George Bush misses Air Force One -- and that's all. Anti-Count My Vote effort advances. GOP could pick two convention sites to compete with each other.
Happy Friday. Former President George W. Bush says there isn't a lot he misses about being president -- well, except for one thing: Air Force One: "A lot of people ask me, do I miss much about being president? The answer's really no. I mean I miss people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years, they never lost my baggage." [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The Senate moved toward a final vote on Sen. Curt Bramble's bill that would nullify the Count My Vote initiative. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [UtahPolicy][KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4] Paul Rolly says this is not the first time Bramble has meddled with a proposed ballot initiative. [Trib]
-> The GOP's site selection committee, headed by Utah's Enid Mickelsen, may pick two finalist for the 2016 convention and have the cities compete against each other during final negotiations. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: @TheLongshot: "Dear US, Sorry. Love, Canada"
Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Laura Black and Sen. Orrin Hatch's state director, Melanie Bowen, and on Sunday to former state Rep. Craig Frank and former Utah GOP executive director Ivan DuBois.
On the Hill: Proposed legislation would allow restaurants to post a written warning saying "Notice: This establishment dispenses and serves alcoholic products in public view" instead of having the Zion Curtain. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> The House Republican caucus voted to support a resolution in favor of moving the Utah state prison. AND, be sure to check out the Trib's list of lawmakers with real estate and development ties. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, discusses comments he made that plants in some areas of the state are struggling and need more carbon dioxide in the air. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley explores the type of gas surfacing at the Legislature. [Trib]
-> Matheson talks bout his future plans, Count My Vote and Medicaid expansion. [Fox13]
-> A bill allowing UDOT to raise the speed limit to 80 mph in places the agency feels appropriate is only one vote away from the governor's desk. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the fight over Medicaid expansion, the Legislature's responses to Count My Vote and what happens with new revenue numbers coming next week. [UtahPolicy]
-> Proposed legislation would make Utah the first state to regulate e-cigarettes. [Trib]
-> The Senate moved a bill aimed to help teachers and school faculty intervene if they believe a student intends to commit suicide. [DNews]
-> A Senate committee advanced a bill giving enrollment priority in charter schools to children whose grandparents helped launch the school. Similar priority is already given to children whose parents founded or serve on an operating board of a school. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright give their takes on some of the biggest issues of the week. [ABC4]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert addresses whether there is a need for a statewide anti-discrimination law. [ABC4]
-> Herbert also talked about defending the anti-gay marriage Amendment 3. [ABC4]
In other news: Businessman Bob Fuehr discusses challenging Mia love for the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District. [RollCall]
-> A man recovering from a heroin addiction and roughly $75,000 in medical debt is an example of another group that is falling through the Medicaid gap. [KUER]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop is trying to keep the Utah National Guard's Apache helicopters from being reassigned. [KUTV]
Nationally: President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal will not include any cuts to Social Security spending. [NYTimes]
-> In the upcoming mid-term election, 11 states could decide control of the Senate and Republicans are going to war to take the gavel back. [WaPost]
-> Some public sector employers are reducing employee hours in order to avoid providing them with health insurance. [NYTimes]
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