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Monday's Talking Points - April 25, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 116th day of the year. There are 250 days left in 2016.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich team up to stop Donald Trump. Most Utahns support suing the federal government over public lands. Gov. Gary Herbert will face Jonathan Johnson in a primary.

The clock:

  • 64 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 197 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 273 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 318 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. It's a plot twist worthy of the WWE. Ted Cruz and John Kasich are teaming up in a last ditch effort to stop Donald Trump from winning enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination on the first ballot [CNN, The Hill, Washington Post]. Trump calls the effort an "act of desperation" [Politico].

  2. Shots fired! Charles Koch says Hillary Clinton might make a better president than any of the Republican contenders [Washington Post].

  3. Clinton's campaign is beginning to consider possible running mates [New York Times].

  4. President Barack Obama announced plans Monday morning to quadruple the number of U.S. Special Forces in Syria [Washington Post].

  5. A new poll shows nearly 60% of Utahns support suing the federal government to take control of public lands within the state [Utah Policy].

  6. As expected, Gov. Gary Herbert is going to a primary election against challenger Jonathan Johnson after Johnson prevailed in the delegate vote at Saturday's GOP convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. 

  7. Utah Democrats pick Mike Weinholtz as their gubernatorial nominee, even after Weinholtz admitted to convention delegates his wife was under investigation for possession of marijuana. U.S. Senate candidates Jonathan Swinton and Misty Snow are headed to a primary [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. The vote count in the Senate District 23 Republican contest between Sen. Todd Weiler and challenger Heather Gardner is generating some controversy [Standard Examiner].

  9. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's not ruling out another run for the Senate in 2018 [Fox 13].

  10. The Days of '47 parade once again rejects Mormons Building Bridges from marching in the annual event [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1507 - German mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller published a book in which he named the newly discovered continent of the New World "America" after the man he mistakenly thought had discovered it, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
  • 1862 - Union forces captured New Orleans during the Civil War.
  • 1939 - Batman was introduced in DC Comics' Detective Comics No. 27.
  • 1945 - Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
  • 1967 - The first law legalizing abortion in the United States was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Love.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Support Suing Federal Government Over Public Lands

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson is on the right side of his political party in demanding an immediate lawsuit against the federal government seeking control of public lands in the state, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Herbert and Johnson Used Strikingly Different Tactics at Saturday's Convention

By now UtahPolicy readers know that Gov. Gary Herbert was topped inSaturday’s state Republican convention by challenger Jonathan Johnson – 45 percent of the delegate vote for Herbert, 55 percent for Johnson in the final round ballot. ...

Hopeful Rhetoric from Utah's Democrats at Saturday's Convention

The rhetoric and ideological clashes at Saturday's Democratic State Convention was reminiscent of a recent Broadway musical centering on politics....

Utah Democratic Chair Peter Corroon on the 2016 Election (Video)

Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon discusses the 2016 election and how Utah's Democrats may fare with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket....

Best Advice on Extremist Groups: Ignore Them

Utah has two relatively new advocacy groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Alliance for a Better Utah is a left-wing extremist organization promoting ultra-liberal causes and attacking conservatives and conservative causes....

Prominent LDS Family Saves Tribune from Certain Death; Trib Immediately Denounces LDS Influence in Local Politics

As a former newspaper reporter, it’s been with particular interest that I’ve followed the ongoing financial troubles of The Salt Lake Tribune. Every newspaper in America has gone through a contraction in the last 10-15 years, many of them switching to online only...

Utah's Economic Outlook is No. 1 - Nine Years Running

For the ninth year straight, ALEC ranked Utah in the No. 1 spot for economic outlook and No. 3 for economic performance in the “Rich States, Poor States” competitive index rankings....

Policy News

Hinckley & Gardner Policy Institute Help Utah Voters Make Informed Decisions in 2016
The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Hinckley Institute of Politics will produce a series of 2016 election products that will help Utah voters make informed decisions....

Hatch: Only Meaningful Changes to the Tax Code Will Curb Inversions
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) highlighted the need for an overhaul of the U.S. tax system to curb corporate inversions and addressed the Treasury Department’s latest rules on earnings stripping aimed to counter inversi...

Press Release: Study Shows Massive Economic Gains for States that Invest in Student Achievement
When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in December, it returned the responsibility of public school improvement to the states....

SLCC Hosts Utah Crowdfunding Conference 2016
The Salt Lake Region Small Business Development Center and the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Center present the Second Annual Utah Crowdfunding Conference April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SLCC’s Miller Campus....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah’s crown jewels of tourism could be threatened by the state’s shortsightedness

Op-ed: Hatch bill is PATH to developing new antibiotics

Op-ed: S.L. County libraries respect First Amendment, but they don’t let patrons view porn

Op-ed: Health care providers should promote firearm safety

Editorial: Little known Circleville Massacre is very much worth remembering

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett suffers stroke

Utah GOP wants judge recused, claims bias in attorney fees

‘Forgotten’ massacre of Utah Paiute group recalled with new monument

Johnson outpolls Gov. Herbert at Utah GOP convention, forcing primary

Weinholtz wins Dem nomination in Utah governor’s race, says wife under investigation for pot possession

Salt Lake City pro-life proponents join nationwide protest

Millcreek vote fuels prospects of busy primary election

Rolly: Sticking it to Herbert? Guv’s campaign slowed by Super Glue

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What happened to Utah's famous niceness?

John Florez: We need an education renaissance

Op-ed: Salt Lake County Equestrian Park needs basic services

Chaffetz GOP opponent running radio ads

Utah GOP wants judge removed from SB54 fight over legal fees

Big turnout for Utah Democrats' national delegate elections

Less than 15 percent of candidates took signature-gathering path to primary ballot

Gov. Gary Herbert, Jonathan Johnson headed to primary after GOP convention vote

Utah Dems nominate Weinholtz to run for governor

Waiting on 'young invincibles'


Editorial: By refusing to be bullied, Gochnour gives Weber County voters a choice (Standard-Examiner)

Democratic nominee Mike Weinholtz says wife under investigation for marijuana (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Senate District 23 vote count being contested (Standard-Examiner)

Transparent enough? Utah Regents, public debate USU presidential search process (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Upstanding legislator forced out by right-wing zealots (Park Record)

Park City merchants grapple with possibility of minimum wage hike (Park Record)

Republican candidates for Summit County Council unchallenged at convention (Park Record)

GOP slams signature-gathering route at Summit County convention (Park Record)

Republican Kraig Powell, delivering political bombshell, ends campaign (Park Record)

National Headlines

Obama's latest pivot — to Europe (Politico)

Sanders caught in political trap (Politico)

Fed-up GOP mega-donors sitting on their checkbooks (The Hill)

A kinder, gentler Trump? (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton urges Britain to remain in the European Union (Guardian)

CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors (Judicial Watch)

Ted Cruz and John Kasich to Coordinate Against Donald Trump (New York Times)

Virginia Governor Says Restoring Rights to Felons 'Wasn't Politics' (ABC News)

Why a Washington judge allowed a CIA torture lawsuit to proceed (Christian Science Monitor)

China debt load reaches record high as risk to economy mounts (CNBC)

De Blasio’s Ties to Real-Estate Industry Are Scrutinized (Wall Street Journal)

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