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Monday's Talking Points - May 2, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 123rd day of the year. There are 243 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders makes his pitch to Democratic superdelegates. Utahns say this year's campaign rhetoric is worse than in the past. Jon Huntsman says it's time for the GOP to unify behind Donald Trump.

The clock:

  • 57 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 190 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 266 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 311 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Bernie Sanders starts making his pitch to Democratic "superdelegates" to switch their allegiance away from Hillary Clinton, vowing that the Democratic convention will be a contested one [Politico, New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post].

  2. The U.S. Senate is on pace to work the fewest number of days in the past 60 years [Politico].

  3. Donald Trump reportedly does not have a plan for vetting potential running mates or for fundraising in the general election [Bloomberg].

  4. A new survey finds Utahns think the rhetoric in this year's presidential campaign has been worse than past elections [Utah Policy].

  5. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman says it's time for the GOP to close ranks behind Donald Trump [Gawker].

  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch is heading to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Deseret News].

  7. Members of the Salt Lake City Council give low marks to Mayor Jackie Biskupski's first 100 days in office [Tribune].

  8. Money, specifically fundraising, is poised to become a major issue in the Utah gubernatorial contest [TribuneDeseret News].

  9. The controversial sales tax hike tied to the prison relocation issue could become a funding source to fix Salt Lake City's streets [Tribune].

  10. Detroit says they will run out of money to pay public school employees after the fiscal year ends on June 30 [Fortune].

On this day in history: 

  • 1611 - A new translation of the Bible, popularly called the King James Bible, was published.
  • 1945 - The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
  • 1972 - J. Edgar Hoover died at the age of 77.
  • 2011 - al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was killed in a firefight at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Say This Year's Campaign Rhetoric is Worse Than Previous Elections

Most Utahns say this year's rhetoric in the presidential campaign is much worse than previous campaigns according to a new poll....

Monday Musing: 21 Young Politicos Waiting (Impatiently) in the Wings

Utah always seems to have a strong bench of smart, accomplished young professionals ready to step up and run for political office when the opportunity arises....

'Political Insiders' Pick Herbert, Swinton to Win June Primaries

There are two statewide primary elections on tap for June. Jonathan Johnson is facing Gov. Gary Herbert for the GOP nomination in that race. Democrats Jonathan Swinton and Misty Snow are squaring off for the right to take on Sen. Mike Lee for U.S. Senate....

Lee Demands Apology from Boehner over 'Lucifer' Comments

Sen. Mike Lee says former House Speaker John Boehner should "be ashamed of himself" for comparing Sen. Ted Cruz to Satan and calling the presidential candidate a "miserable son of a b**ch."...

Fate of Puerto Rico Rests on Bishop's Shoulders

Bloomberg posts an in-depth interview with (and profile of) Rep. Rob Bishop, who's been charged with forging a bipartisan plan in Congress to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis....

Huntsman Warms to Trump

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says Donald Trump is the only GOP presidential candidate who can "stitch together a winning coalition" that transcends traditional party boundaries....

McAdams Campaign Video Features Gayle Ruzicka

Nobody ever said Salt Lake County Ben McAdams doesn't have a great sense of humor. Witness his campaign video featuring a cameo from everybody's favorite Utah arch-conservative, Gayle Ruzicka....

Policy News

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Mental Health
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine various options on how to address mental health issues in the American health care system:...

Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill Supporting U.S. Small Businesses, Promoting Global Market Competition
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Suppressor Export Act, H.R. 5135, giving U.S. suppressor manufacturers access to a global market, and giving consumers around the world access to high-quality American products....

Lake Powell Pipeline License Application to be Filed with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The License Application for the Lake Powell Pipeline will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by May 2 (since the April 30th deadline falls on a Saturday), and FERC is anticipated to post the application on its website within a few business ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Right wing stood strong in convention, but wait until the primary

Op-ed: Raising capital-gains tax hurts Utah pensioners and families

Op-ed: New law helps drive a cooperative attack on the overdose crisis

Editorial: Mike Lee can do bipartisan when he wants to

Editorial: Guv’s ‘speed-dating’ scheme is just pay to play

New Utah nomination system helps some candidates survive, but conventions decide most races

Chaffetz attorney denounces campaign-spending complaint

Brewvies seeks restraining order against state liquor regulators

The so-called 'prison tax' might save Salt Lake City’s neglected streets

Dem candidate calls Herbert speed-dating fundraising ‘disgusting’

Utah likely to stick with gas tax as other states test by-the-mile highway funding

Rep. Bishop’s longtime top aide departs to take post with Mormon church

Salt Lake City Council rates Biskupski’s first 100 days as subpar

Utah governor inspects wind damage, thanks cleanup crews

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Convention battles, SB54 and medical marijuana

Op-ed: Improved board meetings at UTA mean better access for everyone

Ralph Becker: Why 'process' matters in governance and government

Op-ed: Convention equality for those in wheelchairs

Editorial: Utah Foundation survey of delegates/voters

Chaffetz attorney calls FEC complaint claims 'false and misleading'

Battle over ozone standard latest states-federal conflict

Provo transit project set to begin, despite public concern

GOP primary in governor's race now focused on money

Sen. Orrin Hatch headed to Israel to meet with Netanyahu


PolicyHacking Lab assists legislators in making smart laws (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah, it's inexcusable that Lee, Love and Stewart are unopposed (Standard-Examiner)

If Utah's Great Salt Lake dries up, consequences will be global (Standard-Examiner)

U.S. brine shrimp industry could be in peril if Great Salt Lake keeps shrinking (Standard-Examiner)

Mineral extraction on Great Salt Lake has local, national and global impact (Standard-Examiner)

Bruce Hough retains seat as Republican National Committeeman (Park Record)

Summit County to debut mail-in ballot system for June primary (Park Record)

National Headlines

How Hillary Could Win the Election—and Lose the Country (Politico)

Inside Cruz’s camp, confidence crumbles (Politico)

Clinton on Sanders: 'There comes a time where you have to look at the reality' (The Hill)

Pennsylvania GOP senator on collision course with Trump (The Hill)

Latino activists vow more Trump protests as tensions heighten (Los Angeles Times)

Larry Wilmore Roasts the Press in White House Correspondents’ Monologue (Daily Beast)

As Cruz (once again) secures more delegates, Trump camp (once again) calls process unfair (Los Angeles Times)

Ted Cruz's Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted (New York Times)

Are women headed for the draft? Support for the idea grows in Congress (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton stumps for wife in southern West Virginia (Associated Press)

As deadlines come and go, Puerto Rico's debt crisis grows (Christian Science Monitor)

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