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Friday's Talking Points - March 25, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 85th day of the year. There are 281 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton would deliver an epic beatdown of Donald Trump in November. Utah Republicans circle the wagons around Mia Love. Utah gubernatorial candidates hold a quasi-debate.

The clock:

  • Five days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 29 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 45 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 115 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 122 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 228 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 304 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 349 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Oh, man! Polling guru Nate Silver says Hillary Clinton would subject Donald Trump to a hellacious whipping in November, no matter what Trump claims [Five Thirty Eight]. Polling tends to back that up [Washington Post].

  2. The Utah GOP is launching a plan to insulate Rep. Mia Love from voter backlash if Trump turns out to be the Republican nominee [Politico].

  3. Real mature guys. After Trump and Ted Cruz get into a Twitter spat, Cruz warns Trump to leave his wife "the hell alone" [New York Times, USA Today].

  4. The four top candidates for Utah governor share a stage for the first time in the 2016 campaign season [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  5. Gov. Gary Herbert says the U.S. should come up with a better way to pick presidential candidates instead of the mishmash of primaries and caucuses [Tribune]. Herbert also says he would prefer that Utah return to a presidential primary instead of this week's caucuses [Deseret News].

  6. None of Utah's Congressional delegation explicitly say they would not support Trump if he were to be the GOP nominee [Tribune].

  7. Dome Utah Donald Trump supporters refuse to accept the fact that he got thumped in the state's Republican caucuses on Tuesday [2 News].

  8. Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mia Love say the balance between the three branches of government is out of whack, and they want to fix it [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. A new poll shows Utahns have faith their drinking water supply is safe, while most would not oppose greater federal testing of Utah's potable water [Utah Policy].

  10. Look at the mess left behind by those armed protesters who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon [Guardian].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 - English Parliament abolished the slave trade.
  • 1911 - A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed 146 people. The tragedy led to the eventual enactment of many state and national workplace safety laws.
  • 1965 - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25.000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.
  • 1994 - U.S. forces completed a withdrawal from Mogadishu, Somalia, except for a small number of soldiers left behind to provide support for U.N. peacekeepers.
  • 1996 - An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Montana.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Foundation Event Provides First Glimpse of Gubernatorial Candidates

The Utah Foundation’s gubernatorial quasi-debate on Thursday didn’t spark any major fireworks, but it did provide a good first glimpse of the four primary candidates for governor, their debate styles, and what we might expect as voters begin to focus on...

Poll: Utahns Think Their Drinking Water is Safe; Most Support Federal Testing

Congratulations, Utah water district managers.A huge, huge number (as Donald Trump would say) of Utahns believe their drinking water is safe, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Why Utahns Didn't Buy what Trump is Selling

The Week's Michael Brendan Dougherty says Utah voters rejected Donald Trump because "the mediating institutions of society," such as marriage and religion, which have broken down in other parts of the country, remain healthy and strong in the Beehive State....

Utah Voters Cite Healthcare, Air Quality as Top Issues

Healthcare has moved into the top spot on the Utah Priorities Project survey of voters across the state of Utah for the 2016 election cycle....

Sutherland Institute Names Boyd Matheson as New President

Sutherland Institute’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of Boyd Matheson as president of the Institute....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Hikers, bikers and four-wheelers — it must be ‘Eastering’ time in and around Moab-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Batman v. Superman: Dawn of ...

Rep. Norm Thurston to Host Naturalization Ceremony on March 28, 2016
Representative Norm Thurston will host a naturalization ceremony for approximately 150 people from 51 countries on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Lee leads effort to restore balance between Congress, president and courts

Editorial: UCAT needs a better watchdog

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says U.S. needs new system for picking presidential candidates

Rolly: Northern Utah city doing GOP’s bidding?

Utah’s delegation on Trump: No one has said they’d vote against Trump if he’s the nominee

Gov. Gary Herbert, rivals exchange volleys in first debate

Mike Lee, Mia Love: Take congressional power back

Utah officials: Let Stericycle have higher emissions — with more monitoring — at new Tooele County site

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: What made Utah voters finally get involved?

A. Scott Anderson: Excellent legislative results but with more to do

Editorial: The caucus results suggest that the general election dynamics in Utah could be different this time around

Gov. Herbert calls for return to presidential primary elections in Utah

Utah voter priorities shifting to reflect concern with health care, environment

Candidates for governor tackle voters' top issues

Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Mia Love seek to 'restore' congressional power


Sen. Mike Lee discusses federal government reform at UVU event (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utahns were the big winners at Tuesday's caucuses (Standard-Examiner)

Muslim advocates denounce Ted Cruz's call for surveillance (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Lee tells Weber State teen forum he's uncertain if he could vote for Trump (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Investigators: Multiple ISIS plots being planned in Europe (CNN)

Shadow campaign to deny Trump his delegates begins (Politico)

Democrats' cash crunch hurts bid to win Senate (Politico)

Cruz to 'sniveling coward' Trump: 'Leave Heidi the hell alone' (The Hill)

Trump revs up Heidi Cruz attacks (The Hill)

Chelsea Hits Obamacare's 'Crushing Costs' (Weekly Standard)

Gov. Robert Bentley scandal: Lawmakers call for recall bill, investigation, resignation (

Major businesses stand against NC anti-discrimination law (Associated Press)

The FBI is testing a code-based way to get into the San Bernardino iPhone (Washington Post)

Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Next Presidential Nominee? (Huffington Post)

Someone wrote ‘Trump 2016’ on Emory’s campus in chalk. Some students said they no longer feel safe. (Washington Post)


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