From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Fri Feb 28 12:55:11 MST 2014

Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

CNN ambushes Sen. Mike Lee at fundraiser. Herbert unveils Medicaid expansion plan. Lawmakers, Count My Vote supporters seek compromise.

Happy Friday. CNN continued its "Keeping Them Honest" series last night with a look at the high-priced fundraisers that politicians throw to bring in cash for their campaigns. Their target this time: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. CNN videotaped Lee at a ski weekend at Snowbird with lobbyists and confronted him to ask why he does these sort of fundraisers. [CNN]

Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert released his plan to use subsidies to help low-income Utahns buy private healthcare coverage. His proposal would use $258 million in federal funds. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4] Officials from Herbert's office elaborate on the proposal. [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> Lawmakers and Count My Vote initiative supporters are working on a compromise behind the scenes. [DNews] Bob Bernick is pessimistic that they can work out a deal. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From @AlexPappas: "Mike Lee at Tea Party anniversary celebration: 'It's so nice and so rare to be so close to Capitol Hill and yet so in America.'"

Happy Birthday: To attorney Pat Shea and Associate Deputy SL Co. Mayor Justin Miller.

On the Hill: It's your last chance to see some lawmaking before the weekend. Today's schedule. [Trib]

-> A House committee passed two bills prompted by the investigation into former AG John Swallow. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House passed legislation to permit elementary schools to teach children and parents about how to prevent sexual abuse. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Senate moved toward a final vote on legislation to freeze the basic property tax rate in order to raise money for education. [DNews]

-> Legislation outlining parent's rights when it comes to their children's education heads to the Senate floor. [Trib]

-> The House passed a bill to make splitting off from an existing school district more difficult. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House killed legislation giving a $500 tax credit to families that home school their children. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A Senate panel approved a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the Senate and the governor to confirm the state school superintendent. [DNews]

-> Legislation creating a tip line for students to report violent, unsafe or criminal activities passed a Senate committee. [DNews] [Herald]

-> A proposal giving grandchildren of charter school founders priority in enrollment moves to the governor's desk. [DNews]

-> Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, is proposing a bill permitting Utahns to pay up to $1 on their natural gas and electric bills to fund air quality initiatives. Customers who don't want to pay would have to opt-out. [DNews]

-> A bill to freeze the boundaries of unincorporated Salt Lake County and start to study a possible new form of government for the areas moves to the full Senate. The bill may change to ensure that a petition to put the creation a Millcreek City on the ballot would not be invalidated by the proposal. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> A Senate committee passed a bill reforming payday loans. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses how in the past, attempts to regulate the payday loan industry have resulted in ugly Republican vs. Republican attacks. [Trib]

-> A resolution calling for a national constitutional convention aiming at a balanced budget amendment is on its way to the House floor. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss what will happen with Speaker Becky Lockhart's technology for education proposal and what else might pop up in the final weeks of the Legislature. [UtahPolicy]

-> The House passed a proposal to create a meeting for people to share their thoughts on Daylight Savings Time. [Trib] [DNews]

In other news: The Sugar House 4th of July fireworks celebration is again woefully short of its goal to raise funds after donors have cut back their contributions. [Trib]

-> The museum at Hill Air Force Base is getting rid of 18 aircraft due to lack of funding a manpower. [Trib]

->Pat Bagley compares two famous, bald Republicans' views on military spending. [Trib]

Nationally: GQ is offering a makeover for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., after he appeared on the House floor in a purple polo shirt and bow tie. [ABCNews]

-> Remember during the government shutdown when all those congressman promised to give back their salaries? Well, it turns out that at least 109 of them either put their earnings into government accounts to pay the national debt or donated the money to charity. [WaPost] Here's a list of which lawmakers donated to charity. Rep. Jim Matheson donated his $7,900 pay during the shutdown to 15 Utah charities. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to urge civic leaders, nonprofits and communities to help young black men and men of color more opportunities that will lead to successful lives. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds staff meetings, votes and returns to Utah.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart meets with General Michael Hayden, votes and flies back to Salt Lake.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO Rich Walje, families of fallen Utah service members, and Chief of Staff Derek Miller. Herbert also holds a Cabinet meeting, sits down with Cherilyn Eager from the American Leadership Fund and with Kennecott Managing Director and COO Stephane Leblanc.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to Hispanic Economic Summit/Latin Expo, also hits the governor's Cabinet meeting and the Weber County Lincoln Day dinner.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a roundtable with Michael Botticelli, White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control and Policy and also goes to the Granite Community meeting with Sandy Mayor Dolan. 
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hits the Mayor and City Council Leadership meeting, the same roundtable discussion as McAdams, read a Black History Month Proclamation at the Salt Lake Public Library and attends an event at the U.
  • President Barack Obama hosts the White House Student Film Festival. He also speaks at a DNC meeting and attends a DNC event.

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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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