Topping the news: Nearly three-fourths of Utahns want the Legislature to pass some form of Medicaid expansion to cover low-income, uninsured Utahns, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]
A new poll shows a four-way tie for Utahns’ preference of GOP presidential candidates. [Trib]
-> Though Rep. Mia Love has been a rising star in the GOP, she has worked to keep a lower profile because she says she wants to work hard. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee approval rating hovers just below 50 percent but he faces no opponent within the Republican Party in this year’s election. [Trib]
-> The Utah Attorney General’s Office has confirmed an ongoing investigation of Phil Lyman. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @GroverNorquist: "Uh,oh. Hillary is for ‘huge’ campaign finance reform. She is going to have to pay royalties to Trump. He owns that adjective."
From : "Martin O’Malley is the generic president in every action movie."
From @scottEweinberg: "’I absolutely support a Trump / Palin ticket.’ -- every comedy writer in the world"
Happy Birthday: To our friend James Seaman and BuzzFeed’s White House correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro.
Tune in: Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, Hinckley Institute of Politics director Jason Perry and others join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the results of a new poll commissioned by the Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
Opinion section: Longtime Utah journalist and professor Don Gale feels that the nation’s fate is tied to journalism. [Trib]
-> Dr. Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, describes the mosquito-borne illness called "Zika" as climate change’s next big threat. [Trib]
-> Rep. Bradley Daw, who serves on the Social Services Appropriations subcommittee and represents District 60 in Orem, and E. Kent Winward, a consumer bankruptcy attorney with more than 25 years experience, say that payday lenders use the legal system as their "collection muscle." [Trib]
-> Co-chairs of Promise Partnership Regional Council Promise partnership Martin Bates, superintendent of Granite School District, and Mark Bouchard, senior managing director of CBRE, explain how their organization is delivering real results. [Trib]
-> Wayne McCormack, the E.W. Thode professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, says that Utahns have seen battles for states’ rights time and time again. [Trib]
-> Jason Stevenson, the education and communications director at the Utah Health Policy Project, explains how politics obscure the benefit of the Affordable Care Act to Utahns. [Trib]
-> Robert Kirby gives his take on the most prominent political issues facing Americans. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly tells how the Legislature could meddle in affairs at the U. [Trib] and why the Utah County GOP’s purity test runs contrary to recent changes in the election law. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley shares his take on "trickle down" religion. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss how the State of the Union Address set the stage for the 2016 presidential campaign. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative plan will finally be unveiled Wednesday after three years in the making. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Utah GOP is back in court fighting new election laws permitting signature gathering for candidates to qualify for primary elections. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has filed to gather signatures in order to run for another term as governor. [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> CHG Healthcare CEO Michael Weinholtz is set to launch a bid for Utah governor as a Democrat. [UtahPolicy]
-> State Sen. Lyle Hillyard, the Senate’s budget guru, wants to repeal a tax for the new state prison, but SLC leaders are opposed. [Trib]
-> Homelessness and criminal justice reform are the focus of SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams this year. [DNews]
-> The Obama administration announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, which could delay at least three major lease proposals underway in Utah. [Trib] Utahns had mixed reactions. [KUER]
-> Protestors advocating for clean air crashed a home builders’ gala last week. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> The National Mining Association says a federal proposal to withdraw 10 million acres from any new hard rock mining to save the sage grouse is intended to "exterminate" the industry. [DNews]
-> Activists "occupied" a duck pond in Salt Lake City to show support for the government managing public lands. [Fox13]
-> Some are saying a report that claims guns kill more people in Utah than cars is flawed. [KUTV]
-> New legislation would raise the legal smoking age in Utah to 21 years old. [Fox13]
-> Another proposal would created a bill allowing cameras in rooms at assisted living facilities. [DNews]
-> The Utah Eagle Forum met this weekend to determine legislative priorities. [Fox13]
-> A survey shows that half of Utahns approve of UTA, while more than a third disapproves. [Trib]
-> Utahns paid tribute to the late former Salt Lake County councilman and Utah Democratic Party leader Randy Horiuchi at a memorial. [DNews]
-> Utahns interested in creating startup businesses have been the target of fraudulent business coaches who tell them to buy unnecessary plans which they claim to be essential. [Trib]
-> Analysts say the prospects for better pay in the workplace have improved in Utah with a low unemployment rate. [DNews]
-> Two police officers were shot -- one fatally -- in Holladay this weekend. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [ABC4] [KUER] [Fox13] Vigils for the officers are planned for Wednesday. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Utah County commissioners will present the State of the County update today. [DNews]
-> SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski named Nate Salzar community liaison for her office. [Trib] Two department heads have left City Hall since Biskupski has taken office. [DNews]
-> Jason Perry, the University of Utah’s lobbyist, will serve as director for the school’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. [Trib]
-> Despite a lack of structure in the election process for state school board, two teachers in Utah are running in hopes of giving the body a stronger education background. [Trib]
-> Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle outlines basic details on the trial of U.S.A. v Colorado City. [Trib] The trial, a century in the making, will begin today in Phoenix. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> One of the men in the recapture canyon protest ride went to jail Friday. [KUTV]
-> Utahns commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring his legacy. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [ABC4] [Fox13]
-> A new study claims that Utah is the worst state for Latino children to receive health care. [Trib]
-> A Utah campaign is collecting necessities for Syrian refugee children. [Trib]
Nationally: Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton took a more aggressive stance at their debate this weekend with some saying Sanders overpowered Clinton. [MSNBC] Here are six takeaways to recap the debate. [CNN]
-> One of the issues discussed in the debate was the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and Gov. Rick Snyder responded to the candidates’ criticism. [ChicagoTribune]
-> The Republican National Committee has chosen to move a debate next month from NBC to CNN. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz heads to meetings with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force and Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy. He also tours the EMC Draper Center.
- Rep. Mia Love sits down for meetings with faculty and students at Salt Lake Community College and later chats with constituents.
- Gov. Gary Herbert participates in the USS Utah ship-naming ceremony, receives his weekly update from Lt Gov. Spencer Cox and joins his leadership team for a meeting.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox heads to a strategy meeting, gives the governor his weekly update, meets with the governor’s leadership team and discusses affordable housing.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Unified Fire Department board meeting, a Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area meeting and a meeting with ArtPlace America representatives.
- President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, a working lunch with Prime Minister Turnbull and a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.
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-- Thomas Burr and Mariah Noble
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