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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 16, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 168th day of the year. There are 198 days left in 2016.

Is Utah a battleground state in November's election? Democrats filibuster for gun control measures. Utah's public lands lawsuit may not be ready until 2017.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 32 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 38 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 145 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 221 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 266 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Woah! Utah could be a battleground state in November because of Donald Trump's poor polling numbers here [Washington Post].

  2. Democrats take over the floor of the U.S. Senate in a nearly fifteen-hour filibuster demanding a vote on measures denying gun sales to individuals on the terrorist watch list and expanded background checks for gun sales. They ended the marathon session after Republicans agreed to vote on the proposals. [Washington Post, CNN]. Donald Trump becomes an unlikely Democratic ally in the gun control battle, saying he's going to meet with the NRA about the issue [The HillBloomberg, Politico].

  3. Another national poll gives Hillary Clinton a significant lead over Donald Trump [Politico]. A separate poll shows the Republican Party's favorability rating is at the lowest point since they started tracking in 2009 [Bloomberg].

  4. A document that looks like the Democratic Party's opposition research file on Donald Trump has leaked online after Russian hackers apparently breached the party's computer system [Gawker]. Trump bizarrely accuses the Democrats of leaking the file themselves as a way of distracting attention from Hillary Clinton [Politico].

  5. Donald Trump claims he was "right" about President Barack Obama being a terrorist sympathizer because of a published report from a conservative news site that claims the administration "supports" the Islamic State [Washington Post].

  6. Marco Rubio looks like he might be changing his mind about not running for another term in the Senate [Washington Post].

  7. Utah lawmakers are not yet ready to launch a lawsuit challenging federal control of public lands within the state, but that legal battle could start in 2017 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Another survey shows Utahns are still split on whether the Bears Ears area should be designated as a new national monument [Tribune].

  9. A staffer for Rep. Rob Bishop says groups pushing to designate Bears Ears as a national monument are not dealing honestly and their efforts could derail Bishop's Public Lands Initiative proposal [Deseret News].

  10. The LDS Church offers to spend $3 million on a new 10,000 seat stadium at the Fairpark if lawmakers kick in another $10 million for the proposed state-owned facility [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1897 - The United State signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
  • 1909 - President William Howard Taft recommended the adoption of a constitutional amendment giving the federal government the right to levy and collect income tax.
  • 1963 - The Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
  • 2011 - Rep. Anthony Weiner announced he would resign after admitting he sent sexually suggestive photos on social networks. He left office the following week.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Former Utah Rep. Matheson to head electric co-op

County looks to boost foreign investment

Newest poll shows Utahns still divided on Bears Ears monument

Lands lawsuit unlikely until next year, a few expense details emerge

Death penalty debate on again in Utah Capitol

‘Death is not failure’: Brittany Maynard’s widower urges Utah to consider legalizing fatal prescriptions

Utahn’s dream of an eco-friendly hamlet gleaned from Mormon founder’s plan for Zion is a nightmare for Provo neighbors

State legislators reiterate drone ban near Utah wildfires

Ute Tribe sues Utah judge over lawsuit in his court

State looking to build new 10,000-seat, $17M arena at Utah Fairpark with help from Mormon church

Utah school board candidates defend teachers and Common Core during SLC debate

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why states should resist assisted suicide

Dan Liljenquist: The burdens of a free society

Jonathan Swinton: Washington needs a marriage counselor, and that’s what I am

Misty K. Snow: Utah is ready and in desperate need of a senator like me

Greg Bell: Are we watching the death of the Republican Party?

Op-ed: Taxing carried interest a bad idea for Utah's Silicon Slopes

Herbert endorsed by county commissioners from around the state

Looking at the cost of the death penalty, in more ways than one

Utah's lawsuit over federal lands in crafting stage

Bishop staffer: Push for Bears Ears monument is 'dishonest'

Lawmakers, firefighters want drone owners to know the law

Permission to use HOV lanes may get an adjustment

Making informed decisions: The key issues in education for 2016

Utah lawmakers hear case for death with dignity act


Op-ed: Honor former Utah Gov. Olene Walker with your story (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump’s relationship with RNC sours (Politico)

Hope dims for Senate action on guns after frenzied day (Politico)

Sanders not being vetted for Clinton's VP (The Hill)

DNC Hacker Releases Trump Oppo Report (Smoking Gun)

Terror watch list takes center stage among gun-control proposals (McClatchy)

Grand jury to investigate Orlando shooter's widow (CNN)

Filibuster Ends After GOP Agrees to Allow Gun Control Votes (NBC News)

Poll: 70% have unfavorable opinion of Trump (CNN)

Obama and Clinton Differ on Terror Approach (New York Times)

Paris victim's father sues Twitter, Facebook, Google over ISIS (CBS News)

Rates projected to rise 10 percent on key Obamacare plans, study finds (Washington Times)

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