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Wednesday's Talking Points - April 20, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 111th day of the year. There are 255 days left in 2016.

Trump and Clinton win big in New York. United Healthcare announces its pulling out of Obamacare exchanges in most states. Big money is flowing in the race for Utah governor.

The clock:

  • Three days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 202 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 278 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 323 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton score decisive wins in the New York Primary [Washington Post, Politico, CNN].

  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren lashed out against Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter after Cruz sent out a fundraising email detailing the "sacrifices" he's making to campaign for the White House [Politico].

  3. United Healthcare announces it will exit Obamacare insurance exchanges in most states [CNN Money].

  4. Just how politically toxic could a Donald Trump nomination be in Utah? [Utah Policy].

  5. The candidates for Utah governor are spending freely so far this year [Deseret News]. Republican Jonathan Johnson is fundraising at a swift clip, too [Associated Press].

  6. Brad Dee, who decided against running for another term in the Utah House, has dropped his bid for a seat on the Weber County Commission [Standard-Examiner].

  7. Gov. Gary Herbert ceremonially signs a bill declaring pornography a public health crisis [Washington Post, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].

  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to visit Utah this summer, fueling speculation that President Barack Obama may declare a new national monument in the state [Tribune].

  9. Utah Republicans will consider a resolution that calls for "nullification" of some federal decisions [Tribune].

  10. A federal court rules a Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teenager by barring him from using the boys' restroom [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 - Congress passed the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, authorizing President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations and use military force to suppress the Klan.
  • 1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
  • 1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
  • 1999 - Two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Call for research the saving grace of Utah’s anti-porn resolution

Utah’s Mike Lee drops Senate leadership bid

Rolly: Are Utah legislators getting dumber faster than most?

Utah ceremonially declares porn a ‘public health crisis’

Utah Republican resolution may seek revolt against ‘overzealous’ federal rule

Ahead of Jewell visit to Utah, speculation about Bears Ears monument

Tooele residents concerned about pending Stericycle move, possibility of more pollution

UCA still trying to pick up the pieces in wake of financial scandal

Phil Lyman begins 10-day jail sentence for ATV protest conviction

Brewvies files lawsuit against Utah alcohol board after ‘Deadpool’ citation

Provo residents seek to block new ‘bus rapid transit’ project; council delays vote

Judge denies Swallow’s request for more evidence

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Party loyalty oaths and why Utah's GOP thinks they're OK

Op-ed: Stericycle concerns reflect changing Tooele County

Richard Davis: The party is too powerful in the candidate nominating process

Editorial: Misconceptions about Common Core

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman reports to jail for illegal ATV ride

Judge declines to force Swallow prosecutors to turn over evidence

Medical cannabis advocates look to ballot initiative for 2018

Utah becomes first state to declare pornography a public health crisis

Brewvies sues Utah alcohol department over threat to pull liquor license

Big money being spent in Utah governor's race


Brad Dee withdraws from Weber County Commission race (Standard-Examiner)

Geologists say large earthquake likely to hit Wasatch Front in next 50 years (Standard-Examiner)

Doug Clyde chosen as Democratic nominee for Summit County Council race (Park Record)

Park City and Summit County put transportation funding talks into gear (Park Record)

Utah Democratic candidates rouse party members at Summit County convention (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump towers in New York (Politico)

Clinton sinks Sanders in New York: 'This one's personal' (Politico)

Cruz spokesman: GOP race will go to contested convention (The Hill)

Sanders camp insists it will fight Clinton to bitter end even if it loses at ballot box (The Hill)

Only 6% Trust Media, But It Should Be Less (Investor's Business Daily)

Cuba officials call Obama's visit an ‘attack,’ Raul Castro labels U.S. as 'enemy' (FOX News)

Border agent probed by DHS after testifying before Congress (Washington Examiner)

In Rare Alliance, Obama, Ryan Oppose 9/11 Bill (Roll Call)

Trump’s shift to more-seasoned staffers is a key inflection point for bid (Washington Post)

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren mocks Ted Cruz in series of tweets (Washington Post)

While UnitedHealth pulls the plug on Obamacare, data shows where and why it failed (Los Angeles Times)

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