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Wednesday's Talking Points - March 9, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 69th day of the year. There are 297 days left in 2016.

Trump and Sanders are the big winners from the latest round of nominating contests. Mitt Romney's speech may have helped Trump. Lawmakers set next year's education budget.

The clock:

  • The final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature is tomorrow - (3/10/2016)
  • Two days until the Utah candidate filing period opens - (3/11/2016)
  • Six days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries - (3/15/2016)
  • Eight days until the Utah candidate filing period closes - (3/17/2016)
  • 12 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City - (3/21/2016)
  • 13 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 21 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 45 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 61 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 111 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 131 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 138 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 244 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump wins GOP contests in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii while Ted Cruz wins the Idaho Republican primary [Politico, Washington Post]. Bernie Sanders stuns Hillary Clinton by eking out a close victory in Michigan, but Clinton racks up more delegates on the night thanks to a crushing win in Mississippi [Politico, New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. Mitt Romney's big speech slamming Trump may have ended up helping Trump according to a new survey [Utah Policy, Tribune]. After recording a robocall to help Marco Rubio, Romney records one to aid John Kasich [New York Times].
  3. More dirty tricks from Ted Cruz? His campaign is accused of spreading rumors that Rubio is dropping out of the race [New York Times].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee may be close to dropping his hold on an aid package for Flint, Michigan [Politico].
  5. Legislators put the finishing touches on next year's education budget with a 3-percent increase in per-student funding [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utah lawmakers narrowly advance a measure to abolish the death penalty [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The Utah Senate passes Rep. Jim Dunnigan's limited Medicaid expansion bill. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will sign the measure [Deseret News].
  8. Gov. Herbert says he is okay with letting the lawsuits over SB54 play out in court this year [Deseret News]. Bob Bernick argues House leadership may pay a political price for supporting SB54 [Utah Policy].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council holds a closed-door meeting to discuss concerns about the health of County Recorder Gary Ott [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Half of Utahns say they want a Republican to represent them in Congress according to a new survey [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1841 - The Supreme Court ruled the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery and thus were free under U.S. law.
  • 1862 - The ironclad ships Monitor and Merrimac clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
  • 1864 - Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was appointed the commander in chief of Union forces in the U.S. Civil War.
  • 1933 - President Franklin Roosevelt presented the first of his New Deal policies, the Emergency Banking Act, to Congress.
  • 2005 - Dan Rather stepped down as the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News. His departure followed acknowledgment of significant flaws in a broadcast about President George W. Bush's National Guard service.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Will Legislative Republicans Pay a Political Price for SB54?

Utah House leaders Greg Hughes, Jim Dunnigan and Brad Wilson have a problem – they all voted for SB54 in 2014....

Poll: About Half of Utahns Want a Republican Congress

Even though Utah is one of the most Republican states in the country, only half of Utahns say they want a Republican-controlled Congress....

Follow the 2016 Election with the Utah Policy Candidate Tracker

Candidates for office are busy gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot. ...

Weekly Survey: Grading the 2016 Legislature

What grade would you give to the 2016 Utah Legislature and why? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Salt Lake, Ogden Ranked Near Top of Forbes List of Fastest-Growing American Cities

Forbes looks at the accelerating economic and population growth of the Wasatch Front metropolitan area....

Mitt Romney's Speech May Have HELPED Donald Trump

A new survey finds Mitt Romney's speech lambasting Donald Trump's qualifications to be president may have not done much to hurt the GOP frontrunner's chances....

How Jackie Biskupski Beat Ralph Becker

How did Jackie Biskupski earn a slim 1,194 victory over two-term incumbent Ralph Becker to become Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor?...

Policy News

Press Release: Treasurer David Damschen Commends Legislature's Passage of Plan to Put More Money into Utah Schools at No Cost to Taxpayers
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen commended the Utah legislature for passing SJR 12, an important amendment to the state’s constitution that if approved by voters at the next general election – will increase and stabilize distributions from the perman...

Press Release: Johnson for Governor Campaign Sends Letter to Lt. Governor Cox Asking for Investigation of Ballot Petition Signature Gathering Process
The Johnson for Governor campaign manager sent a letter to Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox alerting him to allegations of potential voter fraud and requesting he investigate these allegations....

Lee Press Release: Obama Admin Continues to Circumvent Law for DACA Recipients
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are seeking details on an Obama Administration practice that puts individuals in the country illegally on a pathway to citizenship.  ...

Hatch Press Release: Aggressive Oversight Required to Ensure Americans Reap Full Benefits of High-Standard Trade Agreements
Over the past three decades, the United States has entered into 14 trade agreements with 20 countries....

U Lecture Focuses on Utah's Role in Aiding and Resettling Refugees
The University of Utah’s 65th Frederick W. Reynolds Lecture, focused on education and health care concerns for refugees, will take place March 10, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus, and is free and o...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Parents who don’t vaccinate need the knowledge HB221 would provide

Editorial: Fetal-pain bill will only cause pain

Utah bigamy bill has polygamists pointing fingers at LDS Church

Utah lawmakers adopt public education budget with 3 percent bump in per-student funding

Legislature plans in-depth study of UTA management

Chaffetz wants to get rid of BLM, Forest Service law enforcement agencies

Amended Rocky Mountain Power bill moves forward as opponents go neutral

Johnson for Governor campaign alleges election fraud

$800,000 study endorsed to study developing Point of the Mountain

Salt Lake County Council mum about Recorder Gary Ott

Senate turns ‘non-compete’ bill on its head

Utah passes bill allowing those with deep pockets to pay for scientific review of proposed water-quality rules

Bill to eliminate death penalty barely survives House committee

Fetal anesthesia bill closer to becoming law in Utah

Effort to tax Internet in Utah beaten back by mommy bloggers

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Why are Republicans voting for Donald Trump?

Op-ed: Let's take a breather on HB251: A blueprint for study

Op-ed: Where we are and what Snowbird in American Fork Canyon really is

Jay Evensen: Utah's GOP caucus will be online, but don't expect Internet voting to take hold elsewhere

Chris Stewart: The Zika virus: Good intentions gone awry

Editorial: Utah's SB54 positive step to increase voter participation in Utah

Sen. Stuart Adams' Rocky Mountain Power bill survives committee hearing

Governor, lawmakers might leave Utah election law decision to judge

Lawmakers turn down funding for after-school programs, early kindergarten

Substitute bill could make school truancy a class C misdemeanor for parents

Senator unveils stripped down bill regulating noncompete contracts

Lawmakers put finishing touches on education budget

Fetal anesthesia bill advances in House committee

Death penalty bill advances to House floor

Lawmakers advance gun safety proposal for Utah students

Chaffetz wants to take guns away from 'Rambo' BLM, Forest Service agents

Senate supports House GOP Medicaid expansion bill

Council holds closed-door meeting amid concerns about county recorder

Bill to remove SAGE from evaluations would give more power to Utah teachers

Gov. Herbert cautions there may not be a presidential debate in Salt Lake


Medical marijuana bill SB 73's failure to advance leaves Utahns disappointed (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators, candidates brace for judge's ruling on signature-gathering (Standard-Examiner)

Bill regulating asbestos claims clears House (Standard-Examiner)

Medical marijuana advocate Mark Madsen retiring from Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Principal: Sky View choir's presence at Utah Capitol rally 'right place, wrong time' (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Sanders stuns Clinton in Michigan (Politico)

Trump romps, Cruz gets on the board (Politico)

Sanders says Michigan momentum will propel him to victory (The Hill)

Clinton will add to delegate lead after Michigan, Mississippi contests (The Hill)

Marco Rubio's future in the 2016 race looks cloudy (CBS News)

Fatal shooting of Oregon occupier deemed justified, but FBI team faces investigation (Los Angeles Times)

GOP Senate group deletes Tweet about double amputee pol 'not standing up for our veterans' (CNN)

Lynch Says She's Unable to Consider Scalia's Seat (New York Times)

Super PAC consultant who spent $100 million on Jeb Bush is unapologetic (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump wins Hawaii Republican caucuses (Washington Post)

Mark Zuckerberg asks Supreme Court to support Obama’s executive action on immigration (Fusion)


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