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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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.
- 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:
- 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].
- 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].
- Bob Bernick notes how the Utah Elections Office is dealing with tricky SB54 questions [Utah Policy].
- Investigations continue in the ISIS attack in Brussels, with two brothers identified as bombers. [Washington Post].
- Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz today, hoping to stop Trump [Washington Post].
- Trump sends tweet, then deletes it, threatening Cruz’ wife after independent group runs ad showing Trump’s wife posing nude for GQ [Politico].
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