Poll: Hillary bests Jeb Bush in White House race. Herbert may veto Lockhart's ed initiative. Seelign won't seek re-election.
Happy Friday. Should former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decide to follow the family tradition and run for president, he'll be starting far behind Hillary Clinton, a new poll shows. Bush would grab around 33 percent of likely voters as compared to the 47 percent Clinton takes. Of course, it's all hypothetical -- who knows who the general election candidates will be in two years -- but interesting to note how well Clinton marks this early. [SunshineStateNews]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert said he would consider vetoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart's proposal to put more technology in schools if lawmakers give the program more than $30 million. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUTV]
-> House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig announced that she will not run for re-election so that she can finish her doctoral dissertation, which she says she has put off for eight years. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Some Utah families are waiting for lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the use of non-intoxicating cannabis oil to treat children with epilepsy. Some have given up and gone to Colorado to seek treatment. [Trib] Here's a gallery of photos and stories of kids waiting for treatment. [Trib] The legislation passed a Senate committee. [DNews] [Fox13] [CityWeekly]
From @mckaycoppins: "OH at CPAC: An excited young man telling his friends, 'Just think! Everybody here thinks exactly like we do!'"
Happy Birthday: To Taylorsville Chief Financial Officer Scott Harrington, Friends of Cornflakes Jared Whitley and Scott Burns, and on Saturday to former Taylorsville police chief and Unified Police Department Captain Del Craig.
-> A House committee passed legislation to cap how much money a person or other entity can give to a candidate. [CityWeekly]
-> The New Hampshire secretary of state wants Utah lawmakers to reject legislation that would steal the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. [Trib]
-> A Senate panel killed legislation allowing Utah to set stricter air quality standards than those set by the EPA. [DNews]
-> A proposed bill would make changes to a state-administered fund for cleaning up leaks from underground petroleum tanks in order to keep the fund solvent. [Trib]
-> A House panel advanced a proposal to exempt home-schooled students from state curriculum standards. [Trib]
-> The Senate passed legislation to fund preschool programs to help children in poverty. [KUER]
-> The Senate also approved a bill making changes to how the state grades schools. [Trib]
-> A House committee advanced legislation to penalize schools for making deals with the federal government behind the Utah Board of Education's back. [DNews]
-> A payday loan reform bill passed the Senate and is now on the governor's desk. [Trib]
-> Legislation banning panhandling on state highways, freeways and shoulders is on its way to the governor's office. [Trib]
-> A House panel advanced a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments. [Trib]
-> A House committee passed a bill to gather information on forcible raids by law enforcement into homes. [CityWeekly]
-> Legislation to prevent children involved in prostitution from being prosecuted is on its way to governor's office. [DNews]
-> Lawmakers are considering a proposal to educate Utahns about the dangers of radon gas. [Trib]
-> A House panel advanced a bill changing the process to challenge a voter's eligibility. [Trib]
In other news: Sen Mike Lee says conservatives need to redefine themselves or they will lose every election going forward. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses a case in which a court ruled that the Utah County Republican Party vice chairman slandered a party activist. [Trib]
-> Here's a nifty graphic that shows the number of active-duty military personnel in each state. Utah ranks 32nd. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake Chamber is offering a free class on neighborhood caucuses. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the GOP response to Russia vs. Ukraine. [Trib]
Nationally: The Senate voted down a proposal to change how the military handles sexual assault cases. [WaPost]
-> The House made its first move in response the Russia's invasion on Ukraine. [Politico]
-> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at CPAC called President Barack Obama a weak leader. [WaPost]
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