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Friday's Talking Points - March 11, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 71st day of the year. There are 295 days left in 2016.

A surprisingly civil GOP debate. Lee endorses Cruz. Lawmakers put the wraps on the 2016 session.

The clock:

  • The Utah candidate filing period opens today - (3/11/2016)
  • Four days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • Six days until the Utah candidate filing period closes - (3/17/2016)
  • Ten days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 11 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 19 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 43 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 59 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 109 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 129 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 136 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 242 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 318 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 363 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Republican candidates debate for the 473,981st time. This event turned out to be a surprisingly civil affair in contrast to previous debates as the field decided to talk policy instead of insulting each other [Politico, Mashable, New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump on Friday [Fox News, CNN, Politico].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee offers his endorsement of Ted Cruz and calls on Marco Rubio to drop out of the race [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Legislative leaders say the 2016 session was marked by some big accomplishments [Utah Policy].
  5. Lawmakers give final approval to the state's $15.1 billion budget for next year [Utah Policy]. 
  6. A bill legalizing medical marijuana died without a vote in the Utah House on Thursday night [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The death penalty repeal law quietly dies on the legislature's final night after backers decide to pull the bill in the last hours [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers set up the funding mechanism for a proposed lawsuit against the federal government over public lands [Tribune].
  9. Lawmakers give a thumbs up to a proposal to make Utah's school board elections a partisan affair starting in 2017 [Tribune].
  10. State election officials argue that, if a judge strikes down the signature gathering requirement in SB54, the state would then place all eligible candidates on the primary ballot [Deseret News, Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas adopted the Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1941 - The Lend-Lease Bill to help Britain survive attacks by Germany was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev, the youngest member of the ruling Politburo, was chosen to succeed President Konstantin Chernenko as Communist Party chief.
  • 2011 - Japan was hit by a magnitude-9 earthquake that struck about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo. The quake caused a tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Today At Utah Policy

2016 Session Ends With Some Big Accomplishments

House Republicans entered the 2016 general session looking at a few “big lifts” – some new programs to adopt and pay for, and a few big issues they wanted to sidestep – or at least not stumble over....

Some Not-So-Serious Thoughts on the 2016 Legislature

The crack (no, not that kind of crack) reporting team of Managing Editor Bryan the redhead (with white glasses) Schott and Contributing Editor Bob the-really-old-guy Bernick spent many happy hours covering the 2016 Utah Legislature....

Lawmakers Approve $15.1 Billion Budget

Utah’s state budget will top $15 billion next fiscal year, which starts July 1– a record adopted by legislators Thursday night as they rushed to adjournment at midnight....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #275

It's the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott are joined by special guest Gov. Gary Herbert....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #275

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How Did Utah's Democrats Fare During the 2016 Legislature?

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Weekly Survey: Grading the 2016 Legislature

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Relative to the Rest of the Nation, the Middle Class is Thriving in Utah

A new study by scholars at The Brookings Institution finds that the three cities in America with the largest proportions of middle-class citizens are all in Utah....

Mike Lee Endorses Ted Cruz (Updated)

After sitting on the sidelines, Sen. Mike Lee has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president....

With Passage of HB220, Republicans Now Completely Control Every Utah Legislative Committee

The Republican majority in the House and Senate now have complete control of the Legislature’s various committees....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Bear River Refuge hosts Swan Day Saturday-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- 10 Cloverfield Lane: Tribune review -- Plan 10 From Outer Space: Tribune review&n...

Paid Fellowship Positions Open at World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah has opened two paid fellowship positions and is seeking applicants interested in working full-time for one-year terms as either a Business Outreach and Programs Fellow or International Trade Services Fellow. Applications are due Mar. 23....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: SAGE test leaves Utah alone in testing wilderness

Editorial: Post Office in line to replace payday lenders

Bill passes to make most Utah police body cam videos public

Utah’s Mike Lee becomes first senator to endorse Ted Cruz, calls on Marco Rubio to do the same

Utah’s Stewart calls Trump ‘our Mussolini’ but won’t rule out backing him

Bill ending long battle over Utah State Fairpark wins final approval

State attorneys: If judge strikes signature threshold, candidates may find easy route to ballot

Bill passes to end prison-without-parole for minors

Bill OK’d to require less-polluting water heaters

Deal moving transportation money to water, education wins final OK

Legislature creates fund for $14 million public lands lawsuit

After Mormon church ‘balance’ statement, LGBT bills swept aside

Barring action by guv or a 2017 change, Utah school board elections will be partisan after 2016

Utah Legislature OKs $53 million cash swap to fund Oakland coal port

13 Utah lawmakers change votes, pass Rocky Mountain Power plan

Fetal anesthesia bill headed to governor, who will sign it

House Building to be named for former Speaker Becky Lockhart

Money runs out for Utah medical-marijuana bill; ballot initiative looms

Death penalty survives in Utah, murderer’s brother disrupts House in protest

Bill passes to outline how Utah would manage federal public lands

Out-of-character legislative session ends with traditional results

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: A remarkable story of success in business and in life

Editorial: Bill to ease crisis in Flint needs to be addressed, despite valid concerns from Sen. Lee, others

All candidates would make primary ballot if judge strikes part of Utah election law, state says

Rocky Mountain Power bill passed by lawmakers

Legislature eliminates legal counsel requirement for disabled adults if parents seek guardianships

Session ends in mixed bag for environment, energy issues

Utah lawmakers extend Medicaid to state's poorest, stymie medical marijuana plan

Utah schools get $445M funding boost, new direction for leadership elections

Utah lawmakers set guidelines for police use of body cameras

Sen. Mike Lee endorses Ted Cruz for president

Lawmakers pass bill requiring fetal anesthesia for abortions

House opts not to vote on medical marijuana bill

Brother of executed killer causes ruckus in House over death penalty bill


Editorial: Are you shrugging off the representation of women in Utah? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: 2016 — when lawmakers put hashtags before people in the Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Medical marijuana bill SB89 evaporates as session winds down (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP candidates play nice at debate (The Hill)

Trump: Whoever gets the most delegates should win (The Hill)

Trump's rivals pull their punches (Politico)

Republicans clash -- with civility -- at final debate before decisive contests (CNN)

Trump rally attendee charged with assault (CNN)

Democratic lawmakers launch blast at inspectors general in Clinton email probe (FOX News)

Group: Trump should apologize for saying ‘Islam hates us’ (Associated Press)

Missouri religious objections measure passes Senate (Associated Press)

Most Americans think robots will take jobs - but not theirs (CBS News)

After Trump endorsement, a sports leader faces the fallout (Savannah Morning News)

Clinton, in Durham visit, raps GOP for undermining education (News & Observer)


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