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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 13, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 165th day of the year. There are 201 days left in 2016.

Tragedy in Orlando following the largest mass shooting in American history. Sanders and Clinton set to meet. The rematch between Doug Owens and Mia Love is heating up.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 35 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 148 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 224 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 269 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. The horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and 53 wounded has sparked wildly different responses from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Trump says the shooting underscores his argument for tougher controls on immigration while Clinton called for the U.S. to increase efforts to defend against terrorism. President Barack Obama called the mass shooting an "act of terror" [The Hill, Politico, Bloomberg, Associated Press].

  2. Bernie Sanders will meet with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night to discuss platform proposals for the Democratic Party and whether he could support her bid for the White House [Politico].

  3. Mia Love's bid for another term in Congress may be in jeopardy as a new poll shows she trails Democratic challenger Doug Owens by six points [Tribune]. The Utah GOP is starting to step up their attacks on Owens. The most recent attack is over Owens holding a fundraiser with Nancy Pelosi [Utah Policy]. 

  4. Mitt Romney says he won't vote for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, but he won't campaign against Trump either [Tribune, Deseret News]. Trump's campaign manager calls Romney "a coward" [Politico].

  5. Big Republican donors are keeping their wallets shut, refusing to donate to Trump's campaign [Politico].

  6. Donald Trump's unpopularity among Utah voters could make the state a toss-up contest in November [Tribune].

  7. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson start to make their final pitch to voters ahead of the June 28 primary election [Deseret News].

  8. The Utah Jazz will ask Salt Lake City to reimburse the team for more than $20 million in tax money as part of a $110 million renovation to Vivint Smart Home Arena [Tribune].

  9. Democratic Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck plans to bring a bill allowing terminally ill patients the option of ending their lives back to the 2017 legislature [Deseret News].

  10. If you can't snag the hottest ticket on Broadway, don't worry. Smash hit Hamilton is coming to Utah as one of the first stops on its national tour in the 2017-2018 season [2 News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1966 - The Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights before questioning by the police.
  • 1967 - President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1971 - The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam.
  • 1983 - The space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system.
  • 1996 - An 81-day standoff ended as 16 members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.

Today At Utah Policy

Owens/Love Rematch Heating Up

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Hatch, Lee to DOJ: Stop Bankrolling Liberal Groups

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Policy News

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Salt Lake City Residents Invited to Cemetery Master Plan Open House
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Stewart should step up to halt wasteful, intrusive REAL ID

Rolly: GOP leader: Be moral, virtuous, wise. Support the caucus/convention system

Op-ed: Weldon Angelos is free, but many more still wait for justice reform

Op-ed: Utahns can lead the nation out of the Trump-Clinton morass

Hatch: A Bears Ears monument would be federal overreach

Editorial: Mail ballots remove excuses for not voting

Editorial: Governor’s race is a good argument for campaign limits

Challenger says Jason Chaffetz uses government website as ‘campaign propaganda tool’

Mia Love brushes off speculation she could be on Trump’s V.P. short list

Doug Owens holds edge over Rep. Mia Love in Tribune-Hinckley poll

Provo, Orem petitioners push forward on transit fight

The Mormon and the Muslim — Hatch says Ali ‘pointed us to the greatness of God’

Mitt Romney will sit on sidelines of presidential election

Utah Jazz will ask SLC for $22M in tax reimbursement over arena upgrades

Poll: Trump’s unpopularity could swing Utahns to Hillary

Salt Lake County Council looks to influence UTA collaboratively

Utahns react to Orlando shooting; public vigil planned Monday

Romney says Trump is ‘breaking my heart’

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Wrestling with old and familiar topics in politics

Jake Garn: Sen. Hatch continues to serve Utah well

Op-ed: Herbert vs. Johnson: Substance over sound bites

John Florez: A loss of confidence in our institutions

Jason Chaffetz: Fighting for what is right

Chia-Chi Teng: Government is too big and spends too much

Editorial: Voting in the Utah primaries has never been easier

Rule change: Utah schools can tap experts to fill teaching void

Utah Native American tribes disagree on monument

Sen. Orrin Hatch celebrates Muhammad Ali's greatness in funeral speech

Mitt Romney: I won't campaign against Donald Trump, but will criticize his 'destructive' comments

Utah's teacher problem: What can be done to keep educators in the profession?

Jonathan Johnson says voters 'ready for a change' in governor's race

Gov. Gary Herbert running hard for second full term

Utahns mourn, condemn violence after Orlando mass shooting


Average 4 percent pay increase proposed for full-time Ogden city employees (Standard-Examiner)

Legislator gets head start on cannabis push (Park Record)

SITLA: Comb Ridge land up for sale (Park Record)

National Headlines

Orlando massacre: Shock and horror (Politico)

Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre (Politico)

Obama: Orlando shooting 'an act of terror' (The Hill)

Dem rep: Orlando shooter 'made pledge of allegiance' to ISIS (The Hill)

Clinton targets Trump in first general election ad (CNN)

Man with weapons and explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, police say (Los Angeles Times)

Army veteran legally not male or female, judge rules (CNN)

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrates 92nd birthday (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton huddles with top fundraisers (CNN)

In Sanders’ hometown, people proud of his mark on campaign (Associated Press)

76 Million Americans Are Struggling Financially: And It Doesn't Matter A Darn (Forbes)

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