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Wednesday's Talking Points - April 13, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 104th day of the year. There are 262 days left in 2016.

Paul Ryan says he's not in the mix for the GOP presidential nomination. Donald Trump complains the GOP nomination process is stacked against him. A majority of Utahns support the new dual-track path for candidates to get on the primary ballot.

The clock:

  • Ten days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 26 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 76 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 103 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 209 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 285 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 330 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan crushed the hopes and dreams of many Republicans saying he would not accept the GOP presidential nomination if it were offered to him at the party's convention in Cleveland this year [New York Times, NBC News].

  2. Ted Cruz has likely secured enough delegate support to block Donald Trump from winning the GOP presidential nomination on a second ballot [Washington Post].

  3. Trump is complaining that the GOP nomination process is stacked against him because the party doesn't want him to win [CNN, Politico]. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus fired back saying "give me a break" [NBC News].

  4. Some big-name Republicans may skip the GOP convention this summer [CNN].

  5. What would happen if the Democratic "superdelegates" had to vote for the same candidate that won their state? Hillary Clinton would still have a significant lead over Bernie Sanders [Washington Post].

  6. A new poll shows most Utahns, including a majority of Utah Republicans, support the new dual-path system for candidates to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].

  7. Rep. Mia Love is raising big bucks for her rematch with Democrat Doug Owens [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Sen. Mike Lee is dropping his challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso for a top Senate leadership spot [Washington Post].

  9. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski bans city-sponsored travel to North Carolina and Mississippi due to anti-LGBT legislation passed by those states [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].

  10. A Utah group that supports medical marijuana says they will not attempt to get the issue on the 2016 ballot [Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - At the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces.
  • 1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award.
  • 1970 - An oxygen tank exploded aboard Apollo 13 en route to a planned moon landing. One of the three astronauts aboard, Jack Swigert, famously said, "Houston, we've had a problem." The mission was aborted.
  • 1999 - Jack Kervorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utah Republicans Favor Signature-Gathering Route to the Primary Ballot

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Lee Won't Challenge Barrasso for Leadership Post

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Biskupski Bans City-Sponsored Travel to North Carolina and Mississippi

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council issued a joint statement to individuals doing business in Mississippi and North Carolina....

Policy News

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Paypal VP to Share Strategic Sales Insights at Utah Economic Summit
Professional sales people know the science of selling, but as the deals they work become larger and more complex, the arts of listening and relationship building become more critical. Financial services industry veteran Robert Clarkson of PayPal will share his art ...

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Washington County School District Report on Internal Control and Compliance Over Credit Card Use
The Office of the Utah State Auditor today released its Washington County School District Report on Internal Control and Compliance Over Credit Card Use. ...

House Democrat Urges Continued Work on Submission of Rape Kits
House Democratic Representative Angela Romero urged continued work on submission of rape kits in Utah following a release of a BYU study finding that those submissions were dramatically lower than most other states....

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Helps Recover Threatened, Endangered Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Kansas, Utah, Montana
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI), is committing $6.86 million to 16 projects across 27 states for recovery of some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges....

Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on Protecting Taxpayer Information from Cybercriminals
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing examining how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is safeguarding private taxpayer information this filing season and to determine what improvements may be neces...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lack of accountability led to scandal at 911 agency

Big money pouring into Mia Love and Doug Owens rematch

Swallow fights for judge’s order forcing Salt Lake County district attorney to secure FBI evidence

Utah’s Mike Lee makes bid for Senate leadership

Mormon church’s PR boss discusses LDS history & LGBT, race, women’s issues

County in Utah denies vote-by-mail procedures hindered Navajo voters

Gravel pit proposal rocks scenic southern Utah town

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Is Cruz really the Trump alternative?

Ralph Hancock: A democratic republic? Trump and the reign of quantity

Jay Evensen: Can you remove an elected official for health reasons?

Editorial: State officials should hit 'pause' on coal project

Former Attorney General John Swallow wants criminal charges against him thrown out

Stream study provides insight for water storage in the West

Love, Owens raising big bucks for 4th District rematch

More expansive boundaries, not 'bubbles,' for LDS Church, Otterson says

Audit: Credit card spending at Washington County school district is 'risky behavior'

Lessons from Los Angeles: Fighting pollution helps children


Turning right: Mormon Millennials becoming more Republican than their parents (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Political partisanship moving parties away from voters (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County Democratic Convention nears (Park Record)

No decision yet: Residents speak out on city manager issue (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump's support deeper than it looks (Politico)

Billionaires fund anti-Trump delegate push (Politico)

WH defends Clinton and de Blasio after 'CP time' joke flops (The Hill)

Colorado Democrats admit mistake that cost Bernie Sanders key delegate (Denver Post)

Paul Ryan: 'Count Me Out' of 2016 Presidential Run (NBC News)

Bill Clinton grapples uncomfortably with the then and the now (Washington Post)

U2’s Bono urges lawmakers to view aid as national security (Washington Post)

What Private Information Did Uber Give the Government? (Atlantic)

John Kerry defends free trade deals (BBC News)

Sanders hitches campaign to fights against GE and Verizon (Washington Post)

Taxpayer info at risk from cyberattacks as Tax Day nears? (FOX News)

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