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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wednesday's Talking Points - March 2, 2016
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 62nd day of the year. There are 304 days left in 2016.
Trump and Clinton romp on Super Tuesday. Trump might skip the Salt Lake City GOP date. Utah legislators advance a bill to get rid of the death penalty.
- Eight days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 13 days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
- 18 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
- 20 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 28 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
- 52 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 68 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
- 118 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 138 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 145 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 251 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Ten talking points for Wednesday:
- Super Tuesday:
- Donald Trump cruises on Super Tuesday becoming the undisputed frontrunner for the GOP, although he lost to Ted Cruz in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Marco Rubio got his first win of the campaign in Minnesota [Washington Post, New York Times, Politico].
- Hillary Clinton is pulling away from Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race after Tuesday's elections, primarily on her popularity among minority voters [Politico, New York Times, Washington Post].
- What is up with Chris Christie? He was mocked mercilessly after standing behind Trump like a Stepford Wife during his victory press conference on Tuesday [Mediaite].
- Trump makes a weird threat against House Speaker Paul Ryan saying if he doesn't play ball with a Trump administration he would "pay a big price" [Politico].
- Rumors are flying that Trump could skip the Salt Lake City GOP debate if he has virtually wrapped up the nomination by that point [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate advances a bill to do away with the death penalty [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Rep. LaVar Christensen junks a controversial victims rights bill after advocates pack a hearing room to protest his legislation [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he expects to sign a bill expanding Medicaid coverage to some of the most vulnerable Utahns [Deseret News].
- The Utah House passes a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah Senate puts the brakes on Sen. Jim Dabakis' attempt to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A House committee kills Rep. Fred Cox's attempt to dump Daylight Savings Time [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
- Lawmakers are battling over a plan to move money away from transportation projects [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1807 - Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.
- 1836 - Texas proclaimed independence from Mexico.
- 1877 - Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden won the popular vote.
- 1962 - Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game NBA scoring record with 100 points against the New York Knicks.
- 2011 - The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church have a First Amendment right to picket the funeral of a Marine.
Today At Utah Policy
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: PLI won’t hurt air quality in eastern Utah, and environmentalists know it
Editorial: Dunnigan’s health care bill is something to be ashamed of
Move to dump Daylight Saving Time dies in Utah committee
Move to eliminate Utah car-safety inspections fails
Rolly: Great minds apparently think alike in Utah’s guv campaign
House calls for constitutional convention
Death penalty abolition clears first Utah Senate vote by wide margin
Asbestos victims, lawyers fear new ALEC-inspired bill may delay compensation
Battle intensifies over transferring money from transportation
Another Dem jumps into Utah governor’s race, says he understands ‘culture of the state’
Utah ‘victim rights’ bill dead after opponents flood Capitol saying proposal had opposite intent
Utah House passes police body-camera bill
SLC Council approves Biskupski’s department-head nominees; some receive grilling
Utah guv supports concept of state money backing Oakland port
Tesla now trying to kill Utah bill once intended to help it
Without a dissenting vote, Utah Senate passes bill to collect online sales tax
Concerns swirl around Salt Lake County Recorder Ott
House votes to require less-polluting water heaters
Senate blocks effort to rename Columbus Day after Indigenous Peoples
LDS leaders to Utah Mormons: Go to your party caucuses
Utah House votes to end prison-without-parole sentences for minors
House OKs $9M to help build new homeless shelters
Op-ed: Facts are stubborn, statistics are pliable
Richard Davis: The Article I Project should be bipartisan
Jay Evensen: Police shooting shows how Rio Grande Street is out of control
Nonpartisan primary election proposal for State School Board moves to Senate floor
Committee OKs bill naming 2 official Utah hashtags
Advocates, police derail bill they say discounts Utah crime victims
Daylight saving time bill killed in committee
Attempt to end Utah vehicle safety inspection program fails
Beekeeping bill creates buzz among supporters, opponents
Resolution calling for a constitutional convention passes House
Utah senators give early support for school tech grant program
Senate rejects repeal of Salt Lake City's ability to raise taxes for prison costs
Utah Senate panel rejects bill banning discrimination against public breastfeeding
Gov. Herbert expects House Medicaid expansion plan to pass, says he'll sign bill
Utah Senate casts preliminary vote to repeal death penalty
Indigenous Peoples Day bill fails in Utah Senate
Business leaders oppose non-compete bill
Domestic violence advocates fighting against proposed Utah bill (Standard-Examiner)
Utah ranks average for preventative healthcare (Standard-Examiner)
Salt Lake officials explain their support for limited Medicaid expansion (Standard-Examiner)
Woodland resident launches District 53 campaign (Park Record)
Medical cannabis bill reaches House (Park Record)
Trump, Clinton cement status as 2016 front-runners with big wins (The Hill)
Clinton wins Sanders’s turf in Massachusetts (The Hill)
Trump's Super Tuesday win sets off GOP alarm bells (Politico)
Rubio gasping after Super Tuesday (Politico)
Greenspan: I Haven’t Been Optimistic in Quite a While (Bloomberg)
Bernie backers booted from polling place while Bill campaigns (American Mirror)
Top border chief to agents who object to Obama amnesty: ‘Look for another job’ (Washington Times)
Minority Voters Push Hillary Clinton to Victories (New York Times)
Kasich edged out by Trump in Vermont on Super Tuesday, looks to Mississippi, Michigan (Cincinnati Enquirer)
From here on, Donald Trump is doing this his way (Washington Post)
South Dakota governor vetoes law on transgender bathrooms (Chicago Tribune)
A Life of Ease
"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." Theodore Roosevelt Brainy Quote
"Mitt Romney recently accused Trump of having a bombshell in his tax returns, then Trump responded by tweeting that Romney blew an election. Yeah, Donald Trump is fighting with Mitt Romney. Even the Oscars were like, “That's just too white.” Jimmy Fallon Political Humor