From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Tue Nov 18 17:39:19 MST 2014

Happy Tuesday

America's newly elected members of Congress have been in Washington recently to learn the ins and outs of how to legislate as well as the many ethics rules they must abide by. But CNN's Chris Moody has a few other suggestions of things members should avoid: Like wide stances in airport bathrooms, instant messaging pages and tweeting certain parts of your anatomy. [CNN]

Topping the news: Some officials are proposing adding weeks to Utah's legislative session in an effort to give more attention and provide better scrutiny to bills being passed. [Trib][DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't let Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee set the agenda when Republicans are in control come January. [UtahPolicy]

-> Police are investigating the surreptitious recording of some classrooms at BYU where devices were stuck under chairs without the university or students' knowledge. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @utpolcapitol: "whoo boy, semantics. Rules surrounding proposed bill protection rule changes more complex than Canadian Football."

Happy Anniversary:  To Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman.

Tune in: University of Utah researcher Kerry Kelly, Salt Lake County Health Department executive director Gary Edwards and air quality advocate Dr. Brian Moench join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss why wood smoke is so bad for the air we breathe and how it should be regulated. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Time on

Tune in II: RadioWest's Doug Fabrizio is talking about Rep.-elect Mia Love with Tribune reporters Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr at 11 a.m. Mountain Time on KUER 90.1FM.

In other news: Ridesharing companies in Utah are threatening to leave the state if proposed amendments to the ground-transportation ordinance pass through the Salt Lake City Council. [Trib]

-> Sen. Milke Lee was the only 'no' vote on a bill that would help revamp the government's chief child care program. [Trib]

-> Incoming House Speaker Greg Hughes has a big agenda item for the coming session: improve Utah's air quality. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Utah Highway Patrol decided to drop any opposition to the raising of Utah's speed limit from 65 to 60 mph on urban interstate freeways. [Trib]

-> Cities, counties and businesses launched a drive Monday to increase transportation funding in the upcoming legislative session. [Trib]

-> A proposal that would declare the golden retriever dog breed as the official "state domestic animal" is receiving some controversy after some had already suggested other animals to represent Utah. [Trib]

Nationally: A Sierra Leone doctor who traveled to Nebraska for Ebola treatments died this Saturday. [Examiner][WaPost][LATimes]

-> Despite accusations of padding profits and canceling coverage for sick, President Barack Obama is depending on insurance companies as Americans shop in the health insurance market this year. [NYTimes]

-> According to a letter from a top Pentagon official, the Obama administration is currently reviewing the United State's hostage policies. [WSJ]

-> Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she plans to broaden her leadership team with a mix of old and new faces. [WaPost][LATimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with the GOP Conference and later with Pandora executives, attends a Judiciary hearing and meets with Summit Water.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart attends the weekly GOP Conference meeting, meets with the University of Utah Collegiate Inventors and meets with the National Endowment for the Arts chairman.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert travels to Florida.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends Project Uplift, meets with the Multicultural commission and the Governor's Rural Partnership Board.
  • President Barack Obama meets with his national security and public health teams to receive an update on the Ebola response and participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson and | political cornflakes blog 

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