Topping the news: Gun owners and gun control advocates need to pause and take a deep breath, according Governor Gary Herbert, who says that both sides in the roaring gun debate are prone to exaggeration. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Herbert also said that he, too, supports ethics reforms in the wake of Attorney General John Swallow's brouhaha. [Trib]
-> Dangerous levels of pollution appear to be sticking around in Utah for the foreseeable future. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. Mike Lee came out in support of scrapping a ban on women in combat positions, and Rep. Jim Matheson also signaled his support, though he wants more details first. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @MarkKnoller: "Dont bug me. Pres Obama about to swat at a fly hovering at his forehead in this photo from @dougmillsnyt twitter.yfrog.com/fkdf9gj"
Happy birthday: Today to Diane Hill and on Sunday to lobbyist Spencer Stokes and WVC Mayor Mike Winder.
In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch came under criticism, along with Sen. Max Baucus, for putting last-minute language in the fiscal cliff deal to give kidney-dialysis drugs, specifically a pill manufactured by drugmaker Amgen, a two-year reprieve on government price controls. Amgen was Hatch's ninth largest campaign contributor. [Trib]
-> Hatch called for fixing programs like Medicare and Medicaid as a solution to the deficit issues, saying that addressing these issues should be part of a budget debate. [Hill]
-> The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a case by two Utah counties suing over the withdrawal of those famous Bush-era oil and gas leases. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on women in combat. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says the Sutherland Institute has a history of selective outrage. [Trib]
-> Last year, then-Senate President Michael Waddoups was the highest paid state lawmaker, raking in $29,292, including benefits. Check out the other best-paid lawmakers here, from Utah's Right to Know. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick looks at the various tax matters that are slated for this year's legislative session. [UtahPolicy]
-> Health industry officials say they want to keep Utah's insurance exchange on the state level, as they see it as more efficient for taxpayers and for consumers than a federal version. [Trib]
-> The Trib's Thomas Burr talks with KCPW's Jessica Gail about Utahns' response to the president's inaugural address. [KCPW]
-> The Pentagon's announcement that they're lifting a ban on women in combat is "way past due" according to some Utah women veterans. [Trib]
-> A polygamist-turned-author says he and his three wives plan on meeting with state lawmakers to persuade them with copies of their book that bigamy laws are harmful. [Trib]
-> Rev. Jesse Jackson called for multicultural education and wiping out poverty in his keynote speech, wrapping up the U.'s Martin Luther King Jr. week. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Brigham City's mayor is dead set on staying in office despite an extra-marital affair, a move partly because he wants to see a controversial development project to completion. [Trib]
-> An education council gave Utah a 'D' grade, saying that teachers aren't prepared enough for the classroom, especially in elementary and special education. [Trib]
Nationally: Secretary of State nominee Sen. John Kerry followed a hard line on Iran at his Senate confirmation hearing, while also saying that getting fiscal issues straightened out strengthens foreign policy. [NYTimes] [APviaTrib]
-> Senate Democrats officially revived legislation to implement a new, permanent, tailored assault-weapons ban, which targets 150 specific guns. [WaPost] [NYTimes]
-> President Barack Obama announced two more nominees: Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a re-nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [NYTimes] [ABC]
Where are they?
Utah Governor Gary Herbert meets with Cabinet officials, and sits down with Mayor Mia Love and Box Tops for Education.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with a Tesoro refinery manager, chats with his civility advisory council, and talks with Net Impact Utah.
President Barack Obama is attending meetings at the White House.
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