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Wednesday's Talking Points - May 4, 2016

Good Wednesday morning and Happy "Star Wars Day" from Salt Lake City. Today is the 125th day of the year. There are 241 days left in 2016.

Ted Cruz drops out. Bernie Sanders surprises Hillary Clinton by winning the Indiana primary. Jackie Biskupski unveils her first budget proposal.

The clock:

  • 55 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 75 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 188 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 264 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 309 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Ted Cruz has dropped out of the Republican nomination race following Donald Trump's win in Indiana Tuesday night, leaving Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee [The Hill, Politico, Bloomberg, New York Times].

  2. Nate Silver breaks down why Trump will win the GOP nomination despite all of the naysaying [FiveThirtyEight].

  3. Bernie Sanders wins Indiana, but Hillary Clinton keeps a big delegate lead [Politico, The Hill, Bloomberg].

  4. Despite winning Indiana, it's mathematically impossible for Sanders to beat Clinton with just pledged delegates [Politico].

  5. A new national poll gives Hillary Clinton a 13-point lead over Donald Trump [Politico].

  6. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski unveils her $259 million budget proposal, which includes employee raises and funding for streets [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Gov. Gary Herbert is airing his first television ads of the 2016 election season [Deseret News].

  8. Herbert's campaign is holding a fundraiser in conjunction with a taxpayer-funded energy summit [Tribune]. Herbert makes a surprise visit to the home of a woman who has voiced criticism of some of the governor's fundraising tactics [2 News].

  9. Speaker Greg Hughes gets the lowest score on the UEA's legislative scorecard [Utah Policy].

  10. Hamilton, the sensational Broadway musical, earns a record 16 Tony Award nominations [CNN].

 On this day in history:

  • 1494 - On his second expedition to the New World, Columbus discovered Jamaica.
  • 1904 - Construction began on the Panama Canal.
  • 1970 - Ohio National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio during a demonstration against the Vietnam War.
  • 1998 - Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in a deal which spared him from the death penalty.

Today At Utah Policy

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National Democrats Not Yet Stepping into Love/Owens Rematch

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Cruz Unloads on Trump in 10-Minute Rant (Video)

You can tell Ted Cruz is starting to feel the pressure from trying to stop Donald Trump's march to the GOP nomination....

Policy News

Biskupski Unveils Budget Proposal
Mayor Jackie Biskupski recommended a $260 million budget to the Salt Lake City Council – a proposal guided by fiscal responsibility and a commitment to begin paying down lingering debt on capital projects....

Zions Bank Invites Public to Nominate Homes for Makeovers During Annual Paint-a-Thon Service Project
Zions Bank is inviting the public to nominate up to 25 homes its employees will spruce up with a fresh coat of exterior paint during the annual Paint-a-Thon service project in June....

Utah Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Congresswoman Mia Love
The Fraternal Order of Police has announced its endorsement of Congresswoman Mia Love for Congress....

Northern Utah Companies Honored at World Trade Center Utah International Business Forum
World Trade Center Utah hosted its second annual Northern Utah International Business Forum at the Academy Center in Brigham City. At the event, two Northern Utah companies, Autoliv and Hycomp, were honored with awards and attendees were addressed by Lt. Governor Spencer J. ...

SLC Justice Court Named Utah's 'Justice Court of the Year'
Salt Lake City’s Justice Court has been named Justice Court of the Year by the Utah State Courts....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch: Employee Rights Act would make unions more responsive to members

Editorial: Deals involving old prison land look fishy

University of Utah faculty vote to dump fossil fuels investments

Rolly: I remember when governors returned calls and spoke for themselves

Brewvies and DABC reach tentative truce over liquor sales and movies with nudity as lawsuit continues

South Valley Regional Airport operator says Salt Lake City greed is forcing it out

Potential Tribune owner Paul Huntsman meets with group suing the paper

Salt Lake City Council endorses Mike Brown for police chief

Biskupski’s ‘relatively flat budget’ eschews tax increase, includes parking-ticket amnesty

Herbert campaign piggybacks fundraiser on governor’s energy summit

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Our campaign finance system promotes the wrong values

Jay Evensen: Utah's air pollution problems defy simple solutions from Washington

Editorial: Clear-headed thinking needed on trade policy

Utah agrees not enforce obscenity law during Brewvies lawsuit

Salt Lake leaders celebrate 10 years of great strides, but hope for more

Gov. Gary Herbert airing first TV commercials in primary race

Utah GOP all in for Cruz, but Trump supporter says they can be won over

Lake Powell pipeline debate enters new phase

Weber County takes next step to lift children from proverty

Major road funding, employee pay raises, parking amnesty highlight Biskupski's budget


Provo/Orem transit lease agreement petition to go forward, won't go on ballot (Daily Herald)

Alpine School District weighing $386 million bond (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Test cannabis as a treatment for addiction (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County launches initiative to break the cycle of poverty in families (Standard-Examiner)

Treasure Mountain librarian elected UEA president (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump bids farewell to Cruz: He was 'one hell of a competitor' (Washington Examiner)

Trump: We will win (Politico)

Sanders surprises Clinton in Indiana (Politico)

Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race (Politico)

RNC chairman calls for party to unify behind Trump (The Hill)

Sanders: I will upset Clinton and defeat Trump in November (The Hill)

US Navy SEAL killed by ISIS in Iraq firefight identified (FOX News)

'Never Trump' movement will now be tested (CNN)

Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested (Washington Post)

Former President Bill Clinton visits Kentucky's John Calipari (ESPN)

How Obama’s Economy Spawned Trump (Wall Street Journal)

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