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Monday, June 20, 2016

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 20, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 172nd day of the year. There are 194 days left in 2016.

Herbert maintains his massive lead on Jonathan Johnson. GOP delegates seek to block Donald Trump. His poor standing among Mormons could hurt Trump's efforts to win Nevada. 

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. A group of GOP delegates is working on a plan to block Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination at the convention in Cleveland [Washington Post]. Those delegates are raising money and plan to hire staff as part of their effort to derail the presumptive nominee [Washington Post].

  2. Donald Trump's troubles with Mormon voters could hurt his efforts to win the critical battleground state of Nevada in November [Politico].

  3. Donald Trump suggests the U.S. should employ more racial profiling following the nightclub massacre in Orlando [Reuters].

  4. Former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is expected to launch a bid for another term in the U.S. Senate after previously saying he would not seek re-election [CNN].

  5. Gov. Gary Herbert has a 38-point lead over Jonathan Johnson among likely Republican voters according to a new survey ahead of next Tuesday's primary [Utah Policy].

  6. Gov. Gary Herbert declines an invitation for a televised debate with Jonathan Johnson before next week's primary election [Deseret News].

  7. Utah GOP chairman James Evans met with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump over the weekend, urging him to campaign in Utah after polls showed a potentially close contest with Hillary Clinton in November [Tribune].

  8. Former Utah Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen's role as head of the rules committee at next month's GOP convention in Cleveland could put her in the middle of a fight to stop Donald Trump from becoming the party's nominee [Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt campaigned for Republican candidates who got on the primary ballot using the new signature gathering route instead of the traditional caucus/convention system [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. Another prominent political handicapper calls the Mia Love vs. Doug Owens rematch a tossup [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1214 - The University of Oxford in England was chartered.
  • 1837 - Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.
  • 1893 - A jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1963 - The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot-line communications link between Washington and Moscow.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Too many public decisions are being made in private

Op-ed: How does Utah stack up against Colorado?

Op-ed: Mail-in voting kills challengers’ chances

Op-ed: Why do teachers leave? Teachers know why

Editorial: Jazz tax break worthwhile, but the process was an air ball

Editorial: Transit-oriented growth needs citizens’ buy-in

Utah’s economy added 44,000 jobs in past year

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

Cook Political Report is second handicapper to say Love-Owens race is a tossup

Former Utah congresswoman’s new role could put her in middle of ‘anybody but Trump’ fight

Count My Vote going to bat for candidates targeted by their own Republican Party

Utah Republican chairman talks with Donald Trump about state’s unusual tossup status

Walking a diplomatic tightrope, Utah and Mormon officials weigh whether to meet with the Dalai Lama

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Updating an old column to preserve print journalism

Herbert: Utah’s strong economy positions state for investments in long-term prosperity

Johnson: Don't settle, Utah can do it better

John Florez: More money for education?

Editorial: Utah parties should plan primary debates

Gov. Herbert turns down TV debate with primary opponent, Jonathan Johnson

Obama heads to national parks as Bears Ears remains in play

Love-Owens congressional race earns another 'toss-up' rating

Ex-Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen to head GOP rules committee at convention

Former Gov. Mike Leavitt campaigns with GOP candidates shunned by own party

Informed decisions: Are Utah taxpayers paying too much or too little?

Would Bears Ears monument hinder or protect Native American religion?

Utah energy group pursues nuclear power project


Editorial: Don't snooze on critical local election (Daily Herald)

GOP candidates for Utah County Commission debate biz incentives, BRT (Daily Herald)

Juneteenth celebrants in Utah advocate change on police, school policies (Standard-Examiner)

Vote-by-mail seeing strong turnout in Cache County and across state (Logan Herald Journal)

Governor candidate Johnson hosts Logan town hall in advance of primary (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton’s path to victory (Politico)

Donald Trump’s path to victory (Politico)

5 things Trump needs to do to turn his campaign around (The Hill)

Attorney general: I've never discussed Clinton emails with Obama (The Hill)

Some Gay Voters Say It's 'Dangerous' to Come Out for Trump (NBC News)

Agents see increase in border crossings despite extreme heat (CBS News)

How Donald Trump May Have Wasted A Monthlong Advantage Over Hillary Clinton (NPR)

Donald Trump Calls for Racial Profiling to Stop Terrorists (New York Times)

Obama Visits Yosemite Park, Spends Trip Worrying About Global Warming (Daily Caller)

Alleged American ISIS fighter praises Orlando gunman in new video (FOX News)

President Obama Believes This Is the Best Social Security Fix -- Is He Right? (Motley Fool)

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