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Wednesday's Talking Points - May 25, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 146th day of the year. There are 220 days left in 2016.

Protests outside of a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turn violent. FreedomWorks endorses Jonathan Johnson. Bernie Sanders supporters in Utah want to punish superdelegates who don't back their candidate.

The clock:

  • 34 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 54 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 61 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 167 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 243 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 288 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump wins the Washington primary and has nearly amassed enough delegates to officially win the GOP nomination [Bloomberg, Politico].

  2. A protest outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque turns violent [Politico, CNN].

  3. A third-party challenge? Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is polling at 10-percent against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump [FiveThirtyEight].

  4. National Democrats are considering dumping party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz before the convention in July [The Hill].

  5. FreedomWorks, a national Tea Party group, throws their support behind Jonathan Johnson's bid to oust Gov. Gary Herbert [Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Utah Bernie Sanders supporters want to punish superdelegates who do not vote for the Vermont Senator, who overwhelmingly won the March caucuses. However, their proposal may run afoul of national Democratic Party rules [Utah Policy].

  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces a plan to close all smoking rooms at Salt Lake City International Airport by the end of the year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. The Utah Transit Authority backtracks and announces they will not close some of their meetings to the public [Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. The Salt Lake City Council allocates $65,000 for the upkeep of the now closed Wingpointe golf course while officials explore how to reopen the facility [Deseret News].

  10. Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - The first regular session of the Constitutional Convention, which drew up the Constitution of the United States, convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • 1925 - John Scopes was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in a Tennessee high school. Scopes was convicted and fined $100; the conviction was later overturned.
  • 1961 - President John F. Kennedy told a joint session of Congress of the plan to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
  • 1977 - The first installment of George Lucas' "Star Wars" film series was released in theaters.


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Salt Lake City Announces Plan to Phase Out Smoking Rooms at Salt Lake City International Airport
Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City International Airport today announced a plan to phase out the five smoking rooms currently in use in five concourses at the airport....

Senators Commit to Oversight of Consolidation in Agri-Chem Industry
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Hatch, Wyden, Portman, Schumer Continue Push for Fairness in EU State Aid Investigations
As part of their ongoing effort to ensure fairness for American firms in the European Union state aid investigations, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Committee members Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chuck Schumer (D-N....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

National tea party group endorses Johnson in Utah governor’s race

UTA switches course, will open committee meetings amid negative feedback

Utah’s Chaffetz testifies in push to impeach IRS chief

Arizona business leaders say pollution from Utah is obstructing Grand Canyon views

DABC makes it more difficult to get liquor license near churches

Rolly: Bears Ears opponents posting phony fliers, letters to scare Utah Navajos

UCA board grapples with funding freeze in wake of fraud, audit

We hikers are freeloaders, and the feds are onto us

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Like it or not, politics and money go together

Richard Davis: Who needs to go to the bathroom

UTA relents to criticism, agrees to open its committee meetings

National conservative group backs Jonathan Johnson's bid to oust Herbert

Thousands of Primary Care Network slots in limbo to pave way for Medicaid extension

Utah's energy summit highlights challenges, successes

Salt Lake City Council allocates $65,000 to give Biskupski time to save Wingpointe

Other

Uplift Families initiative seeks to reach more parents (Daily Herald)

Utah County Commission passes resolution encouraging UTA transparency; UTA reopens meetings to public hours later (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Who's going to be our next Weber County commissioner? That's up to you (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden to cast final vote on revitalizing blighted inner city section (Standard-Examiner)

East Side drawn into transportation funding talks (Park Record)

National Headlines

Clinton allies dig in for scorched-earth ad campaign (Politico)

Can Sanders' money swamp Wasserman Schultz? (Politico)

Report: Ryan close to endorsing Trump (The Hill)

Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz (The Hill)

Anti-Trump protesters at Trump rally throw rocks, bottles at Albuquerque police (Washington Post)

Why Trump is dredging up 1990s attacks against the Clintons (CNN)

Obama 'farewell tour' continues in Indiana (CNN)

VA Secretary Bob McDonald Clarifies Comment Comparing Wait Times to Disneyland (NBC News)

Black pastors rally support for N. Carolina’s HB2 (News Observer)

Senate Votes to Block New Fiduciary Rule, but Reversal Unlikely to Stick (Wall Street Journal)

Why Obama's overtime rule may barely dent the economy (Los Angeles Times)

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