News roundup: Leno sued over Romney joke by a Sikh group
Herbert to give State of the State. Wimmer up with SL County delegates. Leno sued over Romney joke.
Happy Wednesday. President Barack Obama has had his turn telling the nation that the State of the Union is strong, and now it's Gov. Gary Herbert's chance to brag about how Utah is doing and lay out a vision for the future. Herbert will offer his State of the State address at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The governor's address will be live-streamed on his website: governor.utah.gov. Now, on to the news...
Topping the news: A Utah Policy poll of past GOP delegates from Salt Lake County shows former state Rep. Carl Wimmer with 26 percent to Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love's 20 percent but a large block, 43 percent, are undecided in the 4th Congressional District race. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Tonight Show's Jay Leno is sued over a Mitt Romney joke by a Sikh group, claiming he maligned the faith saying Romney's vacation home was a temple in India. [Reuters]
-> The LDS church skips out on its annual pre-session meeting with lawmakers, changing a practice that's been commonplace for decades. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @smotus, summing up the State of the Union: "Shorter #SOTU: I killed Bin Laden. Blah blah blah. I killed Bin Laden. Built to last! Peace out!"
Fun read: A new generation is taking Mormon cuisine to a new level. [NYTimes]
In other news: President Obama's State of the Union address didn't impress most of Utah's members of Congress. [Trib] A fun chart showing the Twitter traffic from last night's SOTU speech: [Blogspot] (h/t @MikeAllen).
-> Obama borrowed, it seems, quite a few ideas from Republican presidential candidates. [Buzzfeed]
-> Salt Lake County's district attorney is dismissing 30 cases of DUI charges after questions about a Highway Patrol trooper were raised. [ABC4]
-> Victims of nuclear testing fallout will be recognized Friday with a Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. [Trib]
-> It might cost the state $50,000 to fence off prairie dogs from the Parowan airport. [Trib]
2012 watch: Romney releases his tax returns, revealing millions donated to the Mormon church and other charities, but also a tax rate that puts him in a category many Americans don't see. [Trib] [Fox13] [WaPost] [CNN]
-> A comparison of a few presidential candidates' tax rates since the '80s. [WaPost]
-> Romney is leading the GOP field at least in Facebook fans. [PCMagazine]
-> As Romney becomes more well-known to Americans, it appears many of them are uninformed about Mormons and wary of their beliefs. [USAToday]
-> Newt Gingrich criticized decision to hold debate applause in Florida and threatened to quit future debates if audiences continue to be silenced. [FoxNews]
-> Ron Paul lashes out at the TSA after claiming his son, Sen. Rand Paul, was detained by them. [WaPost]
The Session: Panel narrowly passes a bill to allow some sex offenders to petition a judge to withdraw their names from the state registration list. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A property tax break for deployed soldiers is on the docket, but legislators say it needs more work. [Trib]
-> A bill that was advanced in committee would limit state-land camping to 15 days at a time. [Trib]
-> If approved, this bill would give medical boards more say on changes to medical practice acts. [Trib]
-> Utah considers requiring public reports of hospital infections, a move that would pack on $180,000 to the Utah Department of Health. [Trib]
-> Legislators rush to fix qualms in redistricting before voting precincts are finalized. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> Lawmakers consider bringing back state funding to send high school grads to technical school. [Trib]
-> Senators reneged their push of a bill that would shrink environmental quality advisory boards, but only because its own endorser asked them to give it a closer look. [Trib]
-> The House OK'd a bill helping police contact families after accidents by creating an online database of emergency info. [Trib]
-> Senate unanimously endorses a move toward voter privacy by preventing public release of email addresses supplied during registration. [Trib] Utah Policy's Bob Bernick says this measure is not as innocuous as it seems. [UtahPolicy]
-> A bill to tweak the state's fireworks laws would end such displays by 11 p.m. [DNews]
-> Utah State University officials say they're optimistic about this legislative session. [Herald-Journal]
-> Utah's newest state senator, Todd Weiler, says he has to pinch himself to believe he's actually a senator. [StandEx]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is heading to Florida to campaign for Romney.
Gov. Gary Herbert gives his State of the State address.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell visits Hunter Hollow nursing facility, then joins the State of the State address.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon goes to United Way meeting then to the SL County elected officials monthly meeting.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with HEAL Utah Executive Director Christopher Thomas, then holds constituent open door meetings.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends local officials day at the Legislature.
Obama goes to Ceder Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing, then to Chandler, Ariz. for remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus and ends in Las Vegas where he will spend the night.
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