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News roundup: Biden not ruling out own presidential bid

First Published Feb 27 2014 06:12AM      Last Updated Feb 27 2014 07:35 am

Biden: I won't go quietly into the night. Same-sex couples argue marriage ban discriminates. House panel gives nod to $200M school boost but questions remain.

Happy Thursday. Though all the attention seems to be focused on Hillary Clinton as the Democrats' 2016 White House nominee, Vice President Joe Biden isn't ruling out his own bid. A Politico magazine story notes how Biden responded to a friend suggesting the vice president let it go. Biden's back-at-ya: "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." [

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Topping the news:

Attorneys for the three same-sex couples who challenged Utah's ban on same-sex marriage filed a brief with the 10th Circuit court arguing that the prohibition affects almost every part of their lives, excludes them from benefits and the "common vocabulary of family life and belonging." [

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-> LGBT community members and supporters met with lawmakers to share their experiences with discrimination in the state. [

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-> A House committee advanced the $200 million dollar proposal to put more technology in schools, despite concerns over where the money will come from. [

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Tweet of the day:

From

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: "My @RadiofromHell selfie. On the air in 5 mins. (Note to self: Don't get fired).

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Happy Birthday:

To state Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, and Rob Miller, a veteran of the Utah Democratic Party.

On the Hill:

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more meetings, here is today's schedule. [

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-> With two competing plans to expand Medicaid and a third on the way, lawmakers are still deciding what to do. [

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-> A Senate committee passed legislation to amend the Utah Constitution to say that political parties ability to nominate candidates "may not be infringed." [

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-> Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, talks about his bill to reform how candidates are selected on The Trib's "In Their Own Words." [

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-> A bill allowing counties and some cities to put on the ballot a sales tax hike for mass transit passed a House committee. [

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-> Under a new bill, Utah drivers could still talk on their phones while driving, but they would have to pull over to dial a number. [

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-> Legislation allowing private companies to photograph license plates with automatic plate readers passed a Senate committee. [

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-> A House panel advanced three bills aimed to assert Utah's dominion over public lands. [

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-> A proposal assigning criminal penalties for damaging natural features in state parks died in committee. [

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-> Clean air advocated discussed shutting down the Stericycle medical incinerator with Gov. Gary Herbert. [

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-> A lawmaker is proposing legislation to give agriculture producers who participate in a state environmental stewardship program a shield against some regulators and lawsuits when it comes to water quality. [

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-> The drive to clean up Utah's air may be losing steam with the nice weather. [

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-> A bill allowing public and charter schools to replace up to four school days for teacher preparation and professional development is on its way to the governor's office. [

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-> Pat Bagley explores two differing points of view on the value of education. [

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-> Lawmakers passed an anti-suicide bill that would give rebates to those who buy gun safes. [

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-> A Senate panel advanced legislation to allow judges to consider intentional exposure of children to pornography as a factor in child custody cases. [

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-> Legislation allowing people to try hunting with an experienced hunter before taking education courses is on its way to the governor's office. [

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-> A House committee put a bill requiring Utah to treat distilleries the same as wineries and breweries on hold. [

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-> Bryan Schott says Speaker Becky Lockhart's position of power -- from which she may launch a gubernatorial bid -- comes to an end March 13 when the Legislature adjourns. [

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-> March 7 will be Diversity Day at the Capitol. [

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In other news:

SL Co. will study how to make Emigration Canyon safer to bicycles and cars. [

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