Monday’s Talking Points – March 28, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 88th day of the year. There are 278 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders racks up more wins, but he still has a long way to go. Utah Dems hope to make political hay out of a Donald Trump nomination. Utahns want a vote-by-mail option in 2016.

The clock:

  • Two days to the last day the governor may sign or veto bills (3/30/2016)
  • 26 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 42 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 92 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 112 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 225 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 301 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 346 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Bernie Sanders is on a roll. He won caucuses in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska on Saturday by significant margins [Associated Press]. However, those wins didn’t do much to change the trajectory of the race, meaning he still has a tough hill to climb to catch Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination [Politico].
  2. Utah’s Democrats see an opportunity to make some gains in November if Donald Trump is the GOP standard-bearer [Tribune].
  3. Did Utah’s caucus results provide a blueprint for Republicans hoping to stop Donald Trump from grabbing the GOP nomination? [Deseret News].
  4. After the success of mail-in balloting in 2015, a new poll shows Utahns want to have a vote-by-mail option in this year’s election [Utah Policy].
  5. April Townsend, Mayor Jackie Biskupski‘s pick to head up the Salt Lake City Public Services Department, resigns after less than a month on the job to focus on pursuing an advanced degree [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A new study shows a Utah law requiring women to wait 72 hours to get an abortion does not do much to change their mind to get the procedure [Tribune].
  7. Jeremy Johnson, who was at the center of the John Swallow scandal, was found guilty of just eight of the 86 charges brought against him [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Supreme Court rules a land swap between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power was not done legally [Fox 13].
  9. California is getting closer to adopting a $15/hour minimum wage [New York Times].
  10. Parents ruin everything! This time, they jumped the gun at the annual PEZ Easter egg hunt and turned the event into a mess [NBC Connecticut].

On this day in history:

  • 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs was awarded a patent for the washing machine.
  • 1834 – The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
  • 1930 – The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
  • 1979 – A failure in the cooling system at the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania caused a near meltdown.