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News roundup: Atheist group bumped from conservative gathering

First Published      Last Updated Feb 26 2014 07:36 am

Officials cancel atheists' plans to join conservative gathering. Swallow, Shurtleff probe could be 3-6 months more. Senate GOP has own Medicaid plan.

Happy Wednesday. The American Atheists -- who are holding their national convention in Salt Lake City in April -- were excited yesterday to announce the group would set up a booth at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington. But that jubilation lasted only a few hours until CPAC organizers realized the atheists may not fit in with the confab's atmosphere, especially after the head of the group said conservatives "should be threatened by us." [

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Topping the news:

Utah could have been facing the same firestorm as Arizona over LGBT legislation but the measure was shelved for now. [

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-> Common Core opponents are speaking out against House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education plan. [

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-> The investigation into former AGs John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff will take another three to six months. [

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Tweet of the day:

From

@Chris_Moody

: "The Gaytheist booth and after party at CPAC is gonna be off the chain."

Happy Birthday:

To KSL Radio's Lee Lonsberry.

On the Hill:

Senate Republicans have a plan to partially expand Medicaid that involves taking federal funds. [

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-> In a closed door meeting, the House GOP caucus discussed the bill that would make the Count My Vote initiative moot. [

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A Senate panel advanced a proposal to give production tax credits to large-scale solar projects. [

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-> The House passed a bill giving a $2,500 credit to those who buy electric cars. [

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-> The House also passed a bill to replace old diesel school buses with new clean fuel buses. [

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-> Lawmakers advanced a resolution to recognize biodiesel as a renewable, clean fuel that should be encouraged. [

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-> Lawmakers are looking for a way to take a fund used to help crime victims out of the red. [

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-> Legislation regulating the use of drones by law enforcement passed a Senate committee. [

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-> A new bill would allow students with a 3.5 GPA or higher to skip school without facing sanctions. [

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-> The Senate agreed to legislation keeping Utah's authority to tax the NSA data center in Bluffdale, but making actually levying the tax unlikely. [

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-> A bill to amend the Utah Constitution to allow recall elections is on its way to the House floor. [

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-> SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams asks to hold a measure to freeze the boundaries of unincorporated Salt Lake County so he can talk to opponents about the ramifications. [

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-> Lawmakers are considering a bill to limit when cities can split off and form their own school districts. [

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-> The House passed a bill allowing voters to keep their information private, even from academics, journalists and political parties. [

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-> A House committee sent a bill to interim study that could result in people losing accident insurance claims if they are not wearing seatbelts. [

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-> Gov. Gary Herbert said moving the state prison in Draper needs to be part of a broader discussion of the corrections system. [

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-> A Utah lawmaker wants to move a class required to get a divorce earlier in the process hoping that it will lower the divorce rate. [

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-> Lawmakers sent a canal safety bill to an interim study in order to find the best way to spread the responsibility. [

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-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Utah's new and different type of lottery. [

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-> A fourth grade girl toured the Capitol and sat in on the Senate with Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden. [

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In other news:

AG Sean Reyes said he will defend Amendment 3 even if U.S. AG Eric Holder says that attorneys general do not have to do so. [

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-> Farmington may sue UDOT to block the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway route. [

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-> Paul Rolly discusses the mayor of South Jordan's defense of pit bulls, forbidden food at UVA and reserved parking spaces at the Capitol. [

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Nationally:

A long-anticipated tax reform plan by House Republicans would cut the tax rate but add a surcharge for America's richest people. It would also slash the number of tax brackets. [

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-> House Democrats, meanwhile, may try to force a vote on raising the minimum wage, a hot-button issue this election year. [

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-> With Debbie Dingall considering a run for her husband's congressional seat -- which was held by his father before him -- there's a possibility of one family holding on to a single House seat for more than 100 years. [

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