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Tuesday's Talking Points - March 15, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 75th day of the year. There are 291 days left in 2016.

It's Super Tuesday 3.0. The Salt Lake City GOP debate will be on Fox News, but will anyone show up? Trump may have a Mormon problem.

The clock:

  • Two days until the Utah candidate filing period closes - (3/17/2016)
  • Six days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City (maybe) - (3/21/2016)
  • Seven days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 15 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 39 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 55 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 105 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 125 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 132 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 238 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 314 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 359 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. There are 793 Democratic and 367 Republican delegates up for grabs today with primaries on tap in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Republicans are trying desperately to stop Donald Trump's momentum while Bernie Sanders is focusing on winning as many delegates as possible to close the gap with Hillary Clinton [Washington Post, Politico, New York Times].
  2. Bernie Sanders says he's running as a Democrat instead of an independent candidate to get media coverage [Politico].
  3. Fox News announces they will host the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City on March 21. It remains to be seen which candidates show up [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. Donald Trump may have a significant problem courting the Mormon vote in 2016 [Tribune].
  5. The judge in the lawsuit against SB54 signals he may be leaning toward preserving the signature-gathering route to the primary ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Rep. Brad Dee's decision to run for Weber County Commission looks a little bit shady when you consider the man running to replace him in the legislature, Matt Bell, is effectively Dee's boss in Weber County [Utah Policy].
  7. Democratic congressional candidate Charlene Albarran rented an apartment inside the district boundaries of the seat she's running for just seven days before filing for office [Utah Policy].
  8. "Superdell" Schanze, who has had frequent run-ins with the law since his computer chain shut down, has once again filed to run for governor [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. An audit shows nearly $100,000 missing from the Kane County coffers is linked to Kane County Treasurer Georgia Baca [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of Broadway smash hit Hamilton, freestyle with President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden [Time].

On this day in history:

  • 44 - Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and others in Rome.
  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1820 - As part of the Missouri Compromise between the North and the South, Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.
  • 1913 - President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.
  • 1985 - The first internet domain,, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Legislature made strides in improving Utah education, and more is coming

Editorial: Police review process must be — and be seen as — independent

City Council eyes changes at civilian review board in wake of police shootings

Rolly: Why are Salt Lake City residents feeling blue? Because they need more say in this red state

Donald Trump has a Mormon problem

GOP’s Salt Lake City debate is on, but how many candidates will show up?

Utah Tax Commission warns about new scam calls

Utah audit finds ‘improper and illegal’ transfers from county funds to treasurer’s personal accounts

Colorado business leaders tell the EPA to make Utah clean up the haze in its air

Totally awesome news? ‘Super Dell’ Schanze running for Utah governor again

Signature-gathering path to ballot may survive in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Modernize air traffic control to keep Salt Lake City Airport on time

Op-ed: A Mormon protest vote to protect minority rights

Editorial: Americans should not tolerate the rhetoric of violence

Sage grouse released in Tooele County

Audit: Missing money from Kane County coffers linked to county treasurer

Dell 'Super Dell' Schanze files again to run for Utah governor

Fox News to host GOP presidential debate at Salt Palace Monday

Judge now tilting toward state in election law battle with Utah GOP


‘Super Dell’ Schanze is running for Utah governor once again (Standard-Examiner)

Sunshine Week: Which northern Utah city's website is the most transparent? (Standard-Examiner)

State senator wants his surname to be (Republican) on election ballots (Standard-Examiner)

No ceiling in sight for booming Utah liquor sales (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

What’s Wrong With Hillary? (Politico)

Inside Cruz’s state-by-state plan to defeat Trump (Politico)

Sanders gains on Clinton ahead of huge Tuesday contests (The Hill)

Romney: Kasich has a 'real track record' (The Hill)

'Unprecedented' UN global data gathering to add huge amounts of information for governments to collect (FOX News)

'Secret agents of change' say U.S. intelligence embracing LGBT spies (Reuters)

Sarah Palin’s spouse likely to recover from snowmobile crash (Associated Press)

Sanders seeks Midwest wins to turn tide against Clinton (Associated Press)

GOP Prepares to Fight Obama Nominee, No Matter Whom He Picks (Associated Press)

After punching incident, N.C. sheriff ponders ‘inciting a riot’ charge against Trump (Washington Post)

Ryan: Candidates Responsible for Violence at Events (New York Times)


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