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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Thursday's Talking Points - March 24, 2016
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 84th day of the year. There are 282 days left in 2016
Republican establishment leaders are trying to prevent a possible Trump presidential loss from hurting GOP members of Congress. Utah caucus participation for presidential vote was much lower than presidential primary in 2008. Is there a bike in your transportation future?
- Six days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
- 30 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 46 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
- 96 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 116 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 123 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 229 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
- 305 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
- 350 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Thursday:
- Republican Party elders and funders are trying to insulate vulnerable GOP members of Congress from possible Trump disaster [Washington Post]. Clinton versus Trump would be oldest presidential matchup in U.S. history [The Hill].
- Bob Bernick writes that after the Utah caucuses, plenty of intrigue lies ahead in the delegate chase [Utah Policy].
- Despite a large caucus turnout in Utah, fewer votes were cast for presidential contestants than in 2008 presidential primary [Deseret News].
- Utah transportation leaders want citizens to do a little bike commuting, writes LaVarr Webb [Utah Policy].
- New, larger mosque approved for Salt Lake City [Tribune].
- The Sanders campaign reinvents the use of technology in politics [The Nation].
- Gov. John Kasich refuses calls to quit presidential race to help block Trump [New York Times]. Shadow campaign begins to deny Trump his delegates [Politico].
- Epicenter of Utah population growth is shifting to Utah County [Deseret News,Salt Lake Tribune].
- Robert Spendlove writes about policy innovation through creative destruction; how government can learn from the private sector [Utah Policy].
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