Tuesday’s Talking Points – March 8, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 68th day of the year. There are 298 days left in 2016.

Another round of presidential voting happens Tuesday. Bloomberg will not run for president. A House committee puts the kibosh on a medical marijuana bill.

The clock:

  • Two days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • Seven days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries – (3/15/2016)
  • 13 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City – (3/21/2016)
  • 14 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 22 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 46 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 62 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 112 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 132 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 139 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 245 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Republicans and Democrats have another round of primaries and caucuses today. The big prizes are Michigan and Mississippi [Politico, New York Times, ABC News].
  2. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will not run for president because he thinks it would guarantee the election of Donald Trump [Bloomberg View, New York Times].
  3. Mitt Romney records a robocall supporting Marco Rubio [New York Times].
  4. A House committee advances one medical marijuana bill but kills Sen. Mark Madsen‘s more expansive measure [Tribune, Deseret News]. Madsen says he plans to move out of the country to South America where there is more freedom [Tribune, 2 News].
  5. There may be a last-minute fight over the “Count My Vote” compromise after a judge signals he may kill SB54 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. The future of the entire “Count My Vote” compromise is up in the air as we enter the final days of the 2016 session [Utah Policy].
  7. Polygamists protest at the Capitol over a law to re-criminalize polygamy [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Native Americans disrupt the Utah Senate to protest the killing of a bill to rename Columbus Day to honor indigenous peoples [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Utah Senate passes a controversial “fetal pain” abortion bill [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A poll shows Utahns may be open to a Jason Chaffetz candidacy for governor in 2020 [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange was established.
  • 1913 – The IRS began to levy and collect income taxes in the United States.
  • 1917 – Russia’s “February Revolution” began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd.
  • 1983 – President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Florida.