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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?

The clock:

  • 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:

  1.  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].

  2. Bob Bernick writes that after the Utah caucuses, plenty of intrigue lies ahead in the delegate chase [Utah Policy].

  3. Despite a large caucus turnout in Utah, fewer votes were cast for presidential contestants than in 2008 presidential primary [Deseret News].

  4. Utah transportation leaders want citizens to do a little bike commuting, writes LaVarr Webb [Utah Policy].

  5. New, larger mosque approved for Salt Lake City [Tribune].

  6. The Sanders campaign reinvents the use of technology in politics [The Nation].

  7. 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].

  8. Epicenter of Utah population growth is shifting to Utah County [Deseret News,Salt Lake Tribune].

  9. Robert Spendlove writes about policy innovation through creative destruction; how government can learn from the private sector [Utah Policy].

Today At Utah Policy

Is There a Bike-Plus-a-Bus in Your Transportation Future?

Bike racks in a FrontRunner trainIs it possible for the Wasatch Front to double its population in the next three or so decades without doubling the capacity of roads and highways?Well, we’d better figure out how to do it, because transportation experts say we won&rsquo...

Policy Buzz: Political Odds & Ends

The joke in Mexico is, “Yes, we’ll pay to build the wall. Its purpose will be to keep all the Americans out who will try to sneak into Mexico when Donald Trump becomes president.”Caucus night observations. It was great to see so many people engaged in the p...

Salt Lake Chamber says Voting is Good for Business

Politics can be a sensitive topic in the workplace. Because of this, many employees and employers simply avoid the subject. Despite this taboo, the opportunity to be politically active should not be ignored or taken for granted. And, as the Beehive State has been abuzz with ...

Policy Innovation Through Creative Disruption: How Government Can Learn from the Private Sector

Through his groundbreaking work, economist Joseph Schumpeter described the process of “creative destruction.”  It is the phenomenon where new technology often destroys and replaces existing technology in the business world.  The result is a product that...

Plenty of Intrigue Ahead in Delegate Chase

Yes, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got impressive wins in Utah’s 2016 presidential caucusesTuesdaynight.But Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump grasped bigger delegate prizes in Arizonaon Tuesday– and despite Utah’s hu...

NYT Grandee Complains about Utah Delegation's Federal-Land Bill

The New York Times' Andrew Rosenthal pens a screed equating Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop, Mia Love, and Christ Stewart with the "Bundy gang" that occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year....

Why Mormons Don't Like Trump

At The Federalist, Mike Garner, a Mormon, explains why LDS voters may represent a roadblock to Donald Trump's goal of reaching the 1,237 delegate threshold he needs to secure the GOP nomination....

Stewart: Religious Freedoms Under Threat In Obama's America

In an op-ed, Rep. Chris Stewart condemns the Obama administration for trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns, to violate Catholic moral teaching by providing contraceptives to its employees....

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: High voter turnout a good problem to be solved

Editorial: Legislature can improve its outcomes by curbing late bills

Sanders’ win gives him bulk of Utah delegates

After Utah caucus buoys Cruz, candidates reload for April fights

‘I want us to function like a normal city’: Polygamous town holds first Republican caucus in years

Census data: Salt Lake, Utah counties essentially becoming ‘one big metropolitan area’

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Trump and protesters alike are cheapening America's place in the world

Dan Liljenquist: Utah presidential caucuses brought voters

Op-ed: Legalized theft needs statewide reform

Editorial: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls accurately said Tuesday, 'We are at war'

What the presidential candidates and the Utah delegation are saying about the Brussels attacks

Despite record caucus turnout, fewer votes cast for president than in 2008

Census: Epicenter of Utah population growth shifting to Utah County


Editorial: The chaos of Utah's caucuses (Daily Herald)

Influence of Becky Lockhart, Woodbury Family span decades of business and legislation (Daily Herald)

Parties happy with high voter turnout, recognize issues that need fixed (Daily Herald)

Incumbent Curt Oda withdraws from Utah House re-election (Standard-Examiner)

Caucus night exceeded parties expectations (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County political parties report logistical success for crowded caucuses (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Sanders scrambles to keep pace with Clinton (Politico)

Trump and Cruz shift to trench warfare (Politico)

Gingrich: Brussels 'validates' Trump’s campaign (The Hill)

Obama goes after Cruz for urging patrols of Muslim neighborhoods (The Hill)

Trump says Muslims 'not reporting' terror activity (AFP)

Supreme Court faces 4-4 split in Obamacare contraception case (Reuters)

The Deputy Attorney General is not on board with Ted Cruz’s plan to ‘patrol and secure’ Muslim neighborhoods (Washington Post)

Sanders: Arizonans waiting 5 hours to vote is 'a disgrace' (CNN)

UC regents say anti-Semitism has 'no place' on campus but reject blanket censure of anti-Zionism (Los Angeles Times)

Sanders: In it to win it but building grass-roots enthusiasm for Democrats regardless (Washington Post)

Don’t forget Paul Ryan said he would support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee (Washington Post)


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