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Jeb Bush: GOP may have to lose the primary to win general. Utah Republican Party sues the state over Count My Vote compromise. Becker, Garrott in for mayor's race; Rocky considering.

Happy Tuesday. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is still considering running for president and offers some advice for the GOP if it wants to win the White House in 2016: You may have to "lose the primary to win the general." His point is that past Republican hopefuls have run so far to the right to win the primary battles for the nomination they're not the best candidates to run nationally in the general election against a Democrat. [" target="_blank">HuffPost]

Topping the news: The Utah Republican Party has sued the state alleging that the changes that were made during the last legislative session to how candidates can get on the primary ballot violates the party's constitutional rights. [" target="_blank">Trib][" target="_blank">DNews]

-> Utah could afford to manage more than 3o million acres of federally controlled land without requiring a tax hike, according a report that environmental groups say shows the intent of state lawmakers to develop parts of the treasured land. [" target="_blank">Trib][" target="_blank">DNews][" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker plans to seek a third term and will face a challenge by Councilman Luke Garrott and possibly by former two-term Mayor Rocky Anderson and former state Rep. Jackie Biskupski. [" target="_blank">Trib][" target="_blank">DNews][" target="_blank">UtahPolicy][" target="_blank">KUTV][" target="_blank">Fox13] Bob Bernick offers some history on the mayor's seat occupants. [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> A judge says that former AG's Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow must attend court hearings on the charges they face from now on. [" target="_blank">DNews]

Tweet of the day: From" target="_blank">@gopTODD: "So the #utgop is suing a #GOP Governor and a #GOP Lt. Gov. because a #GOP-super-majority #utleg passed #SB54. Got that?"

-> From" target="_blank">@richpiatt: "Mayor Becker + Luke Garrott + Jackie Biskupski = lively race! Who else?"

Happy Birthday: Happy 30th to Josh Brotherton, a law student at SJ Quinney and

(perhaps) a future judge.

Tune in: University of Utah demographer Pam Perlich and Tribune investigative reporter Matt Canham join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss why Utah's Mormon population continues to grow and what it means economically and politically. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m.Mountain Time at" target="_blank">

Happening today: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids holds a news conference in the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building at 11 a.m. to release a report from the organization that calls on Congress to protect "home visiting" in an effort to reduce child abuse and lower crime.

In other news: Salt Lake County officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open a new heavy-duty maintenance shop fleet facility. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Changes have been made at the intersection of Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road in Riverton after three accidents occurred over Thanksgiving weekend. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses a junior high honors English teacher fighting to get her job back after balking at Granite School District's testing. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on who the real looters the middle class should be concerned about. [" target="_blank">Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama is offering new and tighter standards on the provision of military-style equipment to local police officers as a response to the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo. [" target="_blank">NYTimes][" target="_blank">Examiner][" target="_blank">WSJ]

-> Draft legislation has begun circulating by House and Senate conservative lawmakers that would attempt to block the president's executive actions regarding immigration. [" target="_blank">Examiner]

-> The Supreme Court weighs in on the question of when a social-media threat becomes a criminal act. [" target="_blank">WSJ][" target="_blank">LATimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason" target="_blank">Chaffetz questions Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson during the Homeland Security Committee meeting, hits a Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration and attends the LDS Temple Lighting Ceremony.
  • Rep. Chris" target="_blank">Stewart attends a Border Security Caucus Meeting, a GOP conference meeting and presides on the House floor. Later he meets with the National Rural Housing Coalition, attends the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and speaks to the America's Future Foundation about writing and politics.
  • Gov. Gary" target="_blank">Herbert unveils the Governor's Mansion's holiday decor and attends the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
  • President Barack" target="_blank">Obama meets with tribal leaders, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, tours the Vaccine Research Center, delivers remarks at the National Institutes of Health, and ends his day attending a Democratic National Committee roundtable in Washington.
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    — Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson" target="_blank"> and" target="_blank">