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Thursday's Talking Points - April 14, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 105th day of the year. There are 261 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are set to debate tonight in Brooklyn. Utahns are divided on whether Barack Obama's SCOTUS nominee should get a vote. The Utah GOP says they won't comply with SB54.

The clock:

  • Nine days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 75 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 102 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 208 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 284 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 329 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. It's on like Charles Bronson! Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are ready to brawl on the debate stage tonight in Brooklyn [Politico, The Hill, New York Times]. Clinton's camp is demanding Sanders disavow the remarks of a campaign surrogate who used the phrase "corporate Democratic whores" during a rally [Politico].

  2. Sen. Sanders' wife, Jane, says she and her husband will support Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination [Daily Beast].

  3. Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, will not be prosecuted for allegedly physically assaulting a reporter on the campaign trail [Politico, Bloomberg].

  4. A new poll shows a plurality of Utahns disagree with Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee's refusal to vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland [Utah Policy].

  5. The Utah GOP tells a judge they will refuse to comply with SB54 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Karl Rove, while campaigning for Gov. Gary Herbert, says he believes Donald Trump will not get enough delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination and that Utah could vote for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in decades [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News]. Rove's remarks about Trump are curious as his super PAC, American Crossroads, is telling donors Trump can win [Politico].

  7. Sen. Mike Lee is not abandoning his quest to win the No. 4 job in the Republican leadership, which is causing some unrest in the Senate GOP Caucus [Politico].

  8. Cottonwood Heights decides to buy its own fleet of snowplows after a private company they contracted with to provide those services did not do a good enough job [Tribune, Fox 13].

  9. Rep. Rich Cunningham is crying foul about some campaign donations to his opponent for the GOP nomination in Senate District 10, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore [Deseret News].

  10. Both Republican candidates in House District 20, Rep. Becky Edwards and Glen Jenkins, have enough signatures to ensure a place on June's primary ballot [Standard-Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The first slavery abolition society in North America was founded by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
  • 1828 - Noah Webster publishes his American Dictionary of the English Language.
  • 1865 - John Wilkes Booth shot and mortally wounded President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Lincoln died the next morning.
  • 1902 - J.C. Penney opened his first store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • 1912 - The British liner Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began to sink.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Utahns Divided on Whether Senate Should Vote on Obama's SCOTUS Pick

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Utah GOP Files Another Appeal in the Fight Against SB54

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Sens. Lee and Cruz Take Aim at DOJ's Operation Choke Point
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Americans for Prosperity Utah Thanks Senators for Supporting a Clean FAA Reauthorization
Americans for Prosperity Utah announced today they are applauding Senate leadership and Sens. Lee  and Hatch specifically for choosing to work on a clean reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration rather than attempting to attach numerous unrelated...

Millionaires to Senator Hatch: Raise Taxes on the Wealthy
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: State, not parties, sets rules for ballot access

Utah GOP stands firm, says it won’t comply with ‘unconstitutional’ election law

UTA scraps plans for ‘distance-based fares’; 2015 ridership slips

Utah school board to consider new social studies standards this week

Rove says Trump won’t win nomination — and that’s a good thing

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: What if we made everyone's tax returns public?

Editorial: Communication authority siphoning is embarrassing

Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorses Sen. Mike Lee

GOP state Senate candidate questions campaign donation to opponent

Utah GOP tells court it won't comply with controversial election law

Oil industry is 'Wishin' and Hopin' and Thinkin' and Prayin'

2 suspend state Senate campaigns, 1 re-enters race

GOP's Karl Rove says Utah could go Democratic in 'time of great turmoil'

Other

Utah County Tech businesses rooting for Hatch's Trade Secrets Bill (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Forget the graffiti — Utah welcomes Muslims and respects their faith (Standard-Examiner)

Both GOP contenders for House District 20 gathered enough signatures (Standard-Examiner)

Weiler faces intraparty challenge in Senate District 23 (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP leaders to Trump: Get over it! (Politico)

The GOP's budget fail (Politico)

Report: Megyn Kelly meets privately with Trump (The Hill)

Clinton’s dismal approval ratings prompt Dem fears (The Hill)

Bernie Sanders Relishes Backing From a Fellow Senator and a Labor Union (New York Times)

Almost 400,000 disabled Americans eligible for student loan forgiveness (Reuters)

ISIS Threatens Clinton’s Aide And Muslim Congressman (Daily Caller)

Email privacy bill advances with strong support (Washington Post)

Obama administration, religious non-profits open to contraceptive mandate compromise (CNN)

Bernie Sanders Shows Support as 40,000 Verizon Workers Go on Strike (NBC News)

Senate drops provision against state drone laws (USA Today)

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