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Wednesday's Talking Points - May 11, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 132nd day of the year. There are 234 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders wins West Virginia but doesn't make much of a dent in Hillary Clinton's lead. Gary Herbert has a big lead on Jonathan Johnson according to our latest poll. Herbert takes SAGE testing of the agenda for this month's special session.

The clock:

  • 48 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 75 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 181 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 257 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 302 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Bernie Sanders wins the West Virginia primary [Politico]. Hillary Clinton triumphs in the Nebraska primary [Politico]. Donald Trump, who is the only GOP candidate left, is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination [The Hill].

  2. Not a good look! Donald Trump's campaign selects white supremacist William Johnson as an official delegate from California. Trump's campaign blames the selection on a "database error." Johnson says he will resign as a delegate [Mother Jones].

  3. Vice President Joe Biden says he's confident Hillary Clinton will be the eventual Democratic nominee and that she will win the presidency in November [ABC News].

  4. Data guru Nate Silver goes on a Twitter rampage about why general-election polls are basically meaningless at this point in the presidential campaign [Politico].

  5. A new poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert with a big lead over GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson ahead of the June primary election [Utah Policy].

  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz demands that the IRS explain how they were able to hire 700 new employees after the head of the organization asked lawmakers for a billion-dollar budget increase in February [Washington Post].

  7. Gov. Gary Herbert backs off his proposal to put an end to SAGE testing on the agenda for this month's special legislative session [Deseret News]. House Speaker Greg Hughes says Herbert is playing politics with his recent opposition to Common Core and SAGE testing [Tribune].

  8. The number of Utah parents who are opting their kids out of SAGE testing is on the rise [Deseret News].

  9. The Utah Transit Authority says its committee meetings will no longer be open to the public [Tribune].

  10. The number of registered voters in Utah has jumped by about 45,000, which is a larger than normal increase for a presidential election year [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1858 -Minnesota became the 32nd state.
  • 1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Co. in Illinois went on strike. The job action spread and crippled railroad service nationwide before the federal government intervened to end the strike in July.
  • 1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1997 - World chess champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by a computer, IBM's Deep Blue, in a six-game match in New York.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Republican Voters Favor Herbert Over Johnson 74-19%

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'The Spin Room' - Playing Politics with Common Core

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Hatch Urges Unity on Trump

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Policy News

Press Release: Utah Firefighters Endorse Doug Owens
The Professional Firefighters of Utah is proud to announce their endorsement of Doug Owens in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District....

Salt Lake City Launches Program to Double its Amount of Municipal Solar Power
Mayor Jackie Biskupski, flanked by Rocky Mountain Power CEO Cindy Crane, launched a new initiative to double Salt Lake City’s current use of clean solar power....

Utah Navajo Plaintiffs Ask Court to Dismiss Counterclaim in Voting Rights Case
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and seven members of the Navajo Nation – plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over voting rights and voter access in San Juan County – filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Utah to dismiss a recent counterclaim by San ...

Utah Division of Water Resources Launches H2Oath to Encourage Water Conservation
The Utah Division of Water Resources, a division within the Utah Department of Natural Resources, launched H2Oath: Utah’s Water-Wise Pledge, a water conservation initiative designed to increase further water conservation....

Sorenson Impact Center and Social Finance Receive Social Innovation Fund Grant to Support Pay for Success Projects
The Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and Social Finance announced they have been awarded a $5.2M grant-funded budget from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s second Social Innovation Fund’s ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Trump may not be conservative always, but Clinton always will be liberal

Editorial: Time to grit our teeth and accept paltry Utah Medicaid plan

Rolly: Illegal booze sales at Salt Lake City airport? Yep, for eight months

Two studies give Utahns high marks for safe driving

Bipartisan send-off for former Sen. Bennett

Speaker Hughes scoffs at Utah guv’s suggestion that special session include SAGE test debate

UTA says its committee meetings are no longer public

Utah concealed carry permits get a new look

Rocky Mountain Power wants to sign Utah on to a multistate power grid that some fear could make California king

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: After the culture wars

Richard Davis: Judge Garland deserves the Senate's respect and action

Op-ed: Reggie Miller and a strengths-based approach to education reform

Editorial: The political lightning rod that is Common Core

Jordan School District proposes $245M bond for 6 new schools

Fatal car crashes involving marijuana up in Utah

After criticism, Herbert backs off push for SAGE on special session agenda

Biskupski at odds with City Council over saving Wingpointe

Opting out of SAGE test is on the rise


Democratic congressional candidate hopes anti-establishment trend bodes well for him (Daily Herald)

Cache Valley resident, vice-presidential candidate speaks out (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The Ben Rhodes Blow-up (Weekly Standard)

Cruz re-opens door to challenging Trump for nomination (Politico)

Hillary Clinton's primary quagmire (Politico)

Clinton's coal gaffe likely hurt in West Virginia (The Hill)

GOP sinks teeth into Facebook bias allegations (The Hill)

Why Hillary Clinton wins even when she loses (CNN)

Sanders, Trump win W. Virginia, Trump also takes Nebraska (FOX News)

Sanders vows to keep fight for nomination alive (Associated Press)

Cuomo Aide Left to Make More Money Amid Home Upgrade (Wall Street Journal)

Cliven Bundy Standoff Brews Over Cattle On Federal Land (Huffington Post)

Clerks rush to handle influx ahead of California primary (Associated Press)

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