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Friday's Talking Points - April 1, 2016

Happy April Fool's Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 92nd day of the year. There are 274 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump visits with GOP bigwigs in Washington. Utah lawmakers consider a veto-override session. A new initiative will encourage immigrant entrepreneurs in Utah.

The clock:

  • 22 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 38 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 108 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 115 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 221 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 297 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 342 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Following a terrible day on the campaign trail, Donald Trump makes a surprise visit to Republican headquarters in Washington, D.C. to meet with party officials [Politico].

  2. Mississippi lawmakers pass a sweeping "religious liberty" bill which bars legal punishments against people or businesses who believe marriage is between a man and a woman or that "sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage" [NBC News].

  3. Lawmakers are considering a veto-override session after Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed $1.5 million for an online preschool program [Deseret News, Tribune].

  4. Rep. LaVar Christensen says he will work with Gov. Herbert to refine his grandparent's rights bill after Herbert vetoed this year's legislation [Deseret News].

  5. Bob Bernick looks ahead to who could be the key players in the 2017 Legislature [Utah Policy].

  6. The left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah joins a lawsuit against the IRS brought by a bunch of Tea Party-affiliated groups [Fox 13].

  7. SLC Board of Education member Michael Clara says he's troubled by a legal settlement over a "gang sweep" at West Hight School by the Salt Lake City Police Department [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces a new initiative to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs in Utah [Deseret News, Fox 13].

  9. Five top female soccer players sue the U.S. Soccer Federation over wage discrimination, claiming they are paid significantly less than their male counterparts [Yahoo Sports].

  10. Utah's autism rate holds steady after six years of increases [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.
  • 1826 - Samuel Morey was granted a patent for the internal combustion engine.
  • 1853 - Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary.
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler was sent to prison for five years after failing to take over Germany by force in the unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch."
  • 1945 - American forces invaded Okinawa during World War II.
  • 1976 - Apple Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

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Bob Bernick's Notebook: Why Wait for 2017?

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Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #277

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

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Policy News

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Press Release: Mike Weinholtz Criticizes Utah Legislature and Governor Over New Power Bill
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Westminster Announces Charlayne Hunter-Gault as 2016 Commencement Speaker
Westminster is pleased to announce civil rights activist and award-winning journalist, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, as the 2016 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held April 30, 2016, at 9:45 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. ...

County Employee Honored for Support of Military Family
Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Council members recognized a Salt Lake County employee for her support of the wife of a Utah Guardsman deployed to Afghanistan....

RDA Announces Public Open House to Gain Community Input on New State Street Project Area
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Trade secrets need federal protection, and Hatch’s bill will provide it

Editorial: State needs to keep a sharp eye on Stericycle

Governor uses veto pen on six bills, including one for TV cooking show

Gov. Herbert helps launch initiative reminding parents of the dangers of underage drinking

SLC school board member unsettled by West High gang-sweep settlement

Governor’s vetoes include funding bumps for online preschool, school software

Herbert signs legislation that could impede local historic districts

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Capitalism vs. socialism

Natalie Gochnour: Welcoming refugees: Come break bread with us

Editorial: Dealing with the refugee crisis is quickly becoming a prominent political issue

Sponsor of vetoed grandparents rights bill to work with Gov. Herbert to refine legislation

School board member questions whether ACLU settlement is just 'window dressing'

Herbert vetoes $4.5M for early childhood education, lawmakers consider override

Gov. Herbert vetoes bills, early education funding

Task force seeks to welcome, support immigrant entrepreneurs in Salt Lake County


Editorial: Dear Utah County delegates ... (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Is the UTA's transportation plan good for northern Utah? (Standard-Examiner)

Hundreds pack Weber State ballroom to meet lawmakers, candidates, governor (Standard-Examiner)

Hatch, Lee, Bishop to Veterans Affairs: Give northern Utah vets a new center (Standard-Examiner)

Former Utah VA head says veterans are being miscounted, gets Chaffetz to help (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP nears the breaking point (The Hill)

Backstage maneuvering begins in wide-open GOP chairman’s race (The Hill)

'One shot at the queen': FBI, AG intensify focus on Clinton email probe (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton to be Interviewed by FBI Director Comey in Coming Days (Mediaite)

US joins with South Korea, Japan in bid to deter North Korea (Washington Post)

Historic minimum wage measure passes California Assembly (Los Angeles Times)

Sanders bumped off D.C. ballot (Politico)

Trump huddles with RNC in Washington (Politico)

For Clinton, a double-barreled fight against Trump and Sanders in New York (Washington Post)

Nation reacts to Mississippi's religious freedom bill (Clarion-Ledger)

Pizza Pitfalls and Cheesesteak Missteps: Political Food Fails (ABC News)


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