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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 23, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 175th day of the year. There are 191 days left in 2016.

Democrats stage a "sit-in" on the House floor. Donald Trump raises a lot of money in a short amount of time. Utah Republican voters mostly won't consider SB54 when deciding how to vote.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Democratic lawmakers stage a dramatic "sit-in" on the floor of the House of Representatives, saying they won't leave until the House votes on gun control legislation [Washington Post, Politico]. You can't see the sit-in on C-SPAN because House Republicans control the cameras on the floor [Roll Call]. House Republicans head off the protest by leaving town after declaring the House on break until July 5 [Politico, Bloomberg].

  2. Donald Trump raised more than $5 million since news broke that his campaign had a little more than $1 million in hand earlier this week [Politico].

  3. Some GOP delegates are planning and effort to block Donald Trump from winning the nomination at the Republican convention. In response, Trump's campaign is formulating a plan to keep those delegates in line [Politico].

  4. Voters in Britain will decide today whether the country remains or leaves the European Union [CNN].

  5. A new poll shows Republican primary really don't care much about SB54 when they are deciding how to vote [Utah Policy].

  6. Utahns are not donating much to Donald Trump's campaign [Fox 13].

  7. A Salt Lake City Fire official is alleging fraud and other major violations within the department [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. New Census numbers show that Utah's Latino population has grown to more than 400,000, which makes up nearly 14% of the state's population [Tribune].

  9. Utah's population is also the youngest in the country with a median age of 30.7 [Deseret News].

  10. Homeless advocates say the Rio Grande neighborhood in downtown Salt Lake City is more dangerous than it's ever been [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1931 - Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
  • 1972 - President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Midvale family shelter a world away from chaotic downtown homeless scene

Washington County declares state of emergency, Utah governor visits in light of 823-acre wildfire

South Salt Lake mayor, city council clash over budget

Candidate hopes to serve with senators seeking to defeat him

‘Gavel gap’ — Utah’s bench least diverse in nation with white men holding 79 percent of judgeships

Newly released ‘financial surveys’ hint at how Lake Powell Pipeline debt might be repaid

SLC seeks $65 million project to elevate, extend TRAX at airport

Scam swindles county in Utah out of $38,700

‘I’m not Trump’: Utah school board candidate sits out debate

Census: Utah’s Latino population grows to more than 400,000

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Ignoring basic economics in Venezuela

Op-ed: Protecting Moab through a Master Leasing Plan

Editorial: Drone use must be regulated in order to ensure safety and privacy

Woods Cross plans to raise taxes, fees for public works facility, 2 new officers

Nearly 70 percent of Utahns say Donald Trump doesn't have 'proper temperament' to be president

UTA approves budget and more service in Davis, Weber, Tooele counties

Emery County defrauded out of nearly $40,000 because of email scam, police say

Rio Grande neighborhood 'more unsafe than it's ever been'

Utah is youngest state in country but growing in diversity


Cities statewide to receive less money than expected from gas tax (Daily Herald)

Campaign finance reports show pricey Weber County Commission race (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump Enters Clinton Attack Mode (Politico)

Trump’s secret plan to quash a 'Dump Trump' convention plot (Politico)

GOP sees path forward after six-year ObamaCare struggle (The Hill)

Clinton vows to work closely with Democrats (The Hill)

Republicans mull going home to thwart Democratic gun control sit-in on House floor (Washington Post)

5 takeaways from CNN's Libertarian Party town hall (CNN)

President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says (ESPN)

Zika Deal in Congress Likely to Be Delayed Until After Recess (New York Times)

What the Census Tells Us About America Today (U.S. News & World Report)

Former Ford, Bush national security adviser Scowcroft endorses Clinton (Reuters)

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