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Monday's Talking Points - May 16, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 137th day of the year. There are 229 days left in 2016.

Gov. Herbert tells donors he's willing to go anywhere to meet with them. Poll shows Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Utah in November. Is Jon Huntsman on Trump's short list for veep?

The clock:

  • 43 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 176 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 252 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 297 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. An audio recording of Gov. Gary Herbert has him telling donors he is willing to "go anywhere" to meet with them. He also called himself "Available Jones" if they would like to meet with him and give him campaign donations [Tribune].

  2. A new poll shows Donald Trump would defeat either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in Utah [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump denies posing as his own publicist in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, despite audio recordings clearly demonstrating Trump pretending to be someone named "John Miller" or "John Barron." Previously, Trump has admitted to using the aliases when talking to reporters [Washington Post].

  4. An analysis of Donald Trump's wealth shows the billionaire does not have the available cash to self-fund the rest of his presidential campaign [Wall Street Journal].

  5. The Sutherland Institute's Boyd Matheson says former Ambassador Jon Huntsman is on Trump's short list for running mate [Fox 13].

  6. Chia Chi-Teng, who is challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz for the GOP nomination in Utah's 3rd District, is proving to be a major irritant in Chaffetz's bid for a fifth term in Congress [Tribune].

  7. Whoops! EDCUtah, an economic development nonprofit funded mostly by taxpayer money, failed to file tax returns for five years, which resulted in the loss of the organization's tax-exempt status [Tribune].

  8. The Utah Board of Education says they will re-evaluate Common Core and SAGE testing, but only if lawmakers give them enough money to complete the task [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. Gov. Gary Herbert slams the directive from President Obama to public schools, mandating they accommodate transgender students in bathrooms and locker rooms, as federal overreach [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13].

  10. The Utah Transit Authority says they are closing some of their meetings to the public because of scrutiny by the media [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - The U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him. He was later acquitted of all charges.
  • 1988 - Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said nicotine was as addictive as heroin or cocaine and called for the licensing of tobacco product vendors.
  • 1990 - "Muppets" creator Jim Henson died at age 53.
  • 2001 - Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was indicted on charges of spying for Russia.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Trump Tops Clinton and Sanders in Utah

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Utah Policy Genius Panel: Mentors Who Made a Difference

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Utah May be Forced to Use the Firing Squad in Future Executions

Utah is one step closer to returning to the firing squad as its only realistic form of capital punishment....

'Political Insiders' Mostly Positive About Sale of Salt Lake Tribune

Most of our "Political Insiders" are hopeful the sale of the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman will portend good things for Utah's largest newspaper....

Florida Congressional Candidate Stops Fundraising, Calls it 'Disgusting'

Florida Democrat Randy Perkins, a candidate for Congress, says he won't raise campaign funds anymore and is giving donations back to anyone who asks for them....

Gov. Herbert's Statement on President Obama's School Directive

Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the directive issued by President Barack Obama:...

K-12 Math and English Standards to Undergo Review

The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to begin a review of English language arts and mathematics standards and move toward discontinuing SAGE testing in high schools....

Policy News

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Evidence-Based Delivery and Funding for Social Welfare Programs
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine the role of outcomes and evidence standards in shaping social policies and how they can be best applied to program delivery and financing models:...

Utah Schools Receive Official State STEM Designation
The Utah State Board of Education approved 19 public schools for the Utah STEM School Designation. These schools, representing multiple locations statewide, are the first to receive the new designation. ...

ACLU submits GRAMA request for release of video footage of Abdi Mohamed shooting by SLCPD
The ACLU of Utah and First Amendment attorney David Reymann of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless submitted an official request that video footage of the shooting of Abdi Mohamed by the Salt Lake City Police Department be released to the public under Utah’s Government Recor...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Infrastructure is where the rubber hits the road of economic growth

Op-ed: Environmentalists owe a debt to rural America, and so do the extractors

Op-ed: If we don’t want federal control, why Mountain Accord?

Op-ed: Utah patients need safe, legal access to cannabis

Op-ed: Fetuses do feel pain in abortion, and there are well known practices for addressing it

Editorial: More homeless left behind by Utah’s economic boom

Editorial: Lake Powell Pipeline funders? It would be all Utahns

State’s economic development partner failed to file tax returns for five years

Utah Legislature will scrutinize agency hit by $1M embezzlement that lasted 10 years

UTA chairman says agency closed meetings to public because of Tribune coverage

Salt Lake County Council focuses on sites of illegal sex trade

Group files complaint against Provo for efforts against transit referendum

New Utah history education standards will be released for public review

In audio, Utah guv says he’s available and will ‘go anywhere’ to meet with campaign donors

Republican challenger gets under Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s skin

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Bears Ears, Donald Trump and a rocky start

Op-ed: A tribute to Sen. Bob Bennett

Op-ed: Pro-business legislature allows our business community to thrive

Editorial: Utah's Rep. Bishop is in a pivotal position to influence a solution for Puerto Rico

Editorial: The problem of rising rents

Editorial: The most recent homeless count surprises and disappoints

School board calls for review of Common Core, supports removing SAGE from high school

Prosecutors fight motion to toss charges against ex-A.G. John Swallow

Herbert slams Obama 'bathroom' directive as federal overreach

Mitt Romney still taking on Donald Trump over releasing tax returns

This year's college graduates 'imperative' for vibrant Utah economy

Former senator Bob Bennett remembered as 'servant leader'

A mayor with a healthy midlife crisis

Millcreek's first city election draws crowded primaries

Housing pressure puts the squeeze on Utah County's rich farmland


Big Business in Utah County: Top 10 valley employers (Daily Herald)

Editorial: UTA's closing of committee meetings violates the Open Meetings Act (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Clinton caught in end-of-the-primary trap (Politico)

State GOP leaders crush 'Never Trump’ rebellions (Politico)

Trump tweaks his brand (The Hill)

Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right (The Hill)

Even supporters agree: Clinton has weaknesses as a candidate. What can she do? (Washington Post)

DHS Secretary: Long Airport Screening Wait Times Not a ‘National Crisis’ (PJ Media)

Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump (Washington Post)

Hillary, Bernie delegates clash at NV Dem convention (American Mirror)

Hillary Clinton Outlines Economic Plans, Which Include Her Husband (New York Times)

Chris Wallace to Bob Woodward: Does Wash Post Also Have 20 Reporters Investigating Hillary Clinton? (Washington Post)

Glenn Beck, other top conservatives to meet with Mark Zuckerberg over bias claims (MarketWatch)

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