Wednesday’s Talking Points – February 24, 2016

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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. 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, CNNTribune].
  3. 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].
  4. 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].
  5. A Senate committee advances a measure abolishing the death penalty in Utah for future cases [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A Senate panel approves a bill for full Medicaid expansion in Utah sending it to the full Senate for debate [Deseret News2 News, Tribune].
  7. A House committee kills Rep. Brian King‘s proposal to teach comprehensive sex education in Utah’s schools instead of the current abstinence-only curriculum [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. The full House advances a bill tilting the partisan makeup of two key legislative committees to favor Republicans [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsTribune].
  9. An FEC audit dings the Utah Democratic party for accounting errors in 2011 and 2012 [Tribune].
  10. The DABC gives Starbucks a license to serve beer and wine at five locations in Utah [2 News, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].

 On this day in history:

  • 1803 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Marbury v. Madison decision, ruled the power of the federal government was no greater than that of any individual state.
  • 1868 – Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln, was impeached by the U.S. House. He was later acquitted by a single vote in the Senate three weeks later.
  • 1945 – American soldiers liberated the Phillippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
  • 1995 – Diver Greg Louganis, who won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, revealed he had AIDS.