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News roundup: Clay Aiken deletes anti-Romney tweets in bid for Congress

First Published Feb 07 2014 05:58AM      Last Updated Feb 07 2014 07:46 am

Clay Aiken deletes anti-Romney tweets in bid for Congress. Mormons form informal caucus on Congress. Lawmaker: Utahns will protect their stoves with their guns.

Happy Friday. Clay Aiken of American Idol fame deleted a bunch of tweets before he announced he's running for Congress in North Carolina as a Democrat. But tweets don't disappear that easily. Here are a few that he didn't want you to see:

-> "Romney must be confused tonight. Told to shut up by a woman and called out by a black man. #NeverHappenedAtTheCountryClub"

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-> "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon"

-> And this tweet refers to a

video

of Jon Huntsman calling for national unity: "This man almost makes me wanna vote Republican... ALMOST." [

Buzzfeed

]

Topping the news:

While the National Prayer Breakfast was happening in Washington, some Mormon members of Congress met for the second time, forming an informal caucus of LDS faithful. [

Trib

]

-> Even with the latest snowfall, a Utah official is concerned there will not be enough water to meet demand this summer. [

Trib

]

-> Utah lawmakers are still working out how to handle Medicaid expansion. [

Trib

] [

DNews

]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to ban wood-burning stoves in counties with bad air pollution prompts one state lawmaker to note that people will defend their stoves with their guns. [

UtahPolicy

]

Tweets of the day:

From

@gopTodd

: "Overheard in #utsen Judiciary committee: "The biggest single reason for divorce in this country ... is marriage."

From

@RobertGehrke

: "Sitting at the vet this morning. Makes the Legislature look like a fun place to be."

From

@LeeHDavidson

: "Clown seen at Legislature, really

pic.twitter.com/3W4C0WRmR0

"

Happy Birthday:

To former state Rep. Bradley Daw and on Sunday to friend of Cornflakes Dave Hultgren.

On the Hill:

Week two is coming to a close, today's schedule. [

Trib

]

-> In the first edition of the Trib's new video feature "In Their Own Words," Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, discuss legislation to criminalize revenge porn. [

Trib

] The bill passed a House committee. [

Trib

] [

DNews

] [

APviaHerald

] [

Fox13

]

-> Sen. Curt Bramble is joining the board of a company that seeks to help medical marijuana providers. [

Trib

]

-> A House panel passed legislation clarifying who qualifies as a "person of special trust" in cases of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. [

DNews

]

-> The Senate passed legislation allowing teachers to take six school days for professional development or preparation time. [

Trib

]

-> A bill to make preschool available to at-risk children by using private funds passed a House panel. [

DNews

] [

ABC4

] [

CityWeekly

]

-> A House committee advanced legislation giving admissions priority to grandchildren of charter school founders. Children of founders already have this priority. [

DNews

]

-> Students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind set up a classroom in the Capitol for the day.

[DNews

]

-> U. students are lobbying for higher education up on the Hill. [

Chrony

]

-> Several House Republicans asked for more time to study a report about moving the state prison in Draper before voting on the issue. [

DNews

]

-> Proposed legislation would cut the gas tax in half and raise sales tax by 2 cents. [

KUTV

]

-> The House passed legislation requiring local governments to use 10 percent of funds collected from the beer tax on education to prevent underage and binge drinking. [

DNews

]

-> Tobacco Free Education Day at the Capitol brought warnings and calls for regulation of e-cigarettes. [

DNews

] [

Fox13

]

-> But the idea of licensing companies that sell e-cigarettes is running into opposition on the Hill. [

UtahPolicy

]

-> Herbert supports repealing the law requiring Utah clean air standards to be no higher than EPA standards. [

Trib

]

> Legislation to raise registration fees on electric and other alternative fuel cars draws sharp criticism from Democrats. [

DNews

]

-> The bill proposing harsher punishments to those who damage geological features in the state is on hold. [

DNews

] [

APviaHerald

] [

Fox13

]

-> A Senate committee approved a proposal to quicken the process for a citizen referendum to overturn taxing decisions made by city governments. [

Herald

]

-> Lawmakers are considering two bills regarding drones. [

APviaHerald

]

-> A Senate panel advanced a bill allowing people to go hunting with a licensed hunter before getting a license themselves. [

Trib

] [

Herald

]

-> The Senate passed legislation that prohibit arrests that did not result in convictions from appearing on background checks. [

Trib

]

-> A Senate committee approved a resolution urging Congress to stop "playing games" with funds used to reimburse tax revenue to counties with federal land. [

 

 

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