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Thursday's Talking Points - May 26, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 147th day of the year. There are 219 days left in 2016.

A report says Hillary Clinton's email use violated State Department regulations. Utah sues over Obama's transgender bathroom directive. The Salt Lake County GOP endorses a candidate over his primary opponent.

The clock:

  • 33 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 53 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 60 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 166 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 242 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 287 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State violated State Department rules, according to the agency's inspector general [Washington Post, Bloomberg, Politico].

  2. Utah joins ten other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration's directive that public schools must accommodate transgender students in bathrooms and locker rooms [Utah Policy, New York Times, Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].

  3. Donald Trump's campaign accidentally emails their plan to attack Hillary Clinton over the 1990's Whitewater scandal to a reporter [Politico].

  4. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign strategist, says picking a woman as his running mate would be "pandering" [Huffington Post].

  5. About a third of Utahns support the sale of the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman, but most residents want the paper to keep publishing [Utah Policy].

  6. The Salt Lake County GOP is endorsing Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, who won at convention, over Rep. Rich Cunningham, who gathered signatures, in their primary election [Utah Policy].

  7. The Davis County GOP is endorsing convention winners over signature-gathering candidates in two primary elections [Standard Examiner].

  8. Sen. Mike Lee calls Donald Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees the "best, most conservative Supreme Court list" he's ever seen from any president [BuzzFeed].

  9. Taxi cabs at the Salt Lake City International Airport have lost about a quarter of their business from ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber [Tribune].

  10. Whoops! The Utah Transit Authority adopts a proposal to better serve minority populations before they had a chance to let critics of the idea speak out [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - The U.S. Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson of impeachment charges.
  • 1940 - The evacuation of Dunkirk began. Sailing vessels ferried 200,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers trapped by German forces across the English Channel.
  • 1972 - President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missle Treaty in Moscow.
  • 1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They divorced two years later.
  • 2009 - California's Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban but said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that had taken place before the prohibition passed were still valid.

Today At Utah Policy

Anger as SLCO GOP Endorses Fillmore over Cunningham in Senate Primary

First, it was the Utah County Republican Party taking sides in party primary races this spring, now it is the Salt Lake County Republican Party....

Poll: Utahns Want the Salt Lake Tribune to Continue Publishing

Utahns fall into one of three camps when it comes to the future of the Salt Lake Tribune, but a majority want the venerable paper to keep publishing....

Weekly Survey: Will Clinton Hurt Down-Ballot Democrats?

Now that Hillary Clinton has essentially wrapped up the Democratic nomination, will her presence on the ballot help or harm other Democratic candidates in Utah? Vote now....

Utah Joins Ten Other States in Suing Obama Administration over Transgender Bathroom Directive

Utah is joining ten other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration's directive mandating that public schools accommodate transgender students....

Policy News

Gov. Herbert Statement on Joint Lawsuit Over Obama Directive
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding a multi-state lawsuit over the recent Department of Education and Department of Justice directive:...

Lee Unveils Article I Regulatory Budget Act
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) held an event with Reps. Mark Walker (R-NC), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) to unveil legislation designed to restore direct, accountable congressional control over the federal regulatory system....

Governor Appoints Bates to the Third District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Matthew Bates as a judge to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Court....

Rep. Mia Love Joins Push for Congress to Regain the 'Power of the Purse'
Rep. Mia Love joined Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and others in introducing bicameral legislation to improve accountability and fiscal responsibility at the federal level....

Americans for Prosperity Applauds Utah Transit Authority's Decision to Make Board Meetings Public
The Utah Transit Authority announced that it will end the practice of holding closed-door board meetings and will allow the public to attend the meetings going forward....

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Corporate Integration
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to explore how corporate integration could make the tax code neutral in regards to financing with debt or with equity:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Charter-school profiteers

Editorial: Pay for existing water systems before Lake Powell pipedream

SLC Airport taxicabs have lost a quarter of business to Uber, Lyft

Utah one of 11 states suing over transgender bathrooms

City Council skeptical of request for unlimited height at Salt Palace

Transparency hiccup: UTA Board adopts service plan before hearing criticism of it

Historic Salt Lake City Hall to undergo a major face-lift

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Collective neurosis in Puerto Rico

Op-ed: Mitt Romney's Harry Potter moment: Holding out for a statesman

Jay Evensen: Utah's election is clear as mud

Editorial: Not all economic inequality affects poverty equally

Report: Tourism spending in Utah grew to nearly $8 billion

Utah Fraternal Order of Police endorses Gov. Gary Herbert

Salt Lake City-County Building to undergo $10M in repairs, seismic upgrades

UTA hikes fees for public records

Utah and 10 states sue Obama administration over transgender bathroom directive

Energy summit details massive project planned for Uinta Basin

ACLU skirmishes with local genetic testing company


Editorial: After telling the public to get lost, the UTA suddenly sees the light (Standard-Examiner)

Commission picks USU as gubernatorial debate site (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules (Politico)

Why Clinton’s email problems are here to stay (Politico)

Trump aide: Picking a woman or minority as VP would be 'pandering' (The Hill)

Wasserman Schultz fights to keep her job (The Hill)

Obama races to cement the big Pacific Rim trade deal that all his potential successors oppose (Los Angeles Times)

Bill Clinton Gets Into 30-Minute Debate With A 24-Year-Old Bernie Fan (BuzzFeed)

Trump's Swipe at Martinez Alarms GOP (RealClearPolitics)

Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom guidance for transgender students (Washington Post)

New York City is about to become a lot more disgusting (New York Post)

Two Ex-Senators Want Donald Trump to Keep Backing Ethanol Subsidies (New York Times)

FBI director channels King in Birmingham: 'It's hard to hate up close' (USA Today)

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