Thursday’s Talking Points – March 10, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 70th day of the year. There are 296 days left in 2016.

Fiorina endorses Cruz. Lawmakers almost reach a compromise to kill SB54. Lawmakers put money aside to fight the feds over public lands.

The clock:

  • The final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature is today – (3/10/2016)
  • The Utah candidate filing period opens tomorrow- (3/11/2016)
  • Five days to the Florida, Ohio and North Carolina primaries – (3/15/2016)
  • Seven days until the Utah candidate filing period closes – (3/17/2016)
  • 11 days to the GOP presidential debate in Salt Lake City – (3/21/2016)
  • 12 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 20 days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 44 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 60 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 130 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 137 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 243 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 319 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 364 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over immigration in a debate in Florida. Most observers say Sanders came out on top [Politico, Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. Carly Fiorina endorses Ted Cruz [Yahoo Politics]. Jeb Bush plans to meet with Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich before Florida for a possible endorsement. He won’t meet with Donald Trump [New York Times].
  3. Lawmakers were working on a compromise on SB54, which included a full repeal of the law in 2017, but it was nixed before anyone could vote on it [Utah Policy].
  4. Legislators set aside $4.5 million for the first payment in a lawsuit to challenge the federal government over control of public lands within the state [Tribune].
  5. Utah’s Democrats say they won’t stop pushing for full Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, KUER].
  6. Lawmakers approve new regulations on payday lenders [Tribune].
  7. The Senate passes a measure changing the partisan makeup of a key legislative subcommittee, giving Republicans a majority for the first time [Tribune].
  8. Lawmakers finally reach a compromise to shift transportation funds to water projects and education [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A bill to curtail the use of non-compete contracts wins final approval and is on the way to the governor’s desk [Deseret News].
  10. Lawmakers approve a plan to spend about $10 million on an ambitious plan to address homelessness [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1496 – Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
  • 1862 – The U.S. Treasury issued “legal tender notes” in denominations from $5 to $1,000, the first American paper money.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant in the next room: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”
  • 1969 – James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray died in prison in 1998.
  • 2008 – New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized after allegations surfaced that he had paid thousands of dollars for a high-end call girl, a scandal which eventually led to his resignation.