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News roundup: Study finds voters prefer primaries over caucuses

An air quality showdown. Gay rights activists arrested at the Capitol. Mia Love ranks eighth nationwide in fundraising.

Happy Tuesday. Two BYU political scientists found that those who attend caucus meetings are more committed and ideologically extreme. They also found most Americans prefer the idea of a primary to the idea of a caucus. [WaPost]

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Topping the news: Legislative leaders are worried about "heavy handed" air quality proposals, but Gov. Gary Herbert said he may forge ahead on some changed with or without them. [Trib]

-> A senator wants to bump up utility bills by $1 per house to create an air quality fund, allowing schools, cities and utilities to apply for grants to modernize their equipment. [Trib]

-> The Utah Highway Patrol arrested 13 LGBT activists who were blocking the door to a Senate committee room at the Capitol in protest of lawmakers not hearing a bill to outlaw housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> A coalition of groups, including the LDS Church, said in a brief filed with the 10th Circuit defending Utah's and Oklahoma's bans of same-sex marriage that traditional marriage benefits children, families and society. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

Tweets of the day: From @briangrimmett: "Sen. Urquhart has been marching back and forth between the protesters and Pres. Niederhauser. He must be getting a good workout."

From @SpencerJCox: "I prefer Freedom Oven. MT @RobertGehrke: Overlooked-state's cooking pot is Dutch oven. When will someone protect from foreign menace?"

Happy Birthday: to state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, Mary Anne Huntsman, Utah Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke and former Gov. Mike Leavitt.

On the Hill: The sausage grinding goes on. Today's schedule [Trib]

-> Most of the boost in education funding last year went to health care or retirement benefits, not the classroom. [Trib]

-> A Senate committee passed legislation that would limit families to two personal income tax exemptions in order to raise more money for schools. Currently families can claim one exemption per child. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]

-> A bill providing $5 million to public schools to offer extra instruction for children of poor families passed a Senate panel. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

-> A Senate committee advanced a bill to extend the Educational Task Force for another year. [DNews]

-> Two lawmakers are proposing bills requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all K-12 buildings. [APviaHerald]

-> Lawmakers are working on ways to fix Utah's doctor shortage. [Trib]

-> The House committee that investigated former AG John Swallow will meet Wednesday to discuss recommended changes to campaign and ethics laws. [Trib]

-> The Senate passed a bill prohibiting access to the Utah voter registry to anyone who is not an election officer or without political, scholarly, journalistic or governmental interests. [DNews] [KUTV]

-> The Senate voted to change the state tree to the quaking aspen. [Trib]

-> A Senate committee passed a bill requiring candidates for midterm legislative vacancies to report any donated time they receive from registered lobbyists. Sen. Todd Weiler argues lobbyists often play outsized roles in filling slots when a lawmaker resigns. [Trib] [UtahPolicy]

-> A bill allowing law enforcement to collect DNA from people booked on felony charges passed a House committee. [Trib]

-> A House panel passed legislation placing more oversight on police searches of buildings. [DNews]

-> A House committee put a resolution in support of the drone industry on hold. [Herald]

-> Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Murray, wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 per hour. [KUTV]

-> The House passed a bill allowing bicyclists and motorcyclists to turn left on red lights if traffic is clear as long as they wait 90 seconds first. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses a clean-air group that is making reluctant lawmakers pay attention. [Trib]

-> Legislation barring cities, towns and counties from banning specific breed of dogs. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [ABC4]

-> A Utah lawmaker wants a national constitutional convention to adopt a balanced budget amendment. [UtahPolicy]

In other news: Mia Love has raised more money than any other non-incumbent running for Congress in the most recent fundraising period. And she's eighth in the nation overall. [Trib]

-> Prosecutors began presenting evidence in a case against a former Provo city councilman accused or real-estate fraud. [Trib] [Herald]

-> People are calling out their neighbors for burning wood on no burn days due to poor air quality. Complaints and citations are way up this year. [Fox13]

Nationally: The state of Nevada won't defend its constitutional ban on gay marriage in a case now before the 9th Circuit Court. [APviaTrib]

-> The feds are considering a lethal drone strike targeting an American citizen overseas. [WaPost]

-> The Obama administration is pushing back another health insurance mandate. Employers with 50 to 99 workers now have until 2016 to provide health coverage to all full-time employees. [WaPost]

-> The fate of House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling proposal is uncertain. [WaPost]

-> Congress is in the middle of a major generational shift. [Politico]

-> The fight over raising the federal minimum wage shows how both liberal and conservative groups can shape the debate over national issues in opaque ways. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep Jason Chaffetz goes to an Oversight mark-up meeting and a Judiciary hearing on asylum fraud then meets with the Utah Rural Water Association.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart hits the weekly Republican Conference Meeting, meets with the American Outdoors Association, goes to a roundtable meeting on U.S. trade policy, a Congressional sportsman reception and a dinner at the Library of Congress.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with SLCC student Jimmie Breedlove, Springville Museum of Art assistant director Virgil Jacobson and high school art students. Later he meets with a delegation from Korea, speaks at the Utah Banker's Association 2014 Bank Executive Winter Conference and meets with Manuel Heart of the Ute Mountain Tribe. He also has brief meetings with the Utah State Bar Officers, the Utah State Board of Education, education advisor Tami Pyfer, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and House Speaker Becky Lockhart.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to Jordan School District principals and attends the Utah State Board of Education Leadership meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with Korean business delegates, attends the Economic Development Corporation of Utah executive committee and Board of Trustees meeting, a County Council meeting and a County Council Hearing.
  • President Barack Obama meets with French President François Hollande with U.S. and French delegations, holds a press conference with President Hollande, meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and attends a state dinner for President Hollande.

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-- Matt Canham and Topher Webb

Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/topherjwebb



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