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Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Thursday's Talking Points - June 2, 2016
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 154th day of the year. There are 212 days left in 2016.
Most voters say Donald Trump's wall will never get built. Turnout by Democrats at the March caucuses was not even close to the 2008 numbers. Medical marijuana supporters will bring the issue back to the Utah Legislature in 2017.
- 26 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 46 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 52 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 159 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
- 235 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
- 280 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Thursday:
- Boring but important: "Trump University" could be a major problem for Donald Trump on the campaign trail this year. He took an active role in promoting the fraudulent real estate school, and employees were instructed on how to get "students" to spend more than they could afford on the program [Politco, Daily Beast]. Hillary Clinton has already pounced on the revelations, calling Trump a "fraud" [New York TImes].
- The head of Hispanic media relations for the Republican National Committee is quitting her job reportedly because she was uncomfortable working to elect Donald Trump [New York Times].
- Most voters say Donald Trump's promised wall on the southern border will not get built [Bloomberg].
- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid calls on Bernie Sanders to end his campaign saying "Sometimes you just have to give up" [The Hill, Politico].
- Although turnout by Bernie Sanders' supporters at the March caucus meetings looked huge, it actually was far behind the 2008 numbers [Utah Policy].
- Very few Utahns are taking advantage of the public comment period on Utah's modest Medicaid expansion plan [Tribune].
- Polling shows most Utahns really don't know who the Republican Lt. Governor nominees are [Utah Policy].
- Mitt Romney's support might help little-known lawyer David French if he decides to launch an independent bid for the White House [Deseret News].
- Rep. Gage Froerer says he's bringing his medical marijuana proposal back to the Utah Legislature for the 2017 session [Associated Press].
- The Utah Department of Public Safety plans to investigate how Brigham Young University reports information about sexual assaults [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1851 - Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
- 1865 - The Civil War officially came to an end when Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators.
- 1953 - Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
- 1981 - The Japanese video arcade game "Donkey Kong" made its U.S. debut.
- 1997 - Timothy McVeigh was convinced of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
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