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Tuesday's Talking Points - April 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 110th day of the year. There are 256 days left in 2016.

Republicans and Democrats are ready for the New York Primary. Sen. Mike Lee drops his leadership bid. Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leadership agree to a special session on education funding.

The clock:

  • Four days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 203 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 279 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 324 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The New York Primary is today. There are 291 Democratic and 95 Republican delegates up for grabs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to win, but their margin of victory could prove crucial [Politico, Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, The Hill].

  2. A new poll shows most Utah Republicans think Donald Trump will win their party's nomination while Utah Democrats believe Hillary Clinton will be their standard bearer in November [Utah Policy].

  3. The Supreme Court heard arguments about President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The Court appears likely to rule against the administration [Reuters].

  4. Sen. Mike Lee drops his bid to take a leadership spot in the Senate GOP Caucus [Politico, The Hill].

  5. Gov. Gary Herbert plays "Let's Make a Deal" with legislative leadership to avoid a veto override session. Instead, lawmakers will meet in a special session next month to consider restoring some education funding that was nixed by Herbert [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. The Democratic candidates for governor debate ahead of Saturday's convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Republican Jonathan Johnson and Democrats Vaughn Cook and Michael Weinholtz name their prospective running mates [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Rep. Kraig Powell, who took the signature-gathering route to the primary ballot, says he will sue if the Utah GOP tries to keep him off the ballot [Utah Policy].

  9. Sen. Todd Weiler will not face prosecution after he posted a copy of Jonathan Johnson's voter registration form on social media [Tribune].

  10. Trouble brewing at city hall? Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is clashing with the Salt Lake City Council over her plan to assume the lead at the city's RDA [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • 1933 - The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 1943 - Jewish residents of the Warsaw ghetto revolted when Germans tried to resume deportations to the Treblinka concentration camp.
  • 1993 - The 51-day Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas, ended when fire destroyed a fortified compound after it was tear gassed by authorities. Cult leader David Koresh and about 75 followers were killed.
  • 1995 - A truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500.

Today At Utah Policy

Powell Says He'll Sue if GOP Tries to Keep Him Off the Ballot

Should the Utah Republican Party, or one of its “official” nominees, file a new court case to keep a signature-bound candidate off of the June primary election ballot, at least one signature-certified candidate will go to court – Rep. Kraig Powell....

Poll: Utah Republicans Think Trump Will Win the Nomination; Utah Democrats Think Clinton will Prevail

Utah Republicans say Donald Trump has the best chance of winning their party’s presidential nomination, even though he finished third here in the party caucuses, and Trump may not have the 1,237 delegates votes needed when he enters the national convention....

Legislative Leadership and Governor Agree to Special Session

Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Speaker of the House Greg Hughes announced an agreement to convene a special session to address education funding items which were vetoed after the 2016 General Session....

Johnson Taps Bagley as Running Mate; Democrats Name Lt. Gov. Picks

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson on Monday picked charter school principal Robyn Bagley as his lieutenant governor running mate....

Lee: Obama Broke the Law with DAPA

In a National Review op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee urges the Supreme Court to strike down Pres. Obama's unilateral amnesty program for illegal immigrants....

Lee Ends Leadership Challenge

Sen. Mike Lee drops his bid for a spot in party leadership, ending an intraparty scuffle that underscored tensions between Lee and his more hidebound colleagues in the Senate GOP's upper ranks....

Few Differences Emerge in Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

Monday's Democratic gubernatorial debate between Mike Weinholtz and Vaughn Cook was devoid of fireworks, mostly because of the stilted broadcast format that didn't do either man any favors. ...

Policy News

Lee, Klobuchar Press FTC On Contact Lens Market
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission urging the agency to maintain vigilance over com...

Which State is 9th Best for Export Growth?
Did you know that land-locked Utah is a trade surplus state, to the tune of $4 billion annually, and the ninth best for export growth? International trade is very good for Utah and the state's economy wouldn't be nearly so robust without it....

Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City to Host a 'Missing Middle Housing' Discussion
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City invites the public to the educational session, “Missing Middle Housing: Responding to the Demand for Walkable Urban Living” on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library auditorium...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: If he wants lower deficit, Hatch should work to end carried-interest loophole

Editorial: Utah should not count on a future built on waxy crude

Rolly: Women get snubbed in Salt Lake County Democratic caucus vote

Utah politicians go the extra mile wooing state delegates

Utah Democratic governor hopeful names his running mate

Could a pipeline solve Uinta Basin’s oil-revenue woes?

Brewvies cited for serving alcohol while showing ‘Deadpool,’ set to sue Utah A.G. and DABC

Three Utah governor candidates name their running mates

New earthquake study says Utah is ripe for devastation

Biskupski, council tussle over plan to expand her redevelopment powers

Herbert sidesteps veto override, agrees to special session to restore Utah school funding

No charges filed amid allegations of dirty tricks in Utah guv race

Utah Dem candidates agree: Time to toss out Republicans

Site selection begins for new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Editorial: The Leonardo exhibit adds to the many Utah voices sympathetic to refugees' struggles

Another poll shows Sanders would beat Trump in Utah

Governor, legislative leaders agree to restore vetoed education funds

Three Utah gubernatorial candidates announce running mates

Democratic gubernatorial candidates fire at GOP governor, lawmakers in debate

New report reveals 'disconcerting' earthquake risk along Wasatch Front

Recommended sites for new homeless resource centers could be before mayors by September


Editorial: Utah's GOP turning to 'Mean Girl' tactics because of nominating system (Daily Herald)

Polls predict Utahns would vote Sanders over Trump; tie against Clinton (Standard-Examiner)

State scrambling to develop plans for legal needle exchange (Standard-Examiner)

Ranchers key to sage-grouse survival in northern Utah (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's pedal-to-the-metal New York finish (Politico)

Obama's big damage-control tour (Politico)

RNC struggles to control fight over Trump, convention rules (The Hill)

Obama phones Putin but doesn't bring up jets buzzing US ship (The Hill)

U.S. Troops Get Closer to Iraqi Front Lines After Obama Move (Bloomberg)

As bitter N.Y. primary draws close, Sanders accuses Clinton of campaign finance violations (Washington Post)

What's at Stake in the New York Primary (ABC News)

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Obama's Immigration Plan (New York Times)

Trump mistakenly cites 7-Eleven instead of 9/11 (Washington Post)

GOP rules fight caps weekend in politics (CNN)

Donald Trump joins his 'diversity coalition' for photo op (CNN)

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