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Monday's Talking Points - March 21, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 81st day of the year. There are 285 days left in 2016

Obama visits Cuba. Presidential candidates campaign in Utah. Sanders raises more money than Clinton in February.

The clock:

  • The Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings are tomorrow (3/22/2016)
  • Nine days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 33 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 49 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 99 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 126 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 232 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 308 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 353 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. President Barack Obama makes a historic visit to Cuba [CNN, Reuters].
  2. Republican Donald Trump says party rules requiring a candidate to win a majority of delegates to capture the party nomination outright are "unfair," claiming he should be given the nomination if he has the most delegates [New York Times].
  3. Bernie Sanders raised a lot more money than Hillary Clinton in February [Politico].
  4. Presidential candidates were crawling all over Utah this past weekend:
    • Democrat Bernie Sanders spoke to an estimated crowd of 14,000 on Friday afternoon [Tribune, Deseret News]. Sanders will hold another rally, and talk about foreign policy in Salt Lake City on Monday [Tribune].
    • Republican Donald Trump spoke at a smaller rally in Salt Lake City on Friday, where he took a shot at Mitt Romney's Mormon faith [Tribune, Deseret News].
    •  Republican John Kasich tells crowds he's the only candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in November [Tribune, Deseret News].
    • Republican Ted Cruz told supporters in Utah he would consider nominating Sen. Mike Lee for the Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Donald Trump could get shut out of the delegate count in Utah according to a new survey showing Cruz with a big lead among Utah caucus-goers [Utah PolicyTribune]. 
  6. Another study shows Donald Trump might lose to either Sanders or Hillary Clinton in Utah if he's the nominee [Deseret News].
  7. Trump supporters and protesters clash outside of his rally on Friday night [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Presidential campaigns are spending big in Utah, dropping more than $1.5 million on advertising [Tribune].
  9. 16 legislative candidates are running unopposed in November [Tribune].
  10. Utah's unemployment rate doesn't change, holding at 3.4% [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.
  • 1918 - Germany launched the Somme offensive during World War I.
  • 1963 - Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates.
  • 1965 - More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr. began a four-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1987 - The album "The Joshua Tree" by U2 was released.
  • 2006 - The social media website Twitter launched with the first tweet by co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Today At Utah Policy

Could Trump Get Shut Out in Utah?

Ted Cruz is in prime position to win Utah's GOP presidential caucus on Tuesday, but whether he will get a clear majority is in some question. Additionally, Donald Trump could leave Utah without winning a single Republican delegate....

Trump's Failure to Gain Traction In Utah Highlights GOP Divide

The fact that Utah, "the most Republican state in the nation," is likely to reject the Republican presidential frontrunner in Tuesday's caucus reflects the presence of deep fractures within the GOP.... 'Political Insider' Survey: Who Will Win the 2016 Gubernatorial Race?

Gov. Gary Herbert picked up ten challengers in the 2016 election after Utah's candidate filing period ended last week, but our "Political Insiders" expect him to win another term in office this year....

Census Bureau: Demographic and Economic Profiles of Utah's Electorate

In advance of the Utah caucuses onMarch 22, the Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state's voting-age population and industries....

Club for Growth Criticizes Trump's Position on Obamacare in New Utah TV Ad (Video)

The Club for Growth released a new 30-second television issue ad that began airing in Utah....

Policy News

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Kane County Report on Investigation of Theft
 The Office of the Utah State Auditor released its Report on the Investigation of Theft of County funds....

Hatch Commends Utah Legislature for Funding Hill AFB Software Facility
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, congratulated the Utah State Legislature for funding a new software facility at Hill Air Force Base in Utah’s annual budget....

Press Release: 86% of Utah Voters Oppose Current Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
A new poll of Utah voters shows overwhelming opposition to current law that allows police to seize, and prosecutors to forfeit, property from individuals not charged with—let alone convicted of—a crime....

Alaska to Miami and Salt Lake to New York, Commercial Real Estate is Hot for CBC
In a recently announced merger, Coldwell Banker Commerical Advisors cements Utah as a leader in commercial real estate and one of the fastest growing brokerage firms in the nation....

SoFi Picks Utah for Regional Office
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with modern finance company SoFi, announced that the company will open a regional office in Utah, adding up to 400 jobs to the community....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: UDOT is bullying its way to West Davis Corridor

Rolly: Utah has its own brand of political misfits

Hatch: Senate has prerogative and precedent to deny Garland a confirmation process

Biskupski: Why I am caucusing for Hillary Clinton

Op-ed: Come to the caucuses, young people; the parties need you

Op-ed: American Indian students deserve better from Utah schools

Editorial: Chaffetz suddenly discovers federal supremacy

Coal port fund swap ignored usual premium charged by state

Lake Powell ferry needs $3.24 million to stay afloat

‘I’m the only candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in the fall,’ Kasich tells Utah

Mitt Romney asks Utahns to vote for Ted Cruz; Trump fires back: ‘Mormons don’t like LIARS’

Sanders delivers a string of progressive hits before a huge crowd in Utah

Caucus 2016: Why the size of victory matters in Utah and why a prediction is hard to make

Backroom deal? Mike Leavitt says no, just a strategic split with Mitt Romney on Utah’s presidential caucus

Why most Utahns won’t vote for Donald Trump on Tuesday, and a few will

Data show some surprises about this year’s Legislature

Remember voting in caucus for president? It’s been 20 years since both parties in Utah did

Protesters meet Trump supporters in tense showdown outside Utah rally

One of every six Utah legislative candidates can already declare victory

Cruz in Utah: Best friend Mike Lee ‘would look good’ on the Supreme Court

Judge tosses suit from Utah man who said Cruz’s Canadian birth makes him ineligible to be president

Donald Trump Jr. says his father’s values are Utah values

New poll shows Ted Cruz with a big lead in Utah

Trump says he was joking when questioning Romney’s Mormon faith

Presidential battle brings $1.5M in television advertising to Utah

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah and the 2016 presidential election

John Florez: Lawmakers, it's the people's turn

Editorial: History indicates Utah lawsuit over federal lands would face large obstacles

Gov. John Kasich tells Utahns he can win against Hillary Clinton

Utah voters driven most by economy, national security, poll shows

Incumbents may face signature-gathering opponents

Mitt Romney to vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah presidential caucus

Thousands of Trump supporters, protesters verbally joust in Salt Lake City

Trump says he loves Mormons, but Romney not so much

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz rallies Utahns for support

Utah federal judge tosses lawsuit over Ted Cruz's citizenship

Here's what Kasich had to say to the Deseret News/KSL Editorial Board

Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

Utah unemployment rate steady at 3.4 percent

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with Deseret News/KSL Editorial Board

Doug Robinson: George's wonderful life

Poll: Honesty and integrity top traits Utahns value

How faith will inform Utah voters Tuesday

Utah urges local ownership of some federal water projects

Cruz, Sanders top picks in Tuesday's Utah caucuses, poll says


Donald Trump Jr. speaks with Daily Herald about 'misunderstood' father (Daily Herald)

Ted Cruz urges Utah to unite behind one conservative candidate (Daily Herald)

Editorial: 'Fair tax' bill naive, regressive and job-killing (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden lauded as an economic success story by CNBC (Standard-Examiner)

John Kasich spreads optimistic message at Kaysville town hall (Standard-Examiner)

Upstream battle: Possibility of Northern Utah dam projects threatens native trout populations (Logan Herald Journal)

Providence community factions disagree on government decisions, mayor's role (Logan Herald Journal)

Democratic challenger files for District 53 (Park Record)

Summit County gets its say in presidential politics on Tuesday (Park Record)

Summit County caucuses, grass-roots politics, set for Tuesday (Park Record)

National Headlines

How John Kasich Could End Up Picking the Next President (Politico)

Inside Cruz's bid to conquer Rubioworld (Politico)

10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 elections (The Hill)

House seeks to slow down flow of refugees (The Hill)

RNC Chair 'Not 100%' on Trump, Cruz, or Kasich Taking Nomination (Weekly Standard)

With visit, Obama aims to push acrimony with Cuba into past (Associated Press)

John Kasich: I'd consider nominating Merrick Garland to Supreme Court (CBS News)

McConnell says Obama's Supreme Court nominee won't even have a vote after the election (Los Angeles Times)

Trump praises campaign manager after incident with protester (Washington Post)

Plunging numbers of Texas abortions: Are clinic closings behind decline? (Christian Science Monitor)

Here comes the opposition book: Clinton and her allies prepare for Trump (Washington Post)


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