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Thursday's Talking Points - April 21, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 112th day of the year. There are 254 days left in 2016.

Cruz mathematically cannot win the GOP nomination on the first ballot. Gov. Herbert calls for a special session in May. The Huntsman family announces they are buying the Salt Lake Tribune.

The clock:

  • Two days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 201 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 277 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 322 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Pennsylvania's odd delegate allocation rules could cost Donald Trump the GOP nomination [New York Times]. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz is having trouble winning support from his Republican colleagues in the Senate [Politico]. Cruz has been mathematically eliminated from winning the GOP nomination on the first ballot [The Hill].

  2. After a crushing defeat in New York, there's not much of a path forward for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination [New York Times].

  3. The Huntsman family announces they are buying the Salt Lake Tribune [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].

  4. Lawmakers have a sharp exchange over whether Utah should sue the federal government to take over public lands within the state [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. Gov. Gary Herbert calls a special session of the Legislature for next month. One of the matters they'll consider is a resolution opposing the creation of a new national monument in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, 2 News].

  6. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox gets into a Twitter spat with Jonathan Johnson over pornography [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Rep. Kraig Powell unexpectedly drops out of his race for another term on the Hill [Deseret News].

  8. Utahns give the 2016 Legislature mostly passing grades according to a new poll [Utah Policy].

  9. Some potential Utah delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention are uncomfortable with demands from the Ted Cruz campaign to commit to voting for Cruz, even if there are multiple rounds of voting [Tribune].

  10. The U.S. Treasury announces that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill, but five women from the suffrage movement will be on the back of the re-designed bill. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 [The Hill, Politico, NBC News]. Fox News' Greta Van Susteren calls the decision to put Tubman on the $20 bill "stupid" [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 - With the battle cry "Remember the Alamo!" Texas forces defeated the army of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Texas, opening the path to Texas independence.
  • 1918 - Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.
  • 1980 - Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

Digital First Media to Sell The Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman
Digital First Media announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell The Salt Lake Tribune and its Affiliates to Paul Huntsman, son of businessman and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed....

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Hatch Statement at Finance Markup of Bills to Protect and Prevent Taxpayers from Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud
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Salt Lake City Air Quality Improved Finds 2016 'State of the Air' Report
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Biskupski, Hatch, Mormon church, others react to Huntsman family buying The Salt Lake Tribune

American Lung Association ranks SLC in top 10 for worst air quality

Cruz demand for pledge of support doesn’t sit well with some Utah Republicans

Utah’s anti-porn resolution leads to spat among Republican candidates for governor

About Paul Huntsman, the potential next owner of The Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch, Lee want quick vote on Utah judicial pick, not high-court nominee

Salt Lake County suing Volkswagen, saying its cars polluted Utah air

Questions arise about direction a new owner would steer The Salt Lake Tribune

Judge orders release of Provo man nicknamed ‘Captain Moroni’ at Oregon refuge

Davis County attorney getting state funds to pay for probe beyond Shurtleff

Lawmakers say tribal support for Bears Ears monument is a ‘charade’

Utah lawmaker wants to exclude diversity from consideration for state judges

Huntsman family buying The Salt Lake Tribune, hopes to ensure ‘independent voice for future generations’

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Women on currency is good news, but money is quickly going out of style

Editorial: Credit education secretary for broadened approach

Herbert asks Legislature to fight against Bears Ears monument

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox calls GOP opponent 'hypocritical' in porn Twitter exchange

Rep. Kraig Powell ends campaign to avoid 'divisiveness'

Salt Lake County sues Volkswagen for alleged air pollution violations

Salt Lake Tribune to be sold to Paul Huntsman

GOP, Democratic lawmakers get testy over Utah's public lands fight

Report: Utah still among the worst states for dirty air


Editorial: Needle exchange programs offer hope for Utah drug addicts (Standard-Examiner)

State of air report: Utah air still bad, but slightly better (Standard-Examiner)

Gov. Herbert calls Utah legislative session on national monument, education (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

5 takeaways from the New York primary (Politico)

How Bernie lost New York (Politico)

Trump campaign projects 1,400 delegates at convention (The Hill)

Team Clinton to Sanders: It's over (The Hill)

Bernie: 'I can still win' (Washington Examiner)

Treasury Picks Tubman for $20 Bill, Hamilton to Stay on $10 (Bloomberg)

It's official: Ted Cruz needs a contested convention to win — and here's how he plans to do it (CNN)

The ‘deep and disturbing decline’ in global press freedom (Washington Post)

Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources (Associated Press)

Bid to override Haslam veto of Bible as Tennessee book fails (Associated Press)

Laws decried as LGBT discrimination proposed across country (Associated Press)

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