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Tuesday's Talking Points - April 26, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 117th day of the year. There are 249 days left in 2016.

Clinton and Trump are expected to triumph in Tuesday's "Acela primary." The Cruz/Kasich alliance is already showing signs of trouble. Utahns want lawmakers to expand Medicaid even further.

The clock:

  • 63 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 196 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 272 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 317 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Tuesday is the "Acela primary" in five eastern states. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to rack up more wins [Bloomberg, Politico, Washington Post, ABC News, LA Times].

  2. The Ted Cruz/John Kasich alliance to stop Donald Trump is already showing signs of strain [Politico, Washington Post].

  3. Ted Cruz is reportedly vetting Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick [Politico].

  4. Utahns say the Legislature didn't go far enough with Medicaid expansion, according to a new poll [Utah Policy].

  5. Jonathan Johnson is confident he can pull the upset over Gary Herbert in June's primary election [Tribune].

  6. The fight over SB54 was a big part of the reason why Johnson forced Herbert into a primary election [Deseret News].

  7. The Utah GOP is considering changing a rule to allow the party to endorse candidates in a contested primary [Utah Policy].

  8. Michael Weinholtz's revelation that his wife is under investigation for possession of marijuana could be a bigger problem for Democrats than they realize [Utah Policy].

  9. Lawyers for are pouring over the proposed deal to sell the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman [Tribune].

  10. Cleveland reaches a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child shot by a white police officer while he was playing with a toy gun [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1607 - The first British colonists establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.
  • 1865  John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
  • 1986 - An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine killed at least 31 people and sent radioactivity into the atmosphere.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Larger Medicaid Expansion

Most Utahns say the GOP-controlled Legislature didn’t go far enough in Medicaid expansion this year, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

The State of the Utah Republican Party

So, the most conservative Republican governor since J. Bracken Lee (who served 60 years ago) failed to win 50 percent of the vote in his party’s state convention. Just not conservative enough. What’s more, sentiment exists within the party to further punish him a...

Utah GOP Still Tying Itself in Knots Over SB54

Could we see the Utah Republican Party formally endorse Jonathan Johnson, the GOP challenger to Gov. Gary Herbert, who says he’s been “a Republican all of my life?”...

Did the Huntsman's Buy the Tribune as Part of a Political Agenda?

Bruce Bartlett, who was an official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, says the rise of Donald Trump could be a catalyst for change for the GOP - which could include the political resurgence of Jon Huntsman, Jr....

'The Spin Room' - Compassionate vs. Criminal

On Saturday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz announced his wife was under investigation for possession of marijuana....

In the Age of Obama, a New Sagebrush Rebellion

A 1970s-style Sagebrush Rebellion is once again brewing in Utah and other Western states, and the reason is simple, says one expert: Barack Obama is "governing like Jimmy Carter did."...

Policy News

From Shakespeare to Solar?
With more than $1.2 billion in capital investments underway, the sun is smiling on Iron County. In fact, the home of the world renowned, Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival is quickly becoming a center for……utility-scale solar power development and pro...

Mayor Hires New Diversity Affairs Director
Mayor Ben McAdams has selected Emma E. Houston to head up the Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs. He says Houston has spent many years working and volunteering in the community, ensuring a smooth transition for the office and the community it serves....

Salt Lake City Announces New Partnership To Protect Children's Future
Salt Lake City launches a new partnership with Healthy Babies Bright Futures to become one of the organization’s first cohort of Bright Cities....

New Annie E. Casey Foundation Report Recommends Policies to Help Children with Incarcerated Parents
More than 5 million children in the nation have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration, including 44,000 in Utah, finds A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, a new KIDS COUNT®report ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Hatch should reciprocate and consider Garland nomination for Supreme Court

Shurtleff ‘fixer’ headed to trial

UEA elects Park City educator as next union president

Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News lawyers huddle with grass-roots group about Huntsman’s purchase bid

Jonathan Johnson forces primary for Utah governor race, but can he defeat Gov. Gary Herbert?

SLC school board chooses Arizona educator as new district superintendent

‘Sister Wives’ family asks for a rehearing in Utah polygamy case

Deseret News

Editorial: The public health crisis of pornography is heating up

Man dubbed Shurtleff 'fixer' ordered to stand trial

Park City educator elected UEA president

Arizona educator chosen next superintendent of Salt Lake City School District

Utah official: BLM 'impotent' to deal with wild horse problem

GOP's hard feelings over SB54 play part in forcing Herbert into primary with Johnson


Food freedom movement clashes with public health fears (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

What Trump gets right about the GOP primary (Politico)

Cruz-Kasich pact shows signs of strain (Politico)

Clinton leads Trump by just 3 points in new poll (The Hill)

$30 oil is changing the world and Washington (The Hill)

Donald Trump to return to Indiana Wednesday, will be joined by former IU coach Bob Knight (FOX News)

Trump: Cruz-Kasich alliance 'pathetic' (CNN)

Jim Webb praises Andrew Jackson, blasts ‘myth of universal white privilege’ (Washington Times)

What Cyberwar Against ISIS Should Look Like (Slate)

O’Malley endorses Van Hollen in Maryland’s U.S. Senate primary (Washington Post)

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders’ claim that Jim Kenney’s soda tax is regressive (PolitiFact)

Joe Biden goes peak Biden at campaign stop in Pennsylvania (Washington Post)

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