From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Wed Mar 12 12:36:47 MDT 2014

Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

The best of legislative pickup lines. House to release Swallow report today. Senate advances sexual abuse education bill.

Happy Wednesday. Are you an intern on the Hill and don't know how to impress that special someone? Fear not because lawmakers, reporters and others have chimed in with their #InternPickupLines suggestions. [KUER] [UTPolHub] Here are some samples:

-> From @elforesto: "The taffy isn't the only sweet thing around here."

-> From @UtahReps: "Meet me behind the zion curtain."

-> From @intern_caucus: "You have the most beautiful ayes"

Topping the news: The House will release its final report from the investigation into former AG John Swallow today. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Senate unanimously passed a bill to legalize nonintoxicating cannabis oil for treating epilepsy. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> After an emotional and revealing debate, the Senate moved toward a final vote on legislation allowing schools to teach children about sexual abuse. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [Herald] [KUER] [Fox13]

-> The builders of a power line from Wyoming to Las Vegas are threatening to sue if lawmakers pass a bill requiring the company to carry power from Utah generators. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @SenMikeLee: "My father, Rex E. Lee, died 18 years ago today after a 9 year battle w/ cancer. I find myself missing him every day."

Happy Birthday: To Utah's favorite adopted son, Mitt Romney.

On the Hill: Hold on, only two days left. Today's schedule [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert said he will send staff to Washington next week to start negotiating for his plan to help low-income Utahns get health insurance. [DNews]

-> Lawmakers moved ahead with proposals allowing Stericycle to movie its medical incinerator to remote Tooele County. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House passed a bill to stop the use administrative subpoenas, which don't require judicial approval. [Trib]

-> The Senate passed a bill to improve communication between law enforcement and sexual assault victims. [DNews]

-> A Cedar City doctor is suing a state senator over a stock sale, claiming the lawmaker withheld information in order to increase his earnings. [DNews]

-> Legislation to restrict drone use in Utah ran into trouble including a question as to whether it is legal to shoot down a drone in your backyard. [Trib] Utah is not the only state considering putting limits on drones. [APviaDNews]

-> The House passed a bill allowing the state to create inspection stations to check boats for the invasive quagga mussel. [Trib]

-> The Senate moved toward a final vote on a plan to help finance a new convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. [Trib]

-> The House advanced a proposal to exempt women who need an abortion to save their lives a from a required video and reading material on alternatives. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers are considering a proposal to exempt volunteers from needing a food handler's permit to serve food to the homeless. [Trib]

-> Legislation allowing some Utahns with disabilities to vote online is on its way to the governor. [Trib]

-> The Senate killed a bill making it harder for cities to split off and start their own school districts. [DNews]

-> The House passed a bill changing regulations on automatic license plate readers. [Trib]

-> Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox sent a letter to lawmakers encouraging them to put more protections on the personal information of voters. [Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley explores two types of panhandling in the state. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly tells to rest of the story about 13 people arrested for blocking the door to a committee hearing in an LGTB rights protest. [Trib]

In other news: Sen. Mike Lee is undeterred by the changes to how candidates are chosen in Utah and intends to run in 2016 and win. [Trib]

-> Nearly 40,000 Utahns have signed up for health insurance on and around 36,000 were deemed eligible for Medicaid. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County is going to try a regional approach to suppressing gang activity. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Real Women Run is holding training for women running for office. [Trib]

Nationally: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused the CIA of removing documents and searching computers to undermine an investigation. [WaPost]

-> Republican David Jolly won the special House election in Florida, giving the GOP more confidence going into midterm elections. [NYTimes]

-> Less than one million people signed up for health insurance through the state- and federal-marketplaces in February. [WaPost]

-> Leaked documents show the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court evolved from approving wire tap requests to justifying collection of bulk data on Americans phone calls and emails. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz accepts the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hits a Republican conference, a Judiciary hearing, an Oversight mark-up, and meets with former Utah Gov. Olene Walker. He also discusses immigration with Catholic Bishop John Wester, meets with Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif, and has dinner with Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart attends the U.S. Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award reception, meets with students from Huntsman School of Business at USU, goes to the weekly GOP Conference meeting, also meets with former Utah Gov. Olene Walker and with Generals Anthony Zinni and Chuck Wald. He also hits the weekly Republican Study Committee Meeting, meets with ACT Aerospace, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and finally with House Speaker John Boehner.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Democratic leaders, talks about the end of the legislative session on Comcast Newsmakers, and meets with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox meets with legislators and goes on X96's Let's Talk to the Lt. Governor.
  • President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and drops in on a meeting with women members of Congress.

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Political Cornflakes is compiled by The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau. Photo by Scott Sommerdorf; Cartoon by Pat Bagley.

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