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Friday's Talking Points - April 15, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 106th day of the year. There are 260 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash on the debate stage. Donald Trump argues America's election system is broken. Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidates are set to debate on Monday.

The clock:

  • Eight days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 74 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 94 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 101 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 207 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 283 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 328 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders brawl on the debate stage in Brooklyn ahead of next week's New York primary [Politico, Wall Street JournalRoll Call, BloombergHuffington Post, The Hill, Washington Post].

  2. Donald Trump argues in an editorial that America's election system is fixed [Wall Street Journal].

  3. A plurality of Utahns say they would be more likely to support a candidate who signs a "no new taxes" pledge [Utah Policy].

  4. Senate Republicans scold Sen. Mike Lee for his attempt to force a leadership fight earlier this week [The Hill].

  5. The Democratic candidates for governor are set to debate twice on Monday [Deseret News].

  6. State lawyers want the Utah GOP held in contempt for refusing to comply with SB54 [Deseret News].

  7. Legislative leaders and Gov. Gary Herbert are close to an agreement that would avoid a veto override session [Deseret News].

  8. After a cooling off period, former Rep. Jim Matheson is now free to lobby Congress representing payday lenders and energy companies [Tribune].

  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's Republican challenger, Chia-Chi Teng, wants the incumbent to provide more details about reimbursements from his campaign account [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes a bill making the Bible that state's official book [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
  • 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln died of an assassin's bullet fired the night before at Ford's Theater. Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn in as chief executive.
  • 1912 - The luxury liner Titanic sank in the northern Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg.
  • 1947 - Major League Baseball's color line was officially broken with the debut of Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on Opening Day.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Would Utahns Be More Likely to Support a Candidate Who Signs a No New Taxes Pledge

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson may be on to something....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: How the GOP Could Neuter SB54

The Utah Republican Party could well be on a course that politically would neutralize SB54 – the new candidate dual-path to the nomination law so hated by party leaders....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #278

This week we feature a dramatic reading, performed by the players, of how the Utah GOP may handle the ongoing controversy over SB54....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #278

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Lee Not Backing Down from Leadership Gambit?

Sen. Mike Lee says he's still targeting the No. 4 job in Republican Party leadership, potentially setting up a conflict with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: National Park Week begins Saturday-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Born to Be Blue: Tribune review -- The Clan: Tribune review -- The Jungle Book: Tribune ...

Rising Clothing and Gasoline Prices Drive Slight Increase in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.4 percent from February to March on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Utah Economic Development Office Appoints New Communications Director
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has appointed Aimee Edwards as the new communications director overseeing communications and legislative strategy....

Nobel Laureate Visits University of Utah to Discuss Ethics
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen will deliver the lecture “Ethics and Economics of Global Justice” at the Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus at noon on April 22, 2016....

Carly Fiorina Endorses Senator Mike Lee for Re-election
Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and her Political Action Committee, Carly for America, endorsed U.S. Senator Mike Lee for re-election....

Senators Announce Bill to Aid American Manufacturers
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced bipartisan...

Rep. Mia Love Advances her Bill Calling for Rairness for Vets' Families
The Fair Treatment of Families of Veterans Act (H.R. 4087) is a straightforward bill, intended to provide relief to families of VA recipients who, months after losing a loved one, may learn they must repay certain benefits.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: The fix is in — how a Utah legislator cleared the way for his successor

BLM proposes to close thousands of Utah County acres to recreational shooting

Governor-office tax rebates look to add 300 jobs in Utah

GOP challenger hits Jason Chaffetz on his campaign spending

Congressman-turned-lobbyist Jim Matheson represents payday lenders, energy company

Utah committee says disputed Lake Powell Pipeline financial info likely does exist

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Crossroads of the West stands strong

Greg Bell: One nice guy who finished first

Op-ed: A tax day that's even worse for Utah

Editorial: Mitt Romney was right about Russia as a top U.S. foe

Two debates set for Democratic candidates for governor

GOED board approves incentives to bring 290 jobs to Utah

Utah GOP should be held in contempt if it doesn't comply with SB54, state says

Governor, lawmakers close to agreement on special session to deal with vetoes

Salt Lake County Republicans to hold party convention Saturday

GOP candidate questions Chaffetz's campaign reimbursements

Low oil prices could help improve Utah's air quality

New monument to honor Paiutes slain in Circleville Massacre


Mormon millennials less likely to be married, have children than previous generations (Daily Herald)

Delegate vote will be moot at Weber's GOP convention (Standard-Examiner)

Layton City to reveal its 'Envision Layton' blueprint for the next 35 years (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Clinton and Sanders brawl in Brooklyn (Politico)

Trump plays up his New York values (Politico)

NY Post endorses Trump, predicts presidential 'pivot' (The Hill)

Five takeaways from a fiery Sanders-Clinton clash in Brooklyn (The Hill)

Federal judge calls IRS untrustworthy in tea party case (Washington Times)

State will not prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager (CNN)

Clinton campaign, Democratic Party sue Arizona over primary voting problems (FOX News)

Massachusetts governor booed off stage over transgender rights bill (CNN)

McDonald's Stores Targeted by Protests for $15/hour, Union (New York Times)

How Obama’s White House Got One Company To Support TPP, Then Allegedly ‘Reneged’ On The Deal (Daily Caller)

Scholars agree: Senate leaders don’t have to consider Supreme Court pick (McClatchy)

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