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Tuesday's Talking Points - April 5, 2016

Good Tuesday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 94th day of the year. There are 270 days left in 2016.

Today's big event is the Wisconsin primary, where Ted Cruz could slow the Donald Trump freight train and make it harder for the frontrunner to win a majority of delegate votes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18.

The clock:

  • 18 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 34 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 104 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 111 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 217 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 293 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 338 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Utah now has the nation's second-largest gender wage gap — with women earning 67 cents for every dollar paid to men. Over a 40-year career, that means they would make $663,440 less.

"Women in Utah shouldn't have to work 59 years to make what a man does in 40 years," said Emily Martin, the National Women's Law Center's vice president for workplace justice.

Her group released a study Monday about the "lifetime wage gap," based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates for wages between 2010 and 2014.

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. In oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of SB54, Utah Supreme Court justices seemed less than sympathetic to the Republican Party contention that the party, not candidates, can determine which route candidates take to get on the primary election ballot [Utah Policy, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz seek game-changing wins in Wisconsin [The Hill, Washington Post].
  3. Utah House members vote in lockstep 94 percent of the time [Salt Lake Tribune].
  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch faces heat from both sides in fight over U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, but he holds firm against hearings for the nominee [Tribune].
  5. Sen. Jim Dabakis says a “civic-minded” group is trying to purchase the Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake Tribune].
  6. The Utah Jazz will bring their D-League team to Salt Lake City and re-name the team the Salt Lake City Stars [Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. LaVarr Webb writes that the downtown/central city area has far more than its share of homeless facilities and other social services institutions [Utah Policy].
  8. Editorial: Utah’s efforts to accept refugees is an example to the world [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is asking County Council for $200,000 to support the Midvale homeless shelter [Deseret News].
  10. Utah has the nation’s second-largest gender wage gap, with women earning 67 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to the National Women’s Law Center [Salt Lake Tribune].


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Policy News


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: High costs of hepatitis medicine make a good case for universal Medicare

Utah’s Orrin Hatch hit on both sides of the Supreme Court battle

‘Civic-minded’ group trying to buy The Salt Lake Tribune, says state Sen. Dabakis

Utah has second-widest wage gap between women, men

Justices unlikely to disqualify Utah GOP in election dispute

Huntsman Cancer Institute director joins VP Biden’s ‘moonshot’ panel

Utah senator tweets derogatory statement about NCAA championship game

Utah’s House members vote in lockstep — on purpose

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah's efforts to accept refugees an example to the world

McAdams to ask council for $200K for Midvale Center's operational costs

Utah Supreme Court hears arguments over disputed state election law

'Huge, huge numbers' of voter registrations reported on caucus night

National Headlines

Bernie's Wisconsin ace in the hole (Politico)

Sanders drags Clinton into wage wars (Politico)

Economic models predict GOP White House, even with Trump (The Hill)

7 lingering questions in the Clinton email investigation (The Hill)

The story behind the massive Panama Papers leak (USA Today)

Iran: U.S. Violating Nuke Deal (Washington Free Beacon)

Clinton Campaign: Nomination Not Locked Up (Weekly Standard)

Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin gushes about presidential hopeful and describes the moment they first met (Daily Mail)

Divided U.S. Supreme Court cautious about taking new cases (Reuters)

How the Supreme Court has changed since Antonin Scalia died (CNN)

Ted Cruz, Sensing Victory in Wisconsin, Strolls Through a Castle of Cheese (New York Times)

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