Tuesday’s Talking Points – March 22, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 82nd day of the year. There are 284 days left in 2016

Explosions rip through Brussels. Mike Lee tried to broker a joint ticket between Cruz and Rubio to stop Trump. It’s caucus night in Utah.

The clock:

  • The Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings are today (3/22/2016)
  • Eight days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 32 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 48 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 118 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 125 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 231 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 307 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 352 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1.  A series of explosions rock Brussels at the airport and in the subway leaving at least 26 dead [Washington Post, CNN, BBC].
  2. The FBI says it may have found a way into the iPhone used by the San Bernadino attackers, so they may not need Apple’s help to break the phones encryption [Los Angeles TimesWashington Post].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee tried to broker a “unity ticket” in the GOP between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but Rubio refused the deal [Politico].
  4. Cleveland is bracing for unrest surrounding the Republican National Convention this summer [CBS News].
  5. It’s caucus night in Utah. Here’s what you can expect [Tribune, Deseret News]. Even if Donald Trump loses in Utah tonight, he could still pick up more total delegates on the evening tonight in Arizona [Politico].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will vote for Ted Cruz in tonight’s caucus [Tribune, Deseret News]. Herbert’s endorsement seems puzzling after he delivered a rousing speech supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich just a few days ago [2 News]. Our publisher, LaVarr Webb, explains why he’s supporting Cruz tonight [Utah Policy].
  7. Mitt Romney records GOTV robocalls for Ted Cruz in Utah and Arizona [Daily Caller].
  8. SB54 could scramble a number of races for Utah legislative seats this year [Utah Policy].
  9. Bernie Sanders’ rising popularity in the state could put a few incumbent legislative Democrats at risk this year [Utah Policy].
  10. The Twilight Concert Series is $150,000 over budget, but the Salt Lake City Council gave the series the go-ahead for this summer [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act was passed by Britain’s Parliament, introducing a tax on printed materials in the American colonies. Colonists believed this to be a violation of their rights and was a major grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1791 – Congress enacted legislation forbidding slave trading with foreign nations.
  • 1882 – Congress outlawed polygamy.
  • 1963 – Please Please Me, the debut album from The Beatles, is released in the United Kingdom.
  • 1972 – Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.