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District 57 voters seek restraining order. Huntsman PAC hires strategist. Herbert pushes nuke power.

Happy Friday. Boy, what a busy first week, eh? I promise it'll all be downhill from here. OK, I'm kidding. This is just the start! We have plenty of news for your reading pleasure, so scroll on down...

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Topping the news: Republican residents of Cedar Hills file suit over the House District 57 fiasco. The lead plaintiff is Kim Frank, wife of the former representative from the area. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KSL] Read the complaint here: [Scribd]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah need to play some serious catchup on nuclear power. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Here's your legislative schedule for the day: [Trib] (Scroll down for more stories from the Hill.)

-> The campaign adviser behind Florida Gov. Rick Scott's successful campaign is now going to run a political action committee for U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. [TimesUnion]. Others are pushing a White House bid, too. [KSL]

-> The strategist for a major tea party group says Sen. Orrin Hatch is an "original tea partyer," though the head of the group says he's still a potential target in 2012. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @MarkShurtleff, yesterday: "Thirty years ago this morning my beautiful bride M'Liss took me as her husband. I am a blessed and lucky man. I love you sweetheart!"

Happy birthday: to Democratic activist Clarity Sanderson.

Out of Context catchup: Rep. Jason Chaffetz walks back criticism of Rep. Michele Bachmann. [Trib]

Where are they?

  • Herbert meets with Amanda Smith, holds a Cabinet meeting, sits down with Kory Holdaway and later with education leaders.
  • AG Mark Shurtleff drops the pick at the Parents Empowered Hockey Night at the Maverik Center in WVC.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with the Anti-Smoking Coalition and later attends the Utah Technology Council Public Policy Forum.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with City Council Chairwoman Jill Remington Love and vice-chairman Stan Penfold and later with the oil spill prevention working group. On Saturday, Becker attends the Care to Clear the Air Community Celebration at the Gallivan Center.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder appears on a panel at the LDS Film Festival in Orem.
  • President Barack Obama heads to the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel to address the Families USA's 16th Annual Health Action Conference about the importance of health care reform.

In other news: Sen. Mike Lee joins Hatch on the Judiciary Committee; also, Hatch leaves his longtime post on Intelligence. [Trib]

-> Lee is among just four senators who vote to preserve the secret holds used to block appointments. [Trib]

-> Lee joins the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus and signs an audience member's copy of the Constitution. [Trib]

-> The NY Times' Gail Collins notes that in the aftermath of the Arizona shooting, the one gun bill in America most likely to pass would be Utah's designating a state gun. [NYTimes]

-> Pat Bagley proposes some other potential state symbols. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly reports on more trouble for Beau Babka -- this time in civil court. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee writes about the space shuttle Challenger explosion 25 years ago and the role of Utah whistleblower Allen McDonald. [Trib]

-> The Standard Examiner editorial board says not to expect a less civil tone as Congress proceeds and includes an imagined bipartisan pairing of Reps. Rob Bishop and Barney Frank. [StandEx]

From Utah's Capitol Hill: Herbert responds to proposals to shift control of public education to the chief executive and lawmakers: "If it ain't broke don't fix it." [Trib]

-> ABC4's Chris Vanocur says the Utah Legislature is being mocked across the country and wonders why it took so long. [ABC4]

-> Sen. John Valentine explains his alcohol licensing bill and notes it actually adds 40 new permits. [SenateSite]

-> Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, sponsors a bill to outlaw professional lobbyists for school districts. [Trib]. It is a bill with roots in a 2010 Tribune investigation, which you can read here. [Trib]

-> All is not clear sailing for Rep. Stephen Sandstrom and his enforcement-only immigration bill. The guv and lawmakers want to see its pricetag. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Panel votes for plan to force hotels/motels to be gun friendly. [Trib] [Herald]

-> A long-term planning group pushes back plans for a Bangerter Highway freeway. [Trib]

-> Kristen Cox, head of Utah Workforce Services, promises to cut $9M and 142 full time positions out of the state Medicaid program if given the chance. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers take a whack at higher education's budget. [Trib]

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-- Thomas Burr


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