News roundup: GOP: We want Romney's fundraising list
GOP: We want Romney's fundraising list. Feds to offer same-sex benefits across America. LDS Church to file brief in gay marriage case.
Happy Monday. Mitt Romney may be ruling out another run at the White House but Republicans are eager to take advantage of what the candidate can still offer: The eminent fundraising list. Romney and the RNC raised close to $1 billion in the last election and there's a lot of GOPers who are eyeing those connections. [Politico]
Topping the news: The Justice Department will offer married same-sex couples equal protection in all programs it administers, even in states that don't recognize gay marriage. [WaPost]
-> The Salt Lake City School District announced new lunch policies following a scandal at Uintah Elementary in which food was taken away from students who were behind on their accounts. Schools will only serve full lunches and parents will be notified everyday if they are behind in payments. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald][Fox13]
-> Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, said new data on alcohol use in the state shows that some of Utah's liquor laws may be too strict. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> The LDS Church will file a file a brief in Utah's same-sex marriage appeal. [Trib] [KUER] [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @joncox435: "VP Cheney who accidentally shot another man in the face while hunting comes to Utah next week for a...hunting expo."
Happy Birthday: To The Trib's political cartoonist, Pat Bagley.
Opinion section: Sen. Orrin Hatch outlines his Affordable Care Act replacement: the Patient CARE act. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill argues that the bill to ban housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is an issue of fairness and should not be put off by the state's legal defense of Amendment 3. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses the symbolism of the blue notes posted on the Senate door asking the body to consider the non-discrimination bill. [Trib]
-> George Pyle discusses Utah's defense of Amendment 3. [Trib]
-> The chairwoman of the Coalition for Utah Traffic Safety, Rolayne Fairclough, argues that legislation allowing UDOT to raise speed limits to 80 mph may minimally shorten trips and is not worth the danger. [Trib]
-> Rebecca Walsh, a former Trib columnist and now-Western clean air manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, says Utah needs to look out for the air over the national parks. [Trib]
-> Utah Stream Access Coalition member John Weis argues that HB 37 is a good compromise in the fight over access to public water on private land. [Trib]
-> Ever wondered what happened to the mascots from the 2002 Olympics? Pat Bagley has the answers. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanalli discuss air pollution, alcohol policies and the expansion of Medicaid. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett thinks back to Professor J.D. Williams and his thoughts toward congressional races. [DNews]
Weekend in review: As Rep. Chris Stewart's clout in Congress goes up, so does his party dues. [Trib]
-> Lawmakers are considering investing $200 million to $300 million in new technology in education. Schools around the state have had mixed results with adding more tech to the classroom. [Trib]
-> A House committee advanced legislation that would exclude students with disabilities from the calculations in the controversial program that assigns each school a grade. [Trib]
-> The Senate passed the first bill of the year aimed at cleaning the air. It requires the 50 percent of passenger cars the state purchases to be high-efficiency or alternative fuel powered. [Trib]
-> Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, is proposing legislation to raise registration fees for hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles because their drivers are not paying their fair share of gas taxes to pay for road maintenance. Democrats and clean-air groups are not pleased. [Trib] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> A new survey finds that air quality and educations are the most important issues to Utahns. [DNews]
-> Rich McKeown, executive chair of the Count My Vote campaign, does not like the bill by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, to change the election system. [Herald]
-> Salt Lake City must return $1.2 million to developers because of a mix-up in the language of an ordinance. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> The House passed a bill allowing UDOT to raise speed limits in areas the department feels it would be appropriate. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUER]
-> The Senate GOP caucus will hear from supporters of moving the state prison in Draper again on Tuesday. [DNews]
-> In our D.C. Notebook, we note that Sen. Mike Lee gets creative in his disapproval of the farm bill. [Trib]
-> Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is proposing a measure that would allow the concerned parties to petition for children to be put in protective custody if one of their parents is suspected of killing the other. [DNews]
-> A former White House advisor said legal marijuana is the new big tobacco. [Fox13]
-> A Senate committee passed legislation that would make cockfighting a felony. [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> The Utah Public Lands Policy Office is requesting over $1 million in order to fight the sage grouse's listing as endangered by the federal government. [Trib]
-> A Senate panel advanced legislation to restrict the use of carbon monoxide for euthanizing animals. [DNews]
-> Representatives from Utah's chapter of the American Heart Association encouraged lawmakers to restore funding for CPR training in schools. [DNews]
-> Legislation passed the House allowing people convicted of certain white-collar crimes to retain their right to gun ownership. [Trib]
-> By the numbers: Out of 104 legislators, 38 graduated from BYU and 33 graduated from the U. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker stopped by stores around the city looking for opinions on the Mountain Accord project. [Fox13] [KUTV]
Nationally: The company hired to fix healthcare.gov has a troubled past. [WaPost]
-> House Republicans are close to introducing a bill that would raise the debt ceiling until early 2015. [Politico]
-> New Jersey re-opened applications for Hurricane Sandy aid after a report found that many who were denied aid were actually eligible. [CNN]
-> Investigators found that Edward Snowden used cheap and readily available software to gather his collection of highly classified date. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Chris Stewart flies to Washington, presides on the House floor and has dinner with House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, hits the Davis Leadership Class, meets with state Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, Utah National Guard Adjutant General Jefferson Burton, hits the Utah County Republican Women meeting, the Mexico Business Summit and meets with the Utah Petroleum Association
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to the Davis County Chamber Leadership Institute and meets with Provo Mayor John Curtis.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams visits George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, talks about his preschool initiative on Trib Talk, hits a Mountain Accord meeting and a reception at the Clark Planetarium.
President Barack Obama tours Monticello with French President FranÃ§ois Hollande and delivers remarks.
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