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Thursday's Talking Points - March 31, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 91st day of the year. There are 275 days left in 2016.

Trump ignites a firestorm with a statement on abortion. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes six bills. Bernie Sanders officially wins 29 delegates from Utah while Clinton gets eight.

The clock:

  • 23 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 39 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 109 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 116 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 222 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 298 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 343 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Donald Trump had a very, very bad day. Trump came under fire for saying women should be subject to "some sort of punishment" for having an illegal abortion. A few hours later he walked that statement back saying the punishments should be for abortion providers [Washington Post, Politico, New York Times, Bloomberg Politics].
  2. Shockingly, Trump refuses to rule out using nuclear weapons against Great Britain, leading his rivals to pounce and say he's woefully unprepared when it comes to foreign policy [Huffington Post, Politico].
  3. A new poll shows Trump would be the most unpopular major-party nominee in the modern era. 3/4 of women view him unfavorably, as do 80% of young adults and 85% of Hispanics [Washington Post].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed six bills and allowed one to become law without his signature in his final legislative actions [Utah Policy]. Herbert also signed a controversial bill which allows Rocky Mountain Power to pass some renewable energy costs to ratepayers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Bernie Sanders officially wins 29 delegates from last week's Utah caucuses while Hillary Clinton picks up eight [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13]. Utah's final uncommitted superdelegate, Wayne Holland, declares his support for Sanders [Tribune, 2 News].
  6. Rep. Mia Love's campaign sends out a fundraising letter claiming her Democratic opponent, Doug Owens, endorsed Hillary Clinton. It turns out, he hasn't endorsed anyone [Tribune].
  7. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson is furious someone shared his voter registration form with Sen. Todd Weiler, who posted a picture of it on social media [Tribune].
  8. A new poll shows about 1/3 of Utahns are worried about the Zika virus [Utah Policy].
  9. Utahns paid more than $18 billion in federal income tax last year [Tribune].
  10. Tuition and fees are expected to go up at Utah's public colleges and universities by almost 4% next year [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1889 - The Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris.
  • 1918 - Daylight saving time went into effect in the United States for the first time.
  • 1948 - Congress passed the Marshall Aid Act to help rehabilitate war-ravaged Europe.
  • 1959 - The Dalai Lama fled Chinese-occupied Tibet and was granted political asylum in India.
  • 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement he would not run for re-election.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Vetoes Six Bills in Final Legislative Actions

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert finished up his work Wednesday on the 474 bills and resolutions passed by the 2016 Utah Legislature, which adjourned March 10....

Poll: How Worried Are Utahns About the Zika Virus?

About a third of Utahns are worried about the spared of the Zika virus, even to the extent that they believe the Summer Olympic Games should be cancelled in Brazil this year, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

The 2016 Election and International Business in Utah (Video)

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, says whoever occupies the oval office in 2016 is going to have a lot to say about international relations, which will have a definite impact on Utah's bottom line....

Podcast: Derek Miller, CEO of World Trade Center Utah

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how the winner of the 2016 presidential election will have a big impact on international business in Utah....

Weekly Survey: How Should Utah's 'Superdelegates' Vote?

Bernie Sanders walloped Hillary Clinton in Utah's Democratic Presidential Caucus last week. Should Utah's four "superdelegates" make their choice reflect the outcome of that vote? Tell us what you think....

Utah Democratic Party Releases Final Vote Count and Delegate Allocation for Presidential Candidates in Utah Democratic Caucuses

This morning, Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon confirmed presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is the official winner of the Utah Democratic Caucuses. Preliminary numbers released after the March 22 caucuses had named Sanders the projected winner....

Chaffetz, Bishop Open Probe of New California Monuments

In a letter to the interior secretary, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop question the propriety of Pres. Obama's "broad and frequent" use of the Antiquities Act to designate new national monuments on public lands....

Policy News

One Person Can Make a Difference
Because it’s Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women in the Utah business community. We’re looking at their personal stories to help explain how they got to where they are today....

Utahns More Confident About Present and Future Economic Outlook
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 9.6 points to 115.4 in March....

Public Opening on Saturday for Salt Lake City's Regional Athletic Complex
The City’s Public Services Department and the Parks and Public Lands Program invite the public to attend the opening celebration of the Regional Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Trump helped Cruz and hurt himself with refusal of Utah debate

Editorial: Curing homelessness. Again

Utah superdelegates split for Bernie Sanders despite big win among caucus voters

Utahns paid $18.1 billion in federal income tax last year

Johnson-for-governor campaign wants charges brought over document leak

Utah guv signs bills on power regulation, porn and lands lawsuit

Draper rejects plan to relax anti-nepotism law

Rep. Mia Love says Doug Owens endorsed Hillary Clinton — he didn’t

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: While we talk about security vs. freedom, government keeps expanding data-gathering

Editorial: Utah's labor market

Final tally: Bernie Sanders wins 29 delegates in Utah Democratic caucus

Herbert signs controversial Rocky Mountain Power legislation

Utah college students could pay hundreds more in tuition and fees this fall

Romney trying new tactic to stop Trump?


Candidates for Utah County commissioner make their case in debate (Daily Herald)

Utah Democratic caucus tally finalizes sweep by Bernie Sanders, delegate count (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Cruz leaves Trump in the dust in Wisconsin (Politico)

GOP panelists eager to scrap rule that helps Trump (Politico)

White House rips Trump for standing by aide charged with battery (The Hill)

Trump call to punish women for illegal abortions sparks firestorm (The Hill)

Plan to raise California minimum wage to $15 clears key panel (Reuters)

High court sympathetic to property owners in wetlands case (Associated Press)

McAuliffe vetoes ‘religious freedom’ bill to chagrin of conservatives (Washington Post)

Supreme Court limits when the government can freeze defendants’ assets (Washington Post)

How the GOP loyalty pledge completely fell apart (Washington Post)

Rubio moves to keep delegates on lockdown until convention, to 'stop Trump' (FOX News)

After Brussels, leaders tackling threat of nuclear terrorism (Associated Press)


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