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Tuesday's Talking Points - March 1, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 61st day of the year. There are 307 days left in 2016.

Super Tuesday is today. Mitt Romney says Donald Trump's response to a question about the KKK disqualifies him from the presidency. Lawmakers advance a plan for a limited Medicaid expansion. 

The clock:

  • The Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses are today - (3/2/2016)
  • Nine days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 20 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 21 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 29 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 53 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 69 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 139 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 146 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 252 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Super Tuesday is today. 12 states and one territory cast ballots as 1,034 Democratic and 595 Republican delegates are up for grabs. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to run riot today, racking up big delegate wins [Politico, Washington Post, Fox News].
  2. A new national poll shows both Clinton and Bernie Sanders would beat Trump in a general election matchup [CNN].
  3. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas shocks observers by asking his first question from the bench in a decade [Washington Post, New York Times].
  4. Mitt Romney says Trump's refusal to disavow David Duke and the KKK during an interview disqualifies him for the presidency [Politico]. Trump blames the whole incident on a faulty earpiece he used during the interview [CNN].
  5. Utahns say Trump and Clinton are most likely to win their party's nominations, with Clinton having the best shot to win in November [Utah Policy].
  6. Hundreds march in downtown Salt Lake City to demonstrate against the police shooting of a 17-year-old boy over the weekend [2 News, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Legislative leaders say they can't guarantee Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill will make it out of committee in time to get a full vote in the House [Utah Policy].
  8. House Speaker Greg Hughes says he's been working on "nothing but budget" over the past few days [Utah Policy].
  9. A House committee approves Rep. Jim Dunnigan's bill to expand Medicaid coverage to Utahns in the "greatest need" [Deseret News, Tribune, Associated Press].
  10. Some Salt Lake County leaders are alleging County Recorder Gary Ott may not be in control of his office because of health issues [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1692 - The notorious witch hunt began in the Salem village of the Massachusetts Bay colony, eventually resulting in the executions of 19 men and women.
  • 1780 - Pennsylvania became the first state to abolish slavery.
  • 1781 - The American colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for a federal union.
  • 1872 - Yellowstone National Park was established by an act of Congress.
  • 1932 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh's son was kidnapped. The child's body was found on May 12. Bruno Hauptmann was convicted of the kidnapping and murder and executed in 1936.

Today At Utah Policy

Hughes Bearing Down on Budget Work in Final Days of Legislative Session

You haven’t seen much of Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes the past few days....

Utahns Think Trump and Clinton will Win Their Party's Nominations; Clinton Leads for White House

You can't always get what you want....

Time is Running Out for Medical Marijuana Legislation

It was a big win for Sen. Mark Madsen to get his medical marijuana bill out of the Senate this session.But the battle is far from over....

Ivory Defends Lee's Part in 2013 Government Shutdown

Remember October 2013 and the federal government shutdown?Rep. Ken Ivory does....

Policy News

ACLU of Utah Statement on SLCPD's Shooting of Abdi Muhamed
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members – particularly members of the community living in and around the Rio Grande neighborhood of downtown Salt Lake City – in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed.&n...

Congressman Stewart to Hold 3 Town Hall Meetings
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will hold Town Hall Meetings next week in Cedar City, St. George and Ephraim, Utah. ...

Sen. Lee Introduces The Only Congress Can Change The Draft Act
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced the Only Congress Can Change The Draft Act, which would ensure that only Congress can change current law controlling whether or not women must sign up for the Selective Service System....

Sen. Lee Introduces The Restoring Internet Freedom Act
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Restoring Internet Freedom Act, which would repeal the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules and prevent the agency from promulgating similar rules in the future....

Senator Orrin Hatch Receives 'Legislative Champion Award' from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Breaking Down Barriers to Clinical Trial Participation
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual “March on the Hill” event in Washington D.C., volunteer advocates from Utah joined others from across the country to recognize Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for being a champion of the cystic fibrosi...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Time to hit the history books, Rolly

Editorial: Headwaters survey shows federal lands boost rural economies

Rolly: Legislature champions free market, with exceptions

Senate will debate bill requiring anesthesia for fetus in abortions

Utah to Congress: Pay us back $1 million for keeping parks open during shutdown

Bill advances that may make more Utah liquor licenses available

‘Juneteenth’ advances as possible Utah observance

Utah lawmakers reject attempt to raise smoking age to 21

Biskupski appoints Reberg and two others to key posts at City Hall

Utah police chiefs speak out against bill that would limit role of victim advocates in sexual assault cases

License plates for Real Salt Lake win approval

White House appeals to Hatch’s ‘constitutional duty’ to vote on Supreme Court nominee

Committee endorses bill to decriminalize victims of child prostitution

Senators give first OK to making Utah school grades more difficult each year

House votes to name building for former Speaker Becky Lockhart

If drones interfere with emergencies, bill would allow ‘neutralizing’ them

Opioid abuse emergency measures win Senate panel backing

Dems want State Bar to weigh in on public lands lawsuit dispute

House panel OKs bill promoting health care for homeless, mentally ill

Compromise bill lets districts off the hook for charter funding bump

New bill would have Utah taxpayers invest $51 million in California coal port

Deseret News

Op-ed: Education First, Prosperity 2020 seek to improve K-12 and higher education

Editorial: Local business community's reaction to HB 251 shows its issues

Lawmakers pass bill requiring workplace accommodations for breast-feeding women

Democrat Vaughn R. Cook announces he's running for governor

Legislative committee snuffs out bill to raise legal age to use tobacco

Juneteenth bill passes House unanimously

Utah's low unemployment may not be good news for everyone

Charter school funding equity plan gets approval from House committee

Bill to require anesthesia for abortions clears hurdle

Bill allowing law enforcement to take down drones passes committee

Debate over SAGE testing continues in Utah Legislature

Jazz owner: Utahns have 'urgent moral responsibility' to address homelessness

Committee approves bill extending Medicaid to Utahns in the 'greatest need'

Is the Salt Lake County recorder really running his office?


Utah lawmakers approve soccer-themed license plates (Standard-Examiner)

Limited Medicaid expansion bill advances to Utah House (Standard-Examiner)

Utah bill to fund homeless facilities and services advances to House (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Inside Trump’s Texas Insurgency (Politico)

Thomas asks questions from bench for first time in 10 years (The Hill)

GOP badly split as Trump, Clinton seek Super Tuesday wins (Associated Press)

Violent altercation between Secret Service and photographer at Trump rally leads to plenty of questions (Washington Post)

Why no one should be surprised that Donald Trump didn’t disavow the KKK (Washington Post)

Young Lawyers Ready to Argue a Major Abortion Case Before the Supreme Court (New York Times)

U.S. top court rejects union challenge to New Jersey pension reforms (Reuters)

Clinton emails: What have we learned? (CNN)

Democrat tries to tie Trump to John McCain in scathing new ad (CNN)

Why Ben Carson Is Still Running for President (ABC News)

Why Warren Buffett Doesn't Think Climate Change Is His Problem (Bloomberg)


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