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Tuesday's Talking Points - May 17, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 138th day of the year. There are 228 days left in 2016.

The Supreme Court punts on an Obamacare ruling. Oregon and Kentucky hold primary elections. Herbert apologizes for his aggressive fundraising tactics.

The clock:

  • 42 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 175 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 251 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 296 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The Supreme Court punts on a decision about a legal challenge from faith-based groups to a provision in Obamacare mandating coverage for birth control [ABC News].

  2. The Oregon and Kentucky primaries are Tuesday. Bernie Sanders needs big wins to cut into Hillary Clinton's pledged delegate lead [The Hill, Politico, Bloomberg].

  3. Some conservatives are still formulating a plan to try and stop Donald Trump from winning the nomination at the GOP convention [Washington Post].

  4. Donald Trump's campaign reportedly canceled an interview after staffers heard the television reporter speak Spanish [BuzzFeed].

  5. Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump nationally is down to just 3-points according to a new survey [Politico].

  6. A new poll shows Utahns would have more difficulty casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump [Utah Policy].

  7. The three top candidates for governor discuss taxes, business, and the economy during a debate in Salt Lake City [Utah Policy].

  8. Gov. Gary Herbert strikes a contrite tone after challengers hit him for his aggressive fundraising tactics [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].

  9. Lawmakers are set to tackle education funding and public lands issues during Wednesday's special legislative session [Deseret News].

  10. Utah's state school board wants to let individual school districts decide how to comply with President Barack Obama's directive on accommodating transgender students [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street.
  • 1946 - President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
  • 1954 - The Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
  • 1973 - The Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Clinton More Toxic Politically than Trump in Utah

For most Utahns, the November presidential election will come down to the lesser of two evils as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are off-putting to voters....

White House Snubs Chaffetz

The White House refuses to allow Rep. Jason Chaffetz's House Oversight Committee to question Ben Rhodes about his role in manipulating the media about the Iran nuclear deal....

Herbert, Johnson, Weinholtz Debate Business Bonafides

Who is the best job creator/business genius running for governor this year?...

Hate To Break It To You, Media: Women At BYU Are Safer Than On Any Other Campus

So, one of the reasons I chose to attend the University of Utah instead of Brigham Young University is I didn’t want to deal with the Honor Code. Not for any salacious purposes, mind you, I just am slightly lazy when it comes to the subject of facial hair....

Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Less-Likely to Support Candidates Who Back Donald Trump

Want to understand why many candidates are reluctant to get behind Donald Trump as the GOP standard bearer? A new national poll finds about half of Americans are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the presumptive GOP nominee....

Policy News

A Small Utah Company Stands Out on the World Stage
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama reached out to Utah's Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Kaddas Enterprises Inc., in April to represent small business interests in international trade during a special White House event for some of the world's top political and...

Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Nominations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement at a hearing to consider two Social Security and Medicare Trustees nominations: ...

Statement from Senator Mike Lee on the 2017 NDAA
Senator Mike Lee joined two of his colleagues in voting against the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in the Senate Armed Services Committee. ...

Salt Lake County, Murray City & Eagle Mountain Bring Back Popular Rain Barrel Program
The Utah Rivers Council is proud to announce the highly anticipated return of their RainHarvest program with Murray City, Salt Lake County and Eagle Mountain. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Federal coal leasing doesn’t need major reform

Editorial: Utah sputters and spins on SAGE and Common Core

Issues dividing Democrats in the Senate primary race

Misty K. Snow running for Senate as a progressive who just happens to be transgender

Candidate Jonathan Swinton pitches himself as a marriage counselor for Washington, D.C.

Poll shows Trump gaining support in Utah, leads Clinton, Sanders

BLM opens Salt Flats summit after initially saying it was invite-only

Governor ‘disappointed’ with himself over fundraising meeting, comments

Deseret News

Editorial: UTA can take a hard lesson from Washington

Study: Electricity demand linked to struggles for river wildlife

Education funding, monument discussion on the agenda for special session this week

Gov. Gary Herbert says 'tone' of fundraising will change amid criticism


North Utah County cities tackle annual budget prep (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Rest easy, Cafe Rio — thanks to Orrin Hatch, your trade secrets are safe (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Sanders Nevada revolt puts Democrats on notice (Politico)

Here's how Hillary Clinton's allies plan to go after Trump (Politico)

NYT story on Trump’s history with women creates backlash (The Hill)

AFL-CIO rift opens over green mega-donor Tom Steyer (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton keeps losing. So how come she's winning? (Los Angeles Times)

Supreme Court dodges major decision on Obamacare birth control (Reuters)

After 3 months, Congress is ready to act on Obama's Zika call (Los Angeles Times)

Court says counties must justify zoning that restricts gun stores (Los Angeles Times)

Groups seek immediate halt to North Carolina transgender bathroom law (Reuters)

Sheldon Adelson Is Poised to Give Donald Trump a Donation Boost (CNBC)

Millennials Now Rival Boomers As A Political Force, But Will They Actually Vote? (NPR)

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