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Tuesday's Talking Points - February 23, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 54th day of the year. There are 312 days left in 2016.

Huntsman says he could support Trump. Utahns say pornography is a public health crisis. Lawmakers are breathing a sigh of relief after Utah's budget projections come in only slightly less than anticipated.

The clock:

  • The Nevada Republican Caucuses are today (2/23/2016)
  • Four days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • Seven days to the "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses (3/2/2016)
  • 16 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 28 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 36 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 60 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 76 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 126 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 146 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 153 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 259 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he would probably support Donald Trump if he were to win the GOP nomination [CNN].
  2. Some Republicans are pushing Ohio Gov. John Kasich to get out of the presidential race to clear the way for Marco Rubio [Politico, Washington Post].
  3. Ted Cruz fires his chief spokesperson for spreading a misleading video about Rubio saying something negative about the Bible [New York Times, Washington Post, CNN].
  4. Nearly 3/4 of Utahns say pornography should be classified as a public health crisis [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah's revenue estimates are down from December's projections, but lawmakers still have a lot of extra money to spend this year [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsTribune].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert asks President Barack Obama not to declare a new national monument in Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Utah Senate passes one medical marijuana bill and advances another. At the same time, the LDS Church softens its stance against one of the proposed pieces of legislation [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  8. About 20-percent of proposed bills in this year's legislature pose a potential conflict of interest for the lawmakers behind them [Tribune].
  9. Want a ticket to next month's GOP presidential debate in Utah? May the odds ever be in your favor [Tribune].
  10. Donald Trump gets an official campaign presence in Utah [2 News, Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 - Mexican soldiers under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began their assault on the Alamo Mission near present-day San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.
  • 1870 - Mississippi was readmitted to the Union
  • 1945 - Members of the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines planted a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.
  • 1991 - President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.
  • 2011 - The Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Nearly 3/4 of Utahns Agree Porn is a Public Health Crisis

Sen. Todd Weiler is getting a lot of national attention for his resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis in Utah. Turns out, a lot of Utahns agree with him....

Dee Wants Constitutional Convention to Enact Term-Limits for Congress

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Lawmakers Catch a Break With New Revenue Numbers

Whew!New state revenue estimates show only $10 million less than the estimates made last December, a big break for Republican lawmakers as the struggle to balance out the budgets they are working on now....

Chaffetz Trolls Ted Cruz in Nevada

Rep. Jason Chaffetz shadows the Cruz campaign in Nevada on behalf of Marco Rubio with the goal of providing "a little perspective" to Cruz's supporters....

Hatch Switches to Rubio

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a former Jeb Bush supporter, endorses Marco Rubio for president, praising the Florida senator as "an honorable person."...

Policy News

Gov. Herbert Delivers Message on National Monuments to President Obama
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert urged President Barack Obama today during a meeting to work with states and local community leaders on public lands issues instead of pursuing a unilateral national monument declaration....

Hatch Statement on the Confirmation of Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner
Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as comm...

From SURE Sites to Megasites
It's been over a decade since EDCUtah launched its "SURE Sites" property database, the tool primarily used by site selectors and real estate executives engaged in corporate relocation or expansion projects....

Governor Announces 10th Anniversary Economic Summit
Imagine a reality where a government-sponsored event is interesting....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Cannabis patients deserve better than legislators’ stoner jokes

Editorial: Land grab movement could decay into violence

Rolly: LDS Church’s thumbs down on bills defies the Utah Constitution

Ticket to Utah’s Republican debate will be tough to snag

Long battle over state Fairpark appears settled

Trump supporters sing his praises as they launch Utah campaign

Sen. Orrin Hatch backs Marco Rubio after Jeb Bush drops out

Bill flies to ground aerial drones near wildfires

Utah guv raises national monument concerns at White House meeting

Bill supports stripping Utah state vet of meat and poultry inspection oversight

Mormon church softens objections on marijuana; Senate gives preliminary OK

Bill advances to protect sex-trafficking victims

Bill advances to allow new way to buy solar power

Primary election for Utah school board could find opposition in Senate

After Navajo Nation sues, judge orders San Juan County to redraw lines

Fight expands over half-billion dollars from transportation fund

State tax collections lag, bogged down by cheap oil

Bill advances to name House Building for Becky Lockhart

‘When not to shoot’: Lawmakers endorse police training aimed at de-escalating violent confrontations

Panel endorses bill limiting liability for gun sellers, makers

Utah Senate panel approves body camera bill

Environmentalists frustrated as Utah air quality measures get stuck or cut

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah should fight air pollution relentlessly

Editorial: Tropical diseases are treatable, but few resources go to cure

Revised medical marijuana bill moves to final hearing in Senate

Lawmaker proposes marriage license discount for counseling

Herbert to Obama: No new national monuments in Utah

Bill giving option of clean fuel grants to motorists clears committee

State revenue growth estimates down $10 million

Cruz, Sanders are Utahns' pick for president; Trump announces Utah organization

Rep. Love tells Legislature she looks to Utah to guide work in Congress

Bill aims to make Utah State Fairpark more profitable

Ex-Utah County commissioner charged with posing as LDS Church officials

Christian-based alternative to Obamacare making gains in Utah


Former Utah County commissioner charged with impersonating LDS authorities (Daily Herald)

One medical marijuana bill passes Senate, other narrowly passes second reading (Daily Herald)

Utah Senate passes limited medical marijuana bill SB 89 (Standard-Examiner)

Mormon church notes 'substantial improvement' in medical marijuana bill (Standard-Examiner)

Bill limiting liability for firearms manufacturers, sellers squeaks through committee (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Nevada caucus calamity worries GOP (Politico)

Cruz fires top staffer for promoting false story about Rubio (Politico)

GOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas (The Hill)

GOP leaders see budget breakthrough (The Hill)

Can Democrats’ love for Bill Clinton carry over to his wife? (McClatchy)

Unions say majority of members support Clinton (New York Times)

Delegate count leaves Sanders with steep climb (New York Times)

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I Have Breast Cancer' (NBC News)

John Kasich Credits 1978 Victory to 'Women Who Left Their Kitchens' (New York Times)

In 1992, Joe Biden called for an election-year blockade of Supreme Court nominations (Washington Post)

US Economy Still on the Rise, White House Report Finds (New York Times)


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