Jindal cost taxpayers to help Romney. Free lunches at the Capitol, for some. GOP declines Swallow convo.
Happy Tuesday. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is an up-and-coming star of the GOP, but his travel out of state is costing taxpayers at home. State police have spent $226,500 to provide security when the governor has headed out-of-state, The Associated Press reports. A lot of the travel was to help Mitt Romney's unsuccessful bid. [AP]
Topping the news: The AP takes a look at Rep. Jason Chaffetz, one of many GOP lawmakers who heads home from Washington to find a happy audience of supporters, despite a gridlocked system in Congress. [AP]
-> Special-interest lunches and other freebies are taking up a chunk of lawmakers time -- 32 out of 33 working days for state senators, in fact. [Trib]
-> A new bill would allow for sanctions on adoption agencies that engage in fraud. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @th_wright: "The Chairman of any political party should be provided with a lifetime supply of therapy. I think I've seen it all."
Happy birthday: To former state Rep. Brent Wallis.
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> Sen. Daniel Thatcher, a Republican from West Valley City, shot down attempts to question Attorney General John Swallow about the scandal currently surrounding him during an appropriations committee hearing. [Trib]
-> A bill endorsing "In God We Trust" license plates is headed for Gov. Gary Herbert's desk after passing through the Senate 27-0. [Trib]
-> Lawmakers are considering upping annual road funding by $4.56 million to help with expanding the Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake County and 1-15 in Utah County.
-> Sen. Curt Bramble received unanimous support from the Senate to start a bill that would delay the implementation of Utah's guest worker program. [Trib]
-> Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says that hiking a food tax isn't going to happen this session. [Trib]
-> The House passed a bill that protects victims of dating violence, while rejecting an amendment that some Democratic lawmakers said had an anti-gay bias. [Trib]
Opinion section: George Pyle blasts the way that money influences politics. [Trib]
-> Proponents of the United Way's 2-1-1 help line are encouraging a public-private partnership for the program. [Trib]
-> A U. law professor says that the recently-released Department of Justice memo that gives a legal basis for killing U.S. citizens with drones can serve as a "recruiting tool" for terrorist organizations. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Jake Garn and a nuclear adviser call for the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, aimed at stalling nuclear proliferation. [Trib]
-> West Jordan's city manager says it's time for the federal government to hand over control of public land in Utah. [Trib]
-> A physician says that the responsibility in fixing the inversion falls not only on citizens, but also on government. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says we shouldn't be so quick to analyze future economic projections without looking at new data. [DNews]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli call the Utah Legislature a "boiling cauldron of rumor and conjecture." [DNews]
Weekend in review: GOP State Central Committee members are declining to "formally address" the allegations against embattled Attorney General John Swallow -- at least for the time being. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch criticized Treasury Secretary nominee Jacob Lew for having a bank account in the Cayman Islands, just as Democrats hit Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee lauds the International Baccalaureate program, and blasts a lawmaker's legislative attack on it. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly analyzes the roots of Presidents Day, and how some Utah liquor stores chose to not-celebrate. [Trib]
Nationally: More lawmakers, including some that usually swing pro-gun, say that they would support limits on the size of magazines -- but not an overall assault weapons ban. [NYTimes]
-> Both academia and the business community are pleading with the government to hand out more green cards to highly-skilled graduate students, who face uncertain futures in the United States after their student visas expire. [WaPost]
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