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News roundup: Chinese leaders love 'House of Cards'

First Published Feb 19 2014 05:33AM      Last Updated Feb 19 2014 07:11 am

Chinese leaders love 'House of Cards.' House leaders don't want federal Medicaid money. Leavitt said anti-Count My Vote efforts infringe on voters' rights.

Happy Wednesday. "Frank Underwood - the scheming U.S. congressman in the Netflix drama 'House of Cards' - may be the most murderous, morally corrupt, conniving politician in Washington," The Washington Post reports. "And the Chinese can't get enough of him." It seems the new series has found a big following with top Communist leaders in China who like that the series shows an unflattering image of America's leaders. (But, hey, it's still a great show, right?) [

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Topping the news:

House Republican leaders released a plan to cover uninsured Utahns without taking any federal money. [

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KUTV

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-> Former Gov. Mike Leavitt said a Senate bill that would make the Count My Vote initiative moot is an attempt to infringe on the people's right to petition government. [

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-> Legislation to help fund a convention center hotel unanimously passed a House committee. [

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-> Gov. Gary Herbert said listing the sage-grouse as endangered could cost the state billions in economic development. [

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Tweet of the day:

From

@BenWinslow

: "A group of elementary school kids just walked into the

@utahsenate

gallery. Try to stay awake, kids."

Happy Birthday:

To former state Rep. Brent Wallis.

On the Hill:

What sausage is up for grinding at the Capitol? Today's schedule [

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-> The bill to make changes to Utah's caucus system, and preempt the Count My Vote initative, will hit the Senate floor Thursday. [

Herald

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-> Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, is sponsoring a constitutional amendment to prohibit infringement of political parties' right to nominate candidates. [

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-> U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart told lawmakers that immigration reform is not a top priority. [

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KUER

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-> A bill requiring local governments to us 10 percent of beer tax revenue on alcohol abuse prevention programs has been further diluted. [

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-> Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, talks about his bill to change the definition of DUI on The Trib's "In Their Own Words." [

Trib

] The legislation was put on hold for further study. [

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-> A House committee recommended that a bill to allow counties to purchase electricity from renewable sources be studied during the interim. [

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-> A House committee held legislation to narrow the definition of "air contaminates." [

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-> A House committee passed legislation limiting when and how police officers can execute search warrants. [

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-> The House approved a bill requiring law enforcement to take DNA samples from those arrested for felonies. [

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-> The Senate passed a proposal allowing petitions for children to be placed in protective custody if one parent is accused of killing another. [

DNews

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-> Legislation passes the House to keep criminal charges that did not result in convictions off of background checks. [

APviaKUTV

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-> Lawmakers advance two bills to make voter registration records more private. [

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-> Legislation giving a tax credit to parents who home school their children passed a House committee. [

Trib

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-> A Senate committee advanced legislation allowing school employees to ask students if they're suicidal. [

Trib

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-> The Senate moved ahead a proposal to put carbon monoxide detectors in all schools. [

KUTV

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-> Opponents of Common Core education standards rallied at the Capitol. [

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-> The advocacy group Voices for Utah Children released a study showing which lawmakers' districts have the most residents who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. [

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-> Lawmakers are working on proposals to help children with autism. [

KUER

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-> If lawmakers change the state tree, the National Arboretum may have to plant a quaking aspen in Washington. [

Trib

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-> A lawmaker wants to privatize state-run golf courses. [

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-> The Senate passed a bill allowing those over 12 years of age to try hunting with an experienced hunter before taking hunting education classes. [

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-> Paul Rolly discusses legislative dealings with charter schools and Lincoln Day Dinner shenanigans. [

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-> Pat Bagley offers his take on where Utah lawmakers really get their wonderful gems. [

 

 

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