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Tuesday's Talking Points - May 24, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 145th day of the year. There are 221 days left in 2016.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz to make the impeachment case against the head of the IRS. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's received assurances from the Obama administration that there will be no new monument in Utah without local input. Cliven Bundy's lawyer reached out to Rep. Ken Ivory for help paying legal fees.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 55 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 168 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 244 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 289 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday: 

  1. A Baltimore police officer was found not guilty for his role in the fatal shooting of Freddie Gray [ABC News].

  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz will make the case to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing Tuesday [Politico]. 

  3. Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under investigation by the FBI. The agency is focusing on whether some donations to his gubernatorial campaign were illegal [CNN].

  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell assured him the Obama administration would not create a new national monument in Utah without local input [Deseret News].

  5. Cliven Bundy's lawyer reached out to Rep. Ken Ivory to ask if he could get the Koch brothers to pay the legal fees of the 19 people who occupied a wildlife refuge in Oregon [Gawker].

  6. A new poll shows most Utah Republicans say their party should not endorse candidates in primary elections [Utah Policy].

  7. Neil Ashdown, former chief of staff to Gov. Jon Huntsman, passes at the age of 46 [Tribune].

  8. A Denver-based group launches an ad campaign against Utah's fight to gain control of public lands within the state [Deseret News].

  9. Salt Lake City may do away with building height limits for the convention hotel slated for construction downtown near the Salt Palace [Tribune].

  10. The Salt Lake City Council may allow taller buildings around the Sugar House streetcar line [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1626 - The Dutch West Indies Trading Co. bought the island of Manhattan from Native Americans, paying with goods worth about $24.
  • 1844 - Samuel Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought!" from Washington to Baltimore as he opened America's first telegraph line.
  • 1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge was opened to the public.
  • 1962 - Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit Earth, circling it three times.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns, and Republicans, Say the GOP Should Not Endorse Primary Candidates

By far most Utah rank-and-file Republicans do not want their party leaders to endorse GOP candidates before the closed Republican primary election on June 28, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Why the Point of the Mountain Project is So Important

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Utah Earns a C-Minus Grade on Education Report Card

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'The Spin Room' - Trump at the Top of the Ticket

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, Utah Democrats think he may cause problems for down-ballot Republicans in the state....

A Conversation with Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah (Video)

Will the possible terrorist attack that took down EgyptAir flight 804 last week have any effect on international Trade in Utah?...

Podcast: Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah

World Trade Center Utah President and CEO Derek Miller discusses international trade issues with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

Bishop: Puerto Rico Bill Not a 'Bailout'

In a National Review op-ed, Rep. Rob Bishop explains why his PROMESA legislation, rather than Chapter 9 bankruptcy, offers the most hope for Puerto Rico and its investors....

Policy News

What Does an Industry Cluster Have to Do With Economic Development?
Over the past two years, EDCUtah project wins within the state's seven cluster industries accounted for more than 14,000 new jobs created – more than half of all the jobs created within project wins for the period....

Utah Tech Industry Leaders Team Up with Local Schools to Expand Access to Computer Science and STEM Learning
Utah’s tech industry is helping educate Utah students and expand access to computer science learning. ...

Report to Council Shows 'Turnaround' in Rape-Kit Testing and Other Procedures by SLC Police
A two-year effort led by the City Council to improve the process of rape-kit testing in Salt Lake has resulted in a positive turnaround, both in numbers and police procedures in investigating sexual assault cases....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah’s refugees need more employers to step up with training, jobs

Editorial: UDOT’s attachment to West Davis Corridor is not inspiring

Utah leaders mourn death of former Huntsman chief of staff Neil Ashdown

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign begins to push seat-belt use

Salt Lake City Council poised to allow tall buildings near Sugar House Streetcar

Salt Lake City to consider scrapping height limits for potential convention hotel

Hiking Big and Little Cottonwood canyons may soon cost recreationists

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: Utah's economic development workhorse

Editorial: Disclosure of a social media enabled high-tech and high stakes echo chamber

Judiciary panel OK’s ex-Centerville mayor's appointment as federal judge

Group targets Utah's public lands fight with ad campaign

Are you willing to pay a fee to use trails in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons?

Herbert says Sec. Jewell offered assurances on monument: 'We are not the Clinton administration'

National Headlines

Bernie Loses His Halo (Politico)

Tough votes loom for GOP under Ryan plan (Politico)

Trump leaving neocons in dust (The Hill)

Reid: 'Hell no' to VP pick from state with a Republican governor (The Hill)

Politics Bernie Sanders supporters sue to have California's voter registration extended until election day (Los Angeles Times)

Clinton and Sanders amass appearances before California fight (New York Times)

Freddie Gray verdict: Officer Edward Nero not guilty (CNN)

VA Secretary Disneyland-wait time comparison draws ire (CNN)

Corker meets Trump, downplays possibility he'll be VP (The Hill)

Speaker Ryan: Not ‘Betting’ On A Trump Win (Daily Caller)

GOP sues to block McAuliffe order to let 200,000 Virginia felons vote (Washington Post)

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