Inauguration protester ordered away from D.C. Stewart clan's deep government ties. Lawmaker: No need for concealed carry permit.
Happy Wednesday. A protestor who climbed a tree and shouted constantly during President Barack Obama's inauguration has been ordered to stay away from the nation's capital entirely. Not just the Capitol building, but from Washington, D.C. The anti-abortion protester could be heard near the inaugural stand and annoyed thousands of attendees trying to hear the program. He has a record of similar disruptions. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Rep. Chris Stewart may be new to Congress, but his family has deep ties to the government: his brother is a federal judge, his nephew a top gubernatorial adviser, another family member is an aide to the attorney general. Matt Canham takes a look at the Stewart clan. [Trib]
-> A bill being proposed by state Rep. John Mathis would allow gun owners to carry guns without a concealed carry permit--as long as they're over 21 and don't have a criminal record. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @DanAmira: "Obama took real oath of office on Sunday. Beyonce lip-synched. Cannons fired blanks. Inauguration = farce."
From @morningmoneyben: "Under obscure law, lip synching of National Anthem at Inauguration automatically makes Mitt Romney president."
In other news: Rep. Jim Matheson is bringing back old legislation aimed at keeping violent video games out of the hands of youngsters. Matheson's proposal comes amidst a flurry of arguments about a supposed link between violent games and gun violence. [Trib] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> A Utah lawmaker wants to make a "declaration of state supremacy" regarding gun control, giving local cops the power to arrest federal agents enforcing gun control. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on what the Utah Sheriffs Association thinks about potential gun control. [Trib]
-> Some Utah lawmakers want to streamline the process of getting records expunged for criminals with long rap sheets full of minor offenses. Crimes not eligible would include felonies and sex offenses. [Trib]
-> Climate change legislation may be on the docket for the coming legislative session, with this bill aimed at reducing the cost for fighting wild fires with more pre-emptive efforts. [Trib]
-> New state Auditor John Dougall likens his office to an early warning system, ready to offer a heads up before a problem becomes serious. [UtahPolicy] Audio from Bryan Schott's interview. [UtahPolicy]
-> They're on a roll: TSA agents found the fifth gun in one month in carry on luggage at Salt Lake City International Airport--an all-time high. [Trib]
-> A proposed oil sands mine in Uintah County is slowly getting closer to operation, despite legal challenges and outcry from environmentalists. [DNews]
Nationally: A side-by-side comparison of President Barack Obama's two inaugurations. [WaPost]
-> Anita Hill talks about her experience with VP Joe Biden and Sen. Orrin Hatch after a Sundance screening. [Trib]
-> Rep. Paul Ryan panned Obama's inauguration speech, saying the President missed the mark on Republican opinions on entitlement programs like Medicare. [Politico]
-> It's Cabinet confirmation season in Washington. Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. Chuck Hagel are set to start their Senate confirmation hearings this week, which will present new challenges for Obama. [NYTimes] Sen. Tom Udall from New Mexico could be following in his father's footsteps as he finds himself on the shortlist for secretary of the Interior. [WaPost]
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