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Monday's Talking Points - February 22, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 53rd day of the year. There are 313 days left in 2016.

Trump and Clinton cement their status as frontrunners. GOP presidential candidates are set to debate in Salt Lake City. Cruz and Sanders lead the 2016 field in Utah.

The clock:

  • The Nevada Republican Caucuses are tomorrow (2/23/2016)
  • Five days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 17 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 29 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 37 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 61 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 77 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 127 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 147 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 154 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 260 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Republican Primary [New York Times, Roll Call]. Hillary Clinton wins the Nevada Democratic Caucuses [New York Times].
  2. Jeb Bush spent $150 million for nothing. He's out of the 2016 race after finishing 5th in South Carolina [Politico, Vanity Fair].
  3. Reports are flying that Mitt Romney is set to endorse Marco Rubio, setting him up as the "establishment" alternative to front-runner Trump. Rubio's campaign is denying the reports [Huffington Post].
  4. The Republican National Committee announces they will host a GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City on March 21 [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  5. A new poll shows Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are the 2016 frontrunners in the Beehive State [Utah Policy].
  6. One medical marijuana bill advances on Utah's Capitol Hill. Debate on another continues Monday morning [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  7. Lawmakers approve a plan to audit the University of Utah athletics department after the school cancels the long-standing basketball rivalry with BYU [Tribune].
  8. Sen. Daniel Thatcher says, if the proposed hate crimes bill falls this year, he will bring it back in the 2017 Legislature [Utah Policy].
  9. Rep. Ken Ivory says the federal government should repay Utah for keeping national parks open during the 2013 government shutdown [Deseret News].
  10. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks to lawmakers and has harsh words for the IRS, U.S. Department of Education and the EPA [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1732 - George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in the Virginia Colony.
  • 1819 - A treaty with Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 1862 - Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1980 - The underdog U.S. hockey team shocked the Soviets at the Lake Placid Olympics 4-3. The dramatic upset was dubbed the "Miracle on Ice."
  • 2010 - President Barack Obama announced his plan for a healthcare reform bill.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Cruz, Sanders Tops Among Utah Voters

The fight for Utah's 40 Republican delegates looks like a three-man race between Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump....

If the Hate Crimes Bill Fails This Year, Thatcher Vows to Bring it Back

If the effort to pass hate crimes legislation falls short in the 2016 session, one Utah Senator says he will bring the issue back next year....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Lawmakers Change SB54 this Year?

Last week the Utah House beat back an attempt to kill the "Count My Vote" compromise reached by lawmakers in the 2014 session. ...

Follow the 2016 Election with the Utah Policy Candidate Tracker

Candidates for office are busy gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot. ...

Policy News

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Unparalleled Resource for Utah Property Rights Education
The Utah Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman and the Utah League of Cities and Towns recently collaborated to create the Land Use Academy of Utah to help take the mystery out of land use and property rights in the state....

Registration for SheTech Explorer Day Now Open
Registration is now open for the third annual SheTech Explorer Day, an event to introduce more than 1,000 high school girls in grades 9-12 to programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Fractured GOP’s uniter? Mitt Romney is still in the wings

Op-ed: Test scores are not a valid measure for teacher evaluations

Op-ed: For fairness to all, Utah should require Internet sales-tax collection

Op-ed: Outside opponents of Internet tax collection don’t have Utahns’ needs at heart

Op-ed: Government, Tribune intend to scare ranchers from pursuing rights

Rolly: Hatch says position on SCOTUS opening is not political. Really?

Editorial: A chance for a new start at Utah Office of Education

Bill advances to outline how Utah would manage federal lands

At Legislature, Chaffetz attacks 3 federal agencies

State considering next-generation voting methods

Utah lawmakers urge BLM to restore Bonneville Salt Flats for high-speed racing

Utah House committee OKs push for constitutional convention

Committee endorses proposal to remove arts-grants law

In conference that includes Gov. Herbert, Interior Secretary says Oregon standoff didn’t gain traction

Republican presidential debate coming to Salt Lake City

Legislature will audit University of Utah athletics in wake of BYU rivalry suspension

Utah’s ‘unelected governor’: The political clout of Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson

New scrutiny for Salt Lake City Fire chief

Annexation hearings in Sandy on Tuesday

Utah committee passes bigamy bill spurred by ‘Sister Wives,’ but with lessened penalties

Monson: Now it’s Utah that’s on the receiving end of a power play

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Supreme Court nominations and Utah delegates

Editorial: Successful education systems require adequate funding and wise spending; Utah could see major improvement in both

Bill to permit state's affordable housing loan fund to award grants advances

One medical marijuana bill set to advance, another hangs in the balance

Rep. Chaffetz wants to legalize CBD marijuana extract in states where approved for medical use

Polygamists speak against bill reviving Utah plural marriage ban

Legislation sets up ways to manage federal lands, should they come

Advertise with usReport this ad Prostitutes in China? Lawmaker says federal government needs to return Utah's money

Expanding kindergarten in Utah gets more support from Legislature

Utah family is 'complete' thanks to Orrin Hatch's penchant for Costco hot dogs

Committee says military retirement tax exemption bill needs more study

Scott Jones to remain at state education office

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns want comprehensive sex ed

Should parents be punished for a child's school absences?

Salt Lake City will host Republican presidential debate March 21

History shows century of angst over new national parks

Bill striking two-week wait on vote counts already on governor's desk

Group: Fix the national parks we have; don't create new ones


Church's stance on Madsen's bill may be biggest hurdle to medical marijuana (Daily Herald)

Amendments give medical marijuana bill new life in Utah Legislature (Daily Herald)

Local school districts speak out about what they want in the next state superintendent (Daily Herald)

'Follow the money:' Cache legislators discuss funding, budgets, medical marijuana (Logan Herald Journal)

Qualified to Judge? Amended legislation won't affect Cache Valley justice court judges (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: SB73 best hope for limited, humane medical marijuana law (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Democrats blast bill that could exclude independent voters from primaries (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Senate debates medical pot; one bill advances, more discussion for another (Standard-Examiner)

Huntsville lawmaker to sponsor Utah medical marijuana bill if it advances (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Future of Summit County rests on caliber of candidates in coming election (Park Record)

Cannabis advocates urge patience at Legislature (Park Record)

Kraig Powell, GOP legislator, faces a challenge from the far right (Park Record)

National Headlines

McConnell faces Supreme Court test like no other (Politico)

5 takeaways from South Carolina and Nevada (Politico)

Republicans battle for Bush donors (The Hill)

Clinton-Sanders battle stirs passionate Facebook debate (The Hill)

Cruz and Trump head toward Super Tuesday with GOP's deepest pockets (New York Times)

Charles Koch agrees with ... Bernie Sanders? (Christian Science Monitor)

GOP candidates chart different paths as race goes national on Super Tuesday (Washington Post)

Moderate John Kasich Just Defunded Planned Parenthood In Ohio (Huffington Post)

Did Bernie Sanders Supporters Chant 'English Only' at Dolores Huerta? (Gawker)

Who Bernie would take down along with Wall Street (New York Post)

GOP senator unveils bill to block state GMO label laws (The Hill)


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