Topping the news: Rep. Ken Ivory got a $40,000 pay bump last year from his organization that fights the federal government for public lands to be given to the states. [Trib]
-> In Utah, gun deaths have topped traffic deaths every year since 2009. [Trib]
-> New Mexico is the first state to issue its plans to sue the EPA over last summer’s Colorado wastewater spill, which contaminated waterways in three states. [APviaKUTV]
-> FLDS Bishop Lyle Jeffs will not have to testify in court next week, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Instead, prosecutors can show a video of his pre-trial deposition. [Trib] [Fox13] The upcoming trial is expected to reveal more about the inner workings of the small, private community. [KUTV]
-> Half of Utahns say they approve of the job the Utah Transit Authority is doing while 36 percent disapprove, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]
Tweets of the day: From @wilw: "These contestants on Jeopardy tonight are having such a hard time with facts, they could be in the ."
From @kurtisalee: "Boos from the audience when a fact is noted: Polls show Americans widely support universal gun background checks."
From @DaveMontero: "Ted Cruz says to ‘break the Washington cartel.’ Maybe Sean Penn can get an interview with the leader?"
From @kirstenfrankly: "Good news: There are only 55 days until the and adjourn the 2016 session sine die. Let the countdown begin."
From @mviser: "Ted Kennedy spurned Hillary Clinton to endorse Obama. Now, the man who took over the seat (Paul Kirk) is spurning Clinton to endorse Bernie."
Happy Birthday: Today to former state Rep. Steven Mascaro, on Saturday to former state Rep. Jim Bird and ex-GOP Vice Chair Christy Achziger and on Sunday to first lady Michelle Obama.
Condolences: Ernest Yazhe, one of the famed Navajo Code Talkers who relayed messages during World War II, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday. [Trib]
Tune in: Tribune reporters Thomas Burr, Erin Alberty and Annie Knox as well as government and politics editor Dan Harrie join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the week’s top news stories including Utah reaction to Obama’s SOTU, continued scrutiny over a Salt Lake City officer-involved shooting and a new report on the financial impact of rape in Utah. Listen to Behind the Headlines on KCPW or Utah Public Radio at 9 a.m. for the live broadcast.
Programming note: Political Cornflakes will be off Monday in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day but will return on Tuesday.
In other news: Protestors Wednesday called for lawmakers to take a second look at a bill on medical marijuana. [DNews]
-> Rep. Brian King is pushing to expand Utah’s sex education program from "abstinence based" to a more "comprehensive" curriculum. [Fox13]
-> Lawmakers years ago prevented residents in the Beehive State from voting on a Utah lottery, although many wanted one. [KUTV]
-> John Swallow says the Federal Election Commission is piling on the allegations against him by adding him as a defendant in its civil lawsuit against businessman Jeremy Johnson. [DNews]
-> Bob Bernick notes that 70 Utah candidates are planning to gather signatures to get on the ballot but only one of them is a Democrat. [UtahPolicy]
-> A Utah group pushing to get more women involved in politics will hold a training session for women who want to become more publicly engaged and learn the "nuts and bolts" of campaigning. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has named Mike Reberg director of public utilities. [Trib] Her decree in November that all staff members submit letters of resignation when she take office this year is taking effect, and she has chosen to accept the letters from a few staffers. [KUTV]
-> A new solar training program at Hill Air Force Base was created to help veterans find work after leaving the military. [DNews] [Fox13]
-> A law enforcement task force raided three Mouse Pad business services stores in Salt Lake Valley on Thursday morning in an effort to crack down on illegal gambling. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> New data from pollution sensors set up by residents along the Wasatch Front concerned with air quality from mining has helped them learn more about the air they’re breathing, but it may take time before researchers can draw many conclusions. [KUER]
-> An oil company from Texas has proposed drilling an 18,000-foot well into the Uinta Mountains. [Trib]
-> Volunteers of America of Utah opened a new medical clinic for lower-income and uninsured residents. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]
-> Utah made the top 10 list in the United Health Foundation’s 2015 report of healthiest states. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the road to Democratic presidential nomination. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses the irony of the Oregon standoff, where armed protestors reject the authority of the federal government but would willingly accept financial relief from them. [Trib]
Nationally: Republican front-runner Donald Trump and fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz exchanged heated words at the GOP debate on Thursday, [APviaTrib] [CNN] after which Trump announced that their "bromance is over." [WaPost] [TheHill] [NPR] Candidates also took aim at President Barack Obama [NYTimes] and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. [TIME]
-> Three low-polling GOP candidates took part in an earlier debate, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul chose to boycott it, noting that participating in the "happy hour" debate was pointless. [USAToday] [CBS] But Paul’s absence on television didn’t keep him from getting attention on social media. [CNN]
-> Despite hopes from anti-Trump conservatives that a coalition of conservative groups, super PACs and presidential campaigns would chase him out of the race, the billionaire has managed to remain on top of the polls and out of reach. [BuzzFeed]
-> Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has teamed up with Texas Rep. Kevin Brady in a new push to track down U.S. companies that use foreign addresses to avoid paying taxes. [Bloomberg]
-> Presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s finance chief resigned amid criticism of how campaign funds were used. [Politico]
-> As GOP lawmakers gathered for their annual strategy session, they seemed distracted by this year’s bizarre presidential contest. [Politico]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins fellow Republicans for a strategy session, tours the Amazon.com facility in Baltimore and heads back to Utah.
- Rep. Chris Stewart finishes up the House Legislative Conference and returns to Utah.
- Gov. Gary Herbert flies to SLC, pays tribute to former Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi at the Salt Palace and eats at the Weber County Lincoln Day Dinner.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams sits down for a meeting with state Sen. Wayne Harper and goes to an emergency preparedness meeting. He later meets with SLC Councilman Andrew Johnson and with Deputy Mayor Lori Bays. He also attends the Horiuchi memorial.
- President Barack Obama receives the daily briefing and joins Vice President Joe Biden for lunch. Later he interviews with three YouTube Creators.
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