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Monday's Talking Points - May 23, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 144th day of the year. There are 222 days left in 2016.

Trump now leads Clinton in a national polling average for the first time. Jonathan Johnson has raised $600,000 from just one donor. Utahns favor the new signature route to the primary ballot.

The clock:

  • 36 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 56 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 169 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 245 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 290 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump has passed Hillary Clinton in an average of head-to-head polls for the first time. Trump holds a 0.2 percent [Politico].

  2. The Obama administration fully lifts the embargo on arms sales to Vietnam [Washington Post].

  3. Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump could win in November, but he's not "betting" on it [Politico].

  4. Sugar daddy?'s Patrick Byrne has donated $600,000 to Jonathan Johnson's gubernatorial campaign. That includes a $250,000 check given just last week [Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. Utahns really like the ability for candidates to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures according to a new poll [Utah Policy].

  6. Former Gov. Mike Leavitt, who headed up Mitt Romney's transition efforts in 2012, is advising Donald Trump's transition team in case he wins in November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman says he still has many concerns about Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, but he will still support him [The Hill].

  8. An analysis says charter schools in Utah are funneling millions of education dollars to a few private companies [Tribune].

  9. Sen. Todd Weiler floats a proposal to require Utahns to opt-in if they want to view pornography on the internet [Associated Press].

  10. Utah's unemployment rate inches up slightly to  3.7 percent [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1701 - Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder.
  • 1915 - Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
  • 1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.
  •  2013 - The Boy Scouts of American ended a century-old ban on openly gay scouts but still prohibited gay adult scout leaders.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Support Allowing Candidates to Gather Signatures to Get on Primary Ballot

Nearly 60 percent of Utahns agree that candidates should be able to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures of their party voters, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Utah Policy Genius Panel: Optimism Prevails

This week’s question: There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about America’s future: Washington dysfunction, Clinton or Trump in the White House, scary levels of federal debt, entitlement programs out of control, an electorate in revolt . . . and so on.Are...

'Political Insiders' Divided on Whether Trump will Hurt Down-Ballot Republicans in Utah

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, will he hurt or help down-ballot Republicans in Utah?...

Grow Your Business in the Global Marketplace: Morocco an Appealing Gateway to Africa

Utah businesses looking for a gateway into the continent of Africa should consider establishing a foothold or footprint in Morocco....

Trump Turns to Leavitt for Advice on Transition

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, head of Mitt Romney's presidential transition team in 2012, is in close talks with the Donald Trump campaign as it begins planning for actual governing should Trump win in November....

Is it Time to 'Unplug' the Colorado River?

New York Times writer explores the notion of decommissiong the Glen Canyon Dam and draining Lake Powell, the nation's second-largest reservoir....

Policy News

Utah AG Sean Reyes Applauds Donald Trump's Proposed Supreme Court Nominee List
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement on Donald Trump’s proposed nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court:...

Sen. Lee Fights President Obama's National Zoning Board
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) took to the Senate floor to discuss the importance of passing his amendment in relation to H.R.2577, the THUD/MilConVA Appropriations bill, which would put a stop to President Obama’s national zoning board....

SLCC Global Business Center Receives Presidential Award
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Salt Lake Community College’s Global Business Center with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. ...

GOED Board Approves Grants to Help Eight Rural Businesses
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board of Directors last week approved eight rural Utah businesses for Rural Fast Track grants. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: One conservative’s hero is another’s villain

Op-ed: Why a regional power market is good for Utah

Op-ed: Bishop’s bill to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt is not a bailout

Op-ed: Utah has kept taxes low while investing in education and infrastructure

Op-ed: Hatch puts Colombian peace at risk to help Novartis

Editorial: Racers can wait while salt flats are studied

Former Gov. Mike Leavitt advising Donald Trump’s transition team

UDOT rejects ‘Shared Solution’ alternative to new West Davis freeway

Salt Lake City’s ugly entrance and exit spark move to beautify 500 and 600 South

Two prostitution or massage busts in a year to cost a business license

Study: UTA bus fares are least affordable among 20 major cities

Land speed racers: After BLM misled us, we’ll pursue other ways to protect Bonneville Salt Flats

Salt Lake County may name building after Horiuchi, but is war hero more deserving?

Johnson gets another fat check; Herbert campaign asks: Is he beholden to his ‘sugar daddy’?

So far, challengers for Utah school board are outraising incumbents

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The 'bathroom issue' and others affecting Utah elections

Op-ed: What I learned about air pollution growing up in coal country

Op-ed: Has Utah's new election law created a culture for corruption?

Op-ed: Patriotic Millionaires urges Hatch to repeal the carried interest loophole

Op-ed: The supergentrification of Sugar House

Editorial: Finding – not forcing – a balance for transgender rights

Utah unemployment rate at 3.7 percent

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt advising Donald Trump's transition team

Overstock founder Patrick Byrne fuels Jonathan Johnson gubernatorial campaign

Sutherland Institute looks to broaden reach as conservative think tank


Editorial: Investing in education today ensures a solid economic future (Daily Herald)

UDOT rules out 'shared solution' for West Davis Corridor road plans (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like (Politico)

Obama's 'apology' complex (Politico)

Trump camp quietly courts Muslims (The Hill)

Trump overtakes Clinton in poll average for first time (The Hill)

Citing Family, Hillary Clinton Affirms Gun-Control Stance (New York Times)

Will Trump vs. Clinton be a nailbiter? (CNN)

Secret Service Shoots Armed Man Near White House (NPR)

How Donald Trump Gained Power Over Senate Republicans With His Supreme Court List (Huffington Post)

Trump's Message on Super PACS Takes General Election Turn (NBC News)

Tom Cotton Is Positioning Himself to Thrive in Both a Trump and Post-Trump GOP (New Yorker)

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban for Clinton's Veep? (NBC News)

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