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Thursday's Talking Points - April 7, 2016

Good Thursday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 96th day of the year. There are 268 days left in 2016.

Candidates gathering signatures need not fear being disqualified. Federal Judge David Nuffer rules against the Republican Party on SB54 . . . Sen. Jim Dabakis as SL Tribune publisher? . . . Gov. Herbert and legislative leaders might decide to hold a special session to fix legislation instead of a veto override session . . . Trump will hire ‘seasoned operatives’ to help him navigate the GOP convention.

The clock:

  • 16 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 32 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 102 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 109 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 215 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 291 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 336 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Bob Bernick: Thoughts on Jim Dabakis as Salt Lake Tribune publisher [Utah Policy].
  2. Judge Nuffer rejects Utah GOP arguments regarding election law SB54 [Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, Fox13].
  3. A May special session may be a better alternative than a veto override session, says Senate Pres. Wayne Niederhauser [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  4. Sen. Ted Cruz endorses Gov. Gary Herbert for re-election [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah County GOP is trying to punish candidates who don’t sign its ‘fitness pledge’ [Salt Lake Tribune].
  6. Even after defeating Trump in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz is having a hard time unifying Republican establishment [Washington Post]. Trump will hire ‘seasoned operatives’ to help him prepare for a possible contested convention [Washington Post]. George Will says Trump’s convention prep is ‘bush league’ [Washington Post].
  7. Trump’s plan to block remittances to Mexico to force Mexico to pay for the wall could backfire and hurt the United States [New York Times].
  8. State leaders are seeking independent evaluations of a possible Utah investment in a California export terminal [Salt Lake Tribune].
  9. Editorial: Mormon women get a tough assignment: dealing with the world refugee crisis [Salt Lake Tribune].
  10. Sen Orrin Hatch lauds passage of Trade Secrets Bill [Utah Policy].

Today At Utah Policy

Lee Discusses Small Government Approach to Public Lands Issues

In a profile and interview at E&E News, Sen. Mike Lee defends his opposition to the Flint, Michigan aid package and expresses his concerns about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument....

Beattie: Oregon Should Follow Utah's Lead on Transportation Funding

In a guest column at the Portland Business Journal, Salt Lake Chamber Pres. and CEO Lane Beattie urges Oregonians to come together to fund a multimodal transportation system....

Hatch Lauds Passage of Trade Secrets Bill as a 'Critical Victory for IP and Business Communities'

The Senate has passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act—a bipartisan bill co-authored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) that will save the American economy billions of dollars each year by combatting trade secret theft. This legislation&md...

Senate HELP Committee Holds Mark-up for PATH Act to Create Streamlined Antibiotic Approval Pathway

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a mark-upWednesdayto consider the PATH Act, sponsored by Senators Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).  This legislation would create a new drug approval pathway to streamline access, bo...

Utah Foundation Priorities Project Compares Candidates' Views to Voters

In an effort to help Utah voters better understand the differences and similarities of the gubernatorial candidates, Utah Foundation has published Part II of the Utah Priorities Project. In this report, voters can see what topics candidates are most concerned about, how they...

Senator Ted Cruz Endorses Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Fresh off his primary win in Wisconsin and strong victory in Utah, Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s re-election.“I am supporting Governor Gary Herbert to serve the next four years as Utah’s governor because he is a principled, conservativ...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Thoughts On Jim Dabakis And The Tribune

It comes as no surprise to yours truly that state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, has confirmed he is trying to buy The Salt Lake Tribune.I joked about a Dabakis-owned Tribune in a “what if” column months ago.Dabakis (will he also be Democratic gubernatorial candi...

Special Legislative Session Instead of Veto Override Session?

A May special legislative session may be a better alternative than a veto override session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser told UtahPolicyon Wednesday.Nothing has been decided yet, the president stressed.Jon Cox, Gov. Gary Herbert’s spokesperson, said if any sort ...


Some legislators ready to restore education fundingSALT LAKE CITY – Today, 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 ...

You're Welcome, 'Murica, for Rejecting The Donald

Dear America,Hello. It's Utah, the 45th entrant to this nation. We know we've been a black sheep of sorts.  We've done some embarrassing things along the way. We got started on the wrong foot having to renounce polygamy in exchange for statehood. And while that may...

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Ted Cruz endorses Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

Utah County GOP punishes candidates who don’t sign ‘fitness’ pledge

Judge declines to strike down Utah’s signature path to the ballot

Salt Lake County hires former city public services chief to run townships

BLM transfers public lands to Utah County; parcel to be used as shooting range

Independent experts to examine Utah coal counties’ plan to invest in California export terminal

Study: How Utah voters and guv candidates compare

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah Legislature's pornography resolution was ahead of the curve

Op-ed: State Board of Education does serve a useful purpose

Dan Liljenquist: The lessons from losing

Judge rejects Utah GOP arguments over disputed state election law

Start By Believing Day promotes better response to sexual assault survivors

Sponsor hopes new law will push more young adults to be organ donors

Gov. Gary Herbert says there's no need for an override session

S.L. County attempting to address concerns about recorder while respecting his privacy

National Headlines

Trump breaks 50 percent mark in New York; Cruz in third place (The Hill)

Poll: 1 in 4 Sanders voters won't back Clinton (The Hill)

Axelrod to Clinton: Don't call Sanders' young supporters 'dupes' (Politico)

Grassley calls out John Roberts on Senate floor (Politico)

Cruz Still Faces Daunting Delegate Math After Win in Wisconsin (Bloomberg)

The Bernie Sanders Interview by Spike Lee (Hollywood Reporter)

Donald Trump's Loss in Wisconsin Could Mark a Turning Point (ABC News)

Hillary Clinton Questions Whether Bernie Sanders Is a Democrat: 'I'm Not Even Sure He Is One' (ABC News)

Mississippi's 'Religious Freedom' Bill: What to Know About the New 'Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law' (ABC News)

State Department seeks to restrict questions in lawsuit over Clinton email battle (Washington Post)

When it comes to taxes, federal tax reformers shouldn't forget the states (Christian Science Monitor)


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