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News roundup: Study finds voters prefer primaries over caucuses

First Published Feb 11 2014 05:57AM      Last Updated Feb 11 2014 07:43 am

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) On the eve of the election, pollsters say last-minute voters may decide the fate of the Senate.

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. [

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Topping the news:

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p class="NormalParagraphStyle">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. [

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-> 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. [

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-> 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. [

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-> 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. [

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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 [

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

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-> 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. [

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

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

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

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

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

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-> 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. [

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

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-> 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. [

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

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

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

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

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-> 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. [

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

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-> Legislation barring cities, towns and counties from banning specific breed of dogs. [

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

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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. [

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