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Friday's Talking Points - March 4, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 64th day of the year. There are 302 days left in 2016.

Mitt Romney unloads on Donald Trump. The GOP field debates in Detroit. Details of next year's budget begin to emerge on the Hill.

The clock:

  • Six days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 11 days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • 16 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 18 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 26 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 50 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 66 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 116 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 136 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 143 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 249 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Mitt Romney launches an all-out assault on Donald Trump calling him a "phony" and a "fraud." Not surprisingly, Trump responded with a crude sex joke [Utah Policy, New York Times, Politico, NBC News, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13]. Even though nobody asked, Sarah Palin took to Facebook and urged Trump not to take Romney's bait, calling the 2012 GOP nominee a "silly man" [Politico]. 
  2. The four remaining GOP candidates took to the stage in Detroit to debate again as Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz launched increasingly desperate attacks on Trump [Washington Post, New York Times, Politico]. In case you were worried, during the debate, Trump assured the nation that his genitalia is just fine [Politico, CNN].
  3. Former presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham says a brokered convention to deny Trump the nomination would not be fair to the GOP frontrunner [Politico].
  4. A white supremacist group is launching robocalls in Utah supporting Trump's candidacy [Tribune]. Meanwhile, anti-Trump posters featuring a swastika are popping up around Sugar House [2 News, Fox 13].
  5. Utah lawmakers are close to locking down details in next year's budget [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. Legislators waste little time killing Rep. Lynn Hemingway's proposal to hike the minimum wage [Tribune].
  7. Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the body camera video from Saturday's shooting of a teenager should be released, but the district attorney says the investigation is "too important" to do that [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake Community College unveils an ambitious plan to cover tuition and fees for thousands of Utah residents [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. February's mild weather didn't do much to alleviate Utah's drought conditions, but water watchers say a wet spring could help turn things around [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake County GOP plans to meet with County Recorder Gary Ott after reports questioning his fitness to hold office surface [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. Congress met for the first time in New York City.
  • 1801 - Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington.
  • 1861- Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as the 16th president.
  • 1917 - Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to serve in Congress.
  • 1987 - President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.

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Policy News

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Test-range bill needs work to protect the West Desert

Op-ed: Bill to put fee on grocery bags won’t help environment

Editorial: Utah’s Republicans should take a stand on Trump

Romney calls Trump a ‘fraud,’ warns his policies would spur a recession

86.5% tax on e-cigs vaporized by lawmakers in Utah committee

Utah vaccine education bill ailing after floor amendment

Senate OKs bill to ban drones over wildfires

Bill seeks to speed up sale of cleaner fuels in Utah

Rolly: Was Salt Lake County recorder’s condition hidden from voters in 2014?

White nationalist slams Romney, lauds Trump in robocalls sent to Utahns

Romney’s attack on Trump: turning point or just too late?

Bill takes flight to more closely regulate drones

Singing for votes in the Utah House

D.A. says Utah shooting investigation ‘too important’ to risk complications in releasing bodycam video

Education fares well as lawmakers fine-tune $14.7 billion state budget

Tesla bill dies after car dealers couldn’t make a deal

Utah lawmakers quickly junk plan to hike minimum wage

House committee makes changes to school grading, election bills

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes responds to editorial on post-employment restrictions legislation

Natalie Gochnour: Civic grace in political elections

Editorial: Romney's University of Utah speech

Bill proposes to ban drive-thru liquor sales, increase restaurant licenses

Bill would require training for some public assistance recipients

Bill would raise funding floor for lowest-income school districts

Utah Democrats urge support of full Medicaid expansion

Bill prohibiting flying drones near wildfires passes Senate

Bill to tax e-cigarettes put on hold until summer

Senate committee kills human trafficking bill

Lawmakers advance new changes to school grading system

S.L. County GOP plans to meet with recorder about health concerns

Resilient Utahns hold to hope amid oil's boom and bust cycle

Why should you care about Uinta Basin's pain?

House panel approves resolution declaring porn a public health hazard

Mitt Romney: Trump is 'a phony, a fraud'

Son of Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah on charges from Nevada standoff

National Headlines

Fox News takes on Trump (Politico)

GOP crackup has Democrats in stitches (Politico)

Trump in the crosshairs at rowdy GOP debate (The Hill)

Trump: I'm 'changing' my position on immigrant visas (The Hill)

Obamas to remain in D.C. after presidency so daughter can finish high school (USA Today)

Motown Showdown: Surging Trump faces GOP rivals – after debating Romney from afar (FOX News)

Indictment accuses Bundy, followers of conspiracy in Nevada (Associated Press)

Caitlyn Jenner: 'I like Ted Cruz' (USA Today)

Senate Democrats keep heat on Grassley as Supreme Court fight intensifies (Washington Post)

GOP ex-national security officials: Say no to Trump (CNN)

Chief Justice Rejects Effort to Block EPA Limit on Power Plants (New York Times)


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