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Tuesday's Talking Points - April 12, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 103rd day of the year. There are 263 days left in 2016.

Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson debate for the first time. A poll shows Herbert would cruise to another term in November while Johnson would struggle a bit against Democratic candidates. Mike Lee makes an unexpected bid for a Senate leadership slot.

The clock:

  • 11 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 27 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 104 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 210 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 286 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 331 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson meet on the debate stage for the first time. It was a mostly tepid affair, but Johnson did criticize Herbert for not being conservative enough for Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].

  2. A new poll shows Gov. Herbert would easily defeat Democrats Mike Weinholtz or Vaughn Cook in November. However, Jonathan Johnson could be in a much closer race if he wins the nomination [Utah Policy].

  3. Sen. Mike Lee is making a bid for a leadership post currently held by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso. Lee's challenge is unexpected and is causing some turmoil within the Senate GOP Caucus [Politico].

  4. Whoops! Donald Trump's kids Ivanka and Eric Trump aren't registered as Republicans, so they can't vote for their dad in next week's New York primary [Associated Press].

  5. Yikes! Hillary Clinton is getting criticism for participating in a skit that made a racially charged joke at an event in New York [New York Times].

  6. Former Rep. Brad Dee has three government-funded retirement plans, and he might get a fourth if he wins his race to the Weber County Commission [Standard-Examiner].

  7. Instead of hiring a new executive director for the Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency, Mayor Jackie Biskupski may handle those duties herself [Tribune].

  8. Salt Lake County is considering banning romantic, or sexual relationships between supervisors and subordinates after allegations of nepotism rocked the county recorder's office [Deseret News].

  9. A federal court tosses out a lower court decision that effectively decriminalized polygamy in Utah [Deseret News, Associated Press, TribuneFox 13].

  10. Former Utah AG John Swallow says prosecutors violated attorney-client privilege and wants the corruption case against him thrown out [Tribune, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - The Civil War began when Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
  • 1945 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the longest-serving president in U.S. history, died of a cerebral hemorrhage three months into his fourth term.
  • 1961 - Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space and the first to orbit Earth.
  • 1999 - U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found President Bill Clinton in contempt of court for giving "intentionally false" testimony in a lawsuit filed by Paula Jones about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Herbert Would Easily Defeat Democratic Candidates in November, Johnson Could Struggle

Gov. Gary Herbert would easily defeat either of the Democratic challengers in November while Republican Jonathan Johnson would find himself in potentially much closer races....

Political Odds & Ends: Benefits of Diversity...Handy's New Book...Johnson Shoots the Messenger

Say Thanks for a Diverse Economy. Utah’s energy industry has long given the state’s economy a nice boost....

Analysis of the First GOP Gubernatorial Debate (Video) Managing Editor Bryan Schott joins Boyd Matheson of the Sutherland Institute to break down the first debate between Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson....

The First Johnson/Herbert Debate a Mostly Tepid Affair

No crazy statements, no great missteps, no fumbles in the first true debate Monday between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and his Republican challenger, Jonathan Johnson....

Lee: Washington Bureaucrats Strike Again

Mike Lee slams the Obama administration for releasing 1,000 pages of new regulations that the senator says will hurt American families and businesses trying stay afloat in a stagnant economy....

Policy News

Nominees Announced for 3rd District Court Vacancy
The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court. ...

From Black Hats and Tails to Best in Business
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How Should We Prepare for the Coming Megalopolis?
The "Point of the Mountain," where Salt Lake and Utah Counties intersect, is fast becoming the epicenter of a "Megalopolis" that will span Utah's Wasatch Front....

Senate Finance Committee Members Call for Effective Trade Enforcement to Combat Market-Distorting Policies
Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today called on U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to work to address global over capacities in steel, aluminum, and other commodities and to ensure that the nation’s inter...

Voices for Utah Children Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Quality and Access Expansion in Early Learning
Over the last three years, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Utah Office of Child Care, Voices for Utah Children and the Granite School District Preschool Program have worked to implement a public-private partnership in early education, which included sev...

Postal Service Previews 2nd of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service's Centennial
The U.S. Postal Service previewed the second in its series of 16 Forever stamps commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service. The 16 stamps, intended to represent the diversity of areas in our national park system, are being previewed over the next three weeks....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah can never drop its cyber guard

Why a Republican activist serves as chief strategist to Democrat Doug Owens’ congressional campaign

Rolly: Utah County GOP is like stepping through the looking glass

Herbert’s challenger calls for medical marijuana, ‘constitutional carry’ law for guns, fewer taxes

Appeals court strikes down ruling that decriminalized polygamy in Utah

Salt Lake City’s new mayor may take on a new role as RDA executive director

Swallow says prosecutors violated his attorney-client privilege; he seeks dismissal

Dixie State students will now be Trailblazers, represented by a bison

Deseret News

Gov. Gary Herbert, Jonathan Johnson, spar in first GOP gubernatorial debate

At UVU, Times columnist Ross Douthat says future of religious liberty similar to 19th-century Mormon experience

Two GOP candidates for Utah governor debate Common Core, health care, federal overreach

Proposed policy would prohibit dating between S.L. County supervisors and subordinates


Utah legislative candidate's prize in free giveaway is a Ruger handgun (Standard-Examiner)

Latest employment deal gave Dee another retirement package (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Past cases suggest Hillary won’t be indicted (Politico)

Inside Bernie Sanders' vast, virtual ground game (Politico)

Sharpton: Sanders no different than Clinton on ’94 crime bill (The Hill)

Litigants fear short-handed Supreme Court might skip case (The Hill)

U.S. Worries About Race Relations Reach a New High (Gallup)

Fed Official: America No Longer Top Country to Achieve American Dream (Free Beacon)

How Michelle Obama refused to invite Hillary and Bill Clinton to dinner (Daily Mail)

Trump lashes out at 'rigged' Republican delegate rules (Reuters)

As Trump targets GOP process, speculation swirls around alternative candidates (FOX News)

Gov. Snyder says staff misled him about Flint water (Detroit Free Press)

Donald Trump: CIA director ‘ridiculous’ on waterboarding (USA Today)

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