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Monday's Talking Points - April 18, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 109th day of the year. There are 257 days left in 2016.

Sanders could beat Trump in a general election matchup in Utah. Salt Lake County Republicans oust two incumbents. A federal judge upholds SB54.

The clock:

  • Five days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 71 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 204 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 280 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 325 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Poll shocker! Bernie Sanders might straight-up beat Donald Trump in Utah [Utah Policy].

  2. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration [Washington Post].

  3. Donald Trump says he hopes the Republican National Convention doesn't involve violence if he doesn't end up with the nomination [Bloomberg].

  4. Tuesday's New York Primary could help settle the Republican and Democratic nomination races [Bloomberg]. Bernie Sanders is hoping to keep Hillary Clinton's expected victory margin in New York under double digits [The Hill].

  5. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says Donald Trump's claims the GOP delegate selection system is "rigged" is nothing more than "rhetoric and hyperbole" [Politico].

  6. County convention roundup:
    • Salt Lake County Republicans oust two legislative incumbents [Tribune, Deseret News].
    • Delegates to the Salt Lake County GOP Convention block a surrogate for embattled County Recorder Gary Ott from speaking in his place [Deseret News].
    • Utah County Republicans continue their fury against SB54 as they boo Gov. Gary Herbert for signing the legislation [Tribune].
    • Utah County Democrats, ever the optimists, call for the end of "one-party rule" in the state [Daily Herald].

  7. A federal judge upholds SB54, which gives candidates a second route to get on the primary ballot [Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. The National Republican Congressional Committee says they don't expect Rep. Mia Love will need their financial support this year in her rematch with Doug Owens [Tribune].

  9. The Federal Election Commission says Sen. Mike Lee's short sale of his home in Alpine did not violate campaign finance rules [Deseret News].

  10. The state auditor's office warns the Utah Communications Authority that its funding could be frozen if it does not provide more financial transparency [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - Paul Revere began his famous ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out "The British are coming!"
  • 1906 - An earthquake estimated at magnitude 7.8 struck San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that destroyed much of what remained of the city. More than 3,000 people died.
  • 1978 - The U.S. Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.
  • 1983 - The U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was severely damaged by a car-bomb explosion that killed 63 people, including 17 Americans.
  • 2007 - The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a federal ban on a medical procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Sanders Would Beat Trump Head-To-Head in Utah

If the presidential race in Utah were Bernie Sanders against Donald Trump, Utah would likely vote for a Democrat for the first time since 1964....

How to Avoid Getting Shot by a Cop

Based on the headlines and social media buzz, it seems like more people are being shot by law enforcement officers these days....

Should Gov. Herbert Give Up the Signature Route to the Ballot?

In the first gubernatorial debate of the 2016 election, GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson challenged Gov. Gary Herbert to abandon the signature gathering route to the primary ballot, which would leave his fate in the hands of the delegates at Saturday's state convention....

Electoral College Projections Show Clinton Would Clobber Trump and Cruz

Bad news for Republicans. According to the latest Electoral College estimates, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would trounce both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in the November election....

Ryan, Chaffetz Part Ways over Impeachment of IRS Chief

Reps. Paul Ryan and Jason Chaffetz both believe IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be fired, but they disagree about the timing. Chaffetz wants to remove Koskinen now, while Ryan says the GOP must win the White House first....

Policy News

Peek Joins Utah's IT and Outdoor Industries
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced that Peek will open a regional office in Utah, adding up to 100 jobs....

Entrata Expands at Home
Entrata and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced that the property management software company will expand in Utah, creating up to 191 jobs and $6 million in capital investment.“Entrata has experienced exciting growth at multiple locations sinc...

Keynote for the Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame Announced at Annual UTC Members Meeting Event
Apple CEO Tim Cook will keynote the Utah Technology Council’s 18th annual Hall of Fame gala event, the association revealed in a special announcement by Senator Orrin Hatch at the association’s Annual Members Meeting event in Salt Lake City....

Mayor Biskupski will Reconvene Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission with April 18 Meeting
On Monday, April 18, Salt Lake City’s efforts to address homelessness effectively and compassionately will continue with a meeting of the reconvened Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission....

Collaborative Planning Brings a New South Salt Lake Downtown Plan to Life
In one of the most significant actions taken in its 75-year history, the South Salt Lake City Council passed a new zoning ordinance to spur significant redevelopment by creating a new downtown district....

Rep. Mia Love Bill Passes the House of Representatives
Congresswoman Mia Love fulfilled an important promise to her constituents when the U.S. House of Representatives passed her bill by a margin of 247-171.  It will expand opportunities for middle and low-income Utahns to receive loans in order to ...

Mayor Hires Hew Animal Services Director
Mayor Ben McAdams has selected Talia Butler to head up Salt Lake County’s Division of Animal Services. Butler is an experienced Salt Lake County employee who first began her career in Animal Services as operations and programs manager in 2013....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Could Ted Cruz be a Trojan horse for Mormons?

Op-ed: SLC should drop single-room occupancy as a housing solution

Op-ed: Mountain Accord is a consensus effort and a good plan

Op-ed: Here’s what Salt Lake City can do to foster economic development

Op-ed: Utah hurts sovereignty claim over federal lands when it remains dependent on federal dollars

Op-ed: Gifts flowing to GOP delegates corrupt Utah political process

Op-ed: Love can help vulnerable Utahns by pushing for lower payday-lending rates

Editorial: Free transit for Wasatch Front is an idea worth pursuing

Rep. Mia Love’s first bill to pass the House focuses on small banks

In the future, Utahns could see free transit, ‘bike superhighways’

National GOP group says Mia Love doesn’t need its help this year

Russ Wall leaving Salt Lake County as public works boss

Salt Lake County Republicans defeat two incumbents

In Utah County, GOP delegates still angry over election changes

U.S. attorney for Utah promises to protect Muslims’ civil rights

Vote to change name of Utah education office postponed after point, cost questioned

Auditor warns secretive Utah agency to report finances or face funding freeze

Despite ‘Sister Wives’ ruling, arguments for decriminalizing persist, even from those who don’t like polygamy

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Prohibiting travel, superdelegates and the race for governor

Op-ed: Where do we put the homeless?

John Florez: Deregulate public education

Mia Love: A victory for middle and low-income Utahns

Op-ed: 'Get the government out of it'

Drew Clark: Utah Republicans continue to provide a responsible example to the nation

Editorial: Taking action now to avoid a bigger problem later

Utah unemployment rate at 3.5 percent

Governor trumpets entrepreneurism to local business leaders

Sen. Mike Lee home sale didn't violate campaign finance laws, FEC says

State School Board: New math standards show state flexibility in education

Rep. Mia Love gets first bill through House

Federal judge upholds controversial Utah election law

GOP delegates block embattled Recorder Gary Ott's surrogate speaker

S.L. County GOP slams door on two incumbents


GOP Chair: County will abide by judge's ruling in signature-only candidate case (Daily Herald)

Republican county convention: Nathan Ivie, Casey Voeks, to face off in June primary (Daily Herald)

Utah County Democrats call for end of 'One Party Utah' (Daily Herald)

Does the Justice Reinvestment Initiative help or hurt crime rates? (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: America's tax code is a growth industry (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office? (Politico)

Trump's campaign may see some fallout from its fight with the RNC (CNN)

Sanders: Clooney is backing the wrong horse (CNN)

As Supreme Court battle looms, undocumented immigrants seek truce (USA Today)

Gov. McCrory Stands Behind Parts of North Carolina's 'Bathroom Law' (NBC News)

The Battle for New York's Key Voting Blocs in the Primaries (New York Times)

2016's Other Big Question Mark: The Senate (New York Times)

Michelle Fields Attacks Prosecutor's Wife (Daily Beast)

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei Takes Aim at Donald Trump’s Trade Policies (Wall Street Journal)

Insurers May Leave Obamacare Markets, But Don't Expect A Mass Exodus (Forbes)

Americans pay more in taxes than for housing, food, clothes combined (MarketWatch)

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