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Friday, May 27, 2016

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Friday's Talking Points - May 27, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 148th day of the year. There are 218 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump officially clinches the GOP nomination. Barack Obama visits Hiroshima. Orrin Hatch's op-ed about his visit with SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland is published before the meeting actually happened.

The clock:

  • 32 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 52 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 59 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 165 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 241 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 286 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Donald Trump has won enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination for president [The Hill, CNN].

  2. President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima 71 years after the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city [Washington Post].

  3. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are teasing supporters about a possible debate between the two. Trump says he would do it if the television network broadcasting the debate makes a $10 million donation to charity [Bloomberg, Politico].

  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch is a Time Lord! An op-ed penned by Hatch panning his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is published before that meeting happened [Washington Post, Tribune, 2 News].

  5. 41 Secret Service employees are facing discipline over leaked information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz's rejected application to be an agent. The leak was apparently retribution for Chaffetz's investigation into misconduct at the agency [CNN].

  6. Morgan Philpot, who is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, is the new attorney for Ammon Bundy, who led an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  7. Sen. Todd Weiler appears on the latest episode of the Netflix show "Chelsea" to discuss his proposal to declare pornography a public health crisis [Standard Examiner].

  8. Paul Huntsman says he expects to finalize his purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune next week [Tribune].

  9. The Box Elder School District is refusing to comply with the Obama administration's directive to public schools on transgender students [KSL].

  10. Uh oh! Researchers find bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort in the United States [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1647 - Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
  • 1937 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was opened.
  • 1963 - The album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which featured the song "Blowin' in the Wind," was released.
  • 1995 - Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
  • 1997 - The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.

Today At Utah Policy

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Bob Bernick's Notebook: Charting the Tribune's Future

Rumors are circulating among the Utah political elite that the sale of The Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman is going through....

Energy Conference Takeaway: Our Energy Future is Bright - and Clean

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Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #284

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Weekly Survey: Will Clinton Hurt Down-Ballot Democrats?

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Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #284

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Philpot Joins Bundy's Legal Team

State Senate candidate Morgan Philpot has joined Ammon Bundy's legal team....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Recapture Canyon near Blanding-- Tribune: Outside Magazine explores ‘the worst disaster in Zion’s 97-year history’-- Tribune: Outdoor enthusiasts gearing up for Memorial Day trave...

Rep. Love Honors Servicewomen and Women Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery
Congresswoman Mia Love joined other women members of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues’ Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. ...

County hires new Criminal Justice Advisory Council Coordinator
Mayor Ben McAdams announced that Noella Sudbury, a former legal defender, has been chosen as the new Criminal Justice Advisory Council Coordinator....

Hatch Calls on Colleagues to Support Resolution of Disapproval for New Fiduciary Rule
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) noted the unnecessary burden the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule places on Americans trying to prepare for their future and urged colleagues to support the Congressional Review Ac...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Charter schools help Utah learn what works in education

Editorial: Sadly, it is time for toll gates in Cottonwood Canyon trails

Huntsman expects to cinch Tribune purchase next week, will keep current top editor in place

Ammon Bundy hires Utah’s Morgan Philpot as his attorney

Salt Lake, Davis GOP picking favorites before primary election

Rolly: Utah candidate representing Ammon Bundy loses earlier court fight, must pay nearly $6,000

Hole in the Rock Foundation asks Utah lands agency to auction area near Bears Ears

Deseret News

Orrin Hatch: My meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

Editorial: Repairing Salt Lake City streets

Utah and 10 states sue Obama administration over transgender bathroom directive

Hatch steadfast in holding up Supreme Court confirmation after meeting with Garland

Lee praises Trump's potential Supreme Court picks but hasn't endorsed him


Hatch op-ed on Supreme Court nominee is posted early on Utah newspaper site (Associated Press)

Ammon Bundy case transferred to Utah State Senate candidate, Morgan Philpot (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Building new bus stops will make mass transit more appealing in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Sen. Todd Weiler talks porn and public health on Netflix show 'Chelsea' (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Unapologetic, Trump promises to make America rich (Politico)

Sanders angers Democrats with Trump debate ploy (Politico)

Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz (The Hill)

Could Romanian hacker ‘Guccifer’ assist FBI’s probe of Clinton? (The Hill)

Paul Ryan is in another fight he doesn’t want, this time over LGBT rights (Washington Post)

GOP Sets Primary Turnout Record, with 5 States Left (Gateway Pundit)

Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination (Washington Post)

State Department: 'Only partial understanding' of Clinton's email use (CNN)

Louisiana’s ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill just became law (Washington Post)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 8 is not a good number (CNN)

Donald Trump's Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules (New York Times)

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