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Thursday's Talking Points - March 10, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 70th day of the year. There are 296 days left in 2016.

Fiorina endorses Cruz. Lawmakers almost reach a compromise to kill SB54. Lawmakers put money aside to fight the feds over public lands.

The clock:

  • The final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature is today - (3/10/2016)
  • The Utah candidate filing period opens tomorrow- (3/11/2016)
  • Five days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • Seven days until the Utah candidate filing period closes - (3/17/2016)
  • 11 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 12 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 20 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 44 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 60 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 130 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 137 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 243 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 319 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 364 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over immigration in a debate in Florida. Most observers say Sanders came out on top [Politico, Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. Carly Fiorina endorses Ted Cruz [Yahoo Politics]. Jeb Bush plans to meet with Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich before Florida for a possible endorsement. He won't meet with Donald Trump [New York Times].
  3. Lawmakers were working on a compromise on SB54, which included a full repeal of the law in 2017, but it was nixed before anyone could vote on it [Utah Policy].
  4. Legislators set aside $4.5 million for the first payment in a lawsuit to challenge the federal government over control of public lands within the state [Tribune].
  5. Utah's Democrats say they won't stop pushing for full Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, KUER].
  6. Lawmakers approve new regulations on payday lenders [Tribune].
  7. The Senate passes a measure changing the partisan makeup of a key legislative subcommittee, giving Republicans a majority for the first time [Tribune].
  8. Lawmakers finally reach a compromise to shift transportation funds to water projects and education [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A bill to curtail the use of non-compete contracts wins final approval and is on the way to the governor's desk [Deseret News].
  10. Lawmakers approve a plan to spend about $10 million on an ambitious plan to address homelessness [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1496 - Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
  • 1862 - The U.S. Treasury issued "legal tender notes" in denominations from $5 to $1,000, the first American paper money.
  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you."
  • 1969 - James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray died in prison in 1998.
  • 2008 - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized after allegations surfaced that he had paid thousands of dollars for a high-end call girl, a scandal which eventually led to his resignation.

Today At Utah Policy

Proposed Compromise Would Have Repealed SB54 (Updated)

Multiple legislative sources close to negotiations tell that there was a proposed compromise regarding SB54, but the agreement was nixed late Tuesday night....

Legislature Approves Funding for Homeless Housing and Programming

One of the “big lifts” of the 2016 Legislature is done: About $10 million for a statewide homeless aid building/program plan....

Some Lawmakers Question General Obligation Bonds

Utah is one of the best-managed states, and fiscally conservative legislators are trying not to issue general obligation bonds, and thus reduce state debt....

Encouraging All Reasonable People to Attend Their Political Caucus on March 22

Attendance and active participation at these meetings is vital.  ...

Stewart Compares Trump to Mussolini

Rep. Chris Stewart is not mincing words about GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump....

Weekly Survey: Grading the 2016 Legislature

What grade would you give to the 2016 Utah Legislature and why? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Lee Will Let Aid Flow to Flint if it Doesn't Add to Deficit

Sen. Mike Lee says he'd be willing to lift his hold on the Flint, Mich., federal aid package if the bill is "budget neutral."...

Where do Utah's Senators Stand on Trump?

After his resounding victories in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday night, Donald Trump is moving closer and closer to winning the GOP nomination. Will Utah's Senate delegation support him?...

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Statement Regarding H.B. 251
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding H.B. 251 Post Employment Restrictions Amendment:...

U Researchers: Better Protections Needed for Migrant Women Trapped in Abusive Situations
A new set of recommendations developed by researchers at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law aims to better protect migrant women from domestic violence and sexual assault....

How Can Salt Lake County Encourage More Commuting by Bicyclists?
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county wants the public to weigh in on solutions to make the county a more safe, efficient and connected community for active transportation. McAdams says the survey is part of the county’s comprehensive active transportation...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Abuse, not marriage, should be Utah’s focus

Bill to help Utah’s homeless advances

How to vote in Utah’s GOP and Democratic presidential caucuses

Utah lawmakers move to fix public defender system

House approves compromise for school-water-transportation funding fight

Utah to Congress: You owe us $1 million

Sen. Mike Lee in talks over his hold on aid for Flint’s water woes

Bills passes to ease restrictions on scenic byways

Bill passes to allow Utah distilleries to hold tastings

Utah’s far right and far left join to honor rap musical ‘Hamilton’

Renegade sign gets special dispensation from Utah Legislature

New payday loan regulations receive final OK

Senate approves measure to look into electronic driver licenses

Bill on public-land law enforcement awaits Herbert’s signature

Senate approves study of gun-related suicides

Senate approves watered-down bill on ‘non-compete’ clauses

UTA details allocation plan for Prop 1 funds in Davis, Weber counties

House approves tax incentive for cleaner fuel

No drive-through liquor sales for Utah

Controversial bill that taps Utah transportation money for water projects moves forward

Bluff locals seek to connect town to San Juan River with trails

GOP votes to give itself majority on key Legislative committee

Rep. Chris Stewart compares Donald Trump to Mussolini, praises Bernie Sanders’ consistency in U. video

Legislature sets aside funds for lawsuit to demand control of federal lands

Deseret News

Op-ed: Water infrastructure bill needs more work

Op-ed: Charter schools fill a need traditional schools don't

Op-ed: Move forward with new model for delivering homeless services

Dan Liljenquist: Irascible regimes in Iran and North Korea

Jay Evensen: Our polarized political mess — can America's rational middle be awakened?

Utah bill removes wait period on health insurance for immigrant children

Historic step toward solving Utah's homeless problem

House lands on water fund compromise

Utah lawmakers pass controversial bill on noncompete contracts

UTA proposing improvements in Davis, Weber, Tooele counties

Utah Democrats upset over Medicaid, vow to continue to push for full expansion

Will Midvale homeless shelter have year-round operation?

Medical association withdraws support for medical cannabis bill


Editorial: A more effective way to help Utah welfare recipients who need drug treatment (Standard-Examiner)

Democratic lawmakers explain their extended push for full Medicaid expansion (Standard-Examiner)

Student immunization bill HB221 gets diluted, then passes Senate (Standard-Examiner)

Caucus day nears, as does deadline for online GOP presidential vote (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

5 takeaways from the Democratic debate (Politico)

Sanders tries to pin Clinton to the left (Politico)

Sanders defends past praise of Fidel Castro (The Hill)

Clinton on being indicted over emails: 'It's not going to happen' (The Hill)

U.S. Veteran Is First to Be Convicted in American Courtroom of Supporting ISIS (Slate)

Whether or not his steak's for sale, Trump's brand thrives (Post-Dispatch)

It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle (Salon)

Clinton and Sanders Make Big Promises on Immigration at Debate (NBC News)

In briefing, Facebook's Zuckerberg asks Supreme Court to side with Obama in immigration fight (FOX News)

Sanders cashing in on Michigan primary upset (Palm Beach Post)

Ammon Bundy, others face new charges in Oregon standoff (Associated Press)


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