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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 21, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 173rd day of the year. There are 193 days left in 2016.

The Senate rejects four gun control measures. Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by nine in Utah. The UEA is dropping big bucks to back Gary Herbert's re-election campaign. 

The clock:

  • Seven days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 33 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 140 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 216 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 261 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The U.S. Senate voted down four gun control measures that enjoyed popular support [Washington Post].

  2. The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to gun control laws in New York and Connecticut that ban military-style assault weapons [Reuters, Politico].

  3. Donald Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski [New York Times]. Lewandowski's ouster stokes hope among Republicans in Washington that his campaign will start changing for the better [Politico].

  4. Donald Trump is falling way behind Hillary Clinton in the money race. The latest campaign filings show Trump raised just $3.1 million in May to Hillary Clinton's $27 million haul. Trump has just $1.3 million in the bank while Clinton has $42 million [Washington Post].

  5. Nearly 400 GOP delegates are now supporting a plan to block Donald Trump from becoming the party's nominee at the convention in Cleveland [Washington Post]. That group pf anti-Trump delegates now includes Utah's Gayle Ruzicka [Tribune].

  6. Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 36-27% in Utah. Libertarian Gary Johnson gets 10% [Utah Policy].

  7. The Utah Education Association's political arm is dropping approximately $200,000 on advertising supporting Gov. Gary Herbert's re-election bid [Utah Policy].

  8. Jonathan Johnson calls Gary Herbert a "coward" for refusing to debate him prior to next week's primary election [Tribune].

  9. Jason Chaffetz says he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, but he also plans to use his position as chairman of the House Oversight Committee to keep a Trump administration in check [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the South Salt Lake police in a drug case where a man claimed he was illegally stopped and searched because of an outstanding traffic warrant [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - The U.S. Constitution became effective when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.
  • 1973 - The Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
  • 1982 - John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three other people.
  • 1989 - The Supreme Court ruled burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
  • 2000 - NASA announced it's Mars Global Surveyor had spotted grooved surface feature, suggesting relatively recent water flow on the planet.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Donald Trump Has a Nine-Point Lead on Hillary Clinton in Utah

Utah is certainly not turning out to be friendly territory for Donald Trump. A new survey gives the presumptive GOP nominee a 9-point lead over Democratic foe Hillary Clinton....

Utah Education Association Spending Big to Back Herbert

The Utah Education Association's political arm backed partially by the National Education Association, is dropping big bucks on advertising to support Gov. Gary Herbert in his primary race against Jonathan Johnson....

We'll Soon See How Well Delegates Represent Republican Voters

One of the interesting things to watch in the primary election in one week will be the difference in support candidates receive from Republican voters, compared to support they received from Republican delegates in county and state conventions....

Is Donald Trump's Campaign Broke?

Hillary Clinton's campaign already has a massive cash advantage over Donald Trump, and it may get worse....

Lee: In Wake of Orlando Terror Attack, Liberals Tell Tall Tales about Guns

Sen. Mike Lee refutes the myth propagated by Democrats that would-be mass shooters like the Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen can evade background checks by purchasing weapons online or at gun shows....

Trump's Mormon Problem Follows Him to Nevada

Like their Utah counterparts, Nevada's Mormon GOP voters are struggling to get comfortable with Donald Trump, which may hurt his chances to carry the important batteground state in November....

Policy News

Press Release: Sen. Lee Votes For Common Sense Crime Bills
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) supported cloture on two common sense crime bills Monday authored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). ...

Salt Lake City Transportation Director Nominated as Director of Public Works for Minneapolis
Robin Hutcheson, Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division Director, announced she would be leaving her position to become the Director of Public Works for Minneapolis....

In Economic Development, What Could be Better than a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony?
Brad Baird loves ribbon-cutting ceremonies. He should – he's been to a lot of them during his 13 years as a business development manager and loaned executive to EDCUtah from Questar Corporation....

Press Release: Doug Owens Introduces Accountability and Ethics Reform Plan
Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens introduced the first of several reforms that will make up his Accountability and Ethics Reform Plan designed to strengthen ethical guidelines to hold lawmakers in Washington more accountable to the people they represent....

Report Highlights Economic Contributions of Refugees in Utah and the United States
Welcoming refugees who flee to the United States is not just the right thing to do from a humanitarian perspective. It’s also good for the continued growth of our economy, according to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Miller Group gets tax break for Jazz arena, but opposed one for RSL — that’s the way the subsidy ball bounces

Utah political scandal figure pleads not guilty to intimidation charges

‘Let me loose’ — Chaffetz to vote for Trump, but vows to go after him if need be

Salt Lake City’s transportation director leaving for Minneapolis job

Groups demand federal probe into Utah role in coal port

Ruzicka joins other Utahns in push to block Trump at GOP convention

Johnson calls Herbert a ‘coward’ for refusing to debate

Utah drops to 27th in country for children’s health in new rankings

BLM reviewing Utah utility corridor for what could be nation’s first commercial oil shale mine

Deseret News

Editorial: Leaders must tolerate the scrutiny that democracy demands

Chaffetz: I'm going to be 'kid in a candy store' as Oversight chairman with a President Trump

Groups write U.S. Attorney General asking for investigation of coal shipping terminal deal

SCOTUS ruling on Utah drug case could affect police searches

Utah welcomes His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Governor touts education as key to state tech future

Protestors want Sim Gill to resign over unreleased footage of police shooting

Preventing mass shootings? Utah delegation sees no clear solutions

National Headlines

Senate braces for showdown over gun control (Politico)

National poll: Clinton leads Trump by 7 (Politico)

Ryan rips 'preposterous' ISIS redaction from shooter transcript (The Hill)

25% of voters in 2016 race remain undecided (CNBC)

The Lawyers Who Could Take Down Hillary Clinton’s Campaign (Daily Beast)

When Trump Meets Clinton, No TV Record in America Will Be Safe (Bloomberg)

ISIS threat to U.S. air bases, South Korea intelligence agency warns (CNN)

Orlando Gunman Told Police That US Should 'Stop Bombing' Syria and Iraq (New York Times)

'I did the shootings': DOJ releases some redacted transcripts of Orlando killer's phone calls during massacre (FOX News)

Donald Trump fires embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (Washington Post)

Supreme Court takes up dispute over immigrant detention (Associated Press)

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