News roundup: Man behind Romney's '47 percent' video speaks out
Obama: No immediate debt crisis. '47 percent' filmer talks. House passes abortion stats bill.
Happy Wednesday. President Barack Obama sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in a wide-ranging interview that touches on the possibility of a grand-bargain, North Korea as well as facing the GOP over its terms. Obama says in the interview that "we don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it's gonna be in a sustainable place."
-> More Obama: "Ultimately, it may be that- the differences are just- too wide. It may be that ideologically, if their position is, 'We can't do any revenue,' or, 'We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid,' if that's the position, then we're probably not gonna be able to get a deal." Transcript: [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The man who filmed Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" video says he couldn't sleep after seeing the candidate talk like he did. [HuffPost]
-> The House passes this session's only abortion bill despite concerns that the legislation, which requires the state to collect statistical information from women seeking abortions. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Senate lawmakers gave a preliminary nod to a bill that allows gun owners to concealed carry without a permit over the opposition from parents and Gov. Gary Herbert. [Trib][DNews] [Herald]
Tweet of the day: From @gopTODD: "Just to be clear, any white smoke coming from the #utsen means the #utleg is on fire. Call 9-1-1."
Happy birthday: To ARUP Laboratories' Jeff Robinson.
In other news: Senate Republicans are concerned about Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell's involvement with an environmental activism group that has sued the government on multiple occasions to shut down drilling and mining operations. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly blasted the Eagle Forum's Gayle Ruzicka over her influence in the death of an adoption reform bill. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley takes on the Paul Ryan budget. [Trib]
Heard on the Hill: "I have a baseball bat by my bed. I think that's more efficient, frankly." - Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, on HB76, allowing Utahns to carry a concealed gun without a permit.
"I've got boring down pretty well." House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden."That's what your wife says." House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo.
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> Supporters of a state-wide LGBT non-discrimination measure are hitting the Hill this week, saying they'll try again next year to pass the bill. The legislation was passed by a Senate committee but died earlier in the week. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Senate lawmakers met in a closed caucus to discuss shutting down a measure that would ban the state from accepting a Medicaid expansion to some 130,000 Utahns. Sen. Todd Weiler even drafted an amendment that would allow the state to accept the expansion after the Department of Health completes a study. [Trib]
-> Despite strong support from some members of the House, it looks like the Zion Curtain won't be torn down anytime this session after meeting resistance in the Senate. [Trib] [Herald] [UtahPolicy]
-> Forty-six lawmakers reached across the aisle to sign on as co-sponsors of a bill that would require schools to notify parents of bullying incidents and suicide threats. [DNews]
-> Victims of domestic violence in relationships could soon get protective orders against their attackers, thanks to a bill that is on its way to Gov. Herbert's desk after passing the Senate. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The House passed a bill that would require a transparency task force to create a one-stop system for accessing public records. [Herald]
-> Bryan Schott says Utah can't wait any longer to move the prison and needs to act. [UtahPolicy]
-> A bill that would require insurance companies to cover an expensive oral chemotherapy drug is on its way to the governor's desk. [DNews] [Herald]
-> Drivers of clean-fuel vehicles, like natural gas vehicles or hybrids, could soon see a tax credit, thanks to a new bill that passed the Senate. [Trib]
-> Legislation dubbed the "Swallow rule" banning executive branch appointees from doing outside consulting work passed the House. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]
-> House lawmakers gave a nod to Gov. Herbert's education plan, which calls for 66 percent of Utah's population to have a post-secondary degree by 2020. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Utah Marriage Commission was saved by the Senate, which codified the group despite a lack of federal funding. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Senate lawmakers moved to close a political donations disclosure loophole, despite concerns that the change could be unconstitutional. [Trib]
-> A bill that would favor keeping families together in adoption and foster care placements passed both houses. [Trib]
-> Senate lawmakers rejected a bill that would bar teens from using phones while driving, saying the ban already exists in other laws. [DNews] [Herald]
Nationally: The Senate Judiciary Committee on which both Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee sit approved plans to beef up the nation's background check system and a Justice Department program that funds school security guards. [WaPost]
-> Swing states with same-day voter registration were the most likely to experience high voter turnout during last year's election, with Minnesota again taking the cake for highest voter turnout nationwide at 76.1 percent of registered voters hitting the polls. Utah, however, clocked in at 56 percent. [Politico] [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop hits a weekly GOP conference meeting, meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, hits a Natural Resources committee hearing, meets with representatives from the Six-County Association of Governments, hits a special GOP conference meeting with President Barack Obama, hits a Republican Study Committee meeting and meets with interns from Utah State University.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a special GOP conference meeting with the president.
Gov. Gary Herbert has a Comcast Journal interview and a legislative strategy meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Transportation Committee meeting, sits down with Rocky Mountain Power officials and talks with South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker is in Washington for the National League of Cities Congressional City conference.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder is in Washington for the National League of Cities Congressional City conference and meets with Rep. Jim Matheson.
President Barack Obama meets with the House Republican Conference, chats with business leaders to discuss cyber-security and immigration, meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Vice President Joe Biden and hits an Organizing for America dinner.
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