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News roundup: Mitt Romney on 3rd White House bid: 'No, no, no, no, no.'

Published February 17, 2014 7:17 am
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Romney on 3rd White House bid: 'No, no, no, no, no.' Lee: Obama is violating the Constitution. Reyes bars administrative subpoenas.

Happy Monday and happy Presidents Day! Mitt Romney has said, "no, no, no," to another presidential run but there are key supporters who are urging another try at the White House. The Boston Globe takes a look at the chatter:

-> "Once a month, someone would e-mail or call and say he should run again," said Ron Kaufman, a longtime Romney adviser. "Now I get it every day - from the grass roots, and from donors. I get it every day." Son, Tagg Romney, though, says his dad isn't paying attention to all the latest hype. [Globe]

Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee said President Barack Obama's use of executive orders in unconstitutional and the Obama is acting like as a "government of one" in order to bypass Congress. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> AG Sean Reyes ended his office's use of administrative subpoenas, which do not require a judicial warrant, except in emergency situations such as an Amber Alert. [Trib] [APviaHerald]

-> An election reform bill that would nullify the Count My Vote initiative passed a Senate committee. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV]

Tweet of the day: From @FredPiccoloJr: "If you 1. Live and work in Washington and 2. Love House of Cards - Congrats. You're part of the problem"

Opinion section: State Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Holladay, who is sponsoring legislation to raise the minimum wage, argues that the increase will help lift Utahns out of poverty as well as improve quality of life and the state's economy. [Trib]

-> BYU assistant dean of admissions and former 10th Circuit Clerk Michelle Mumford argues that supporters of Amendment 3 are not bigots. [Trib]

-> George Pyle discusses a bill the Kansas House passed allowing government officials and private firms to deny services to same-sex couples. [Trib]

-> The late David Keller, who directed the Center for the Study of Ethics at UVU, and Richard Keller, a retired physician, argue for allowing a more compassionate death for those suffering with terminal illnesses. [Trib]

-> Boyer Jarvis, former board member of the ACLU of Utah, the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP, the Utah Heritage Foundation, Voices for Utah Children and others, argues that the United States should go back to World War II tax structures. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley puts Sen. Mike Lee and Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Alice in Wonderland. Which characters are they? [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss a bill that would make the Count My Vote initiative moot. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says Utah is unlikely to gain control of the federal land within its borders. [DNews]

Weekend in review: The Independent American Party wants to be on the Utah ballot for the 2014 elections. [Trib]

-> A Utah lawmaker wants the state to have the first primary in the presidential election. [Fox13]

-> A Senate panel advanced a resolution calling for the governor to appoint the attorney general rather than the position being independently elected. [DNews]

-> A House committee passed legislation requiring state and local government lawyers as well as judges to take an online seminar every two years on states' rights. [Trib] [APviaHerald]

-> A bill targeting the payday loan industry passed a House committee. [Trib]

-> A proposal to mandate that all bars have Breathalyzers has been dropped. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, talks about his bill to get rid of the Zion Curtain on the Trib feature "In Their Own Words." [Trib]

-> A House committee put a bill to increase the number of alcohol licenses for fine-dining restaurants on hold. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A Senate committee passed a bill exempting homeschooled students from state curriculum and classroom time standards. [DNews]

-> A bill to increase the enrollment of at-risk students in public preschool passed a Senate panel. [DNews]

-> A House committee advanced a bill to help low-income students with the costs of Advanced Placement tests. [DNews]

-> A House panel passed legislation making changes to how school districts are formed. [Fox13]

-> The House passed a bill outlawing revenge porn. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [KUTV]

-> Legislation to increase the state's suicide prevention efforts passed a House committee. [DNews]

-> A Senate panel voted down a bill to ban medical waste incinerators within five miles of homes as well as well as strengthening other air quality regulations. [Trib] [KUER]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the infighting among the Utah County Republican Party and other topics. [Trib]

> Rolly also discusses SL. Co. Councilman Randy Horiuchi's decision not to seek re-election. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March. [Trib]

-> The Senate advanced a bill to make cockfighting a felony. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Two resolutions aim to show support for moving the Utah state prison in Draper. [Trib]

-> A Senate committee advanced a resolution to encourage improving the oral health of the underserved in Utah. [DNews]

Nationally: Mitt Romney says Hillary Clinton will be judged on her own record, not that of her husband's. [HuffPost]

-> President Barack Obama proposed $1 billion fund to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change as well as research ways to protect against the impacts of the changing climate. [WaPost]

-> The Australian equivalent of the NSA asked the American spy agency for guidance about monitoring a U.S. law firm representing the Indonesian government in a trade dispute and offered to share the information it gathered. The NSA would not comment on whether it took the information or not. [NYTimes]

-> A group is fighting Washington's movement away from using paper documents. [WaPost]

Where are they?

President Barack Obama returns to Washington.

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