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Wednesday's Talking Points - April 6, 2016

Good Wednesday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 95th day of the year. There are 269 days left in 2016.

The underdogs, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, win the Wisconsin primaries. The Sanders win may not mean a lot in the Democratic race, where Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite. But Donald Trump now has a more difficult road to winning the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18.

The clock:

  • 17 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 33 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 103 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 216 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 292 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 337 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Wisconsin GOP primary: Cruz declares his big win a “turning point” in the campaign [Washington Post]. Some former staffers and pundits saying Trump campaign is in “disarray” [Politico]. Here’s the current delegate count from RealClearPolitics.
  2. Sanders blows by Clinton in Wisconsin, winning seven of last eight contests. But is it enough? [Politico].
  3. Sen. Jim Dabakis confirms he’s part of the group trying to purchase the Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake Tribune].
  4. Opinion: LaVarr Webb says he’s a proud member of the much-maligned ‘establishment’ [Utah Policy].
  5. Salt Lake County Council orders audit of County Recorder Gary Ott’s office [Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune].
  6. Former Attorney General John Swallows requests preliminary hearing in his public corruption case [Deseret News].
  7. Anti-gay laws bring backlash in North Carolina and Mississippi [New York Times].
  8. Salt Lake Tribune editorial says Utah is lucky to avoid the anti-gay label now hurting North Carolina [Salt Lake Tribune].
  9. Deseret News editorial lauds immigration initiatives that make Utah a welcoming place for immigrants [Deseret News].
  10. Opinion: Jay Evensen opines on on-line voting in Utah’s GOP presidential caucus [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Bishop, Conservative Group Split over Puerto Rico Bailout Plan

The Heritage Foundation decries a proposal by Rep. Rob Bishop aimed at helping Puerto Rico cope with its enormous debt, saying it would turn bankruptcy law on its head....

Not Everyone's a Fan of Hatch's New Trade Secrets Bill

Orrin Hatch's Economic Espionage Act passed unanimously in the Senate on Monday, but critics say the legislation is unlikely to actually prevent cyber-espionage unless it undergoes major revisions....

A Proud Member of the Establishment

The establishment is much-maligned these days. It seems the way to get elected is to run against the establishment -- blame the establishment for all the ills of humankind.There are three anti-establishment factions: The far-right Ted Cruz faction. The far-left Bernie Sander...

Press Release: National Crime Victims Rights Week Focuses Attention on Crime Victims

The Utah Office for Victims of Crime (UOVC) with the help of U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC),will lead Utah in the annual observance of National Crime Victims Rights Week (NCVRW), April 10-16. NCVRW highlights the importance of providing needed servi...

Downtown and Central City have more than fair share of social services programs

As a downtown Salt Lake City resident, I have followed with interest the discussions regarding services for homeless people, along with panhandling problems and the abundance of crime around the Pioneer Park/200 South area.I will let leaders far wiser than me determine the f...

Analysis: Utah Supreme Court Considers SB54

It’s always tough to predict high court rulings based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments – but it doesn’t look good for the Utah Republican Party’s main objection to SB54: That the party, not the candidate, gets to choose the candi...

Dabakis Takes Tribune Proposal to DOJ

Senator Jim Dabakis (D-SL) released the following statement after a meeting with Department of Justice officials Monday morning about the future of Utah's biggest newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune."I emphasized to the Department of Justice particularl...

Utah Ranchers: Feds Putting Us Out of Business

The Guardian profiles a group of Utah ranchers who say new federal grazing restrictions are making it impossible for families to sustain ranches passed down through generations....

Political Intrigue, Big Turnout Expected at Saturday's Salt Lake County Democratic Convention

Saturday's Salt Lake County Democratic Convention could be one of the biggest in recent memory....

International Trade is a Key Driver of Utah's Economy

International trade is, unfortunately, taking a beating in the presidential election, with the top four candidates raising various levels of opposition to free trade agreements....

The Sutherland Dream: Promoting Principled Patterns

(Editor’s note: Boyd Matheson was recently appointed president of the Sutherland Institute. Following is the text of his speech at the announcement of his appointment.)...

'Political Insider' Survey: Should Utah's Superdelegates Support Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders thrashed Hillary Clinton in Utah's presidential caucus vote last month. Sanders won 27 of the state's 33 delegates while Clinton only got 6. However, the four "superdelegates" have evenly split their votes between the two candidates....

Utah Senate to Issue Veto Override Poll

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser initiated the veto override process for Utah State Senators. President Niederhauser issued the following statement in response to the governor's veto of three bills and seven budget line items:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Until Utah controls its federal lands, Utahns will be second-class citizens

Salt Lake City’s Broadway violates fire code

Rolly: State senator settles disputed debt to save his property

Former U.S. ambassador speaks to Utah women’s group

Study: Utah No. 6 for return on investment in taxes

Ex-Utah A.G. Swallow wants second shot at preliminary evidence hearing

Sen. Jim Dabakis is one of the people trying to buy The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County to pay $200K to help keep family shelter in Midvale open longer

Audit looms for Salt Lake County recorder’s office amid questions of his fitness for duty

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah GOP wants to keep online voting, despite worries

Editorial: Immigration initiative in Utah's best interest

S.L. County Council orders audit of recorder's office

Ex-A.G. John Swallow now wants preliminary hearing in public corruption case

Alleged romance in S.L. County Recorder's Office prompts nepotism law review


Canyon issue was key factor in Brad Frost's decision to run for county commission (Daily Herald)

Doug Gibson: If Trump is at the top of the GOP ticket, Utah Dems have an opening (Standard-Examiner)

Armstrong commits to second term on Summit County Council (Park Record)

National Headlines

Sanders blows by Clinton in Wisconsin (Politico)

Trump campaign in disarray (Politico)

Cruz delegate win raises chance of contested convention (The Hill)

Sanders: I have all the momentum (The Hill)

Independent report says Grayson may have broken House rules, federal law (Washington Post)

Anti-Gay Laws Bring Backlash in Mississippi and North Carolina (New York Times)

California authorities raid home of anti-Planned Parenthood videographer (Washington Post)

Grassley to Chief Justice Roberts: 'Physician, heal thyself' (CNN)

Obama: Foreign leaders are worried about what Cruz and Trump are saying (Washington Post)

Meeting with generals, Obama cites progress against Islamic State (USA Today)

U.S. Justice Dept will sue to stop Halliburton, Baker Hughes merger: source (Reuters)


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