Clay Aiken deletes anti-Romney tweets in bid for Congress. Mormons form informal caucus on Congress. Lawmaker: Utahns will protect their stoves with their guns.
Happy Friday. Clay Aiken of American Idol fame deleted a bunch of tweets before he announced he's running for Congress in North Carolina as a Democrat. But tweets don't disappear that easily. Here are a few that he didn't want you to see:
-> "Romney must be confused tonight. Told to shut up by a woman and called out by a black man. #NeverHappenedAtTheCountryClub"
-> "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon"
Topping the news: While the National Prayer Breakfast was happening in Washington, some Mormon members of Congress met for the second time, forming an informal caucus of LDS faithful. [Trib]
-> Even with the latest snowfall, a Utah official is concerned there will not be enough water to meet demand this summer. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to ban wood-burning stoves in counties with bad air pollution prompts one state lawmaker to note that people will defend their stoves with their guns. [UtahPolicy]
Tweets of the day: From @gopTodd: "Overheard in #utsen Judiciary committee: "The biggest single reason for divorce in this country ... is marriage."
From @RobertGehrke: "Sitting at the vet this morning. Makes the Legislature look like a fun place to be."
Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Bradley Daw and on Sunday to friend of Cornflakes Dave Hultgren.
On the Hill: Week two is coming to a close, today's schedule. [Trib]
-> In the first edition of the Trib's new video feature "In Their Own Words," Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, discuss legislation to criminalize revenge porn. [Trib] The bill passed a House committee. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald] [Fox13]
-> Sen. Curt Bramble is joining the board of a company that seeks to help medical marijuana providers. [Trib]
-> A House panel passed legislation clarifying who qualifies as a "person of special trust" in cases of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. [DNews]
-> The Senate passed legislation allowing teachers to take six school days for professional development or preparation time. [Trib]
-> A House committee advanced legislation giving admissions priority to grandchildren of charter school founders. Children of founders already have this priority. [DNews]
-> Students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind set up a classroom in the Capitol for the day. [DNews]
-> U. students are lobbying for higher education up on the Hill. [Chrony]
-> Several House Republicans asked for more time to study a report about moving the state prison in Draper before voting on the issue. [DNews]
-> Proposed legislation would cut the gas tax in half and raise sales tax by 2 cents. [KUTV]
-> The House passed legislation requiring local governments to use 10 percent of funds collected from the beer tax on education to prevent underage and binge drinking. [DNews]
-> But the idea of licensing companies that sell e-cigarettes is running into opposition on the Hill. [UtahPolicy]
-> Herbert supports repealing the law requiring Utah clean air standards to be no higher than EPA standards. [Trib]
> Legislation to raise registration fees on electric and other alternative fuel cars draws sharp criticism from Democrats. [DNews]
-> A Senate committee approved a proposal to quicken the process for a citizen referendum to overturn taxing decisions made by city governments. [Herald]
-> Lawmakers are considering two bills regarding drones. [APviaHerald]
-> The Senate passed legislation that prohibit arrests that did not result in convictions from appearing on background checks. [Trib]
-> A Senate committee approved a resolution urging Congress to stop "playing games" with funds used to reimburse tax revenue to counties with federal land. [Trib]
-> A Senate panel has given a nod toward tightening up a state law that clarifies the residency status of candidates. [Trib]
-> Legislation requiring members of Utah's Electoral College to vote in accordance with the popular vote stalled in committee. [Trib]
-> Herbert responded to House Speaker Becky Lockhart's criticism in her speech on the opening day of the session. [KUTV]
-> The Legislature honored a Draper officer who was killed on duty in Sept. 2013. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about the week's political news, from the gas tax to the idea of spending $300 million on technology in classrooms. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Senate moved ahead with a resolution to honor the date the legislation adding "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was introduced. [Herald]
-> Herbert called for Utahns to check the box on their tax returns and increase their donations to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund. [KUER]
-> The conservative Christian lobby The Family Research Council filed a brief in support of Utah's defense of Amendment 3. [DNews]
-> Sen. Mike Lee spoke on prayer and his late father, former Solicitor General Rex Lee, at a dinner sponsored by the organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how the Canyons School District put 315 new health textbooks in storage because they contain sex-ed topics banned from Utah schools. [Trib]
Nationally: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said immigration reform is unlikely to happen until House Republicans can trust President Barack Obama to enforce the law. [WaPost]
-> Though touted as a possible return presidential candidate, Mitt Romney says no way. [Politico]
-> The TSA temporarily banned liquids, gels, powders, aerosols in carry-ons on all flights from the U.S. to Russia because of potential terrorist threats at the Winter Olympics. [WaPost]
-> A move to extend long-term unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate. [WaPost]
Where are they?