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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 17, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 169th day of the year. There are 197 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders vows to fight on. Donald Trump's poll numbers are cratering in a historic way. Mitt Romney endorses Gary Herbert's re-election bid. 

The clock:

  • 11 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 31 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 37 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 144 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 220 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 265 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Jo Cox, a member of British Parliament, was shot and stabbed to death by a man with alleged links to far-right extremist groups [Guardian].

  2. Bernie Sanders tells his supporters he will work to help defeat Donald Trump in November, but he does not officially end his campaign for the Democratic nomination [Politico]. 

  3. The number of Americans who view Donald Trump favorably is reaching historic lows, with more than 2/3 who hold an unfavorable view of the presumptive GOP nominee [Politico].

  4. Sen. John McCain says President Barack Obama was "directly responsible" for the nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 people and the attacker dead because of Obama's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq. McCain later retracted his remarks saying he "misspoke" [Politico].

  5. One prominent political handicapper says the race between Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is now a toss-up [Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. There may not be enough time for Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson to debate before the June 28 primary election [Utah Policy].

  7. Mitt Romney offers his endorsement of Gov. Gary Herbert's re-election campaign [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Utah lawmakers take a field trip to a state liquor store where they expressed surprise at low wages and high turnover for employees [Tribune, Fox 13].

  9. A new poll finds Utahns want the U.S. Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland [Tribune].

  10. The chairwoman of the Salt Lake City RDA says the decision to approve a $22 million subsidy for the Utah Jazz to make improvements on their downtown arena should have had more public scrutiny and called the decision to move forward after just two hours was a "rookie mistake" [Tribune].

 On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston.
  • 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
  • 1963 - The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
  • 1972 - The Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.
  • 2013 - The Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's requirement of proof of citizenship before voter registration violated federal law.

Today At Utah Policy

Time Running Out for a Debate Between Herbert and Johnson

Will Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson debate before the June 28 primary election? That question can be answered with a definite "maybe."...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Fairpark Surprise

Finally, the state government’s Fairpark is going to get a major renovation -- $17 million to build a new 10,000-seat open-air arena where the old bandstand now sits....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #287

It looks more and more like the Gary Herbert vs. Jonathan Johnson primary election isn't going to be much of a contest. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #287

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah Politics....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Win the Democratic U.S. Senate Primary

Who will win the primary election between Jonathan Swinton and Misty Snow? Vote in our weekly survey....

NRO: Impeach IRS Chief

National Review Online says Rep. Jason Chaffetz is right to push for the impeachment of John Koskinen, and Sen. Orrin Hatch is wrong to oppose such a move....

Policy News

Increased Utility Rates Drive Increase in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.1 percent from April to May on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Utah Leaders Announce Formation of Juvenile Justice Working Group
Governor Gary R. Herbert, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Greg Hughes, and Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant announced the formation of the interbranch Utah Juvenile Justice Working Group that will conduct a data-driven examination of Utah&r...

Press Release: Mitt Romney Endorses Gov. Herbert's Re-Election
Former Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has endorsed Gov. Gary Herbert’s bid for re-election....

Sundance Institute Brings $143.3 Million in Economic Activity and $72.5 in Gross State Product to Utah with 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Institute announced that its 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah in January, generated an overall economic activity of $143.3 million and gross domestic product of $72.5 million in the State of Utah, a...

Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on Energy Tax Policy
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine energy tax provisions:...

Double Up Food Bucks Expands to 21 Farmers' Markets Statewide
Utahns Against Hunger and 21 farmers’ markets across the state are launching the second season of Double Up Food Bucks....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: REAL ID is reasonable federal standard, not federal intrusion

Editorial: Utah seems eager to drop out of education

Utahns want hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, poll shows

It’s a tossup: handicapper says race between Mia Love and Doug Owens can go either way

Rolly: Utah tour group can’t quite pull off meeting with Mia Love, but not for a lack of trying

Utah lawmakers tour wine store, express surprise over low employee pay

After unflattering audit and overhaul by Legislature, Utah’s tech college looks for new kind of leader

Chairwoman of RDA laments ‘rookie mistake’ of Utah Jazz-arena fast break

Romney endorses Herbert’s re-election bid

GOP Senate candidates split on SB54 but agree on wide range of issues

School board picks 2 finalists for Utah’s next education boss

FBI agents in Utah to step up security efforts after Orlando massacre

Utah looking for link between San Juan River, Lake Powell water quality and Gold King Mine spill

Deseret News

Spencer Cox: Gov. Herbert is experienced public servant Utahns want

Robyn Bagley: Let me introduce myself

Op-ed: We don't need BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)

Op-ed: How to attract and keep the best teachers

Editorial: A growing challenge in education: recruiting and retaining teachers

Professor now rates Love-Owens race a 'toss-up'

Utah educators selected as finalists to lead state education office

3rd District primary race heats up between Chaffetz, Teng

Mitt Romney endorses Gov. Gary Herbert

Utah business, refugee leaders urge community to hire refugees

Informed decisions: Weighing Utah's need for water, roads and mass transit


Editorial: What is Utah to do after the Orlando shooting? (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The FBI’s Growing Surveillance Gap (Politico)

Hugh Hewitt reverses on Trump (Politico)

Ryan pushes back against terrorist watchlist legislation (The Hill)

Trump’s campaign hits a wall (The Hill)

DOJ overrules FBI on gun sales debate, says no-fly list can be used for ban (Washington Times)

Obama's cerebral reaction to terror tested in Orlando (CNN)

Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster; leaders negotiating votes on gun-control measures (Washington Post)

CIA director grave warning: ISIS dangerous as ever (CNN)

Oprah Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (Hollywood Reporter)

John Kasich to Joe Scarborough: I'm Not Interested in Being a 'Spoiler' at RNC (NBC News)

Julian Castro Returns to Texas Under Vice President Rumors (Associated Press)

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