Romney in also-ran museum. Babbitt calls for Antiquities Act use. What didn't Swallow say.
Happy Wednesday. A Kansas bank hosts a one-of-a-kind museum: A place to honor the presidential also-rans. While history always recalls the winner of the White House race and his legacy this Kansas site remembers the folks who ran and lost. The recent addition: Willard Mitt Romney. [Globe]
-> Meanwhile, Romney is quickly moving forward on his home renovation in La Jolla, Calif. [10News]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert pitched what he described as a "win-win" situation to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius regarding Utah's health exchanges. His plan calls for keeping Avenue H as an exchange for small businesses, while allowing the federal government to build its own exchange for individuals. [Trib] [DNews]
-> While the investigation continues into embattled AG John Swallow, the concerns may come down to what he didn't say. [Trib]
-> Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said President Barack Obama shouldn't be afraid of using the Antiquities Act to conserve wild lands, while chastising House Republicans for blocking such efforts. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @gopTODD: "@DeidreHenderson just told the #utsen that #Twitter is like the microwave in the 1970's. #ResistanceIsFutile"
From @CimCity: "Any guesses as to why Daylight Saving Time Amdmt bill has failed 3 years in a row? Not enough light by the time they get to subject?"
In other news: A Massachusetts Democrat took a hit at Gov. Gary Herbert's education claims, criticizing the governor for not increasing cost-of-living for teachers for the past four years. [Trib]
-> UTA says they'll be making major changes to bus, train and FrontRunner schedules, to make the system run more smoothly. [Trib]
-> Federal wildlife officials want the public's input on their plans to protect wolverines, a shrinking species that roams in the West's largest mountain ranges. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams promised compromise and efficiency in his first State of the County speech. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly talks about state football, gun exchanges, a proud opponent of Rep. Mike Noel, and the cause and effect of bullying. [Trib]
-> $5.1 million will be released from a Salt Lake County bond to start work on a new park in Magna. [Trib]
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> The House passed two bills to alter elections, one dealing with special elections and the other with recounts. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> Lawmakers are proposing adding vehicles that are used as workplaces to the list of no-smoking areas covered by the Utah Clean Air Act. [Trib]
-> Sen. Margaret Dayton is abandoning her bill that would have made abortion illegal if done so because of the sex of the forthcoming child. [UtahPolicy]
-> A bill that would outlaw smoking in cars where kids under 15 are present got a nod from a committee, despite opposition from the Eagle Forum. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Students and other community members are rallied at the Capitol to demand that Gov. Gary Herbert do something to clean up Utah's murky air. [Trib]
-> House lawmakers voted unanimously to give veterans college credits for military training, with its sponsor saying it won't make vets "relearn things they already know."[Trib] [Herald]
-> Democrats voiced their support for protecting the Greater Canyonlands area, arguing that preserving the land would protect a scenic landscape and would be a boon to Utah's tourism-heavy economy. [Trib]
-> Sen. Stuart Reid hopes to create a commission focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, with the Senate voting on the plan later this week. [Trib]
-> To prevent the state from losing up to $1 million per year in lawsuits, a bill is advancing in the Senate that would make it more difficult to take the state to court over bad road conditions or design. [Trib]
-> Sen. Lyle Hillyard says he'll re-work a bill that would make open adoption agreements enforceable, after receiving input from adoption workers and families. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Schools built before 1975 will have to undergo seismic studies to test their earthquake readiness, if a proposed bill advances. [Trib]
-> Two bills sponsored by the same lawmaker would make it easier for drivers to pass cyclists on the road, averting accidents. [DNews]
Nationally: Sixteen months after Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says that some benefits for same-sex partners of military members will be rolled out soon. [Politico] [WaPost]
-> After sweeping past the Senate, the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act heads to the House where it's expected to face Republican opposition on some of the particulars included in the bill. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with the Government Accountability Office and speaks at the Washington Press Club dinner.
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on healthcare.
AG John Swallow meets with office attorneys.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits a leadership seminar in Washington.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has meetings regarding the performing arts center and the Sugar House street car project, and meets with community liaisons.
President Barack Obama heads to Annapolis, Md. for the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.
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