Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 55th day of the year. There are 311 days left in 2016.
Trump romps in Nevada. The Utah GOP announces a ticketing process for the March 21 presidential debate in Salt Lake City. A plan for full Medicaid expansion moves to the full Senate.
Three days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
Six days to the “Super Tuesday” primaries and caucuses (3/2/2016)
15 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
26 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City – (3/21/2016)
27 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
35 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
59 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
75 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
125 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
145 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
152 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
258 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
Ten talking points for Wednesday:
Donald Trump romps in the Nevada caucuses, pulling nearly 50% support and notching his third win in a row. Marco Rubio finishes second while Ted Cruz came in third place [Politico, Roll Call, New York Times, Washington Post]. Cruz tries to set up the race as a two-man contest between him and Trump [Politico]. Rubio has pulled in many late endorsements, but that might be too late to help his campaign [Politico].
Senate Republican leaders say they will not hold a hearing nor even meet with President Barack Obama‘s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That group included Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee [New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Tribune].
The Utah GOP begins accepting ticket requests for the March 21 presidential debate, but they still haven’t decided on a venue for the event [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
A new poll shows a slim majority of Utahns support the death penalty in capital cases, but that support has weakened significantly in the past few months [Utah Policy].