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Monday's Talking Points - March 28, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 88th day of the year. There are 278 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders racks up more wins, but he still has a long way to go. Utah Dems hope to make political hay out of a Donald Trump nomination. Utahns want a vote-by-mail option in 2016.

The clock:

  • Two days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 26 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 42 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 92 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 112 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 225 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 301 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 346 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Bernie Sanders is on a roll. He won caucuses in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska on Saturday by significant margins [Associated Press]. However, those wins didn't do much to change the trajectory of the race, meaning he still has a tough hill to climb to catch Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination [Politico].

  2. Utah's Democrats see an opportunity to make some gains in November if Donald Trump is the GOP standard-bearer [Tribune].

  3. Did Utah's caucus results provide a blueprint for Republicans hoping to stop Donald Trump from grabbing the GOP nomination? [Deseret News].

  4. After the success of mail-in balloting in 2015, a new poll shows Utahns want to have a vote-by-mail option in this year's election [Utah Policy].

  5. April Townsend, Mayor Jackie Biskupski's pick to head up the Salt Lake City Public Services Department, resigns after less than a month on the job to focus on pursuing an advanced degree [Deseret News, Tribune].

  6. A new study shows a Utah law requiring women to wait 72 hours to get an abortion does not do much to change their mind to get the procedure [Tribune].

  7. Jeremy Johnson, who was at the center of the John Swallow scandal, was found guilty of just eight of the 86 charges brought against him [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. The Utah Supreme Court rules a land swap between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power was not done legally [Fox 13].

  9. California is getting closer to adopting a $15/hour minimum wage [New York Times].

  10. Parents ruin everything! This time, they jumped the gun at the annual PEZ Easter egg hunt and turned the event into a mess [NBC Connecticut].

On this day in history:

  • 1797 - Nathaniel Briggs was awarded a patent for the washing machine.
  • 1834 - The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
  • 1930 - The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
  • 1979 - A failure in the cooling system at the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania caused a near meltdown.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Like Vote-By-Mail Option

Last year's municipal election was conducted solely by mail in many Utah cities. A survey finds a majority of Utahns would like to have that option for the 2016 general election....

Could Donald Trump Give Democrats Edge against Mia Love?

The Utah GOP hatches a plan to protect Rep. Mia Love from the anti-Trump backlash likely to result among Utah voters if the New York businessman wins the Republican nomination.... 'Political Insider' Survey: Can Donald Trump Win the GOP Nomination

Despite Ted Cruz's dominating performance in the Utah Republican Presidential Caucus on Tuesday night, our "Political Insiders" mostly expect Donald Trump to emerge victoriously at the GOP convention in Cleveland....

Study: Presidential Candidates Talk Like Schoolchildren

A new study finds that this year's presidential candidates use words and grammar similar to middle school students when they're campaigning, with Donald Trump using the simplest language....

Gov. Leavitt to Dissect Presidential Primaries on March 29 at Thought Leader Symposium

On the heels of the Utah caucus, Gov. Mike Leavitt will talk to more than 200 business leaders about what the possible outcomes of the presidential primaries could mean for the nation....

Policy News

Utah GOP Caucus Voters Praise Online Voting Experience
Utah Republicans cast their ballots on Tuesday in one of the largest Internet voting experiences in U.S. election history....

What Are the Consequences of Inequality?
The past 100 years saw unprecedented growth in equality within the United States. As women gained the right to vote, as black Americans gained civil rights and liberties, as gay and lesbian men and women gained the right to marry and as the nation elected its first black pre...

County Sheriffs from Across the State Meet at The Utah State Capitol to Voice Support for H.B. 276
H.B. 276, Utah Public Land Management Act, puts a framework in place to prepare for the eventual transition of Utah’s 31 million acres of federal lands to state ownership. ...

An Animated Discussion: Utah Corporate Incentives Program Explained in New Video
One of the most publicly visible programs of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is also one of its most misunderstood. To explain the Economic Development Tax Increment Financing program to a diverse set of stakeholders, GOED has published a b...

Vivint Solar, Solar City Awarded 'Community Impact Award'
In a recent announcement, two Utah companies are the recipients of the “Community Impact Award” from Trade & Industry Development magazine....

The Utah 1033 Foundation Announces New $25,000 Family Education Trust Fund
Tore Steen, founder and chairman of The Utah 1033 Foundation, announced the Foundation’s new Family Education Trust Fund at the Police Chief’s Annual Conference in St. George, Utah. The newly announced Family Education Trust Fund will assist the depende...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah Democrats should be careful what they wish for

Op-ed: Enjoy your cheap, consistent coal power while you still have it

Op-ed: Refusal on Garland is shameful end to Hatch’s distinguished career

Editorial: Growth at Point of the Mountain brings urban pressures to suburbs

Editorial: ‘Road to Mighty’ campaign shows the future of the Utah economy

Salt Lake City’s new public services director quits after less than a month

Salt Lake County data breach exposed info of 14,200 people

Help is on the way as Herbert signs bills for homeless aid

Bernie backers targeting Clinton supporters in Utah legislative races

Study: Utah’s abortion-wait-period law doesn’t change decision for most women

Right-wing critics of Utah public-lands bill say it ‘usurps’ sheriffs’ authority

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed hundreds of bills into law as clock ticks

Utah Democrats believe the ‘Trump effect’ will help them in November

Salt Lake County relying heavily on vote by mail this election

Jeremy Johnson beats all fraud charges, is found guilty of 8 other counts

Proponents buried coal’s role in Oakland export terminal; now questions remain

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah precinct caucuses cause for national attention

John Florez: Cut lawmakers' allowance

Op-ed: The evolution of Utah's sex crime laws

Jury finds Jeremy Johnson guilty of just 8 of 86 charges against him

Biskupski's public services director resigns weeks after appointment

Herbert signs off on Medicaid expansion, funding for homeless

Was Utah an 'easy test' for 'Stop Trump' movement?

Coal story: It's about Utah, California and what lies ahead

About Utah: A long overdue thank you


Editorial: Utah, stop disenfranchising voters and return to a presidential primary (Standard-Examiner)

Stericycle's plan to burn double the medical waste favored by state officials (Standard-Examiner)

Hundreds participate in presidential poll in eastern Summit County (Park Record)

Ted Cruz wins Summit County as Republicans draw big crowds (Park Record)

National Headlines

Why Bernie Sanders' West Coast Blowouts Matter (ABC News)

Sanders, Clinton forget their manners (Politico)

The Case for Vice President Al Franken (Politico)

Could Trump turn New York red? (The Hill)

Sanders calls Clooney-hosted Clinton fundraiser 'obscene' (The Hill)

Clinton email probe enters new phase as FBI interviews loom (Los Angeles Times)

California Nears Deal to Adopt a $15 State Minimum Wage (New York Times)

Why some Republicans are feeling shame (Washington Post)

More than 5,000 support petition to allow guns at Republican National Convention in Cleveland (Akron Beacon Journal)

President Obama's Overrated Unemployment Story (RealClearMarkets)

Fed's Williams: US doing fine, world isn't (CNBC)


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