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Wednesday's Talking Points - April 27, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 118th day of the year. There are 248 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win big on Tuesday night. Utahns would support a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Jackie Biskupski keeps Mike Brown as police chief.

The clock:

  • 62 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 195 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 271 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 316 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton deliver crushing blows to their rivals in Tuesday night's "Acela Primary." Trump won all five states up for grabs on the Republican side, while Clinton grabbed four out of five [Politico, Roll Call, Washington Post, CNN].

  2. Trump is already starting to take shots at Clinton, saying he will probably have to "get used to her shouting" during the general election race [Politico].

  3. Trump has already passed Mitt Romney's primary vote total from 2012, and he is on pace to get more primary votes than any GOP candidate in modern history [Politico].

  4. Whoops! John Kasich's campaign misses an important deadline and will not be included in the voter pamphlet sent to every voter in Oregon [Politico].

  5. A new poll shows Utahns would support a measure legalizing medical marijuana if it appeared on a ballot initiative [Utah Policy].

  6. Nearly every national delegate elected by Utah Republicans on Saturday is loyal to Ted Cruz's campaign [Deseret News].

  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is keeping Mike Brown as the city's police chief [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. The Salt Lake County Council adopts a policy saying romantic relationships between supervisors and their subordinates are not proper. The policy is widely seen as a response to the relationship between County Recorder Gary Ott and his assistant [Tribune, Deseret News]. 

  9. Ott, who is the subject of rumors that his mental state is failing, conducts a rambling and sometimes incoherent interview in response to the new policy [2 News].

  10. It's been almost a year since Utah's statewide non-discrimination law went into effect, but nearly every complaint made under the statute so far has been dismissed [2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 - Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Phillippines.
  • 1897 - The cornerstone was laid for Grant's Tomb in New York City's Riverside Park.
  • 1937 - The first Social Security payment was made in the United States.
  • 1987 - The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews as a German Army officer during World War II.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

Utahns Slightly Less Confident About Present and Future Economic Outlook
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 6.4 points to 109.0 in April....

Congressman Stewart Launches Book Drive to Benefit the Kairos Academy
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a book drive to collect books for the Kairos Academy, a West Valley public charter high school with the unique mission of serving parenting teen girls and their children....

Biskupski to Appoint Brown as Salt Lake City Police Chief
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Inaugural Salt Lake City-Based Culinary Command Program to Launch at Salt Lake Community Action Program on May 31, 2016
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Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Business Tax Reform
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Votes show how Utah political conventions don’t reflect Utah’s people

Utahns’ economic outlook dipped in April

West Valley Police Chief wants to expand Taser, body cam program

Capitol board makes changes to ticket vehicles squatting in news media areas

Rolly: Gov. Herbert got tag-teamed at Utah’s GOP convention

Biskupski keeps Mike Brown, names him Salt Lake City’s police chief

Idaho ‘50 Shades of Grey’ case cited in Brewvies liquor battle in Utah

After overcoming mountains, deserts, early explorers now navigate state rules

Hatch, Leahy spar over Supreme Court nomination

House passes Chaffetz’s bill limiting paid leave for fed workers

Under campaign pressure, Overstock strips porn from site

Provo gives approval needed for ‘bus rapid transit’ project, bucking protest from residents

Agency board votes for big changes in wake of financial scandal

Broader Salt Lake County Council nepotism policy puts pressure on Recorder Gary Ott

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Medical marijuana issue will damage Democratic gubernatorial campaign

Derek B. Miller: No thanks, Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders: Utah doesn't need your protection

Editorial: People desire fair, equitable income tax

Democratic A.G. candidate says Reyes could have prevented Brewvies lawsuit

Salt Lake City to host coal reform hearing in May

Contentious politics, rising gas prices impact consumer confidence, report says

Sen. Ted Cruz secures second Utah victory, slate sweeps nearly all delegate slots

Interim Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown officially gets the job

Technology program 'a huge deal' for low-income Salt Lake students

Poll: Legislature didn't go far enough with Medicaid expansion

Council approves policy banning dating between S.L. County bosses, subordinates


Morris drops out of race for House District 6, so party can unify behind other convention candidate (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah had a cheap, popular way to reduce air pollution. So lawmakers killed it (Standard-Examiner)

GOP review of Senate District 23 vote upholds Weiler's win (Standard-Examiner)

Upstart Logan Wilde forces GOP stalwart Mel Brown into a primary (Park Record)

Trailside woman to cast vote for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump: 'It's over' (Politico)

Clinton's refusal to quit in 2008 haunts her in 2016 (Politico)

Nomination in sight as Clinton adds to delegate lead (The Hill)

Sanders vows to campaign until convention in wake of Tuesday losses (The Hill)

Bernie Sanders is profoundly changing how millennials think about politics, poll shows (Washington Post)

Trump and Clinton trade barbs after big wins in Northeast (Reuters)

How Sanders changed Clinton and the Democrats (CNN)

The 2016 election has claimed its first incumbent loser: Rep. Chaka Fattah (Washington Post)

Clash over anti-Trump motion boils over in Anaheim: 'Keep your noses out of the national election' (Los Angeles Times)

Supreme Court to define limits on political corruption (USA Today)

Bobby Knight's support of Donald Trump could make loud statement about former coach (Sporting News)

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