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Tuesday's Talking Points - March 8, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 68th day of the year. There are 298 days left in 2016.

Another round of presidential voting happens Tuesday. Bloomberg will not run for president. A House committee puts the kibosh on a medical marijuana bill.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Republicans and Democrats have another round of primaries and caucuses today. The big prizes are Michigan and Mississippi [Politico, New York Times, ABC News].
  2. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will not run for president because he thinks it would guarantee the election of Donald Trump [Bloomberg View, New York Times].
  3. Mitt Romney records a robocall supporting Marco Rubio [New York Times].
  4. A House committee advances one medical marijuana bill but kills Sen. Mark Madsen's more expansive measure [Tribune, Deseret News]. Madsen says he plans to move out of the country to South America where there is more freedom [Tribune, 2 News].
  5. There may be a last-minute fight over the "Count My Vote" compromise after a judge signals he may kill SB54 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. The future of the entire "Count My Vote" compromise is up in the air as we enter the final days of the 2016 session [Utah Policy].
  7. Polygamists protest at the Capitol over a law to re-criminalize polygamy [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Native Americans disrupt the Utah Senate to protest the killing of a bill to rename Columbus Day to honor indigenous peoples [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Utah Senate passes a controversial "fetal pain" abortion bill [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A poll shows Utahns may be open to a Jason Chaffetz candidacy for governor in 2020 [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1817 - The New York Stock Exchange was established.
  • 1913 - The IRS began to levy and collect income taxes in the United States.
  • 1917 - Russia's "February Revolution" began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd.
  • 1983 - President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Give survivors more time to file child sexual-abuse claims

Editorial: Lee’s tantrum a national embarrassment

Showdown set for water-education-transportation funding fight

Utah Senate votes to require anesthesia for fetus during abortion

Senate votes to create official state hashtag: #Utah

Utah public preschool bill headed toward final votes after clearing House committee

Utah Senate votes to ban selling glasses of liquor at drive-up windows

Utah high school principal apologizes for choir’s participation at rally for Finicum, Bundy

Tax breaks for refinieries producing cleaner fuel headed for House vote

Senate votes to extend implementation date of controversial immigrant program

Proposal advances to give power over beleaguered UCAT to board rather than president

Bills to regulate drones fly on

Panel endorses suicide-prevention training for gun-shop employees

One Utah marijuana bill is dead, another is broadened and moves on

Can training school principals and police officers break the school-to-prison pipeline?

Bill advances to allow collecting child support from same-sex parents

Lawmakers may sit out election law battle

Senate passes bill to push new education funding to poorest school districts

Utah House endorses $14 million public lands lawsuit

Madsen says he will move out of the country after Utah Legislature session

Utah Senate OKs fund-swapping scheme to help fund California port

Deseret News

Editorial: Officer-involved shooting incidents across the country have demonstrated the importance of timely transparency

Ralph Hancock: Romney's no-holds-barred denunciation of Donald Trump was the right thing

Utah Senate passes bill to require fetal anesthesia before elective abortions

Lawmakers move forward on low polluting water heaters

Bill regulating police body cameras moves forward

Senate passes bill clarifying drive-thru alcohol sales

Public preschool expansion gets early OK from House

Lawmaker proposes to teach gun sellers to recognize suicidal customers

Senate passes bill allowing state to collect child support from gay parents

State spending $150,000 to promote switch from presidential primary to caucus

Judge's order could prompt changes to controversial Utah election law

Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill fails in 'kill committee'


Editorial: Romney's remarks a mixed bag for the future of the GOP (Daily Herald)

Utah house committee approves one medical marijuana bill, second fails (Daily Herald)

Weber School Board may raise taxes (Standard-Examiner)

SB 73 fails in Utah committee; SB 89 sent to House for debate (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton gets the Fox News treatment (Politico)

GOP standing firm on SCOTUS blockade (Politico)

Ryan discusses GOP agenda with Trump, Cruz (The Hill)

GOP 2016 race tightens (The Hill)

Nancy Reagan, an influential and stylish first lady, dies at 94 (New York Times)

Judge dismisses attempt to kick Ted Cruz off New York ballot (CNN)

Sotomayor: Scalia like an annoying brother she misses (Washington Post)

Obama Administration to Open Drone Books, Disclose Numbers Killed in U.S. Strikes (Wall Street Journal)

Congress Again Seeks Testimony of Staffer Who Set Up Server (New York Times)

Trump tries to stay on message in NC amid wave of protests (Washington Post)

Fed officials set battle lines on rate hikes ahead of March meet (Reuters)


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