Wednesday’s Talking Points – April 6, 2016

Good Wednesday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 95th day of the year. There are 269 days left in 2016.

The underdogs, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, win the Wisconsin primaries. The Sanders win may not mean a lot in the Democratic race, where Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite. But Donald Trump now has a more difficult road to winning the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18.

The clock:

  • 17 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 33 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 103 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 216 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 292 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 337 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Wisconsin GOP primary: Cruz declares his big win a “turning point” in the campaign [Washington Post]. Some former staffers and pundits saying Trump campaign is in “disarray” [Politico]. Here’s the current delegate count from RealClearPolitics.
  2. Sanders blows by Clinton in Wisconsin, winning seven of last eight contests. But is it enough? [Politico].
  3. Sen. Jim Dabakis confirms he’s part of the group trying to purchase the Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake Tribune].
  4. Opinion: LaVarr Webb says he’s a proud member of the much-maligned ‘establishment’ [Utah Policy].
  5. Salt Lake County Council orders audit of County Recorder Gary Ott’s office [Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune].
  6. Former Attorney General John Swallows requests preliminary hearing in his public corruption case [Deseret News].
  7. Anti-gay laws bring backlash in North Carolina and Mississippi [New York Times].
  8. Salt Lake Tribune editorial says Utah is lucky to avoid the anti-gay label now hurting North Carolina [Salt Lake Tribune].
  9. Deseret News editorial lauds immigration initiatives that make Utah a welcoming place for immigrants [Deseret News].
  10. Opinion: Jay Evensen opines on on-line voting in Utah’s GOP presidential caucus [Deseret News].