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News roundup: GOP targets unruly candidates

First Published Mar 14 2014 06:45AM      Last Updated Mar 14 2014 06:45 am

GOP goes after unruly candidates. Prosecutors: federal scrutiny of Reid, Lee warranted. Legislature run-down.

Happy Friday. Republicans are usually an orderly bunch when it comes to elections. Heir apparents get the nod, as do high-profile ones and those who can raise the dough. But increasingly, the GOP is turning on their own, going at candidates who may cause trouble:

-> "National Republicans increasingly feel the need to adopt a get-tough approach. Nearly six years removed from the presidency and often under assault from outside-the-Beltway conservatives, establishment GOP figures are searching out new ways to exert influence over unruly candidates. Cross them, and there's a good chance the candidate won't like what results." [

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Topping the news:

Prosecutors investigating former AG John Swallow say they have evidence that merits federal scrutiny of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Mike Lee. [

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-> Some of the hottest issues of the year didn't make it through the Legislature. [

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Herald

] (See below for a full wrap-up)

-> Gov. Gary Herbert came out on top this session. [

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Tweet of the day:

From

@billyhesterman

: "And the House Dems have gotten Lockhart an action figure. It is a Wonder Woman doll with Lockhart's face on it."

From

@TwitJas

: "2 days-3 hours-19 min & 42 seconds: Time spent saying 'I move that under suspension of the rules' during the 2014 session."

Happy Birthday:

To Julie Chaffetz, wife of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and on Sunday to state Reps. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, and Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, former state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, and friend of Cornflakes Charlie Luke.

On the Hill:

It's over, there is no schedule today. Take a break, read a book, go for a walk.

-> Lawmakers did not reach a deal on Medicaid expansion. [

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KUER

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-> Higher education had a good year on the Hill. [

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DNews

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KUER

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-> This session saw changes to the Utah election system. [

Trib

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-> More than a quarter of the Democratic caucus in the Legislature has announced plans to retire. [

Trib

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ABC4

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-> The John Swallow scandal helped push ethics reform bills through the Legislature. [

Trib

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-> Lawmakers raised the speed limit, but decided not to make you wear a seat belt. [

Trib

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-> The Legislature approved $1 million to hire new staff during the non-session times. [

UtahPolicy

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-> The Senate approved a study on whether to stick with ye old Daylight Savings Time. [

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-> Lawmakers heard many air quality bills some of which came down to the wire. [

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-> Education, the state prison in Gunnison and other programs received increased funding. [

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-> The Legislature passed many bills aimed at helping children and other vulnerable people. [

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-> Lawmakers sent the governor legislation allowing the use of nonintoxicating cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy. [

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-> Pat Shea may challenge longtime Sen. Gene Davis for his seat. [

UtahPolicy

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-> A proposal requiring insurers to cover autism treatments passed both chambers. [

Trib

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-> A fight between Utah power producers and a company building a power line across the state ended in a compromise. [

Trib

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-> The House killed a bill to ban "dark consulting" during mid-term elections to replace legislators who resigned. [

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-> A bill to increase transparency of contributions from lobbyists and require lobbyists to wear name tags passed the Senate. [

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-> A proposal to make voter registration records more private passed both chambers. [

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-> Legislation to create a pilot Election Day voter registration program is headed to the governor. [

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-> Legislation to toughen penalties for cockfighting died on the Hill. [

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> A proposal to ban revenge porn is on its way to the governor's desk. [

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-> Lawmakers voted to move the state prison. [

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Fox13

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-> The House passed a proposal limiting what people can do on their cellphones while driving. [

DNews

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