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Friday's Talking Points - April 8, 2016

Good Friday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 97th day of the year. There are 267 days left in 2016.

Sen. Mike Lee for the U.S. Supreme Court? . . . Webb’s Friday musings on Utah County GOP, Obama legacy . . . Democratic presidential candidates spar over who is fit for office . . . Trump hires veteran to steady his campaign . . . Environmental groups attack shale oil request for utility right-of-way.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 31 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 81 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 101 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 108 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 214 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 290 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 335 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Is an increasingly nasty Clinton-Sanders race doing lasting damage to Democrats? [Washington Post] New hire signals a reboot for Donald Trump campaign [New York Times].
  2. Some conservatives are pushing Utah Sen. Mike Lee for U.S. Supreme Court if Trump or Cruz are elected president [Deseret News].
  3. Webb:Friday musings on Utah County GOP, Obama’s legacy, and SB54 impact [Utah Policy].
  4. Editorial: Free market doesn’t provide low-income housing, so government must [Salt Lake Tribune].
  5. Environmental groups attack shale oil company request for utility right-of-way across BLM land in Uintah Basin [Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Average water year is good news for Utah [Deseret News].
  7. Sen. Orrin Hatch says House Speaker Paul Ryan could be drafted as the GOP presidential candidates in an open convention, but there is currently no attempt to do so [The Hill].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop is being hit in ads by shadowy group over his plans regarding Puerto Rico. He says the ads are false [Salt Lake Tribune].
  9. Opinion: Basketball and symphonies: Scott Anderson discusses the relationship between business, culture and sports [Deseret News].
  10. Trump’s healthcare plans bewilder Republican experts [New York Times].
  11. 11.Opinion by Norm Ornstein: Five ways the Republican race could end [The Atlantic].

Today At Utah Policy

Friday Musings: Some Political Flotsam and Jetsam

The Utah County Purists. Utah County, where I mostly grew up, is a terrific place. It has a lot of excellent state legislators and other elected officials – almost all of them Republicans. Too bad the county Republican Party is embarrassing them with its silly loyalty ...

Hatch: Ryan Could Emerge from Convention as GOP Nominee

Sen. Orrin Hatch says there's "potential" for House Speaker Paul Ryan to be drafted as the Republican presidential nominee because he's the one person who could unify the party....

Conservatives Pushing Lee for Supreme Court

Prominent conservatives lobby Donald Trump to follow Ted Cruz's lead and promise he'd nominate Sen. Mike Lee to the Supreme Court if he's elected president....

World Trade Center Utah Toolbox: Domestic Export Regulations

Earlier this year, World Trade Center Utah launched its "10 Tips to Help you Think, Act and Succeed Globally." Since the launch, we have featured corresponding articles in the export toolbox section of our newsletter. We are pleased to revisit these "10 Tips" and dig deeper ...

Letter to Editor: Clarifications Regarding Defend Trade Secrets Act

I saw your recent post regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and as an intellectual property law expert I’d like to submit a response in order to clarify some important points about the legislation that I think were missed in the article.  In the April 5 issue o...

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...

Policy News

A Place to Start Helping Refugees
This weekend, The Leonardo will host a Weekend of Welcome, designed to support refugees and the organizations that help them make a successful transition into a new life. The event, which takes place April 8-10 at The Leonardo will have 1500 refugees on hand as well as sever...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Tempi’po’op Trail in Santa Clara-- Tribune: Are we loving our national parks to death?-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the DWR websiteWeekend EventsConcerts-- BY...

Press Release: Greene and Dayton Top GrassRoots Report Card
Rep. Brian Greene (R-UT) received the top score of all legislators on this year’s GrassRoots report.  Sen. Margaret Dayton (R-UT) received the top score in the Senate.Rounding out the top 10% in the House were Marc Roberts (R-UT), Kim Coleman (R-SL), John Knotwell...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Markets don’t provide affordable housing, so government must help

Editorial: Utah’s gender wage gap goes unaddressed

Complaint alleges UTA discrimination against poor areas

Rolly: Utah County GOP boss is a lobbyist with special sway over legislators, thanks to fitness test

Utah ads rip Rep. Rob Bishop over Puerto Rico deal

Company wants to run utility corridor through public land for oil-shale mine in Uinta Basin

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's forfeiture laws have checks and balances to ensure there's no abuse

A. Scott Anderson: Why Salt Lake's fortunate to have both basketball and symphonies

Op-ed: Just another unfair tax by the IRS on Utah small businesses

Editorial: Growing demand for in-home care warrants legislative emphasis

Utah County GOP requiring candidates to pledge loyalty to party

Report: Conservatives want Trump to push Mike Lee to Supreme Court

Project proposes to unlock Utah oil shale


Editorial: Maybe now Utah will heartily open its arms (Daily Herald)

Democratic Utah County Convention pushed back one week (Daily Herald)

With Oda retiring, two Republicans seek House District 14 nod (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Democrats fret Sanders-Clinton descending into GOP-like chaos (Politico)

Bernie stops being polite and Hillary starts getting real (Politico)

Cruz won't apologize for calling McConnell a liar (The Hill)

Sanders interview causes uproar (The Hill)

Obama Jokes about SCOTUS Pick: 'Yeah, He's a White Guy - Sorry!' (MRCTV)

Camille Paglia: Feminists have abortion wrong (Salon)

Bill Clinton confronts protesters who say his crime reforms hurt blacks (Reuters)

Senate Takes Steps to Tighten Airport Security (New York Times)

In his own words: Bernie Sanders on his spat with Hillary Clinton (Washington Post)

From Ukraine to Trump Tower, Paul Manafort unafraid to take on controversial jobs (Washington Post)

New Hire Signals a Reboot in the Donald Trump Campaign (New York Times)


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