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Monday's Talking Points - March 7, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 67th day of the year. There are 299 days left in 2016.

Nancy Reagan passes. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt voices some concerns about Mitt Romney. The "Count My Vote" compromise appears to be in trouble in court.

The clock:

  • Three days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • Eight days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • 14 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 15 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 23 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 47 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 63 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 113 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 133 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 140 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 246 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated for the 7th time on Sunday night. The consensus is Clinton had a good night while Sanders struggled a bit [Politico, New York Times, Washington Post, Time].
  2. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at the age of 94 [New York Times, Politico, NBC News].
  3. Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt voices some concerns about Donald Trump's candidacy [Utah Policy].
  4. A judge appears likely to strike down Utah's new dual track system to the primary ballot, which would eliminate the signature-gathering path for candidates [Tribune].
  5. The Utah House finally passes a limited plan to expand Medicaid coverage for some of the neediest Utahns [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A majority of Utahns would like to put Medicaid expansion up to a non-binding vote in November, but they won't get that chance [Utah Policy].
  7. Planned Parenthood warns there's a new abortion restriction tucked into a bill to expand the use of video conferencing for medical care in rural parts of the state [Tribune]. Meanwhile, a draft law requiring the use of anesthesia for a fetus during abortions moves forward [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. A proposal to eliminate non-compete contracts is roiling the business community in the final week of the 2016 legislature [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. A bill which critics say will hurt clean energy development in favor of Rocky Mountain Power advances on the Hill [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Lawmakers are set to make some significant decisions about education this week [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone.
  • 1936 - Adolf Hitler ordered Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1945 - U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany during World War II.
  • 1965 - State troopers and a sheriff's posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama.
  • 1975 - The Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required, two-thirds of senators present.

Today At Utah Policy

Leavitt Voices Concerns About Trump's Candidacy

Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt says he understands why Mitt Romney has launched a fusillade of criticism against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump....

Poll: Majority of Utahns Want to Vote on Medicaid Expansion

Almost three-fourths of Utahns want the chance to vote on Medicaid expansion come this November’s ballot, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Will Matchup in 2016

Most of our “Political Insiders” say they expect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to match up in November’s general election....

A New National Monument In Utah could Ignite Fierce Land Battle

BuzzFeed takes an in-depth look at the push for Pres. Obama to create a new "Bears Ears" national monument in southern Utah. Critics say such a proclamation would subvert the democratic process and undermine local interests....

Romney Leaves Door Open to 2016 Nomination (Video)

On Sunday, Mitt Romney refused to rule out the possibility of grabbing the GOP nomination at a contested convention....

Rep. Mia Love's Speech at CPAC (Video)

Rep. Mia Love speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference....

Fight Over Non-Compete Contracts Flaring Up in Legislature's Final Days

Big business usually gets what it wants from the Utah Legislature....

Mitt Romney Launches Another Round of Attacks on Donald Trump, Says He Won't Jump into 2016 Race (Video)

Fresh off his scathing broadside against Donald Trump, Mitt Romney took to the Today Show and said he will do everything "within the normal political bounds" to stop Trump's run to the GOP nomination....

Policy News

Hatch, Barrasso Seek Answers on Obamacare's 34 Special Enrollment Periods
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt asking for information on the agency’s administration of the Federall...

Zions Bank Earns Top Honors in Nationwide Business Banking Survey as Part of Zions Bancorporation
It’s one thing for a financial institution to claim they have top notch business products and service. It’s quite another to prove it....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Non-compete agreements needlessly stifle innovation

Op-ed: Today’s public-lands challenges require more diverse stakeholders

Editorial: SLCC’s free-tuition plan will make Utah smarter

Fairpark bill moves to the full House for a final test

Bill clarifies responsibility for fighting wildfires

Orem, Provo press Legislature to pass clean-air measures

Utah Senate approves bill critics say is a gift to Rocky Mountain Power, hurts solar

House votes to expand medical coverage to poorest Utahns after years of debate

Senate gives preliminary approval to fetal pain bill by convincing margin

House approves compromise bill increasing funding, transparency for Utah charter schools

Noel bill seeks to stop fed police from overstepping bounds

Animal cruelty bill sails through committee

LaVoy Finicum’s widow tells Utah rally her husband was murdered during Oregon standoff

Voting worries cleared up in small townships as candidates begin lining up

GOP appears likely to win challenge to signature gathering — now what?

Angry Salt Lake City crowd at police shooting was met with a show of force, and that worries some

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah is an island of rationality in a sea of political lunacy

Op-ed: Government by the builder, for the builder

John Florez: Governor, put public safety first

Nathan B. Oman: Non-compete legislation is getting worse with latest revisions

Editorial: New federal ozone standards penalize Western states and hamper growth, without improving ozone levels

Lawmakers put a halt to speeding ticket bill

Faith leaders back medical cannabis bill

Bill to protect gunmakers from 'frivolous' lawsuits moves forward

Bill calling for adequate shelter for pets passes committee

House passes Medicaid plan for 'poorest of the poor'

Romney: I'll do everything within 'normal political bounds' to stop Trump

Clean energy advocates say bill would stymie rooftop solar

Utah Senate moves ahead with bill to require anesthesia for a fetus before some abortions

Controversy fires up over Utah push for coal terminal

Utahns rally in support of Arizona rancher killed in Oregon standoff

From testing to new buildings, big education decisions coming this week

Shurtleff trial pushed back to October


Editorial: Expand health care to as many poor Utahns as possible — even it it's only 16,000 (Standard-Examiner)

Vietnam veterans asking members to voice support for toxic chemicals bill (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden family urges lawmakers to debate Utah's medical marijuana bills Monday (Standard-Examiner)

Charter schools, school districts talk need for equality in funding (Logan Herald Journal)

Small Cache County group rallies for slain public lands activist (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump strategy for winning national election relies on converting Dems (New York Times)

Smackdown in Flint: Clinton, Sanders spar over trade, auto bailout (Politico)

8 most interesting moments of the Democratic debate (Politico)

Clinton deflects email question to Trump (The Hill)

Clinton, Sanders call for Michigan governor to resign at debate (The Hill)

How Trump is jolting Silicon Valley politics in unexpected ways (San Francisco Chronicle)

Seeds of GOP splinter in opposition to all things Obama (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton stumps at Detroit black churches (Detroit News)

At Washington's Annual Gridiron Dinner, The Jokes Have Some Bite (NPR)

Why some foreign politicians are not so keen on Trump (Christian Science Monitor)

Nancy Reagan: A legacy all her own (Washington Post)


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