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Friday's Talking Points - February 26, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 57th day of the year. There are 309 days left in 2016.

GOP presidential candidates engage in a raucous debate ahead of Super Tuesday. Vice President Biden visits Salt Lake City on Friday. Paul Ryan is heading to Utah to raise money for Mia Love.

The clock:

  • The South Carolina Democratic Primary is tomorrow(2/27/2016)
  • Four days to the "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses (3/2/2016)
  • 13 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 24 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 25 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 33 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 57 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 73 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 123 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 143 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 150 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 256 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. The 10,000th GOP debate, and final one before "Super Tuesday," turned into a slap fight between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz [Politico, New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. Vice President Joe Biden visits Salt Lake City Friday to talk about efforts to cure cancer [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. House Speaker Paul Ryan is coming to Utah on Monday to raise money for Rep. Mia Love [Utah Policy].
  4. A new survey finds Utahns are split on whether the state should spend $14 million on a legal fight to take control of public lands in Utah [Utah Policy].
  5. The Utah Senate passes Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill. The measure now moves to the House [2 News, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Curt Oda introduces legislation that would ban most common forms of abortion in Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  7. Sen. Gene Davis and Rep. Lynn Hemingway are taking some heat for praising the nation of Azerbaijan in the Legislature after taking a paid trip to the country [Tribune].
  8. Lawmakers again delay action on Rep. Rebecca Chavez Houck's "right to die" legislation [2 News, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Sen. Mike Lee turns in his list of signatures to secure a place on Utah's primary ballot [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. President Barack Obama meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch to discuss the vacancy on the Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte and 1,200 men left exile on the Isle of Elba to start his 100-day campaign to regain France.
  • 1929 - Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park was established following the signing of an executive order by President Calvin Coolidge.
  • 1970 - National Public Radio was founded.
  • 1987 - The Tower Commission issued its report on the Iran-Contra affair, rebuking President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.
  • 1993 - A powerful bomb exploded in the parking garage below the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000.
  • 2012 - Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense.

Today At Utah Policy

Paul Ryan Coming to Salt Lake City to Raise Campaign Cash for Mia Love

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is coming to Salt Lake City on Monday to raise money for Rep. Mia Love....

Poll: Utahns Divided on Public Lands Lawsuit

Utahns are split over whether the state should spend $14 million suing the federal government to take control of millions of acres of federal land within our borders, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #273

There are just two weeks left in the 2016 Utah Legislature....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #273

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

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....

Hatch Meets with Obama to Discuss Supreme Court Vacancy

In a "very friendly" private conversation, Pres. Obama tells Sen. Orrin Hatch that he plans to nominate a "moderate" to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia....

Bill Would Outlaw Procedure Used in Most Utah Abortions

The Utah Legislature has not had a big fight over abortion for a few years – one may be on the way now....

Policy News

Lee for Senate Campaign Announces Completion of Signature Gathering
Lee for Senate campaign manager Jordan Hess announced that the campaign has gathered the required 28,000 signatures necessary to assure Senator Mike Lee a spot on the ballot. ...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Recreation: Goose festival celebrates rite of migration-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Eddie the Eagle: Tribune review -- God’s of Egypt: Tribune review Concer...

Eighth Edition of Utah Bike Summit Brings Copenhagen to Utah
Organizers of the eighth annual Utah Bike Summit, to be held Tuesday, April 5 in Salt Lake City, are looking to Europe for inspiration and practical solutions for building bike-friendly communities....

Utah Ranks Last in the Country for School Breakfast Participation But Efforts are Underway to Change This
The annual national School Breakfast Scorecard released last week by the Food Research and Action Center finds that on an average school day during the 2014-2015 school year, 60,605 low-income children in Utah participated in the School Breakfast Program, an increase of...

Governor's Statement on Clean Power Plan
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Superintendent opening is opportunity for ‘educating for greatness’

Op-ed: Utah should shine its moral light and end the death penalty

Editorial: Road easements shouldn’t be in Utah test range bill

Obama pulls Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch aside to press for Supreme Court confirmation

Bill to more tightly control Utah’s aerial drones fails to lift off

Bill allowing fatal prescriptions defeated again; Utah lawmaker says she will keep sponsoring until it passes

Utah lawmakers criticized for praise of Azerbaijan, where they took paid trip in 2013

Bill introduced to ban most abortions in Utah

Bill passes to require Utah computer techs to report child porn

Statues of 2 early Latino explorers coming to Utah Capitol

Sen. Mike Lee turns in voter signatures to gain spot in primary election

Citing national uncertainty, Utah guv suspends planning to reduce state’s carbon emissions

Utah Senate passes medical marijuana bill, which now goes to House

Rolly: Fraud complaint names Utah Legislature as culprit

Noel wants to strip Utah state attorneys of civil-service protections

Utah House signs off on school technology grant program

House OKs bill to make historic districts tougher to create

Proposal advances to charge 10-cent fee for single-use plastic, paper bags

Likely Biden motorcade arrives in Utah — and gets a way better hotel than Obama

Deseret News

Op-ed: Local, healthy, sustainable food for all?

A. Scott Anderson: An affordable and fiscally responsible health care proposal

Op-ed: A disturbing political phenomenon in the US

Editorial: Could Utahns' optimism about economy be a problem?

Derek B. Miller: Electing a president with a clear vision for America's role in the world

Utah Legislature postpones discussion on end-of-life options

Bill proposes to remove mother, father from Utah paternity law

Drones in Utah: 'It's important that we get this right'

Vice President Joe Biden coming to Utah Friday

Utah Senate passes controversial medical marijuana bill

Romney calls for Trump's taxes, clashes with Trump on Twitter

Gov. Herbert says House Medicaid expansion plan 'better than zero'

Bill intends to ban certain abortion procedures in Utah

Committee sends shopping bags bill to full Senate


Utah Senate passes SB 73, medical marijuana bill moves on to House (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Collecting online sales taxes in Utah is the fair thing to do (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: 17th Amendment posturing a waste of the Legislature's time (Standard-Examiner)

Utahns react to Senate vote passing medical marijuana bill SB73 to the House (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Senate passes medical marijuana bill SB 73, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen (Standard-Examiner)

SB73 supporters get delightful surprise after Senate passes bill 17-12 (Standard-Examiner)

Outlook optimistic on measure to give counties flexibility with transportation dollars (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Republican debate: Marco Rubio finds his fire (CNN)

Rubio ambushes Trump at GOP debate (Politico)

CNN struggles to contain debate fireworks (Politico)

Romney: 'No legit reason’ Trump can’t release tax returns (The Hill)

Rubio, Cruz throw everything they can at front-runner Trump (The Hill)

Apple court papers: FBI is seeking 'dangerous power' that violates its constitutional rights (Los Angeles Times)

Abortion providers reveal their Supreme Court strategy ahead of arguments (Houston Chronicle)

If I were Brian Sandoval, I’d probably pull my name off Obama’s Supreme Court list, too (Washington Post)

A self-described unifier, Kasich not always Mr. Nice in Ohio (Washington Post)

Clinton apologizes for 1996 remark on ‘super-predators’ after encounter with activist (Washington Post)

This is the closest thing we’ve ever have to a Hillary Clinton political manifesto (Washington Post)


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