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News roundup: Poll shows Herbert soaring, Lee in trouble

First Published Jan 27 2014 05:56AM      Last Updated Jan 27 2014 08:48 am

Poll: Herbert soaring, Lee still in trouble. A drinking game for Lee's State of the Union response. Romney slow jams the news.

Happy Monday and welcome to the 2014 General Session of the Utah Legislature. As usual, we'll bring you all the news you need to know every weekday morning.

-> First up, a new poll shows that Gov. Gary Herbert is sitting pretty, with 73 percent of Utahns having a favorable or very favorable opinion of the governor. Sen. Mike Lee, however, hasn't recovered much from when his ratings took a hit during the government shutdown. Some 49 percent of Utahns have a favorable opinion of Lee while 37 percent do not. Interesting number: 40 percent of those polled didn't know who Rep. Chris Stewart was. [

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Topping the news:

More than 4,000 protesters headed to Utah's Capitol over the weekend to push for lawmakers to do more to help clean the air. [

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-> Our D.C. Notebook suggests a fun drinking game for Sen. Mike Lee's tea party response to the State of the Union. [

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-> And some more fun links for you this morning: Mitt Romney slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon. [

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] Romney talks about making "Mitt." [

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] Romney on Obama's second term. [

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-> Two same-sex couples from Utah were married on stage at the Grammys last night. [

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Tweets of the day:

From

@zachbraff

: "Mitt Romney walked by me at JFK after I randomly tweeted him. Let's try this again:

@PaulMcCartney

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From

@a_howard93

: "Tomorrow starts #utleg session. The race to see how much damage can be done in 45 days begins now."

Happy Birthday

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To State Rep. Dan McCay who turns 40, lobbyist Spencer Stokes, former WVC mayor Mike Winder and U. student Arielle Spanvill (who is turning the big 3-0).

And it begins

: Get your handy guide to the Utah Legislature that includes contact information for lawmakers, party breakdowns and how a bill becomes law. [

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Opinion section:

State Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, argues that Congress should allow Utah and other states to control healthcare funding and regulations. [

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-> State Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, argues that more than just candidates and PACs should be required to disclose their donors. [

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-> Stephen Trimble, a writer, photographer, and conservationist, who teaches in the U., says regular citizens need to voice their concerns to their legislators because lawmakers are more likely to listen to them than activist groups. [

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-> Attorneys Mark Alvarez and Tiani Xochitl Coleman argue the nation needs a compromise on immigration reform between mass deportation and mass amnesty. [

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-> USTAR Governing Authority Chairman Greg Bell outlines USTAR's successes and urges lawmakers to adopt Gov. Herbert's proposed USTAR budget. [

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-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how lawmakers see the government. [

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-> Paul Rolly asks why the LDS Church made a public statement supporting Utah's current liquor laws. [

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-> Trib Editor Terry Orme looks at issues important to the public and asks if lawmakers will correct problems important to their constituents. [

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-> George Pyle discusses the LDS Church's role in Utah politics. [

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-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb translate chatter about the legislative session to what it really means. [

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-> Democratic Party and state Sen. Jim Dabakis and state Rep. Daniel McCay talk Medicaid expansion and air quality. [

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-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says Obamacare is like a 1955 Pontiac, it's large, expensive and burdened with features customers didn't want. [

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Weekend in review:

Pollution can aggravate existing health conditions, but can it also cause them? [

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-> Doug Owens, the son of former Rep. Wayne Owens, plans to run for the seat Rep. Jim Matheson is vacating at the end of his term. [

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-> Medical waste handler Stericycle wants to move its incinerator to remote Tooele County. [

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-> Stericycle will upgrade emission controls and replace the electrical generator at its current facility whether it moves or not. [

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-> Cleaning up the air is a top priority on both parties' lists. [

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] It's on many Utahn's lists as well. [

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-> The Salt Lake City Council finds that regulating smoke from wood burning will not be easy. [

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-> The Utah State Prison will likely be leaving Draper. A consultant hired to help he Prison Relocation Authority and Development Committee said by 2018 the state would likely need to build a new facility anyway due to population increase. [

 

 

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