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Wednesday's Talking Points - March 23, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 83nd day of the year. There are 283 days left in 2016.

Record caucus turnouts as Cruz and Sanders win big in Utah. Trump takes third. But it may be too little, too late, as Trump and Clinton win more delegates in Arizona. Long lines and some confusion greet caucus-goers.

The clock:

  • Seven days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 31 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 47 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 117 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 124 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 230 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 306 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 351 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Utahns flocked to political party caucusesTuesday evening, giving decisive victories to Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders [Tribune,Deseret News].Trump and Clinton win in Arizona [Washington Post].

  2. Turnout at Utah caucuses was so high that gridlock occurred in some caucus locations, along with shortages of ballots and some confusion. [Deseret News,Tribune].

  3. Bob Bernick notes how the Utah Elections Office is dealing with tricky SB54 questions [Utah Policy].

  4. Investigations continue in the ISIS attack in Brussels, with two brothers identified as bombers. [Washington Post].

  5. Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz today, hoping to stop Trump [Washington Post].

  6. Trump sends tweet, then deletes it, threatening Cruz’ wife after independent group runs ad showing Trump’s wife posing nude for GQ [Politico].

Today At Utah Policy

Love Jumps on Cruz Bandwagon

Rep. Mia Love, formerly a Marco Rubio supporter, endorses Ted Cruz for president, saying the senator from Texas reflects the values she wants to see in the White House....

Hatch Discusses Supreme Court Showdown

National Review interviews Orrin Hatch about the Senate GOP's determination to block hearings for a Supreme Court nominee until Pres. Obama is out of office....

Elections Office Deals With SB54 Questions

(See this letter to political parties from Mark Thomas, Chief Deputy/Director of Elections.)Now that county and state delegates have been chosen in the Utah Republican and Democratic parties, the intrigue of April conventions begins in earnest.And there are questions put bef...

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!...

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....

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

Op-ed: Multi-level marketers need to stop disease-treatment claims

Op-ed: Reyes’ office justified in not charging federal judge in 35-year-old case

Audit: Southwest Utah Public Health Department violated state law

Utah GOP’s online voting experiment has some hiccups

County backs cycling race to boost west side

Utah Dems, Republicans see huge turnout for presidential caucuses

Bernie Sanders scores big win over Hillary Clinton in Utah

Departing UCAT president had asked for $56,000 in retirement benefits for him and his wife

Ted Cruz cruises to victory as Utahns shirk Donald Trump in GOP caucuses

Deseret News

Op-ed: Salt Lake skiers should be concerned about Snowbird expansion plans

Richard Davis: Would Utah really go Democratic this November?

Historic caucus turnout in Utah caucuses leads to delays

Environmental groups sue Rocky Mountain Power over coal ash disposal

Bernie Sanders defeats Hillary Clinton in Utah Democratic presidential caucus

Cruz wins big in Utah over Kasich, Trump

'Droves' of voters cram caucuses, face delays, ballot shortages


Unprecedented voter turnout causes Utah County Democrats to run out of ballots (Daily Herald)

Environmentalists sue over coal ash disposal at Utah power plant (Standard-Examiner)

Utah GOP voter registration soars on caucus night (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County caucuses draw massive turnout (Logan Herald Journal)

Tax bill to exempt military pay for retirees dies (Park Record)

Candidates seek alternate route to election (Park Record)

National Headlines

Clinton and Trump shadowbox over terror attacks (Politico)

Will terror help Trump? (Politico)

Trump, Cruz split wins in the West (The Hill)

Republicans demand shift in Obama’s ISIS strategy (The Hill)

Ted Cruz takes all of Utah’s 40 GOP delegates (Associated Press)

U.S. high court splits 4-4 for first time since Scalia death (Bloomberg)

Clinton, Trump add to delegate leads with Arizona victories (Associated Press)

Reform Muslims Stand Up To Take On the Ideology of Islam (Daily Beast)

Ted Cruz, Bill de Blasio trade blows over Muslim spying plan (CBS News)

Supreme Court deals blow to corporate push against class-action suits (Washington Post)


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