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Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday's Talking Points - February 29, 2016
Good Monday morning and Happy "Leap Day" from Salt Lake City. Today is the 60th day of the year. There are 306 days left in 2016.
Clinton and Trump are expected to romp on "Super Tuesday." Hate crimes legislation advances. Utahns want to vote on a tax hike to better fund schools.
- The "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses are tomorrow(3/2/2016)
- Ten days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 21 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
- 22 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 30 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
- 54 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 70 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
- 120 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 140 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 147 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 253 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Ten talking points for Monday:
- Hillary Clinton crushes Bernie Sanders in South Carolina and could deal his campaign a death blow in the next few weeks [Politico, CNN, ABC News].
- The "Super Tuesday" contests are just one day away, and several states are bracing for record turnout while Donald Trump and Clinton are expected to win big [Politico].
- Speaking of Trump:
- Many of Jeb Bush's former supporters are gravitating to the GOP front-runner [The Atlantic].
- Trump picks up endorsements from former GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions [Fox News, Politico].
- Whoops! Trump is tricked into retweeting a quote from Benito Mussolini [Gawker, CBS News].
- Trump declines to condemn the KKK after one the group's former leaders voices his support for Trump's campaign [Politico].
- Ted Cruz suggests Trump may have ties to the mafia [New York Post].
- A riot breaks out in downtown Salt Lake City after police shoot a 17-year-old near a homeless shelter [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
- A bill to strengthen Utah's hate crimes law advances in the Utah Senate [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
- A majority of Utahns would like a to see a proposed tax hike to fund education put on the ballot [Utah Policy].
- Sens. Ralph Okerlund and Stuart Adams explain why they are backing Trump in 2016 [Utah Policy].
- Medical marijuana legislation is facing some long odds in the House [Fox 13].
- Vice President Joe Biden visits Utah to discuss the cancer "moonshot" [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Two of Utah's Democratic "superdelegates" are supporting Hillary Clinton no matter the results of the vote on March 22 [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1504 - Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
- 1868 - British statesman Benjamin Disraeli became prime minister for the first time.
- 1916 - South Carolina raises the minimum working age for factory, mill and mine workers from twelve to fourteen years old.
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Editorial: Discussing porn in the Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)
Utah Supreme Court stay limits public access to waters, reverts back to HB141 (Standard-Examiner)
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Dashing beneath the Dome: A day in the life of a legislative intern (Logan Herald Journal)
Editorial: Utah legislators are still operating with a Jurassic perspective (Park Record)
Park City rental owners check in with worries about bill (Park Record)
Despite partisanship, King sees progress (Park Record)
Bernie’s Revolution Hits a Wall (Politico)
Rubio to campaign 'as long as it takes' to beat Trump (Politico)
Trump doubles down on promise to 'open up' libel laws (The Hill)
Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders (The Hill)
Arguments in Supreme Court abortion case pitched to audience of one (Washington Post)
Clinton looks to close Sanders out in March (CNN)
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Bill Clinton Addresses Confrontation With Benghazi Protesters at Rally (ABC News)
Rubio shifts to the offensive in an effort to slow Trump (Washington Post)
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