News roundup: Taxpayer dollars subsidize schools teaching creationism
Published: March 25, 2014 07:20AM
Updated: March 25, 2014 06:37AM

Taxpayer dollars paying for schools teaching creationism. Dabakis resigns as Dem chair. Eight Utah lawmakers win re-election -- before the election.

Happy Tuesday. From Politico: "Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies." An effort to expand voucher programs -- including in Utah -- has led to taxpayer dollars subsidizing some schools teaching creationism. [Politico]

Topping the news: Jim Dabakis resigned as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, but will keep his state Senate seat. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Utah GOP is considering a lawsuit over the Count My Vote compromise, arguing that the government can't force a party to open its primary. [UtahPolicy]

-> Eight Utah lawmakers have emerged victorious in their re-election battles -- because no one filed to run against them. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @BjaminWood: "With @JimDabakis resigning his chairmanship, a vacuum for news-ready quotes has opened in the Utah left."

In other news: The Salt Lake City Council will have a public hearing today on the proposed rezoning around the Sugar House S-Line streetcar. [Trib]

-> Some Sandy residents are appealing the planning commission's decision to allow a Boys and Girls Club in the historic district. [Trib]

-> The Utah Senate is looking for public comment on 2nd District Court candidate Joseph Bean. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Rep. Rob Bishop's alleged lack of movement on bills to protect wilderness areas. [Trib]

Nationally: The White House is working on legislation to end bulk data collection on American's phone calls. [WaPost]

-> The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating two Republican House members. [NYTimes]

-> Democrats in the House will launch a petition in hopes of forcing a vote on immigration reform. [CNN]

-> Georgia lawmakers passed legislation allowing guns in places like schools, restaurants and airports. [NYTimes]

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