Hatch: Obama wants to cut 2nd Amendment. Cuts could harm Hill AFB workers. The "Swallow rule" advances.
Happy Friday. Sen. Orrin Hatch says President Barack Obama and liberal Democrats would love to slice up the Constitution and take out that whole Second Amendment right to bear arms part. Hatch told conservative radio host Laura Ingram that there's "no question about it," and added that universal background checks are the "beginning of the end of government controlling every aspect of our lives." [HuffPost]
Topping the news: The FBI and the Davis County Attorney are looking into claims that Lt. Gov. Greg Bell tried to sway the outcome of a child abuse investigation to benefit a friend. City Weekly's Stephen Dark has the details: [CityWeekly]. Also: [Trib] [Fox13] [APviaDNews]
-> Hill Air Force base workers could see 22 days of unpaid time off if sequestration goes into play -- cutting $86 million from Utah's military civilian payroll. [Trib]
-> Watch out for the "Swallow rule" -- a new bill would ban the type of outside consulting work that led Attorney General John Swallow to do business with Richard Rawle.
Tweets of the day: From @mariamillett: "Elementary students all dressed up to tour the Capitol put the biggest smile on my face. Gives you faith in Utah's future!"
And from @DeidreHenderson: "Technical difficulties in the #utsen this morning. Sens'mikes aren't working. (How will we survive w/o people hearing what we say?)"
Heard on the Hill: "Do you plug it into a currant bush?" -- House Majority Whip Don Ipson, R-St. George, making a GOP caucus pun on how clean electric cars are.
In other news: Do you want to live in SugarDaddie.com House? What about riding the SugarDaddie.com streetcar? And electing your representatives to the SugarDaddie.com Community Council? A dating site pitched Salt Lake City officials on renaming Sugar House for a decade for $1.35 million, but the city balked and the site has withdrawn the offer. [Trib]
-> Defense secretary nominee Sen. Chuck Hagel isn't getting much love from Utah's senators, despite the fact that they all hail from the same party. Sen. Mike Lee said that he's asking President Barack Obama to withdraw Hagel's name from the bid, while Sen. Orrin Hatch isn't sure if he'll vote for the former senator. [Trib]
-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is calling on AG Swallow to either step down or face impeachment. [DNews]
-> Rachel Maddow called out Rep. Rob Bishop for criticizing President Barack Obama's vacation in the face of the looming sequester -- a hypocritical move, she says, as Congress took this week off. [MSNBC]
-> Complete with drums and chants, over 100 environmentalists gathered in the rotunda of the state Capitol to protest tar sands drilling. [Trib]
-> Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love will be in Washington next month to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference. [WaPost]
-> Lindon residents are in a heated debate over a proposed city ordinance that would ban fireworks above the Murdock Canal. [Herald]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the more suicidal approach Republicans are taking to the sequestration impasse in Congress. [Trib]
-> NRA chief Wayne LaPierre will be in town this weekend to give a keynote speech at the Salt Palace for a hunting convention. [Herald]
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> Parents of a 13-year-old Copperton boy who committed suicide last month offered an emotional account in a House committee hearing of the bullying that led to their son's death. Lawmakers voted to hold the bill while some modifications are made, but a similar bill -- requiring school districts to inform parents about bullying incidents and suicide threats made by students -- is advancing through the Senate. [Trib] [DNews]
-> New drivers would be quizzed on train safety when they take their license tests, under a new bill that was passed unanimously by the Senate. [Trib]
-> While communities can't ban fireworks deemed legal by the state, they would be able to restrict fireworks in mountainous or hilly areas prone to wildfire -- both thanks to a new bill headed to the governor's desk. [Trib]
-> U. president David Pershing urged lawmakers to consider students -- and an extra $10 million for the university's medical school -- at a Higher Education Appropriations subcommittee hearing. [Chrony]
-> A bill that would change who can sue for medical malpractice advanced to the House floor. [Trib]
-> Employers and schools could be fined up to $500 if they demand that their employees and students fork over their social media passwords, thanks to a new bill. [Trib]
-> It was a bad day on the Hill for carp, wolves and prairie dogs -- all of which may be removed from public lands or killed, if certain organizations get their requested funding. [Trib]
-> This year's batch of legislators may be the most educated bunch ever to serve in the state Capitol -- with more than half of House members possessing graduate degrees.
Nationally: Newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is being dubbed the "anti-Hillary" for his riskier, more focused approach to diplomacy. [Politico]
-> A group sponsoring a pro-gay marriage ad has pulled a spot featuring former First Lady Laura Bush after she complained about being included. [Politico]
-> All you need to know about the coming sequester: [WaPost].
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