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Wednesday's Talking Points - May 18, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 139th day of the year. There are 227 days left in 2016.

Clinton wins Kentucky while Sanders triumphs in Oregon. Most Utahns say the American political system is "rigged." Utah lawmakers grapple with Obama's transgender school bathroom directive.

The clock:

  • 41 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 61 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 174 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 250 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 295 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton wins the Kentucky Primary while Bernie Sanders wins in Oregon [Bloomberg, Politico, Washington Post].

  2. Bernie Sanders' campaign pushes back against criticism after his supporters disrupt the Nevada State Democratic Convention [The Hill, New York Times, Politico].

    • Sanders' campaign manager promises that there will not be violence at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia [Politico].

  3. Donald Trump says he's willing to talk directly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un [New York Times].

  4. A new poll shows most Utahns agree with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders when they say they American political system is "rigged" [Utah Policy].

  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz backs down on his push to force Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, to testify on the Iran nuclear deal [Politico].

  6. A supporter of GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson wants the state to investigate whether Gov. Gary Herbert violated state fundraising laws [Tribune].

  7. Utah lawmakers will discuss how to deal with President Obama's directive to public schools on accommodating transgender students [Utah Policy, Deseret News, KUER].

    • The LDS Church also weighed in on the directive, calling for compromise [Associated Press].

    • School boards along the Wasatch Front are, for the most part, not worried about implementing the directive, but one district is calling on lawmakers to reject the guidelines [Tribune].

  8. Low-income activists are worried the modest Medicaid expansion passed by lawmakers in the 2016 session will cover fewer Utahns than originally thought [Deseret News].

  9. The Salt Lake County Council is threatening to withhold sales tax revenue from the Utah Transit Authority due to the agency's decision to close some meetings from the public [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. A new poll shows a significant number of Utahns support designating a Bears Ears national monument, but opponents call the survey a "push poll" [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1860 - The Republican Party convention in Chicago nominated Abraham Lincoln for president.
  • 1896 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that "separate but equal" racial policies are constitutional.
  • 1933 - Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority for flood control and rural electrification.
  • 1980 - Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted, blowing the top off the mountain and killing 57 people.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Say Political System is 'Rigged'

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Legislative Democrats Win a Temporary Victory on the Transgender School Bathroom Issue

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Chris Montague Will be Missed in Utah's Conservation Community

One of the really good guys in the Utah conservation community recently retired, and he will be greatly missed....

School Funding, Public Lands on Tap in Wednesday's Special Session

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Weekly Survey: Will Trump Hurt Utah Republicans Down Ballot?

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Watch: Clinton Super-PAC Releases Blistering Anti-Trump Ads

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Policy News

Rising Gasoline and Housing Prices Drive Increase in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 1.1 percent from March to April on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Press Release: Leave Bears Ears Alone, Utah Navajos Say
In a new video released today, members of the Aneth and Oljato chapters of the Navajo Nation voice their opposition to the proposed designation of the Bears Ears as a national monument....

Rep. Stewart Honors Salt Lake City Police Officer on the House Floor, Commemorates National Police Week
In honor of National Police Week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), gave a speech on the House Floor commemorating local law enforcement officers. He specifically honored a Salt Lake City Police Officer, Ben Hone, who saved two female college students from a violent home eva...

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Corporate Integration
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine corporate integration, and specifically, how allowing corporations to deduct dividends could create a more efficient and fairer system of ...

JPEC Names Jennifer Yim Executive Director
Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has named Jennifer Yim executive director to manage the commission’s ongoing activities, including overseeing judges’ performance evaluations, budgets, contracts and plan development....

New Report Evaluates Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Track Record
Four years after Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a tool to help the American public recover from scars left by the economic collapse of the Great Recession, new research from University of Utah law professor Christopher L. Peterson evaluates the ...

Governor Announces Fifth Annual Utah Energy Development Summit
Five years ago, Gov. Gary R. Herbert had a vision to make Utah a leader among states in the provision of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for decades to come.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: EDCU’s failure to file tax returns is not easily forgotten

Rolly: Garfield County incidents offer more evidence of tensions between local, federal authorities

New survey finds 71 percent support Bears Ears Monument, but is it ‘a classic push poll’?

Swallow denies allegations of straw-donor scheme to bolster Senate candidates’ campaign coffers

Jon Huntsman, Jim Matheson lead group pushing for more foreign aid

Preliminary research suggests Bonneville Salt Flats are in decline — and there’s no easy fix

County Council members piqued at UTA for meeting closures

Complaint seeks investigation into Herbert fundraising

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: A plea for a more policy-oriented governor's race

Richard Davis: The vice presidential choice: A barometer of presidential thinking

Jay Evensen: Watching Utah's farms get plowed under

Editorial: Obama signs trade secrets act with bipartisan support

Matheson, Huntsman Jr. to head Utah committee for global leadership group

S.L. County Council threatens to block UTA tax money amid closed meeting controversy

Lawmakers want more control over public safety communication agency bilked by employee

Critics question shrinking expectations for Medicaid extension

Both sides jockeying over possible Bears Ears monument designation

Legislature to study impact of directive on transgender students; LDS Church weighs in


Op-ed: Don't make Utah agriculture a scapegoat for what's happening to Great Salt Lake (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: If you've got the money, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has the time (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Are pollsters ready for Donald Trump? (Politico)

Wasserman Schultz on Sanders' response to Nevada chaos: 'Anything but acceptable' (Politico)

Tensions explode in Dem primary (The Hill)

Sanders message to Dem leaders: Let us in (The Hill)

Two Presidents in the White House? (Wall Street Journal)

Dems' new fear: Sanders revolt could upend Democratic convention (CNN)

Clinton wins Kentucky, Sanders takes Oregon (CNN)

South Carolina passes bill banning abortion after 19 weeks (Associated Press)

Trump claims income of over $557 million in 2015, slams Sanders in FEC filing (CBS News)

John Chiang opens bid for California governor (Sacramento Bee)

Federal judge strikes down D.C. gun law as likely unconstitutional (Washington Post)

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