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Friday's Talking Points - May 6, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 127th day of the year. There are 239 days left in 2016.

Paul Ryan says he's not ready to back Donald Trump. Mitt Romney will not attend the Republican National Convention. Education leaders are puzzled by Gov. Herbert's flip-flop on Common Core.

The clock:

  • 53 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 73 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 80 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 186 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 262 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 307 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not ready to back Donald Trump as the GOP nominee [Roll Call, Politico, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CNN].

  2. Mitt Romney says he will not attend the Republican National Convention this year due to Donald Trump's nomination [Utah Policy, Politico, Deseret News].

  3. Employees at the Republican National Committee were reportedly told to support Donald Trump or find new employment [Gawker]. The RNC denies that report [The Hill].

  4. Prosecutors and the FBI say they have found little evidence that Hillary Clinton willingly violated classification rules with her personal email server, but they still may interview her as part of the investigation [Washington Post].

  5. Education leaders are puzzled by Gov. Gary Herbert's reversal as he's now calling for an end to Common Core and SAGE testing [Deseret News].

  6. Heather Gardner claims there were many irregularities in the vote at the Utah Republican Convention where she lost the nomination to Sen. Todd Weiler [Tribune]. 

  7. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the minimal Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature will not come close to meeting the needs of those suffering from mental health or substance abuse problems [Tribune].

  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is fighting against a reduction in funds to remove radioactive tailings from near the Colorado River in Moab [Deseret News].

  9. Funeral services for former Sen. Bob Bennett are set for May 13 [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. The Federal Government announces regulations on e-cigarettes, including restricting their sale to anyone under the age of 18 [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 - Confederate troops commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee routed Union forces at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
  • 1935 - The Works Progress Administration was established to provide work for the unemployed.
  • 1937 - The German passenger airship Hindenberg erupted in a fireball in New Jersey on its arrival from Europe. The disaster killed 35 of the 97 passengers on board.
  • 1941 - Josef Stalin became official leader of the Soviet government.
  • 1954 - Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes.
  • 2004 - The final episode of "Friends" aired on NBC.


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Local Headlines

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Op-ed: Intolerant tolerance is not tolerance at all

Editorial: Herbert gives in to irrational fear of education monsters

Educational software — and questions of bias, cost and efficacy — on Utah lawmakers’ minds

Candidate says convention shenanigans may have illegally defeated her

Environmental groups petition EPA to revoke Utah’s authority over water quality

Utah to receive additional funds to monitor San Juan River, Lake Powell for contamination

Libertarian candidate says disaffected voters offer opening for third party

Sim Gill finds ‘nothing worth celebrating’ over Utah Medicaid funding

Rolly: Remembering gentleman Bob Bennett — boy, how politics could use the likes of him today

Deseret News

Greg Bell: The conservative philosophy is under attack everywhere

Editorial: Senator Bob Bennett's lack of ego left an impression

Sen. Hatch meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu during Israel trip

Moab tailings removal slows, Chaffetz fights proposed funding cuts

With Trump on top, Romney will not attend Republican convention

Gov. Gary Herbert's 'big change' over Common Core puzzling

Other

Utah students who don't pass civics test don't graduate (Standard-Examiner)

Utahns react to Donald Trump's cleared path to the GOP presidential nomination (Standard-Examiner)

Trump's nomination positive for local Democrats, divisive for local Republicans (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Chris Matthews caught checking out Melania Trump on hot mic (Politico)

Romney to skip Republican convention (The Hill)

Trump's VP: Top 10 contenders (The Hill)

Why Hillary Clinton isn't pushing Bernie Sanders to exit race (CNN)

North Carolina says it will defy feds over LGBT law; 'We're not going to get bullied' (Los Angeles Times)

Why a Trump-backing tow truck driver says he refused service to a Sanders supporter (Washington Post)

McCain on tape: Trump hurts my reelection hopes (Politico)

Bushes’ snub of Trump has roots in Republican base anger (Washington Post)

Judge orders top Hillary Clinton aides to answer questions about secret emails (Washington Times)

Insurers planning big Obamacare price hikes next year (CBS News)

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy (Associated Press)

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