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Friday's Talking Points - April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 113th day of the year. There are 253 days left in 2016.

Republicans reject proposed rules changes for their national convention. Some GOP delegates are getting death threats from Trump supporters. A new study finds Utah delegates are more politically extreme than regular voters.

The clock:

  • The Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions are tomorrow (4/23/2016)
  • 67 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 87 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 94 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 200 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 276 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 321 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Donald Trump's new campaign manager says Trump recognizes the need to change his public image if he ends up winning the GOP nomination [New York Times].

  2. Republicans reject proposed rules changes for the national convention that would make it harder to introduce a candidate for nomination who isn't already in the race [Politico, New York Times].

  3. Some GOP delegates are getting death threats from Donald Trump supporters if they don't support Trump at the GOP Convention in Cleveland [Politico].

  4. The remaining GOP candidates start to compile lists of possible VP candidates [Washington Post].

  5. A new Utah Foundation study finds that Utah Republican and Democratic convention delegates are more politically extreme than rank and file voters [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. The battle for the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nominations will be front and center at Saturday's conventions [Deseret News].

  7. Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, already suffering from cancer, had a stroke last week [Deseret News].

  8. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is not worried that a Donald Trump candidacy will permanently damage the Republican party [Huffington Post].

  9. Rep. Kraig Powell explains on Facebook why he abruptly dropped out of his legislative race [Utah Policy].

  10. The UTA wins a grant to buy some electric buses [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1864 - Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.
  • 1889 - About 20,000 homesteaders massed along the border of the Oklahoma Territory, awaiting the signal to start the Oklahoma land rush.
  • 1915 - During World War I, German forces became the first to use poison gas on the Western Front.
  • 1970 - Earth Day was first observed.
  • 1983 - The West German news magazine Stern announced the discovery of personal diaries purportedly written by Adolf Hitler that turned out to be a hoax.

Today At Utah Policy 'Political Insider' Survey: What Will Happen at Saturday's Conventions?

On Saturday, Utah Republicans and Democrats will vote on their nominees for this November's election....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Don't Expect Business as Usual for the Tribune

Great news this week that the well-known Huntsman family has made an offer to buy The Salt Lake Tribune....

Why Powell Suddenly Dropped Out

Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, rocked the Utah political world on Wednesday when he announced suddenly that he was dropping out of his race for another term in the Legislature....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #279

It's state convention week. Will Jonathan Johnson force a primary with Gary Herbert? Who will emerge as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #279

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

New Utah Group Formed to Stop Trump, Clinton

A group of leading conservative Republicans in Utah announced a new committee called Stop Trump Stop Hillary with the purpose to nominate a conservative Republican at the 2016 National Convention in Cleveland....

Guest Column: Supreme Court Nominations: A History of Escalating Politics

In 1986, Antonin Scalia’s nomination to the Supreme Court was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a 98–0 vote. In one of those interesting twists history often takes, his was the last Supreme Court nomination confirmed without a partisan political battle....

Party Convention Delegates More Polarized than Utah Voters

Delegates meeting in Utah’s Republican and Democratic state party conventions this weekend tend to have stronger partisan views than the state’s voters at large....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Hike of the week: Corona Arch near Moab-- Tribune: Conservation leader to deliver Earth Day talks-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Elivs & Nixon: Tribun...

Congresswoman Mia Love Receives Top Award from Pro-Life Group
Congresswoman Mia Love has the rare honor of being awarded the Marilyn Musgrave Defender of Life Award from the Susan B. Anthony List. ...

Judiciary Committee Senators Call For Investigation Of The U.S. Cattle Market
The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Sens. Mike Lee...

Hatch Applauds Committee Action on Bipartisan Bills to Protect Taxpayers, Curb Identity Theft & Tax Refund Fraud
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the Committee favorably reported out two bipartisan tax bills that aim to prevent identity theft and tax refund fraud, and better protect American taxpayers:...

Press Release: Chaffetz Blitzed in Opponent's First Radio Ad
Republican Chia-Chi Teng released an ad informing the public of Representative Jason Chaffetz’s vote for the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill on January 15, 2014. The bill was opposed by conservative groups such as Heritage Action and Club For Growth....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Newspapers decline but oil will be valuable for decades

Editorial: Utah politicians distract us from our bad air

Rolly: Signature-gathering firm goes from villain to hero for Utah GOP

Study: Convention delegates more extreme than most Utah voters

Utah agency will drop diversity when considering judges — for now

Huntsman group unveils plans to solve America’s woes

Salt Lake County job growth ranked No. 3 among nation’s large counties

UTA wins federal grant to buy its first-ever electric buses

California lawmakers enter the fray over Utah coal exports

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Utah’s moonshots: Top priorities for the future

Op-ed: Republican for the republic

Survey shows split between GOP voters, state delegates

Governor's race taking center stage at state GOP, Democratic conventions

Report: Higher starting wages part of the value of a Utah college education

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett now dealing with stroke


Op-ed: Coping with rapid population in Utah County (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump terrifies world leaders (Politico)

Obama sees another foreign policy goal crumble in Syria (Politico)

Poll: Trump up by 18 in California (The Hill)

RNC punts on rule changes (The Hill)

Trump Sides With Transgender Community Over Bathroom Law (CBS News)

Can Donald Trump really hit 1,237 before Cleveland? (CNN)

Long Primary Carries Costs for Hillary Clinton: Money and Time (New York Times)

Trump: Tubman on the $20 bill is 'pure political correctness' (CNN)

FBI Paid More Than $1 Million to Hack San Bernardino iPhone (Wall Street Journal)

Adam Silver: Charlotte All-Star Game 'problematic' if law remains (Sports Illustrated)

Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol (USA Today)

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