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Monday's Talking Points - March 14, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 74th day of the year. There are 292 days left in 2016.

Violence disrupts a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. Presidential candidates and their surrogates head to Utah this week. Herbert says he will support Trump if he's the GOP nominee.

The clock:

  • The Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries are tomorrow- (3/15/2016)
  • Three days until the Utah candidate filing period closes - (3/17/2016)
  • Seven days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City (maybe) - (3/21/2016)
  • Eight days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 16 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 40 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 56 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 106 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 126 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 133 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 239 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 315 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 360 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. After a Donald Trump rally in Chicago was cancelled Friday night due to clashes between protesters and Trump supporters, Trump is getting torched by Democrats for inciting violence [Reuters, CNN, Politico]. Trump is blaming Bernie Sanders fans for disrupting the rally [Washington Post].
  2. Trump says he may pay the legal bills for one of his backers who punched a protester at a rally in North Carolina [Politico].
  3. Mitt Romney will join John Kasich on the campaign trail in Ohio [New York Times, Politico].
  4. Tuesday could be the "most important" day in the race for the GOP nomination in primaries in Florida and Ohio may be the only way to stop Donald Trump from rolling to the GOP nomination [Politico]. On the Democratic side, midwestern states may keep Bernie Sanders from falling farther behind Hillary Clinton, who is expected to romp in Florida [Politico].
  5. Trump says he knew nothing about the scheduled GOP debate in Salt Lake City on March 21, and he's not interested in participating [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says he would support Trump if he wins the GOP nomination [Associated Press].
  7. The Utah GOP is expecting a big turnout for the caucuses on March 22 [Utah Policy].
  8. A new poll says Utahns think Congressional candidates should live in the districts they're seeking to represent, which could be trouble for Democrat Charlene Albarran [Utah Policy].
  9. Presidential candidates and their surrogates are heading to Utah this week to campaign:
    • Chelsea Clinton is coming on Tuesday to rally Democrats [Tribune].
    • Marco Rubio will be in Utah Wednesday and Thursday [Fox 13].
    • John Kasich swings through Utah on Friday [Tribune].
  10. Rep. Mike Noel says it may not be the right time for a proposed lawsuit against the federal government over public lands following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1743 - The first recorded town meeting in America was held at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
  • 1794 - Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin.
  • 1812 - the U.S. government authorized the issue of America's first war bonds - to pay for military equipment for use against the British.
  • 1900 - Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.
  • 1964 - Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby was convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Collaboration, funding bring new hope for Salt Lake City’s homeless

Rolly: The Legislature is spending millions to go down the rabbit hole — again

Op-ed: Legislators caved to Amazon at the expense of Utah businesses

Herbert: Utah can and does show the way to more civil politics

Op-ed: By ignoring those in need, we Republicans brought Trumpism upon ourselves

Editorial: Why does Utah indulge rural leaders’ claims of federal cops run amok?

Editorial: In the Utah Legislature, money talks

Donald Trump says enough with the debates, wants to skip Salt Lake City

McAdams, Biskupski endorse Clinton, Chelsea Clinton will visit Utah

Lawmakers allow liquor tastings, free up more restaurant licenses

Utah takes step to bolster flawed public-defender system

Legislature rewrites historic district rules

Utah lawmakers adopt $15.1 billion budget, boost school funding

Utah highways see money detoured to water, education

Legislature allocates $9.2 million for homeless facilities and services

Tobacco bills vaporized this year

Noel: Death of Scalia means timing is bad for Utah to sue over public lands

How do Utah lawmakers celebrate end of legislative session? With parody songs and Photoshop

Kasich to make campaign swing through Utah on Friday

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Using Trumpisms to illustrate Utah's legislative work

Peter Corroon: Just another power grab

Op-ed: Is it time to audit the Utah Sports Commission?

Op-ed: When Utah's 'right' gets it wrong

Op-ed: Extending Medicaid to 16,000 Utahns is a good start, but it's just a start

Orrin Hatch: Doing our duty: Supreme Court nomination

Editorial: Legislators took steps in right direction

Editorial: Creating the prison land commission is a good start for resolving land use after the prison moves

Rep. Chris Stewart, Charlene Albarran file to run in Utah's 2nd District

7 eastern Utah counties stand behind public lands initiative

'Hard work ahead' after Utah lawmakers appropriate $9.25 million for statewide homeless initiatives

Lawmakers hold the balance on LGBT, religious rights issues

New Medicaid plan helps thousands, but not all

From Hill to home: Understanding key issues

2016 Legislature 'more quiet' politically

Utah steps up fight over federal lands

As Biskupski's first budget looms, price of change worries S.L. Council


Education First PAC seeks revenue package from Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County politicians Matt Bell, Brad Dee file to take each other's jobs (Standard-Examiner)

Local legislators praise budget, discuss debates of 2016 general session (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Breaking down the GOP map (Politico)

The Huge Cultural Shift That’s Helping Trump Win Evangelicals (Politico)

Cruz earns most delegates in Wyoming (The Hill)

Tech's big play in 2016 (The Hill)

Trump pulls man out of crowd to tout legal immigration (USA Today)

Trump says Americans are 'angry,' he's 'just the messenger' (FOX News)

Why Bernie Sanders needs to start winning big states — big (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders Condemns Hillary Clinton For Inflating Nancy Reagan's Role In AIDS Crisis (Huffington Post)

GOP Effort to Block Trump May Lead to a Morass (New York Times)

John Boehner Endorses Fellow Ohioan John Kasich (New York Times)

Future uncertain for proposal to defund Planned Parenthood (Associated Press)


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