House to present final report on John Swallow investigation. Lee not worried about dual-track nominating system. Herbert says he’s an “action figure” on Medicaid.
Tomorrow is the last day of the 2014 Legislature
2 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
6 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
8 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
8 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
44 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
104 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
237 days to the 2014 midterm elections
600 days to the 2015 elections
665 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
971 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah political news highlights:
The House wraps up the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow, will present their final report on Wednesday [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
Sen. Mike Lee says he’s not worried about the dual-track nominating system that came out of a compromise between the Legislature and “Count My Vote” [Tribune].
Sen. Stuart Reid says the new dual-track nominating will lead to the death of the Democratic party in Utah [Deseret News].
Gov. Gary Herbert takes a swipe at Speaker Becky Lockhart saying he’s an “action figure” when it comes to negotiating on Medicaid with the federal government [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
Senators approve a bill allowing the use of cannabis oil in the treatment of seizures, sending the measure to the governor [Deseret News, Tribune]
The Senate moves forward on a measure allowing the Stericycle medical waste incinerator to move from North Salt Lake to Tooele [Tribune].
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee introduce legislation calling on the federal government to reimburse Utah for the cost of opening the state’s national parks during the government shutdown [Deseret News].
Utahns are rushing to sign up for Obamacare as the March 31 deadline looms [Tribune].
The Utah Senate advances a bill to give tax incentives for the construction of a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
Lawmakers reveal their own stories of being abused during emotional debate over a bill to help educate schoolchildren on how to avoid sexual abuse [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
There’s a high-stakes fight over electrical power lines is brewing on the Hill [Tribune].
BYU names Kevin Worthen as the school’s 13th president. He will replace Cecil Samuelson in May [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
1862 – Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to general-in-chief of the Union armies.
1912 – The Girl Guides, the forerunner of the Girl Scouts, was founded.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his first radio “fireside chat.”
1987 – The musical “Les Miserables” opened on Broadway.
1994 – The Church of England ordained its first female priests.
2002 – Homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled the color-coded system for terror warnings.
2003 – Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months after vanishing from her bedroom.
2008 – New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after reports surfaced he was a customer of a prostitution ring.
2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme.