Daily Fix, Feb 10

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*Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be announcing his retirement today, according to Politico. He is the junior Senator from Arizona and currently serves as the Senate Minority Whip. Conservatives are calling for Rep Jeff Flake to run. Politico

*Rep Christopher Lee (R-NY) resigned yesterday after the website Gawker.com published a report claiming that Lee, who is married, solicited a romantic encounter on Craigslist, sending a shirtless photo of himself to the woman. One more entry in the category of “What the hey were you thinking?!?” The Hill

*Back in Utah, Rep Curt Oda’s feral cat bill was skinned. Gutted. Neutered. Clubbed, shot and decapitated. (Thank you, Robert Gehrke) Last night in committee, Rep Eric Hutchings said the bill had a “special spirit” and proposed an amendment that gutted most of the bill, then Rep Jackie Biskupski finished it off with an additional amendment. The only remaining language allows people to kill an attacking animal in self-defense. Trib

*St. George Senator Steve Urquhart says the time has come to do away with driver privilege cards for those here illegally. Despite arguments that those currently driving with the privilege cards will continue to drive but without auto insurance, the Senate committee passed the bill out on a 4-1 vote. Trib

*The Senate unanimously passed a bill to prevent school districts from hiring lobbyists, aka “independent contractor” hired specifically for lobbying. They would still be allowed, however, to employ government affairs specialists to represent their interests on Capitol Hill. Des News

*A lively discussion of “double half-time” kindergarten came in front of the education committee. In an interesting twist, the Eagle Forum and several conservative activists spoke in favor of the bill, while the UEA and other traditional public school proponents spoke in opposition. It will come in front of the committee again today. Trib

*Rep Ken Ivory wants to know “Where’s the Line” between federal and state powers. Calling it the “issue of our day,” Ivory’s bill would create a Federalism Subcommittee in the Constitution Defense Council to identify areas where the federal government exceeds its enumerated powers. In those instances, the state could ask the federal government to back off, escalating to mediation and then to a lawsuit. Trib

*And if none of that interests you, then you might want to head on down to your local Verizon store where the new Apple iPhone 4 is now available for sale. The AT&T monopoly has been broken. Fox 13

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3 Responses to “Daily Fix, Feb 10”

  1. Daniel B. Says:

    Except that your Verizon phone doesn’t allow you to talk and use the internet at the same time, or take your sim card, either…

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  3. Rob Crawford Says:

    Please do not support revoking the driver privilege cards. Unless, of course, we come up with a way to make all those undocumented immigrants legal, then I suppose we wouldn’t need the cards, they could just get licenses like everyone else.

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