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Wednesday's Talking Points - March 30, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 90th day of the year. There are 276 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump goes back on his vow to support the eventual GOP nominee. Trump's campaign manager is charged with battery. Former Gov. Leavitt says he doesn't think Trump can win the election in November.

The clock:

  • Today is the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 24 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 40 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 117 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 223 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 299 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 344 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump reverses himself and says he will not honor his pledge to support another candidate if he fails to win the GOP nomination [New York Times, Fox News, Politico].
  2. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been charged with simple battery for allegedly forcefully grabbing the arm of a reporter. Trump is defending Lewandowski despite calls for his ouster over the incident [Politico, Associated Press, New York Daily News].
  3. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says Donald Trump is not a candidate who can win the general election in November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
  4. Hillary Clinton's campaign makes a bold prediction that they will have the nomination virtually wrapped up by the end of April [Mother Jones].
  5. If Trump and Clinton are indeed the nominees this year, they would be the oldest contestants in U.S. history [Newsweek].
  6. Utah becomes the first state in the U.S. to have an online registry for white collar criminals [The Atlantic].
  7. Public unions win a significant victory at the Supreme Court as the justices deadlocked 4-4 on a whether public school teachers in California could be forced to pay union fees instead of dues. Before Antonin Scalia's death, it appeared the unions would lose on a 5-4 vote [Fortune].
  8. Utah's Congressional delegation is renewing efforts to get a new V.A. center in northern Utah [Tribune].
  9. Good news for those businesses seeking a liquor license. Some changes to the way they're allocated mean a few more licenses will be available later this year [Fox 13]. Gov. Herbert also approved funding for a new state liquor store in Syracuse [Deseret News].
  10. The Salt Lake County Council approves $5.2 million for homeless programs and criminal justice reinvestment [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1867 - Secretary of State William Seward reached an agreement with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million in gold.
  • 1870 - The 15th Amendment, granting African-American men the right to vote, was adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1870 - Texas was readmitted to the Union.
  • 1981 - President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr. outside a Washington hotel. White House press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a Washington police officer also were wounded.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

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Nominees Announced for Two Court of Appeals Vacancies
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the Utah Court of Appeals. ...

Utah's Largest Day of Giving to Take Place this Thursday, March 31
On Thursday, March 31st, Utahns will come together to support nonprofit organizations and schools that strengthen and enrich our communities....

City Invites Residents to Discuss Future Improvements to Foothill Drive
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Lee, Klobuchar Commend FTC Commissioner Brill's Service
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, issued the following statements on Commissioner Julie Brill's announced departure from the...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: GOP caucus aftermath makes case for SB54

Utah’s delegation asks for northern Utah VA center

Billy Graham’s son urges Utahns to put God back in politics

Utah Supreme Court: Salt Lake City wrong on condemnation

New Mormon program brings surge in refugee aid in Utah

Leavitt says Trump can’t win the White House

Salt Lake County approves $5.2 million in funding for criminal-justice, homelessness programs

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Republicans should take a lesson from the Democrats

Jay Evensen: Smoking at the airport -- just curb it

Op-ed: Highway death tolls will skyrocket as 54.5 mpg takes effect

Editorial: Support for Salt Lake mosque

Money in place for new state liquor store in Syracuse

Stericycle emissions permit up for review for Tooele County location

Evangelist Franklin Graham urges Christians to pray for U.S. and vote

Romney's campaign prepped for contested convention predicted now for Trump

Economists: Large families are an 'ace in the hole' for Utah's economy


Commission candidates to debate, Ellertson chooses retirement (Daily Herald)

Orrin Hatch talks Trump, SCOTUS nominees and his work in the Senate (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Abortion anesthesia bill should have been vetoed (Standard-Examiner)

New registry lists Utahns who commit white-collar crimes (Standard-Examiner)

Parkite preaches unity during run for Utah Education Association presidency (Park Record)

Summit County Republican chair seeks full term with County Council (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch (Politico)

Newt Gingrich: Wives spat is Trump's 'wake-up call' (Politico)

Sanders campaign: Is Clinton ‘afraid’ of NY debate? (The Hill)

Pro-Clinton super-PAC hoards cash for historic blitz (The Hill)

Donald Trump isn’t retreating on Corey Lewandowski. He’s tripling down. (Washington Post)

Sanders launches late-stage bid to woo superdelegates (FOX News)

Justices seem to seek compromise in birth control case (Washington Post)

Second federal judge grants legal discovery into Clinton use of private email server (Washington Post)

How a $15 Minimum Wage Went From Fringe to Mainstream (Bloomberg)

Donald Trump Is Bringing Message of Jobs and Trade to Paul Ryan's Hometown (New York Times)

U.S. Government Bonds Rally on Yellen’s Remarks (Wall Street Journal)


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