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Tuesday's Talking Points - March 22, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 82nd day of the year. There are 284 days left in 2016

Explosions rip through Brussels. Mike Lee tried to broker a joint ticket between Cruz and Rubio to stop Trump. It's caucus night in Utah.

The clock:

  • The Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings are today (3/22/2016)
  • Eight days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 32 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 48 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 118 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 125 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 231 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 307 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 352 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1.  A series of explosions rock Brussels at the airport and in the subway leaving at least 26 dead [Washington Post, CNN, BBC].

  2. The FBI says it may have found a way into the iPhone used by the San Bernadino attackers, so they may not need Apple's help to break the phones encryption [Los Angeles TimesWashington Post].

  3. Sen. Mike Lee tried to broker a "unity ticket" in the GOP between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but Rubio refused the deal [Politico].

  4. Cleveland is bracing for unrest surrounding the Republican National Convention this summer [CBS News].

  5. It's caucus night in Utah. Here's what you can expect [Tribune, Deseret News]. Even if Donald Trump loses in Utah tonight, he could still pick up more total delegates on the evening tonight in Arizona [Politico].

  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will vote for Ted Cruz in tonight's caucus [Tribune, Deseret News]. Herbert's endorsement seems puzzling after he delivered a rousing speech supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich just a few days ago [2 News]. Our publisher, LaVarr Webb, explains why he's supporting Cruz tonight [Utah Policy].

  7. Mitt Romney records GOTV robocalls for Ted Cruz in Utah and Arizona [Daily Caller].

  8. SB54 could scramble a number of races for Utah legislative seats this year [Utah Policy].

  9. Bernie Sanders' rising popularity in the state could put a few incumbent legislative Democrats at risk this year [Utah Policy].

  10. The Twilight Concert Series is $150,000 over budget, but the Salt Lake City Council gave the series the go-ahead for this summer [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - The Stamp Act was passed by Britain's Parliament, introducing a tax on printed materials in the American colonies. Colonists believed this to be a violation of their rights and was a major grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1791 - Congress enacted legislation forbidding slave trading with foreign nations.
  • 1882 - Congress outlawed polygamy.
  • 1963 - Please Please Me, the debut album from The Beatles, is released in the United Kingdom.
  • 1972 - Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.

Today At Utah Policy

How SB54 Could Scramble This Year's Legislative Races

As both the Utah Republican and Democratic parties hold their neighborhood caucuses Tuesday night, whether the county and state delegates selected in those meetings get to make meaningful votes on candidates remains up in the air....

The 'Bernie Sanders Effect' on Utah's Democrats

If the polls are to be believed, Bernie Sanders is poised to win Utah's Democratic presidential vote on Tuesday. While that may bolster the Vermont Senator's chances against Hillary Clinton, it may not be the only impact he has on Utah's political landscape....

Caucus Day Musings: Why I'm a Cruz Guy � for One Night

One more vote for Cruz. Well, tonight I’m going to hold my nose and vote for Sen. Ted Cruz. I didn’t want to, but I believe it’s the best way to prevent Donald Trump from winning a majority of delegates at the national GOP convention. It’s t...

Concern About Trump-Provoked 'Mobocracy'

For nearly 80 years—the surprising defeat of Dewey by Truman to the meteoritic rise of Ronald Reagan—I have been an intent observer of national Presidential elections.   Never have I found myself as alarmed as I am this year!...

Policy News

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Review of Southwest Utah Public Health Department
The Office of the Utah State Auditor released its review of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. ...

Press Release: Treasurer Damschen Supports Protecting Tax-Exempt Bonds
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen has signed a letter with more than 600 state and local officials asking Congress not to change tax treatment of municipal bonds....

Hatch Hails Passage of Bill to Curtail Heroin and Opioid Abuse
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)—a member and former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions—today hailed the Senate’s passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)....

SkyWest Leader and Nu Skin Enterprises to be Awarded at Economic Summit
More than 1,000 business leaders from around the state will gather at the 10th Annual Utah Economic Summit, April 15, 2016....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Odd election year amplifies Utah’s voice

Rolly: Does Hatch’s stance on court nominee portend another run in 2018?

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Ted Cruz for president

‘In God We Trust’ license plates one of three main Utah options

Utah parole board: $4.1 million still owed by businessman with ties to Shurtleff, Swallow scandal

Charges: Utah state employee used his position to get deal on new SUV

Bernie Sanders banking on Utah victory for second wind in primary battle

Final Malheur indictee revealed as Montana man’s family weighs taking ‘a stand’ against his arrest

Jonathan Johnson campaign again calls for fraud investigation

South Salt Lake City Council debates, effectively tables plan for Granite High property

This time it’s for real: Utah’s caucus matters for first time in years

Deseret News

Op-ed: Making retirement a reality in Utah

Op-ed: Working together for the future

Editorial: Cultural decline of marriage

Herbert says he'll vote for Ted Cruz in Utah presidential caucus

Judge agrees to delay over federal land plans in Washington County

Convicted businessman who accused Shurtleff, Swallow hasn't paid restitution, parole board finds

Sanders talks foreign policy to small group of supporters

'In God We Trust' Utah license plate to become new standard option

Which candidates are Utah's big names supporting?

What the latest challenge to the Affordable Care contraception mandate means for religious believers

Utahns have lots to chew on heading into presidential preference caucus


Op-ed: Voter apathy begins at the caucus level in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Utahns would rather vote for Democrat than Trump, according to poll (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Ted Cruz for president ahead of caucus (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump tries to cut a deal with Washington (Politico)

Marco Rubio rejected 'unity ticket' with Ted Cruz (Politico)

Trump backs away from neutrality stance with Israelis, Palestinians (The Hill)

Warren steps into 2016 fray, calls Trump a ‘loser’ (The Hill)

Supreme Court refuses to clear the air in marijuana disputes between states (Washington Times)

New Reality Looms: Only a Friendly Senate Will Confirm Justices (New York Times)

CNN/ORC poll: Trump, Clinton remain on top (CNN)

Michigan governor plans stricter lead-test rules after Flint (Associated Press)

‘Who’s my favorite reporter?': Inside the media petting zoo for Trump’s visit to Washington (Washington Post)

Kansas Senate advances bill on impeaching state’s top court (Associated Press)

The government should leave the Little Sisters alone (Crux)


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