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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 clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. 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].
  3. Speaking of Trump:
    1. Many of Jeb Bush's former supporters are gravitating to the GOP front-runner [The Atlantic].
    2. Trump picks up endorsements from former GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions [Fox News, Politico].
    3. Whoops! Trump is tricked into retweeting a quote from Benito Mussolini [Gawker, CBS News].
    4. Trump declines to condemn the KKK after one the group's former leaders voices his support for Trump's campaign [Politico].
    5. Ted Cruz suggests Trump may have ties to the mafia [New York Post].
  4. 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].
  5. A bill to strengthen Utah's hate crimes law advances in the Utah Senate [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  6. A majority of Utahns would like a to see a proposed tax hike to fund education put on the ballot [Utah Policy].
  7. Sens. Ralph Okerlund and Stuart Adams explain why they are backing Trump in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  8. Medical marijuana legislation is facing some long odds in the House [Fox 13].
  9. Vice President Joe Biden visits Utah to discuss the cancer "moonshot" [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. 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.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Utahns Want to Vote on Whether to Raise Taxes for Public Education

Two-thirds of Utahns want to vote this fall on whether to raise their own state income taxes for public education, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Anti-Establishment Bravado. Why Some Utah Legislators are Backing Trump

The rise of Donald Trump may be giving the Republican establishment fits, but a couple of  Utah legislators had no trouble jumping aboard the Trump Express....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: LDS Church Lobbying the Legislature

So far this year, the LDS Church has taken a position on medical marijuana and proposed hate crimes legislation. Our "Political Insiders" are split on whether the Church has helped or hurt the legislative process....

Lee: GOP Won't Budge an Inch on Supreme Court Vacancy

Sen. Mike Lee says there's "too much at stake" for Senate Republicans to allow Pres. Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia....

Policy News


Lawsuit Challenging San Juan County's Mail-Only Electoral System Filed
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, DLA Piper, LLP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah announce the filing of a new lawsuit against San Juan County, Utah on behalf of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commissio...

Rep. Bishop Asks White House Official About a National Monument
As Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) questioned the White House’s Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality, Christy Goldfuss....

Press Release: Lawmakers are Hurting Utah Entrepreneurs Through Internet Sales Tax
After committee votes in the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah Senate, Americans for Prosperity Utah state director, Evelyn Everton, released the following statement:...

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Named Among Top 50 Most Influential Latino American Republicans
As the 2016 presidential election heats up, the prominence of Latino Americans as both a major constituency and in business and political leadership roles is on the rise....

Utah's Aerospace Industry Flies Higher
Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, along with Utah aerospace industry partners and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced the newly formed Utah chapter of the Aerospace States Association in a special event at the State Capitol....

STEM Action Center Partners with Intermountain Healthcare to Expand Health Science Learning
Come this fall, Utah teachers will be able to implement health science learning into core curriculum thanks to a partnership between the Utah STEM Action Center and Intermountain Healthcare....

Axis41 Redesigns and Launches New UTA Website in an Effort to Create a Better Rider Experience and Support the Company's Pledge to Improve Air Quality
Axis41, a digital marketing agency based in Salt Lake City, recently redesigned and launched the new Utah Transit Authority's website....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Could Romney be eyeing a chance at an open convention?

Lee: Senate well within its rights, and within precedent, to wait on court nominee

Op-ed: We have a good plan for homelessness, and now is the time

Op-ed: Thanks, Rep. Love and Sen. Hatch, for going to bat for Medicare Advantage

Editorial: Utah lawmakers work to hold more power for themselves

Editorial: Herbert’s CPP decision suggests Utah is not worthy of self-determination

Utah committee has fun ‘ripping up’ school funding bill

Senate approves landlord opt-out bill despite warnings it will deepen low-income housing

Mormon faithful faced with reconciling marijuana use and church’s concerns

Utah abortion bill would mandate anesthesia for fetus after 20 weeks

Committee kills bill to limit lobbyist revolving door

House OKs plan to manage federal lands

Senate gives initial OK to hate-crimes bill, but debate is far from over

House panel approves bill to end life sentences for juveniles

Bill would ease billboard restrictions on scenic byways

Legislator says teens fighting e-cigs threatened with violence

Hutchings completes mountain planning panel, filling west-side slot

Bernie Sanders supporters rally in Salt Lake City

Cannabis catch-22: Utah research on medical pot hamstrung by drug’s federal status

Ted Cruz asks court to dismiss Utahn’s claim that he’s not eligible to be president

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Legislature offers contradictions in standard issues and new trends

John Florez: Stop punishing parents for a child's school absences

Op-ed: Obama's federal land grab continues

Op-ed: Don't expand airspace around Utah Test and Training Range

Editorial: Valentine's Day, the hidden mountains, and the search for clean air

Editorial: U. of U. audit shrouded in suspicion

Signature gathering lands Sen. Mike Lee spot on GOP primary ballot

Veterans express support for medical marijuana bill

Investigation underway for threats allegedly made to students over support for e-cigarette tax

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visiting Utah to ski with donors, raise money for Mia Love

Utah Senate gives initial approval to hate crimes bill

Advocate opposed to life without parole for youths asks legislators to give children a chance

Utah activists rally for Bernie Sanders

A look at what's behind audit of University of Utah athletics

Western states chafe at new federal ozone standard

Other

Editorial: Plenty of local examples of politicians behaving badly (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Discussing porn in the Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Supreme Court stay limits public access to waters, reverts back to HB141 (Standard-Examiner)

Constituents call on Cache legislators for more attention to national issues (Logan Herald Journal)

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)

National Headlines

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)

In major blow to Ted Cruz, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Donald Trump for GOP nomination (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton Addresses Confrontation With Benghazi Protesters at Rally (ABC News)

Rubio shifts to the offensive in an effort to slow Trump (Washington Post)

Kasich condemns white supremacists and candidates ‘hurling insults’ (Washington Post)

The world should stop relying on U.S. consumers: U.S. Treasury chief Lew (Reuters)


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