NRA warns of battle ahead. FTC goes after another Swallow donor. State health contractor "misplaces" 6,000 records.
Happy Thursday. The head of the NRA is readying for a "battle" with the White House over the new gun control measures President Barack Obama rolled out yesterday. But David Keene says he fears the president may actually be able to pass some legislation if he turns on the charm.
-> "All bets are off when a president really wants to go to war with you," he said. "We're gonna be there and we're gonna fight it." [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The Federal Trade Commission is going after another big donor to AG John Swallow and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff. [Trib]
-> All six members of Utah's congressional delegation say that they oppose an assault weapons ban, are critical of banning high-capacity magazines and requiring universal background checks. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @redsoxunixgeek: "Yes people complaining about Obama and his family having armed guards: He is more important than you. Signed, JFK, and A. Lincoln."
In other news: Outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is going out with both supporters and skeptics. [Trib]
-> The president's gun control proposals are actually creating a business boom for Utah gun sellers as customers rush to buy up weapons and ammo. [Trib]
-> State liquor cops are backing off on a planned crack-down on restaurants who serve booze before food. The move comes after a public outcry that the law hurts the tourism and restaurant industries. [Trib]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop added last-minute language to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill that prohibits the National Park Service from buying more land with the funds, which are intended to help repair storm-damaged parks. Bishop, along with Stewart and Rep. Jason Chaffetz voted no on the bill, while Rep. Jim Matheson supported it. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the NRA's controversial ad mentioning Obama's daughters. [Trib]
-> Utah's newest congressman, Rep. Chris Stewart, gave his first speech on the House floor, calling for "fiscal courage" and congressional compassion. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake County Council voted unanimously to support expanding Medicaid coverage to about 44,560 more people, some of whom have behavioral health issues. Chairman Steve DeBry, a Republican, said that while he doesn't support Obamacare, "it would be foolish not to go along with this." [Trib]
-> Only one third of low-income Utah kids who eat lunch at school also receive breakfast there, a far lower number than their national peers. [Trib]
-> A man who was interned in the Topaz internment camp and later went on to legally challenge the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII will be honored by Governor Gary Herbert, who will be proclaiming Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee says that it's time for Utah Attorney General John Swallow to move on. [Trib]
-> National GOP officials are already targeting Matheson for 2014. [DNews]
-> The Alpine City Council heard arguments from citizens regarding a potential rehab home for drug abusers planned for the city. [Fox13]
-> A Utah high school will now require students to wear ID lanyards, in light of a national push for school safety. [ABC4]
Nationally: Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head two years ago, will be personally lobbying lawmakers in Washington on gun control issues, says a former staffer who was wounded in the same attack. [Politico]
-> Salazar had a swanky bathroom that cost $220,000 -- but was installed by his predecessor. [ABCNews]
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