Topping the news: Despite criticism from some Utah GOP leaders on Obama’s executive action to tighten restrictions on gun sales, [Fox13] [ABC4] [KUER] a new poll shows that more than three-quarters of Utahns, including a large majority of Republicans, support expanding background checks. [Trib] [Fox13] [KUTV] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> A Utah mother stood behind Obama during his press conference yesterday and said her daughter would still be alive if his proposed regulations had been implicated sooner. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> The stance announced Monday by LDS Church authorities disapproving the Oregon militia occupation is causing a rift in the small Utah-born Independent American Party, which counts Cliven Bundy as a member. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @mtaibbi: "Can we propose that at least one of the inevitable Hillary-Trump debates be replaced by a knockout Texas Hold’em game?"
From @mattyglesias: "Sanders and Clinton arguing about which laws they will ask the House to not pass doesn’t strike me as the best use of time."
Happy birthday: To The Tribune’s Benjamin Wood.
Tune in: Clark Aposhian of Utah Shooting Sports Council, Trolley Square shooting survivor Carolyn Tuft, Tribune Washington correspondent Thomas Burr and others join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss guns and public reaction to President Obama’s executive order. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
In other news: Pat Bagley gives his take on Obama’s big idea for gun control. [Trib]
-> Utah gun salesmen are unsure what exactly would change business-wise under Obama’s orders on gun sales, but they foresee an influx of customers in response. [DNews] Gun rights activists are criticizing the move, [KUTV] and gun owners are worried. [ABC4]
-> The Bundy family has a history of fighting the federal government. [KUTV]
-> With a crush of bills expected this coming legislative session in Utah, leaders are hoping to get a quick move on some measures in the first weeks. [UtahPolicy]
-> While Utahns may support increased background checks on gun sales, some 81 percent don’t believe tighter gun laws will prevent terrorist attacks. [UtahPolicy]
-> Some wonder whether rumors about Mitt Romney joining the presidential race are true or whether they show desperation from the GOP. [Fox13]
-> James Rogers was named chairman of the new Salt Lake City Council yesterday. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The SL Co. Council named Max Burdick as their new chairman [DNews] and voted to encourage the UTA to expand neighborhood bus service. [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert appointed Republican Lincoln Fillmore to the Utah Senate yesterday. [DNews] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> A bill proposed by lawmakers would allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the general election. [Trib]
-> A federal court of appeals in Denver will hear arguments over Utah’s move to defund the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah in March. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> A proposed bill would give Utah veterans tax exemption. [KUER] [Fox13]
-> Tuesday was online entrepreneur and indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson’s first day representing himself in court. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> State environmental regulators have resolved to increase support from the public for air and water quality after it released its annual report. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A national study shows a stark difference between production struggles in Western states and those in other regions. [DNews]
-> The recycling industry has been hurting since oil prices have dropped. [KUTV]
-> Utah’s ratio of school counselors to students is slowly improving but remains high. [DNews]
-> The state auditor is hoping to crack down on the misuse of a food stamp card program after finding that people are using the cards out of state, making large purchases or getting a new one after losing the first. [KUTV] [ABC4] [KUER]
-> An investigation has found more cases of hepatitis C at two Utah hospitals. [DNews]
-> Pet owners are generally in better health than people without pets, a new report says. [Fox13]
-> Peirpoint artisans and shopkeepers are being forced out because of higher rents and increased fees. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly explains what happened in South Jordan’s emergency meeting just before Christmas, the grand finale to a bizarre year in local politics. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama was emotional as he announced his plan to reform gun control, calling for more thorough background checks and more specific record keeping. [Politico] [CNN]
-> Some believe GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will not win the GOP nomination because his supporters are not typical voters. [TIME]
->After a petition in Great Britain yielded more than 550,000 signatures of people asking to ban Trump from the region, the Parliament is set to debate it later this month. [TheHill]
-> Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a significant lead over fellow presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with the primaries less than a month away. [NBC]
-> Potential allies of the Oregon militia that has occupied federal property since the weekend say the activists chose the wrong battle. [Yahoo!]
-> North Korea claims it conducted a successful test of a hydrogen bomb, which was developed as a defense weapon against the United States. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends an Oversight Subcommittee hearing on the Army Fee Assistance Program and accepts the Conservative Achievement Award from American Conservative Union.
- Rep. Mia Love votes and sits down for meetings with the Congressional Black Caucus, House GOP leadership and constituents.
- Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the NGA Executive Committee Meeting, meets with Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republican leadership and holds another meeting with House Democratic leadership.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a Women’s Leadership Institute Board meeting, interviews with Bryan Schott, discusses intergenerational poverty and joins Snow College Republicans for a meeting.
- President Barack Obama receives his daily briefing, eats lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and joins Secretary of State John Kerry for a meeting.
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-- Thomas Burr and Mariah Noble
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