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Wednesday's Talking Points - February 24, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 55th day of the year. There are 311 days left in 2016.

Trump romps in Nevada. The Utah GOP announces a ticketing process for the March 21 presidential debate in Salt Lake City. A plan for full Medicaid expansion moves to the full Senate.

The clock:

  • Three days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • Six days to the "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses (3/2/2016)
  • 15 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 26 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 27 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 35 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 59 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 75 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 125 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 145 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 152 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 258 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump romps in the Nevada caucuses, pulling nearly 50% support and notching his third win in a row. Marco Rubio finishes second while Ted Cruz came in third place [Politico, Roll Call, New York Times, Washington Post]. Cruz tries to set up the race as a two-man contest between him and Trump [Politico]. Rubio has pulled in many late endorsements, but that might be too late to help his campaign [Politico].
  2. Senate Republican leaders say they will not hold a hearing nor even meet with President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That group included Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee [New York Times, Washington Post, CNNTribune].
  3. The Utah GOP begins accepting ticket requests for the March 21 presidential debate, but they still haven't decided on a venue for the event [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll shows a slim majority of Utahns support the death penalty in capital cases, but that support has weakened significantly in the past few months [Utah Policy].
  5. A Senate committee advances a measure abolishing the death penalty in Utah for future cases [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A Senate panel approves a bill for full Medicaid expansion in Utah sending it to the full Senate for debate [Deseret News2 News, Tribune].
  7. A House committee kills Rep. Brian King's proposal to teach comprehensive sex education in Utah's schools instead of the current abstinence-only curriculum [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. The full House advances a bill tilting the partisan makeup of two key legislative committees to favor Republicans [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsTribune].
  9. An FEC audit dings the Utah Democratic party for accounting errors in 2011 and 2012 [Tribune].
  10. The DABC gives Starbucks a license to serve beer and wine at five locations in Utah [2 News, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].

 On this day in history:

  • 1803 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Marbury v. Madison decision, ruled the power of the federal government was no greater than that of any individual state.
  • 1868 - Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln, was impeached by the U.S. House. He was later acquitted by a single vote in the Senate three weeks later.
  • 1945 - American soldiers liberated the Phillippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
  • 1995 - Diver Greg Louganis, who won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, revealed he had AIDS.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Slim Majority of Utahns Support the Death Penalty

A slight majority of Utahns say they support capital punishment....

Legislature Mulls 10-Cent Fee for Single Use Shopping Bags

A proposed bill on Utah's Capitol Hill would charge consumers a 10-cent fee per plastic or paper bag used to carry purchases like groceries as a way to help keep those bags out of landfills....

Utah Lawmakers Set to Tackle Private Drone Use

How tens of thousands of drones are flown in Utah will change – in some instances, drastically change – if state Sen. Howard Stephenson’s expansive “private drone use” bill becomes law....

Weekly Survey: Lobbying by the LDS Church

So far this session the LDS Church has weighed in on medical marijuana and proposed hate crimes legislation. Have these efforts helped or hurt the legislative process? Vote in our weekly survey....

In Utah, a Land Deal that Could Change the West Forever

Outside Magazine takes a lengthy, in-depth look at Rep. Rob Bishop's proposed Public Lands Initiative, which would preserve millions of acres of wilderness in southern Utah while opening millions more to resource extraction....

Utah House Advances Measures on Legislative Management, Redistricting

Two big votes Tuesday in the Utah House that could have long-term effects on how the state Legislature makes critical decisions in the future....

Policy News

Governor Herbert to Host Town Hall Meeting with Legislators
With the legislative session is in full swing and neighborhood caucus meetings just a month away, Gov. Gary Herbert will hold a town hall meeting with select members of the Legislature....

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Rises Slightly as Confidence in Current Conditions Remains Cautious
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 0.1 point to 105.8 in February....

County Council to Offer Convenient Public Call-in Option to Council Meeting
Salt Lake County Council members are preparing to offer a new call-in option to members of the public who are not able to personally attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday Council meetings....

Residents Invited to Help Shape Salt Lake City's Transit Future
For the next 30-days, Salt Lake City residents have the opportunity to impact the future of train and bus service in Salt Lake City through the new “Design Your Transit System” survey....

YWCA Young Women's Council Hosts 8th Annual Leadership Summit
Utah women’s median annual earnings for full-time, year-round work are lower than women nationwide, while men’s are higher than in the U.S. overall—resulting in a larger gender wage gap in Utah of 69.0 cents on the dollar (ranking Utah 47th nationally) acco...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Congress should follow Utah’s lead on sentencing reform

Op-ed: Olene Walker’s housing legacy needs a statewide boost

Editorial: Legislative audit won’t equalize Utah and BYU

Proposed restrictions on historic preservation aimed at Salt Lake City

‘Juneteenth’ may become official Utah observance

Move for independent redistricting commission in Utah stalls

Utah’s House GOP votes to tilt two committees in its favor

Utah Senate asks Congress to reclassify marijuana

Rolly: State preparing a pro-fossil fuels agenda for public schools

State Senate wants to pick Utah’s U.S. senators

Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee say they won’t meet with Obama’s Supreme Court pick

Utah’s members of Congress blast Obama for plan to close Gitmo

FEC audit finds Utah Democratic Party misstated financial activity over two years

State Republicans create debate-ticket sign-up

Bill bulldozes bans on late-night road work

Utah House approves bill limiting public access to school district records

Utah House OKs bill that lets distilleries give samples to customers

Utah Senate panel endorses death-penalty abolition

Full Medicaid expansion clears hurdle on way to Utah Senate floor

Utah House panel defeats sex education bill, debates change in abuse prevention training

House panel moves to remove SAGE scores from teacher evaluations

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah should put carbon regulations on ice

Op-ed: Support Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act

Richard Davis: Time to put aside partisanship in judicial selection

Op-ed: A shortage of teachers and other public servants

Editorial: GRAMA best ensures transparency and privacy for body cam content

Measure aims to grow Utah jobs, cut pollution

House passes bill shifting control of key legislative committees to majority

Student immunizations bill heads to House floor

Lawmakers sideline health care cost-sharing bill

Consumer confidence in economy holds steady

Bill to ban gas chamber use at animal shelters fails in House

Conference highlights challenges to Great Basin ecosystem, sage grouse

Senate committee backs full Medicaid expansion, but limited House bill expected

Tickets to GOP presidential debate can be requested online

Senate panel advances bill to repeal Utah death penalty

'Keep pushing forward': Clearfield family battles medical challenges with optimism

Comprehensive sex education gets early opposition from lawmakers


Sponsor delays final Senate vote on medical marijuana bill (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Exploited children aren't criminals — they've victims. Utah, enact HB 206 (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to observe Juneteenth as a Utah state holiday clears House committee (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to help pregnant and breastfeeding moms at work heads to House (Standard-Examiner)

Salt Lake GOP debate could make or break Trump (Standard-Examiner)

GOP debate: will Trump, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich and Carson hit Park City? (Park Record)

Senate debates bill targeting Mantua's ticketing practices (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump wins Nevada caucuses (Politico)

Rubio endorsement spree may be too late (Politico)

Trump ‘might not even need 2 months’ to lock up nomination (The Hill)

President’s last-ditch Gitmo plan falls flat (The Hill)

Flow of Illegal Immigrant Children Into U.S. Expected to Rise in 2016 (Washington Free Beacon)

U.S. judge orders discovery to go forward over Clinton’s private email system (Washington Post)

Spike Lee backs Bernie: Black celebrities call for post-Obama 'wake up' (Christian Science Monitor)

Scalia suffered from many health problems (Associated Press)

GOP Senators Say Obama Supreme Court Pick Will Be Shunned (New York Times)

Mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner Offer Emotional Endorsement of Hillary Clinton (ABC News)

Ben Carson Insists 'Things Are Starting To Happen' After Losing Again (Huffington Post)


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