Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 325 days left in 2016.

Trump and Sanders cruise in New Hampshire. A sneaky attempt to change the “Count My Vote” compromise stalls on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Medical marijuana could be headed to the ballot.

The clock:

  • Ten days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 13 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 17 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 32 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 44 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 76 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 142 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 159 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 275 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump wins the GOP contest in New Hampshire while Bernie Sanders crushes Hillary Clinton [Politico, The Hill, New York Times, Washington Post]. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who finished in sixth place in New Hampshire, is heading home to reassess his campaign [The Hill, New York Times].
  2. President Barack Obama submits a $4.1 trillion budget proposal to Congress [CNN].
  3. The Utah House beats back an attempt to gut the “Count My Vote” compromise [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah’s new signature route to the primary ballot is proving quite popular with incumbents [Utah Policy].
  5. Proposed legislation creates a body tasked with coming up with a development plan for the land after the Utah State Prison is moved away from the Point of the Mountain [Deseret News].
  6. Backers of medical marijuana consider putting the question on the ballot for voters [Tribune].
  7. Sen. David Hinkins says his so-called “constitutional carry” bill will not see the light of day during the 2016 session. Gov. Gary Herbert has vetoed the bill twice in the last three years [Tribune].
  8. Don’t expect much movement on Medicaid expansion this year [Utah Policy].
  9. The Utah Senate misses the deadline to approve next year’s base budget by four minutes [Tribune].
  10. Sen. Steve Urquhart introduces legislation to abolish the death penalty in Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1763 – The Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years’ War between Britain and Spain and the French and Indian War, with France ceding Quebec to Great Britain.
  • 1846 – Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began an exodus west from Illinois.
  • 1949 – Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened on Broadway.
  • 1962 – Captured U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was returned to the United States by Russia in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1967 – The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.