allegations against John Swallow when he learned about them in October [Tribune, Deseret News].
Three separate businessmen say John Swallow offered them protection from the Attorney General’s office if they donated to Mark Shurtleff’s campaign fund [Tribune].
Sen. Mike Lee votes against the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense [Tribune].
Clean air issues are starting to move to the fore this legislative session [Tribune, Deseret News].
Lawmakers move to reform the use of so-called “boxcar bills” [Utah Policy].
A raft of bills aim to lessen Utah’s dependency on federal funding [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
Sen. Steve Urquhart proposes giving in-state tuition rates to certain non-resident students to help lessen the enrollment hit from the LDS Church’s new missionary policy [Tribune].
The Utah Senate approves a measure to cap anonymous campaign donations at $50 [Tribune, Deseret News].