District 57 voters seek restraining order. Huntsman PAC hires strategist. Herbert pushes nuke power.
Happy Friday. Boy, what a busy first week, eh? I promise it'll all be downhill from here. OK, I'm kidding. This is just the start! We have plenty of news for your reading pleasure, so scroll on down...
Topping the news: Republican residents of Cedar Hills file suit over the House District 57 fiasco. The lead plaintiff is Kim Frank, wife of the former representative from the area. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KSL] Read the complaint here: [Scribd]
-> Here's your legislative schedule for the day: [Trib] (Scroll down for more stories from the Hill.)
-> The campaign adviser behind Florida Gov. Rick Scott's successful campaign is now going to run a political action committee for U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. [TimesUnion]. Others are pushing a White House bid, too. [KSL]
-> The strategist for a major tea party group says Sen. Orrin Hatch is an "original tea partyer," though the head of the group says he's still a potential target in 2012. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @MarkShurtleff, yesterday: "Thirty years ago this morning my beautiful bride M'Liss took me as her husband. I am a blessed and lucky man. I love you sweetheart!"
Happy birthday: to Democratic activist Clarity Sanderson.
Out of Context catchup: Rep. Jason Chaffetz walks back criticism of Rep. Michele Bachmann. [Trib]
Where are they?
In other news: Sen. Mike Lee joins Hatch on the Judiciary Committee; also, Hatch leaves his longtime post on Intelligence. [Trib]
-> Lee is among just four senators who vote to preserve the secret holds used to block appointments. [Trib]
-> Lee joins the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus and signs an audience member's copy of the Constitution. [Trib]
-> The NY Times' Gail Collins notes that in the aftermath of the Arizona shooting, the one gun bill in America most likely to pass would be Utah's designating a state gun. [NYTimes]
-> Pat Bagley proposes some other potential state symbols. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly reports on more trouble for Beau Babka -- this time in civil court. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee writes about the space shuttle Challenger explosion 25 years ago and the role of Utah whistleblower Allen McDonald. [Trib]
-> The Standard Examiner editorial board says not to expect a less civil tone as Congress proceeds and includes an imagined bipartisan pairing of Reps. Rob Bishop and Barney Frank. [StandEx]
From Utah's Capitol Hill: Herbert responds to proposals to shift control of public education to the chief executive and lawmakers: "If it ain't broke don't fix it." [Trib]
-> ABC4's Chris Vanocur says the Utah Legislature is being mocked across the country and wonders why it took so long. [ABC4]
-> Sen. John Valentine explains his alcohol licensing bill and notes it actually adds 40 new permits. [SenateSite]
-> Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, sponsors a bill to outlaw professional lobbyists for school districts. [Trib]. It is a bill with roots in a 2010 Tribune investigation, which you can read here. [Trib]
-> A long-term planning group pushes back plans for a Bangerter Highway freeway. [Trib]
-> Kristen Cox, head of Utah Workforce Services, promises to cut $9M and 142 full time positions out of the state Medicaid program if given the chance. [Trib]
-> Lawmakers take a whack at higher education's budget. [Trib]
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