George Bush misses Air Force One -- and that's all. Anti-Count My Vote effort advances. GOP could pick two convention sites to compete with each other.
Happy Friday. Former President George W. Bush says there isn't a lot he misses about being president -- well, except for one thing: Air Force One: "A lot of people ask me, do I miss much about being president? The answer's really no. I mean I miss people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years, they never lost my baggage." [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The Senate moved toward a final vote on Sen. Curt Bramble's bill that would nullify the Count My Vote initiative. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [UtahPolicy][KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4] Paul Rolly says this is not the first time Bramble has meddled with a proposed ballot initiative. [Trib]
-> A group of Democratic lawyers want the feds to reopen the their investigation into former AGs John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> The GOP's site selection committee, headed by Utah's Enid Mickelsen, may pick two finalist for the 2016 convention and have the cities compete against each other during final negotiations. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: @TheLongshot: "Dear US, Sorry. Love, Canada"
Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Laura Black and Sen. Orrin Hatch's state director, Melanie Bowen, and on Sunday to former state Rep. Craig Frank and former Utah GOP executive director Ivan DuBois.
On the Hill: Proposed legislation would allow restaurants to post a written warning saying "Notice: This establishment dispenses and serves alcoholic products in public view" instead of having the Zion Curtain. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> A Senate committee passed legislation raising the smoking age to 21. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [APviaKUTV] [CityWeekly]
-> The House Republican caucus voted to support a resolution in favor of moving the Utah state prison. AND, be sure to check out the Trib's list of lawmakers with real estate and development ties. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, discusses comments he made that plants in some areas of the state are struggling and need more carbon dioxide in the air. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley explores the type of gas surfacing at the Legislature. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson proposed a combined primary election in order to reduce party polarization. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]
-> Matheson talks bout his future plans, Count My Vote and Medicaid expansion. [Fox13]
-> A bill allowing UDOT to raise the speed limit to 80 mph in places the agency feels appropriate is only one vote away from the governor's desk. [Trib]
-> The House passed legislation preventing local governments from banning certain breeds of dogs. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the fight over Medicaid expansion, the Legislature's responses to Count My Vote and what happens with new revenue numbers coming next week. [UtahPolicy]
-> Proposed legislation would make Utah the first state to regulate e-cigarettes. [Trib]
-> The Senate moved a bill aimed to help teachers and school faculty intervene if they believe a student intends to commit suicide. [DNews]
-> A Senate committee advanced a bill giving enrollment priority in charter schools to children whose grandparents helped launch the school. Similar priority is already given to children whose parents founded or serve on an operating board of a school. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Lawmakers passed a bill the create Utah Jazz license plates to raise money for charity. [Trib] [Herald]
-> Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright give their takes on some of the biggest issues of the week. [ABC4]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert addresses whether there is a need for a statewide anti-discrimination law. [ABC4]
-> Herbert also talked about defending the anti-gay marriage Amendment 3. [ABC4]
-> The Rally for Recovery stressed the importance of treating mental illness and substance abuse disorders and called for the state to accept a full Medicaid expansion. [DNews] [Fox13]
In other news: Businessman Bob Fuehr discusses challenging Mia love for the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District. [RollCall]
-> Holladay became the 20th local government to ban employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> A man recovering from a heroin addiction and roughly $75,000 in medical debt is an example of another group that is falling through the Medicaid gap. [KUER]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop is trying to keep the Utah National Guard's Apache helicopters from being reassigned. [KUTV]
Nationally: President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal will not include any cuts to Social Security spending. [NYTimes]
-> In the upcoming mid-term election, 11 states could decide control of the Senate and Republicans are going to war to take the gavel back. [WaPost]
-> Some public sector employers are reducing employee hours in order to avoid providing them with health insurance. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
- Rep. Chris Stewart meets with the Wasatch Front Regional Council, DaVita Healthcare, the Utah Rural Electric Association and speaks at REALTOR Day at the Legislature. He also meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and with constituents in Tooele.
- Gov. Gary Herbert hits the Republican Governors Association executive roundtable panel discussions, luncheon and reception in Washington. He also attends the National Governors Association Executive Committee meeting.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to the Utah School Boards Association and attends a Cabinet meeting.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and Associate Deputy Mayor Justin Miller and later with Rep. Chris Stewart. He also accepts a Stevie Award for customer service on behalf of Salt Lake County.
- SLC Mayor Ralph Becker goes to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Leadership Meeting in Phoenix.
- President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama and hits the Democratic Governor's Association Meeting.
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