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News roundup: Political insiders predict Trump, Clinton victories in Iowa

First Published      Last Updated Feb 01 2016 01:46 pm

Political insiders predict Trump, Clinton victories in Iowa. Poll: 62% of GOP delegates oppose dual ballot track. Trib-DNews lawsuit back on.

Happy Monday. And happy Iowa caucus day. After years of running for the White House, presidential candidates will now face the ultimate test: Actual voters. A year ago, political insiders predicted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would win the caucuses, but, of course, he’s out and Donald Trump is now the odds-on favorite. Most insiders believe Trump will win tonight with Sen. Ted Cruz a possible dark horse. On the Democratic side, insiders predict Hillary Clinton will take the Iowa prize. [Politico]

Topping the news: Some 62 percent of Utah GOP delegates oppose the dual track method to get on the ballot in Utah, with only a third supporting that option, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]

-> Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, the man killed in the Oregon standoff last week, tried recruiting fellow ranchers and a member of the Utah attorney general’s office last November. [Trib] Funeral services for him will be held Feb. 5 in Kanab. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Other Oregon occupiers were denied bail by a federal judge Friday. [CNNviaFox13] Some are expecting further fallout from the armed group’s occupation. [KUER]

-> Western ranchers from Utah and Idaho gathered in Boise on Saturday to rally for their rights to public lands and condemn the actions of the BLM. [Trib]

-> A lawmaker is proposing legislation that would allow restaurants that serve alcohol to take down barriers to shield diners from liquor dispensing and replace it with a "conspicuous" sign. [DNews]

-> A lawsuit regarding Utah’s two largest newspapers, The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, has resumed after being put on hold in July, and a new poll shows that most Utahns support The Tribune’s continued operation. [Trib]

Tweets of the weekend: From @WorldOfStu: "Me: Trump supports universal healthcare. TrumpBacker: When did he say that? Me: This morning. TrumpBacker: Stop using old quotes."


From : "This is an epic Glenn Beck filibuster at Cruz event. One hour ten minutes in: No Cruz"

From @RexHuppke: "Today the New York Times endorsed John Kasich for the GOP presidential nomination. He will be missed."

From @danmccay: "Key to legislative success; find or start a fire and convince everyone to put it out with paper."

Happy birthday: To our friend Marina Gomberg and The Tribune’s Todd Adams.

Tune in: Former Utah Pride Center Executive Director Marian Edmonds-Allen, LDS therapist Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen and Vice President of the PFLAG Provo/Utah County chapter join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about fears and anxiety in regards to suicide among gay Mormons. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.

Opinion section: Jonathan Swinton, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, proposes that identifying, treating, and resolving mental health issues could save tens of thousands of people from violent, gun-related deaths. [Trib]

-> Randall Richards, president of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, says that Officer Doug Barney’s tragic death does not mean that those who released the alleged shooter on bail have failed at their job. [Trib]

-> Althea Sandoval, a Salt Lake City resident engaged in criminal justice reform and prisoner advocacy efforts, blames the Board of Pardons and Parole for releasing Officer Barney’s alleged shooter, stating that they are ineffective at deciding who is ready for parole. [Trib]

-> Evelyn Everton, the Utah state director of Americans for Prosperity, believes taxes that Utahns already pay are "more than enough" to fund government services and disagrees with lawmakers who want to tax Internet sales. [Trib]

-> Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson, former Salt Lake City mayor, says the City Council has the responsibility to make sure that as Mayor Jackie Biskupski purges several experienced officials from their offices, the city doesn’t suffer. [Trib]

-> John D. Leshy, a professor emeritus at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and former Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior who is compiling a political history of America’s public lands, believes Utah will have a hard time finding legal experts who agree that states should take over public lands. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Utah’s case for seizing public lands. [Trib]

-> Matthew Anderson, policy analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, feels that Utahns should support the Public Lands Initiative as a "good compromise." [Trib]

-> Mary O’Brien, the Utah Forests program director for the Grand Canyon Trust and Castle Valley resident, believes the Public Lands Initiative is too similar to the approach of armed Oregon occupiers. [Trib]

-> Nazz Kurth, president of Petzl America working with Protect the Flows, says citizens of the West have a role to play in protecting and preserving the Colorado River. [Trib]

-> James Mitchell, a Fountain Green resident who has a master’s degree from USU in political science, and Jason Sabey, who has two decades of retail corporate management/ marketing experience, feel that removing some regulation from local food production would help Utahns eat better. [Trib]

-> Judith Mehr, a freelance artist living in Salt Lake City, asks LDS faithful to be kind and loving to members of the LGBT community who struggle with the LDS Church’s new policy and potential separation within families. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly found new admiration for Fox News when they chose not to give into GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s demands that Megyn Kelly be removed as the moderator in Thursday’s debate. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb weigh in on gubernatorial and legislative dynamics. [DNews]

From Capitol Hill: Rep. Mia Love spoke to state lawmakers on Friday, attempting to separate the idea of a congressional investigation into the sale of fetal tissue and the organization Planned Parenthood. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KUER]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop encouraged Utah lawmakers to move forward with a $14 million lawsuit to seek control over public federal lands. [Trib] He told legislators he was offended by photos in an ad campaign attacking his public lands initiative before it was unveiled last week. [DNews]

-> State leaders pledged to continue their fight against "federal overreach" on behalf of rural Utahns. [KUER]

-> Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring a bill that he hopes will solve problems with Utah’s indigent defense system. [Trib]

-> A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling sparked the draft of a bill that would ban life-without-parole sentences for juveniles and urge review of sentence Utahns have been given in the past. [Trib]

-> Legislation allowing 17-year-olds who turn 18 before final elections to vote in primaries needs reworking, a committee said Thursday, but will likely receive necessary support later. [Trib]

-> Cache Valley and Park City say they don’t need extra money to operate free-fare transit for residents, and lawmakers are aiming to tweak a law enacted last year to give transit agencies a lower percentage of tax money. [Trib]

-> New legislation would bar state agencies from lobbying for legislation before the Legislature. [UtahPolicy]

-> A speed trap near Mantua in northern Utah has inspired Sen. Lyle Hillyard to sponsor a bill that would mandate how much money city governments can rake in from traffic tickets. [Fox13]

-> The Senate Education Committee approved a bill Friday that would revise the nomination process for state school board candidates. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Some legislators are concerned with a proposal to take $10 million away from highway construction and distribute it elsewhere. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers are sponsoring bills that they hope would decrease the rate of prescription drug-related fatalities. [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> Multiple bills on medical marijuana will likely clash at this year’s legislative session. [ABC4]

-> A legislative resolution seeks to declare pornography a "public health hazard" and encourages education and policy change to fight it. [Fox13]

-> The Utah Senate passed a bill Friday that would provide dental care for disabled Medicaid patients from dentistry students at the U. [Trib]

-> Despite opposition, lawmakers are drafting proposals for Medicaid expansion. [KUER]

-> Sen. David Hinkins and others are sponsoring bills that would expand options for specialty license plates to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, childhood cancer, youth soccer and community building and a law enforcement memorial support fund. [DNews]

-> A bill proposal would require online retailers to charge customers in Utah sales tax. [Fox13]

-> A proposal to ban airport smoking rooms from the Salt Lake airport received no opposition in a committee meeting Friday and will advance to the full Senate. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Rep. Johnny Anderson is sponsoring a bill outlawing gas chambers in animal shelters and limiting options for euthanasia to lethal injection. [Trib]

-> A bill increasing legislative oversight of film tax credits replaced a plan to phase out the incentives in a committee meeting Friday. The plan now goes before the full House. [Trib]

-> Some of Utah’s old laws seem absurd today. [ABC4]

-> The state Legislature is on track to file a record number of bills this year, though many are ideas that have failed in years past. [DNews] [KUTV]

-> Week one of the Utah State Legislature wrapped up Friday. [KUER]

-> Here’s what today’s legislative schedule looks like. [Trib]

Weekend in review: Over the last three months, Democrat Doug Owens has raised more funds than Rep. Mia Love. [Trib]

-> A judge has ordered the Obama Administration to turn over documents on the "Fast and Furious" operation to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as part of a House investigation. [KUTV]

-> Former Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson is urging the City Council to look into the qualifications of new appointments made by Mayor Jackie Biskupski. [Trib] The Council may block one of her choices. [DNews]

-> The state and the Utah Republican Party settled a dispute by agreeing to ask the Utah Supreme Court which methods a political party must allow its members to use in order to seek nominations for elected office. [DNews]

-> John Pearce was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice on Friday. [Trib] [DNews]

-> After Alpine Mayor Don Watkins submitted papers for his resignation, the city is taking applications for a new mayor. [DNews]

-> Jonathan Johnson says Utah’s education system needs more personalized care, not necessarily more money. [UtahPolicy]

-> Rep. Sandra Hollins appeared at a symposium at the U. on Saturday, speaking out against a trend of juveniles going straight from school to prison. [DNews]

-> Hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money has made its way to Utah schools in an effort to reduce emissions from buses and heavy-duty equipment. [DNews]


-> Parents of Tooele High School students were concerned after they saw "anti-semitic" posts on social media. [ABC4]


-> Utah’s VOA is trying to get a headcount of homeless people in the Salt Lake area as part of the national "Point in Time" count and in an effort to make them more visible. [Trib] [KUER]

-> 2014 holds the record for highest number of Utah deaths associated with prescription drugs. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office went undercover during Sundance, but found no evidence of human trafficking. [DNews]

-> PETA has requested an investigation after a video of a cow being dropped several feet from a tractor to a dump truck in Weber County was released. [DNews] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> A bomb threat caused Park City police to evacuate an outlet mall. [DNews] No bomb was found. [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> A new military bomber aircraft is being developed in Utah. [APviaKUTV]

-> The family of an undocumented Guatemalan man fears he will die from an infection he contracted in jail if he’s deported because he won’t have access to medical treatment. [Trib]

-> After a man fled from police, he was critically injured from an officer-involved shooting near Smith’s Ballpark. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> Susan Hunt, the mother of Darrien Hunt who was fatally shot by police in 2014, collided with a highway patrolman and was charged with driving under the influence. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] Her sister made a plea for compassion and understanding in light of the incident. [KUTV]

-> With tax season upon us, state officials warn of Internet tax scams. [DNews]

-> The LDS Church is taking measures to ensure safety for missionaries in areas where there has been a Zika virus outbreak. [KUTV]

Nationally: The New York Times announced endorsements of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee [NYTimes] and John Kasich as the Republican presidential nominee. [NYTimes] [CNN] [NBC] [BBC]

-> Presidential candidates spent the weekend preparing for the Iowa caucus, which takes place today. [WaPost] [Fox] [CNN] [BBC] The final poll results came out Saturday, revealing high numbers for GOP candidate Donald Trump, [Vox] but some say the polls are misleading. [Politico]

-> Glenn Beck spoke at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’ rally Saturday, comparing him to George Washington. [HuffPost]

-> Wall Street donors are playing a huge role in this year’s presidential election. [WSJ]

-> After a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near a Beijing-controlled island, Chinese leaders condemned the United States. [AlJazeera]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with lawmakers, hits a Weber County Republican Women meeting, stops by the Tourism Day on the Hill event and chats with his aides. He also makes constituent outreach calls.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox sits down with local government officials, gives a weekly update to the governor and talks with the governor.
  • State Auditor John Dougall heads to a staff meeting, speaks at the Utah County Republican Women luncheon, participates in a teleconference with a member of the State Board of Education and attends various meetings with lawmakers.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds meetings with his Cabinet and Salt Lake County Council members Michael Jensen and Arlyn Bradshaw.
  • President Barack Obama receives his daily briefing, meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House Task Force on Cancer.

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-- Thomas Burr and Mariah Noble

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/mnoblenews