SCOOP #1: The organizers of Count My Vote have changed their ballot initiative to include the current dual-track system for candidates to get on the ballot. That means they’re no longer trying to eliminate the caucus/convention system in Utah [Utah Policy].
SCOOP #2: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an agreement with Gov. Gary Herbert to release a legal opinion from Attorney General Sean Reyes about the process Herbert set up for the 3rd Congressional District special election. Previously, Herbert had blocked the release of that opinion [Utah Policy].
John Curtis says he will be sworn in as Utah’s newest member of Congress on Monday [Deseret News, Tribune].
Sore loser? Democrat Kathie Allen has apologized for a tweet she posted on election night ripping Utah County voters for only caring about Mormons and Republicans. She has since deleted the tweet and apologized [Utah Policy].
Gov. Gary Herbert taps Ron Gordon as his new special counsel [Utah Policy].
Newly elected Representative John Curtis names Corey Norman as his chief of staff. Curtis is also seeking applicants to fill other positions in his office [Utah Policy].
Sen. Lincoln Fillmore is proposing legislation that will equalize school funding levels across the state [Deseret News].
Utah lawmakers propose extra pay for special ed teachers in Utah public schools [Deseret News].
Federal law enforcement officials pick Utah to take part in a program designed to fight painkiller addiction and abuse [Deseret News, Tribune].
Some parts of Utah got no precipitation last month [Tribune].