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Thursday's Talking Points - May 19, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 140th day of the year. There are 226 days left in 2016.

Lawmakers restore some education funding. Poll shows very few Utahns support a Bears Ears Monument. Trump releases a list of potential SCOTUS nominees with a Utahn on the list.

The clock:

  • 40 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 60 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 67 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 173 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 249 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 294 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. An Egypt Air flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar while flying over the Mediterranean Sea. Officials say they believe the plane crashed [Reuters].

  2. Donald Trump releases a list of 11 people he would consider nominating for the Supreme Court if he's elected. Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, the brother of Sen. Mike Lee, is on the list [New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Tribune, Deseret News].

  3. A new national poll gives Donald Trump a slight lead over Hillary Clinton [Politico].

  4. Lawmakers pass a resolution opposing the designation of a new national monument in Utah. They also restored some education funding vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  5. A new poll shows just 17% of Utahns support the creation of a Bears Ears National Monument in the state [Utah Policy].

  6. House Speaker Greg Hughes warns his colleagues to watch what they say as those comments could come back to haunt them [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  7. Lawmakers are already preparing for another special session in July [Utah Policy].

  8. Lawmakers are grappling with how to replace aging voting machines that are nearing the end of their useful life [Tribune].

  9. Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for his fundraising tactics [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

  10. A group of Utah parents asks lawmakers to take action against President Barack Obama's directive telling public schools to accommodate transgender students [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.
  • 1925 - Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahn on Trump's List of Potential Supreme Court Picks

A list of 11 judges Donald Trump would consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court includes the name of Tom Lee, brother of Sen. Mike Lee....

Lawmakers Pass Resolution Opposing a Bears Ears Monument

To the surprise of none, by overwhelming votes Wednesday night, the Utah Legislature passed a resolution asking Democratic President Barack Obama not to designate any new national monuments in Utah....

Protect Land With PLI; Don't Inflame Passions With Monument Designation

I’ve hiked many of the canyons of Cedar Mesa in the Bears Ears area. It is extraordinarily beautiful, and I concur this stunning land has a spiritual quality to it. I want to see this region protected forever....

Get Ready for Another Special Session in July

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes told his caucus Wednesday that Gov. Gary Herbert may well call another special legislative session soon – maybe as early as July....

Hughes Warns Lawmakers Loose Lips Could Sink Political Careers

After the embarrassment suffered by recently by GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and his fundraising, House Speaker Greg Hughes told an open caucus Wednesday to “be very, very careful about what you say – at all times.”...

Weekly Survey: Will Trump Hurt Utah Republicans Down Ballot?

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee in November, will his presence on the ballot hurt other Republicans running for office in Utah? Share your opinion in our weekly survey....

Policy News

The Landscape of International Banking in Utah
May 15-21 is International Business Week. In honor of that, we spoke with Mark Garfield, SVP of International Banking at Zions Bank....

Governor Huntsman, Congressman Matheson to Lead New Utah Effort to Strengthen U.S. Leadership Overseas
Utah’s top business, non-profit, military, and community leaders have joined together to highlight the importance of American engagement overseas by launching the Utah Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition....

Press Release: Weinholtz Announces He Will Not Accept Campaign Contributions from Corporations, Lobbyists or Special Interest Groups
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Michael Weinholtz, held a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol this morning to announce he will not accept cash donations for his campaign bid from large corporations, lobbyists, or other special interest groups....

White House Fact Sheet: Mitigating the Risk of Wildfires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
The threat of wildfire is increasing in the United States.  In 2015, over 68,000 wildfires in the United States burned more than 4,636 structures and ten million acres—the highest number of acres burned on record.  ...

Hatch: Serious Solutions Needed to Curb the Cost of Healthcare
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the rising cost of healthcare under the President’s health law is putting a financial squeeze on middle-class families and called on Congress to work together to f...

Press Release: Scott Howell Promises Only One Term if He's Elected Mayor of Millcreek
Scott Howell made an unusual first promise to voters as he launched his formal campaign this week to become the first mayor of the new city of Millcreek....

Gains, Missed Opportunities for Utah Minority Children During 2016 Legislative Session
While lawmakers took some important steps toward addressing disparities during the 2016 Legislative Session, a new report by Voices for Utah Children reveals many missed opportunities....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Who needs SAGE? Just look at each neighborhood’s Census data to find failing schools

Aerial drone industry asks Utah to avoid tougher regulations

Utahn on Trump’s list of his top Supreme Court picks

Utah trying to decide how to run future elections — by mail, paper ballot or electronically

Report: Election Day registration working — so far

Utah lawmakers restore funding for education software and high school cooking program during special session

In wake of governor fundraising controversy, Utah House speaker urges caution

Legislature expresses opposition to Bears Ears monument

Audit says agency ripe for fraud with lax controls, lack of transparency

Population booms in Vineyard, old site of Geneva Steel

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: How Donald Trump can unify Republicans

Jay Evensen: Why another Utah Olympics would be a loser

Greg Bell: Why conservativatism is on the decline

Editorial: Disappointing results in Utah 'Zero Fatalities' campaign

BLM initiates oil and gas development review for San Rafael Desert

Libertarian presidential candidate meets with Utah state senators

Audit: Public safety communication agency's status needs legislative review

Utah Justice Tom Lee on Trump's list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees

Lawmakers to consider 'grand boulevard' entrances to Salt Lake City from I-15

Group of parents against transgender directive ask for action from state leaders

Utah lawmakers pass resolution against proposed Bears Ears national monument

Utah Legislature restores $4.7 million for education in special session


Logan city employee raises highlighted in mayor's budget (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Democrats sweat Sanders revolt (Politico)

House approves $622 million Zika funding bill (The Hill)

Trump’s Supreme Court list underscores election’s importance (Washington Post)

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Meets Conservatives Amid 'Trending' Furor (NBC News)

Bernie Sanders' campaign blasts DNC chair for 'throwing shade' (

How Donald Trump won over big donors (CNN)

Trump bails out Christie with fundraisers (Associated Press)

Can Congress Stop People From Wasting Perfectly Good Food? (Roll Call)

Trump’s investments include companies he bashed (Washington Post)

Census shows big U.S. cities continue to grow (USA Today)

More work, more pay? New rule extends overtime to millions (U.S. News & World Report)

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