Message Center

Utah's Daily Policy Resource | Brought to you by Utah Policy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Soundcloud Logo 02Listen to our interviews, podcasts and other audio on Soundcloud.


You can listen online or on their app, available in the iTunes or Google Play store.

Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - June 22, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 174th day of the year. There are 192 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton is vetting VP candidates. Utahns say Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. Gary Herbert has raised a huge pile of cash for his re-election bid. 

The clock:

  • Six days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 32 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 139 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 215 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 260 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton's vice presidential shortlist is down to three people: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Virginia Sen. Timothy Kaine. However, Clinton is expected to consider other people for the job as well [Washington Post].

  2. Nearly half of Bernie Sanders' supporters from the primary season say they will not cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton in November [Bloomberg].

  3. Every single U.S. Senator except for two has more campaign cash on hand than Donald Trump. Sen. Mike Lee is one of those who has less money than Trump [Talking Points Memo].

  4. It has been 200 days since Hillary Clinton has held a formal press conference [Washington Post].

  5. A significant majority of Utahns say Donald Trump does not have the proper temperament to be president [Utah Policy].

  6. Sen. Mike Lee holds an advantage over both of his possible Democratic challengers in November according to a new survey [Tribune].

  7. Gov. Gary Herbert has raised a massive amount of cash, more than $4 million over the past 3 1/2 years, for his 2016 re-election bid [Tribune].

  8. 3rd Congressional District GOP challenger Chia-Chi Teng has spent more than $500,000 of his own money in an attempt to wrest the Republican nomination from Rep. Jason Chaffetz [Tribune].

  9. Some Utah leaders meet with the Dalai Lama during his visit to the state despite warnings it may damage the state's relationship with China [2 News].

  10. The ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit against the state claiming Utah's system for providing legal counsel for poor Utahns is inadequate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 - Congress created the Department of Justice.
  • 1911 - King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1940 - France fell to Germany in World War II.
  • 1941 - Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
  • 1970 - President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Say Trump Lacks Temperament to be President

More than 2/3rds of Utahns say Donald Trump does not have the "proper temperament" to be president of the United States....

Weekly Survey: Will Johnson or Herbert Win?

Time to call your shot in Tuesday's primary election between Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson. Who will win? Vote now....

Love's House Seat Moves Closer to Democratic Column

Democrats feel emboldened by a new Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll showing challenger Doug Owens up by 6 points over freshman Rep. Mia Love....

Is Trump 2016 a Replay of Romney's 2012 Campaign?

It looks like Donald Trump is making some of the same mistakes that doomed Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign for president....

Policy News

ACLU of Utah and Holland & Hart LLP Announce Lawsuit Against State of Utah Over Indigent Defense
The ACLU of Utah and co-counsel Holland & Hart, LLP, filed a class-actionn lawsuit against the state of Utah for failing to meet its Sixth Amendment obligations under the U.S. Constitution....

Press Release: Hatch Calls Out Senate Democrats' 'Manufactured Controversy' on Obama Trustee Nominee
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor to detail dangerous accusations made by Senate Democrats regarding one of President Obama’s nominees to the Social Security and Medicare boards of trustees, saying that the allegations are ...

Lee CREATES Act Hearing Opening Statement
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered an opening statement in the Senate Judiciary Hearing titled The CREATES Act: Ending Regulatory Abuse, Protecting Consumers, and Ensuring Drug Price Competition. ...

Utah's KIDS COUNT Child Health Ranking Drops From 7th in 2015 to 27th in 2016
Utah barely held on to a top ten position in the annual 2016 Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book report, ranking 10th among 50 states, in spite of a dramatic change in the health domain, where Utah dropped from seventh in 2015 to 27th in 2016....

Utah Treasurer David Damschen Announces Nearly $2 Million in Lost Property Awaits Reclaim from Over 3,000 Carbon County Tied Residents
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the State of Utah's Unclaimed Property Division currently safeguards nearly $2 million in lost or abandoned property from residents and businesses with last known addresses in Carbon County....

Department of Administrative Services Executive Director Retires
After serving 18 years in state government and nearly 10 years as a member of Gov. Herbert’s Cabinet, Kim Hood is retiring on July 1, 2016....

Luncheon with the Consul General of Chile
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome The Honorable Jorge Canelo, Consul General of Chile. The Consul General will be joining us for a luncheon at the World Trad...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Supreme Court errs in Utah seizure case

Utah’s 3rd District: Teng pours half-million dollars of his own money into race vs. Chaffetz

ACLU files lawsuit asking judge to declare Utah’s public defender system unconstitutional

Rolly: Game over for sports arena tax hike? No, the show must go on

Utah Sen. Mike Lee holds advantage over two Democratic challengers in primary fight

Governor’s primary racking up big-time donations

Utah County school board members push for budget free of $40M in federal funds in light of Obama transgender directive

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Count My Vote victories

A. Scott Anderson: Young entrepreneurs show future is in good hands

Richard Davis: Is this election 1964 dèjá vu?

Op-ed: Fossil fuels, hypocrisy and moral high ground

Jay Evensen: Can Chaffetz fix the Postal Service?

Editorial: Hillary Clinton continues to struggle in conducting an open, press-friendly campaign

What Utah voters need to know for the 2016 primaries

Poll: Trump up over Clinton in Utah, but lead is slipping as delegates launch new push to dump him

ACLU sues the state over inadequate legal defense for poor Utahns

Hatch introduces bill to encourage medical marijuana research


Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces bill to make it easier to study medical benefits of marijuana (Daily Herald)

Mayor Caldwell declares 'Independents Week' in Ogden to help local businesses (Standard-Examiner)

County external audit clear with few concerns (Logan Herald Journal)

District 53 candidates support Medicaid expansion (Park Record)

Utah candidates, both gun owners, outline firearms platforms (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump on campaign funding: There's 'unlimited' cash (Politico)

Russian hackers infiltrated Clinton Foundation (The Hill)

Guilty: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. Convicted Of Political Corruption (NPR)

Why isn’t the assassination attempt on Donald Trump bigger news? (Washington Post)

GOP leaders alarmed by Trump’s ‘devastating’ fundraising start (Washington Post)

Compromise Gun Proposal Gains Bipartisan Support, Raises White House Concerns (Roll Call)

Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint anti-abortion judges (Washington Post)

Evidence Found In Illegal Stops Backed By Justices, But Brings Fiery Dissent (NPR)

Will Donald Trump's shakeup matter? (CNN)

Trump Is on the Verge of Losing Even Republicans (The Atlantic)

Federal appeals court skeptical of North Carolina voting restrictions (USA Today)

Wasatch Choice 2050

world trade center utah newsletter

Important Issues Utah Policy Ad


facebook linktwitter link youtube link
podcast link
Listen to Stitcher

Wise Words

Color Blind

"Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind." Austin O'Malley Quote Garden 

Lighter Side


"Donald Trump says, if elected, he is willing to “accept” a visit by Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un said, "No, thanks, that guy’s crazy." Conan O'Brien Political Humor 

Webb Publishing, LLC, 44 West Broadway #2502, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact