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News roundup: Palin: Obama wears 'mom jeans,' while Putin wrestles bears

First Published Mar 04 2014 05:55AM      Last Updated Mar 04 2014 07:52 am

Palin: Obama wears 'mom jeans;' Putin wrestles bears. Count My Vote compromise advances. Senate kills smoking age hike.

Happy Tuesday. In criticizing President Barack Obama over his response to the possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the president doesn't wield the same respect as Russia's Vladimir Putin. "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil," Palin said. "They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates." [

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The compromise between lawmakers and Count My Vote organizers got a tongue-lashing in a House Committee but passed unanimously. [

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-> The Senate killed a proposal to raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21. [

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-> The House passed a bill allowing the purchase of certain cannabis extracts to treat epilepsy. [

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Tweet of the day:

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Happy Birthday:

To state Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton and friend of Cornflakes Cheryl Cottle.

On the Hill:

Ever wanted to see a legislative meeting? Here's your chance! Today's schedule [

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-> Sen. Scott Jenkins says he's going to sit on his proposed Constitutional amendment to allow political parties to choose their candidates how they see fit -- at least until he knows what happens with the compromise between Count My Vote and caucus-convention supporters. [

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-> A restructuring of lawmakers' pay has decreased the number of free lunches offered them on the Hill. [

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-> Lawmakers have introduced 738 bills but only passed 138. [

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-> A House committee advanced the alternative plan to expand Medicaid. [

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-> A Department of Corrections official said without expansion, the state prison in Gunnison will run out of space in three years. [

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-> The House passed a resolution in the first step to allow Stericycle to relocate its incinerator to Tooele County. [

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-> A House panel passed a resolution encouraging the state to expedite the implementation of Tier 3 fuels. [

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-> Gov. Gary Herbert and others support new EPA standards for cleaner fuel adopted Monday. [

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-> A proposal requiring that 50 percent of state-owned passenger vehicles to be high-efficiency or alternative fuel by 2018 is on its way to the governor's desk. [

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-> A House committee passed legislation to give tax breaks on the purchase of high-end cigars in order to prevent bootlegging and internet sales. [

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-> A House panel decided to hold a study on a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour. [

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-> A Senate committee passed a proposal to ban aggressive panhandling on certain streets and on sidewalks near ATMs. [

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-> Legislation to create partisan elections for school board members passed a House committee. [

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-> The Senate passed legislation to take away requirements for parents who home school their children to follow state curriculum guidelines. [

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-> The House passed a proposal to broaden the types of school employees that could be charged with a crime for engaging in sexual conduct with a child.

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-> A House panel passed a proposal to put carbon monoxide detectors in schools. [

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-> A House committee advanced a bill to create parent and teacher committee to review state educational standards. [

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-> Legislation requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before track a cell phone's location passed the House. [

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-> Legislation to help fund a new convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City now includes funds to compensate existing hotels for lost business. [

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-> The House also passed legislation giving parents the option of a jury trial to decide if they are going to lose their parental rights. [

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-> A lawmaker is proposing legislation to ensure that small towns hold elections. [

 

 

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