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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thursday's Talking Points - February 25, 2016
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 56th day of the year. There are 310 days left in 2016.
The last GOP debate before "Super Tuesday" is tonight. Romney says Trump's tax returns may be hiding a "bombshell." Dunnigan's Medicaid expansion bill is introduced.
- Two days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
- Five days to the "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses (3/2/2016)
- 14 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 25 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
- 26 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 34 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
- 58 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 74 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
- 124 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 144 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 151 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 257 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Ten talking points for Thursday:
- The GOP presidential field faces off in their final debate before next week's "Super Tuesday" primaries [CNN, Politico].
- President Barack Obama is reportedly considering Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for the Supreme Court [Washington Post].
- Mitt Romney suggests Donald Trump's tax returns might contain a "bombshell." Trump fired back on Twitter (of course) [Politico, New York Times, CBS News].
- A new national poll shows 8 out of 10 Hispanic voters have an unfavorable view of Trump [Washington Post].
- Rep. Jim Dunnigan's long-awaited Medicaid expansion bill finally emerges on Utah's Capitol Hill, but advocates say it doesn't go far enough to extend health coverage to needy Utahns [Deseret News, Tribune]. A new poll shows 68% of Utahns support lawmakers passing some sort of Medicaid expansion, but that support is not as robust among Republicans [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers move ahead with a plan to repeal Salt Lake City's ability to raise sales taxes which was initially passed as a way to help mitigate the impacts of moving the prison to Salt Lake City [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Two bills allowing the state to collect sales taxes for online purchases move forward on the Hill [Tribune].
- Utah Senators vote to repeal the 17th Amendment, which provides for the direct election of U.S. Senators. Instead, that power would fall back to state legislatures [Tribune, KUER].
- A Utah House committee kills a proposal to provide equal treatment of married gay couples who want to adopt or be foster parents [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
- The Utah Senate approves Sen. Todd Weiler's resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1791 - The First Bank of the U.S. at Philadelphia became the first national bank chartered by Congress.
- 1836 - Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
- 1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Miss., was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African-American to sit in Congress.
- 1948 - Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
- 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.
- 1964 - Underdog Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) stunned the boxing world with a TKO of Sonny Liston, winning the world heavyweight championship.
Today At Utah Policy
|Poll: Utahns Favor Some Sort of Medicaid Expansion|
As Rep. Jim Dunnigan's long-awaited Medicaid expansion bill finally sees the light of day on Utah's Capitol Hill, nearly 70% of Utahns say they favor lawmakers doing something to expand the program to help uninsured Utahns....
|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....
|Lee Fails to Derail Trump|
Sen. Mike Lee traveled to South Carolina last week to broker a plan to stop the momentum of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg, but the effort fell flat, and Trump scored decisive victories in both S.C. and Nevada....
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Legislators talk local control but they want to micromanage my neighborhood
Editorial: Utah legislators fail to act on air quality measures
Utah Senate votes to crack down on Mantua ‘speed trap’ in Box Elder County
Utah Senate declares pornography a ‘public health crisis’
Utah panel blocks bill to ensure LGBT equality in adoption, foster care
House will hear stricter water-heater emissions bill
Salt Lake City initiates resident survey for mass-transit preferences
Utah Senate rejects proposal to charge fees for full-day kindergarten
Swallow named co-defendant to Johnson in federal election fraud case
Advocates push for Medicaid expansion, but House plan would leave many without
Researchers: Don’t blame drought for low Great Salt Lake
Though ‘Columbus is a hero to a lot of people,’ Utah Senate will consider a switch to Indigenous Peoples Day
Bills advance to collect tax from online sales to Utahns
House approves ban on noncompete clauses
A rainy day fund for Utah’s higher education buildings?
Utah’s Mike Noel again takes aim at federal law enforcement, wants to give locals more control
Jay Evensen: GOP's Utah debate won't boost the state much, but still is a good thing
Op-ed: Legislature, public must act to save children's brains
Op-ed: Utah seniors reap benefits from Medicare Advantage
Dan Liljenquist: The perils of presidential elections
Editorial: Changing the makeup of key legislative committees is a bad idea
Utah House panel rejects gay couples adoption, foster care bill
Committee OKs bill withdrawing S.L.'s ability to raise taxes for prison costs
FEC officially adds ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow to election fraud case
Proposal to charge fees for optional full-day kindergarten fails in Senate
One Medicaid expansion bill gains favor of leadership, but people still want more
Utah Tax Commission honored for uncovering tax refund fraud
Bill calls for 'homeless to housing' initiative, enhanced role for city, county mayors
Bill authorizing clean-burning water heaters clears committee
An ID for the homeless a step toward getting help
Utah Senate declares porn a public health crisis
Will the Great Salt Lake be reduced to dust?
Committee advances bill to rename Columbus Day in Utah
Editorial: Herald editorial: Politicians smart to take advantage of technology (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Northern Utah air quality is a moral issue. Start testing diesels (Standard-Examiner)
Medicaid expansion a moral imperative, proponents say (Standard-Examiner)
Bill advances to siphon state transportation dollars for future water projects (Standard-Examiner)
Study evaluates humans' impact in dropping Great Salt Lake (Standard-Examiner)
Two education bills change year-end tests for students, teacher evaluations (Logan Herald Journal)
Nevada's GOP governor being vetted for Supreme Court (The Hill)
After big Nevada win, Trump gets first lawmaker endorsements (The Hill)
Bernie's South Carolina surrender (Politico)
Obama strikes back at GOP on Supreme Court fight (Politico)
The Only Strategy For Hillary Clinton Is To Scorch The Earth (BuzzFeed)
Republican Race Puts Donald Trump and Paul Ryan on Collision Course (New York Times)
Senate Republicans and the Supreme Court: Where Is This Headed Exactly? (New York Times)
Harry Reid endorses Hillary Clinton (CNN)
Ammon Bundy, others plead not guilty in Oregon refuge case (Associated Press)
Ex-California state senator sentenced in racketeering case (Associated Press)
Melania Trump speaks! And she says … not much. (Washington Post)
A Little Trust
"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great." Ralph Waldo Emerson Brainy Quote
"Ben Carson said during [a]. . . . town hall that he shoots pool to relax. Oh, he shoots pool? Because based on his energy level, I would have guessed heroin." Seth Meyers Political Humor