News roundup: Chinese leaders love 'House of Cards'
Published: February 19, 2014 10:47AM
Updated: February 19, 2014 07:11AM
Courtesy Melinda Sue Gordon for Netflix Netflix officials say that “House of Cards,” the political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, had been a “great success.” Its next program, a horror series called “Hemlock Grove” from the film director Eli Roth, premieres in April.

Chinese leaders love 'House of Cards.' House leaders don't want federal Medicaid money. Leavitt said anti-Count My Vote efforts infringe on voters' rights.

Happy Wednesday. "Frank Underwood - the scheming U.S. congressman in the Netflix drama 'House of Cards' - may be the most murderous, morally corrupt, conniving politician in Washington," The Washington Post reports. "And the Chinese can't get enough of him." It seems the new series has found a big following with top Communist leaders in China who like that the series shows an unflattering image of America's leaders. (But, hey, it's still a great show, right?) [WaPost]

Topping the news: House Republican leaders released a plan to cover uninsured Utahns without taking any federal money. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> Former Gov. Mike Leavitt said a Senate bill that would make the Count My Vote initiative moot is an attempt to infringe on the people's right to petition government. [Trib]

-> Legislation to help fund a convention center hotel unanimously passed a House committee. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaKUTV]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert said listing the sage-grouse as endangered could cost the state billions in economic development. [DNews] [KUER]

Tweet of the day: From @BenWinslow: "A group of elementary school kids just walked into the @utahsenate gallery. Try to stay awake, kids."

Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Brent Wallis.

On the Hill: What sausage is up for grinding at the Capitol? Today's schedule [Trib]

-> The bill to make changes to Utah's caucus system, and preempt the Count My Vote initative, will hit the Senate floor Thursday. [Herald]

-> Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, is sponsoring a constitutional amendment to prohibit infringement of political parties' right to nominate candidates. [DNews]

-> U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart told lawmakers that immigration reform is not a top priority. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]

-> A bill requiring local governments to us 10 percent of beer tax revenue on alcohol abuse prevention programs has been further diluted. [Trib]

-> Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, talks about his bill to change the definition of DUI on The Trib's "In Their Own Words." [Trib] The legislation was put on hold for further study. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> A House committee recommended that a bill to allow counties to purchase electricity from renewable sources be studied during the interim. [Trib]

-> A House committee held legislation to narrow the definition of "air contaminates." [Trib]

-> A House committee passed legislation limiting when and how police officers can execute search warrants. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The House approved a bill requiring law enforcement to take DNA samples from those arrested for felonies. [APviaHerald]

-> The Senate passed a proposal allowing petitions for children to be placed in protective custody if one parent is accused of killing another. [DNews]

-> Legislation passes the House to keep criminal charges that did not result in convictions off of background checks. [APviaKUTV]

-> Lawmakers advance two bills to make voter registration records more private. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Legislation giving a tax credit to parents who home school their children passed a House committee. [Trib]

-> A Senate committee advanced legislation allowing school employees to ask students if they're suicidal. [Trib]

-> The Senate moved ahead a proposal to put carbon monoxide detectors in all schools. [KUTV]

-> Opponents of Common Core education standards rallied at the Capitol. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The advocacy group Voices for Utah Children released a study showing which lawmakers' districts have the most residents who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers are working on proposals to help children with autism. [KUER]

-> If lawmakers change the state tree, the National Arboretum may have to plant a quaking aspen in Washington. [Trib]

-> A lawmaker wants to privatize state-run golf courses. [DNews]

-> The Senate passed a bill allowing those over 12 years of age to try hunting with an experienced hunter before taking hunting education classes. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses legislative dealings with charter schools and Lincoln Day Dinner shenanigans. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on where Utah lawmakers really get their wonderful gems. [Trib]

In other news: Utah Democrats are actively seeking out the Latino vote for their 2014 elections and trying to find ways to get more to turn out to the polls. [UtahPolicy]

-> Midvale City leaders have asked Ivory Homes not to close a mobile-home park in order to build high-rise apartments. [Trib]

-> Holladay City will vote on an anti-discrimination ordinance later this week. [Trib]

-> The Millard County Commission gave the go ahead for Utah's first utility-sized commercial solar plant. [DNews]

Nationally: The Congressional Budget Office reports that raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour would increase the pay of 16.5 million low-wage workers and cost the jobs or around 500,000 workers. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama said the feds will raise fuel efficiency standards on medium and heavy-duty trucks. [WaPost]

-> Canvassers are going door to door trying to sign people up for the Affordable Care Act. [NYTimes]

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