FEC investigating donations to Romney. Lee, Hatch: slow down immigration reform bills. A hike in gas taxes coming?
Happy Thursday. The Federal Elections Commission is probing whether Murray Energy -- the co-owner of the now-sealed Crandall Canyon Mine -- gave more than the legal limit of donations to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. FEC records show thousands of dollars more than the federal limit but Murray Energy says the discrepancies at issue were "small." [PlainDealer]
Topping the news: Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch want to take it slow on immigration reform, signing a letter asking Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., to give immigration-related bills a deliberate look. [Trib]
-> Hundreds of Utahns -- on both sides of the gun debate -- are lobbying Gov. Gary Herbert to either veto or sign the legislation that would allow folks to conceal and carry their weapons without a permit. [Trib]
-> On the heels of a shooting that killed Corrections Department director Tom Clements, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two gun bills into action that would require background checks for private and online firearm sales and ban magazines that fire more than 15 rounds. [Politico] [DenverPost]
Tweet of the day: From @sausagegrinder: "Success! I've imported the real House chimes to my iPhone ringtones. Pavlov Re-enactment Experiment - Phase 1: Complete."
Happy birthday: To Rep. Jim Matheson.
In other news: Sen. Hatch goes after government-funded treadmill desks and a $10 billion health center during a floor speech bashing Obamacare. [WaTimes]
-> Without going into specifics, Interior secretary nominee Sally Jewell navigated her way through a round of questioning by the Senate Energy Committee as her confirmation vote looms near. [Trib]
-> A northern Utah sheriff has a suggestion for helping to keep track of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease: give them ankle bracelets like some parolees wear. [Trib]
-> A hike in gas taxes could come to Utah if the state wants to continue funding critical road projects. [Trib]
-> After fifty years in academia, politics and the military, Dan Jones officially retired at a celebratory breakfast yesterday. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee urges Rep. Chris Stewart to look into climate change science. [Trib]
-> ACLU lawyers are calling on Gov. Herber to veto a bill that would require pollsters to disclose who is funding their efforts. [Herald]
-> Herbert is calling for a water summit to look at how to sustain Utah's valuable resource. [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama landed in Israel yesterday on his first trip to the country, giving a tarmac speech tinged with biblical notes and vague references to Palestine, Syria or Iran. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> While sequester cuts are taking a hammer to Superfund clean-up efforts, Pell grants air traffic controllers and even tours of the presidential residence, the White House Easter Egg Roll isn't going anywhere. [WaPost]
-> March Madness, Washington style: check out the Post's Chris Cillizza's Sweet 2016 bracket, a showdown of presidential candidates. [WaPost]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Emily Andrews
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