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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Tuesday's Talking Points - May 31, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 152nd day of the year. There are 214 days left in 2016.

Who might Donald Trump pick as his running mate? The new prison facility could pose an environmental hazard. A significant majority of Utahns have a negative view of Barack Obama.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Another national poll shows Donald Trump is nearly even with Hillary Clinton [Politico].

  2. Now that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, it's time to speculate about who he will pick as his running mate [The Hill, FiveThirtyEight].

  3. Former Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden's leaking of classified information was a "public service" that ignited a debate over surveillance techniques [CNN].

  4. Construction on the new prison near the Great Salt Lake may be delayed because the project could kick up toxic dust that may be harmful to guards and inmates at the facility [Tribune].

  5. Utah charter schools that don't outsource their administration to private companies do much better than charter schools that do [Tribune].

  6. No shocker here. Nearly 2/3rds of Utahns have a negative opinion of President Barack Obama [Utah Policy].

  7. Utahns may be tiring of Mitt Romney's attacks on Donald Trump [Deseret News].

  8. Because of Donald Trump's ascendency, a number of Utah's top Republicans still haven't decided if they'll attend the party convention in Cleveland this summer [Tribune].

  9. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson present differing visions for education in Utah [Deseret News].

  10. Residents in downtown Salt Lake City say removing the height limits on the proposed convention hotel could make the facility the tallest skyscraper in the city [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1889 - More than 2,200 people died when a dam break flooded Johnstown, Pa.
  • 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect. 
  • 1994 - The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
  • 2005 - Former FBI official W. Mark Felt stepped forward as "Deep Throat," the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Have Unfavorable View of Obama

Utahns don't have a very high opinion of President Barack Obama according to the latest survey....

Lee Pushes Back at DOJ Climate Change Bullying

Sen. Mike Lee demands that the Deparment of Justice cease its use of law enforcement resources to stifle the voices of scientists and organizations skeptical of the left's climate change agenda....

Lee: Make Welfare Work Again

In a National Review op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee unveils legislation that would reform America's welfare system by incentivizing, rather than penalizing, work and marriage....

Utah Policy Genius Panel: Is Populist Politics the New Norm?

Is the populist uprising fueling the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns a passing phenomenon that will fade after the November election, or is this the new normal in politics? What are the implications for the making of public policy?...

'Political Insiders' Say Clinton Will Hurt More than Help Utah Democrats

Now that Hillary Clinton has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination, what effect will she have on down-ballot Democratic candidates in Utah?...

Polling Shows Urban/Rural Gap Getting Bigger

Donald Trump is crushing Hillary Clinton in rural areas, while Clinton has a huge lead over Trump in the urban parts of America....

Policy News

Salt Lake City and County Building to Undergo Stone Repair and Seismic Upgrades
Salt Lake City will begin a three-year project to restore the building’s stone facade, repair windows, and perform a seismic upgrade of the historic building located at 451 South State Street....

Rep. Chris Stewart Calls for Bipartisan Solution to the Overpopulation of Wild Horses
At an Interior Appropriations subcommittee markup, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), urged his colleagues to help him find a bi-partisan solution to the overpopulation of wild horses in the West....

Senators Demand DOJ Cease Investigation Into Opponents of President Obama's Energy Policies
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), David Perdue (R-GA), and David Vitter (R-LA) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding that the Department of Justice end its use of law enforcement resources against political opponents ...

Salt Lake County Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years of Success
Salt Lake County commemorated the 20th anniversary of its drug court system with an awards luncheon to recognize the achievements of a local criminal justice initiative that improves lives, enhances public safety and saves money....

Utah.Gov Launches First State Government Amazon Echo Skill
The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Technology Services announced the introduction of a new Amazon Echo driver license practice exam....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Innovation needs protection, and foreign professor’s criticism of Hatch unwarranted

Op-ed: Family emphasis fuels Utah’s economic success

Op-ed: Banning short-term rentals is wrong approach to ‘party houses’

Op-ed: Women should be in Selective Service, and the nation will need them

Rolly: Chaffetz still screaming as his past exploits come back to haunt

Editorial: Chaffetz needs to lead bipartisan efforts to upgrade federal technology

Utah is looking for a new place to bury its veterans

Potentially toxic dust could delay building Utah’s new prison

Rolly: Memo to signature gatherers: Beware of Big Brother in Utah County

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Suggested statements for political warriors to bring buzz

John Florez: Have students become pawns for politicians?

Op-ed: Character still matters in politics

Ralph Becker: Success in Salt Lake City and other cities — keys to our future

Mia Love: America's soldiers are examples of exceptionalism

State, education leaders gear up for summer deliberation as school year ends

Are Utahns tiring of Mitt Romney challenging Donald Trump?

San Juan County Commissioner appeals conviction for 2014 ATV protest ride

Salt Lake's next skyscraper? Proposed hotel sites worry some high-rise residents

Herbert, Johnson present different visions for Utah education; both call for unity

Medical marijuana debate focuses on feds and research


Editorial: None of the above would be a disrespectful move (Daily Herald)

Editorial: What we've got here in Ogden is failure to communicate (Standard-Examiner)

Law firm's letter helped nix Ogden blight hearing; open house scheduled (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop picks valley native as chief-of-staff (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Can the World Survive A Perpetually Combative President Trump? (Politico)

Dems fear Obama immigration raids could hurt Latino turnout (Politico)

Hillary's ObamaCare problem (The Hill)

Hispanic lawmakers face painful decision on Puerto Rico (The Hill)

Clinton adds more campaign stops to avert a Sanders upset in California (Washington Post)

Animal rights activists disrupt Bernie Sanders rally (Plain Dealer)

Sanders packs Oakland pews, backs Warriors (SFGate)

Never-Trump conservatives search for alternative (CNN)

Faced with fraud case, Trump brings up judge's 'Mexican' heritage (CNN)

Holder: Snowden did 'public service,' but should still be punished (Associated Press)

After Winning Regulatory Battle Against Ride-Sharing Firms, Austin Turns to Black Market and Deregulation (Reason)

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