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Thursday's Talking Points - March 3, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 63rd day of the year. There are 303 days left in 2016.

GOP candidates get ready to debate again in Detroit. Romney set to lambaste Trump in a speech at the University of Utah. The Utah Senate kills hate crimes legislation.

The clock:

  • Seven days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 12 days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • 17 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 19 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 27 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 51 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 67 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 117 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 137 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 144 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 250 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. The GOP field debates for the 73,823rd time tonight in Detroit. Expect the proceedings to be fascinating as candidates are getting more and more desperate to stop Donald Trump [Washington Post, Politico].
  2. Mitt Romney will speak at the University of Utah Thursday morning where it's expected he will forcefully make the case against Trump as the GOP nominee, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud" [Utah Policy, Politico, 2 News, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Ben Carson suspends his presidential campaign saying he does not see a path forward [PoliticoU.S. News and World Report, NBC News, New York Times].
  4. The Supreme Court hears a significant abortion case from Texas that closed most of the clinics in that state [New York Times].
  5. The Utah Senate kills Sen. Steve Urquhart's hate crimes bill. LGBT advocates blame the LDS Church for the legislation's failure [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].
  6. A new poll shows Utahns are divided on whether the state should force online retailers to collect sales taxes [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Senate narrowly passes a bill to end the death penalty in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Gene Davis says the state should lease, not sell, the land in Draper where the state prison now stands [Utah Policy].
  9. The Utah House passes a bill that re-criminalizes polygamy as a felony [Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski forcefully pushes back against calls to release the police body camera footage from the Saturday night shooting of a teenager in downtown Salt Lake [2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1845 - Florida was admitted to the United States as the 27th state.
  • 1879 - Attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1931 - An act of Congress designated "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
  • 1991 - Home video capture a Los Angeles police beating of motorist Rodney King. The acquittal of the LAPD officers in 1992 led to deadly riots in the city.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Divided on Collecting Online Sales Taxes

A new UtahPolicy poll shows Utahns are split over whether online retailers should have to remit sales taxes collected from buyers, and in return the Utah state sales tax is reduced so there is no general tax increase....

Davis Wants State to Lease, Not Sell Utah-Owned Land

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, wants the legislature to have final say on any decision to sell state-owned lands. ...

Weekly Survey: 2016 Presidential Election

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Shocking Political Ad Targets Mia Love

Alliance for a Better Utah takes a ham-handed swipe at Mia Love in a new television ad....

Romney to Speak Thursday at the University of Utah

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will discuss the 2016 presidential race Thursday morning at the University of Utah....

Policy News

The Only Woman in the Room: Bringing a Different Perspective
Because it’s Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women in the Utah business community....

Press Release: Air Board Votes to NOT Consider Tougher Industrial Clean Air Rules
The Utah Air Quality Board voted Wednesday afternoon to reject even considering three proposed rules designed to strengthen oversight of the state’s biggest industrial polluters....

Bishop Release: Obama Administration Gives NO Answers on Utah National Monument
As Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) addressed the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell. Secretary Jewell was appearing in a hearing before the full Natural Resources Committee....

STEM Action Center Takes to the Road with Tesoro STEM Bus Grant
The Utah STEM Action Center recently received a $1.5 million five-year grant from the Tesoro Foundation to create a STEM mobile classroom and support the creation of a STEM-competitive workforce. ...

Utah 'Shark Tank' Entrepreneurs to Share their Experiences at Economic Summit
There will be no shark sightings at the landlocked Utah Economic Summit—but there will be “Shark Tank” winners....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Late legislation furthers coal port’s cloudy process

Utah House joins Senate in call to reclassify marijuana, end direct election of U.S. senators

After heated debate, clock runs out for committee vote on bill to decriminalize school truancy

Utah’s Love questions teenage consent for abortion

Utah Senate gives its final OK to ending death sentence

Asbestos bill advances, despite concerns about delays for victim compensation

Utah House OKs felony status for polygamy in attempt to revive law

Senate kills hate-crimes bill; LGBT advocates blame Mormon church

Senate panel advances $53M taxpayer investment in California port

Committee clears plan to study firearms and suicides in Utah

Utah environmental regulators vote down air-emission rules brought by local groups

Conservationists say Public Lands Initiative would do more harm than good in Utah

Political world abuzz about Mitt Romney’s speech Thursday at the University of Utah

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Examining Donald Trump

Editorial: Homeless veterans need help with new bill

Utah Senate votes down proposed hate crimes law

Senate votes to end death penalty in Utah

Legislature passes resolution asking feds to reclassify marijuana

Legislature passes resolution calling for repeal of 17th Amendment

Lawmakers consider extending date for immigration reform package

Supporters hope for new Hole in the Rock state park

As Utah coal slumps, solar energy booms

Bill to study suicides, gun death passes committee

Hillary for Utah opens state campaign headquarters in Salt Lake City

S.L. County recorder's health questions prompt election law discussions

Bishop's public lands bill skewered in citizens hearing

Will Trump participate in Salt Lake City's GOP presidential debate?

The advocate: Bust fuels rise in domestic violence

The negotiator: 'I wish there was more I could do to help'

The two states of Utah: A story of boom and bust

Mitt Romney expected to pitch case against Trump at U. Thursday

National Headlines

Ryan and McConnell's plan for Donald Trump (Politico)

The day the Republican Party ruptured (Politico)

GOP hawks float disobedience if Trump is commander in chief (The Hill)

Glenn Beck calls for Cruz-Rubio ticket to take on Trump (The Hill)

Supreme Court Appears Sharply Divided as It Hears Texas Abortion Case (New York Times)

Ben Carson tells supporters he sees no ‘path forward’ for presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney to address the 2016 presidential campaign Thursday (Washington Post)

Trump a 'monster' spawned by Republicans: Senate Democratic leader (Reuters)

This argument between CNN analysts is the most compelling TV moment of the campaign (Washington Post)

Curt Schilling challenges ESPN with harsh Hillary Clinton takedown (New York Post)

Donald Trump’s incredibly bizarre relationship with Planned Parenthood (Washington Post)


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