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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 24, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 176th day of the year. There are 190 days left in 2016.

Britain votes to leave the European Union. The Supreme Court rules on immigration and affirmative action. Jonathan Johnson unveils his plan for his first 100 days in office.

The clock:

  • Four days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 24 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 30 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 137 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 213 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 258 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Stunner! Britain votes to leave the European Union, a decision that is sending shockwaves around the globe. Financial markets are already reeling from the decision [GuardianWashington Post]. Following the decision, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he was stepping down from his post [Politico, Bloomberg, NBC News]. Donald Trump hailed the vote, saying British voters "took back their country" [Bloomberg].

  2. The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, which leaves a lower court's decision blocking the plan in place [New York Times, Bloomberg, Associated Press].

  3. Utah Latinos react to the decision with fear, anger and sorrow [Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says the Supreme Court's tie on immigration was the proper decision [Utah Policy].

  5. The Supreme Court also upheld the University of Texas' affirmative action plan, which allows the school to consider race in admissions decisions [Washington Post, Bloomberg].

  6. Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, says the presumptive GOP nominee's list of potential vice presidential picks contains no more than four names [Politico].

  7. Donald Trump has some trouble producing evidence to support his claim that Hillary Clinton's private email server was hacked (it wasn't). Trump told NBC News he would "report back" to them about his allegations [Politico].

  8. GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson lays out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office if he's elected [Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. The Utah GOP launches a broadside against Democrat Doug Owens by bringing up his late father's involvement in the House banking scandal from the early 1990's [Deseret News].

  10. The State Board of Education names Sydnee Dickson as the state's new superintendent [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1984 - Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million residents of the city.
  • 2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.
  • 2011 - New York legislators approved same-sex marriage. 

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart Leads Bi-Partisan Effort, Urging FDA to Allow for Office-Use Drug Compounding in Pharmacies
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Mayor Biskupski to Launch a New Mobile Farmers Market in Glendale and Poplar Grove Neighborhoods
Mayor Jackie Biskupski will officially launch a new program on Monday, June 27, to help some west side communities access more affordable and healthy food. ...

Press Release: A Reminder to Voters to Return Their Ballots and Early Voting is Available
Vote-by-mail ballots returned by mail need to be postmarked no later than June 27th, the day before Election Day.  ...

Lee Commends Supreme Court Check On President's Power
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v Texas....

Lee Defends Americans' Constitutional Rights On Senate Floor
Following yet another vote that would have curtailed Americans’ constitutional rights without adequate due process, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about the proper balance between security and liberty....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: There is no argument for keeping the death penalty in Utah

Charges: Utah head of militia tried to detonate bomb at BLM facility in Arizona

Taylorsville celebrates 20th anniversary with optimism for future

Bears Ears book will be sent to members of Congress

West Jordan City Council considers electronic-tracking sensors amid privacy concerns

Millcreek mayoral candidate has cancer

‘You can’t imagine how much this hurts’: Supreme Court decision on immigration saps hope, angers Utah Latinos

Here’s what a Gov. Jonathan Johnson adminstration would look like

Rolly: Utah fed fighter’s vanishing act from federalism group a mystery

Sydnee Dickson rides ‘momentum’ into state’s top education job

Deseret News

Op-ed: Conservatives must lead the fight for welfare reform

Mike Lee: Commending Utah’s academy nominees

Editorial: Leaders must to what leaders do when it comes to Social Security, Medicare issues

Utah militia leader tried to blow up BLM building, feds say

Immigration ruling called hurtful, a necessary check on executive powers

Utah GOP brings up father's bank scandal in son's race

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson rolls out plans for first 100 days in office

Millcreek mayor hopeful diagnosed with aggressive tumor days before primary

Interim education chief Syndee Dickson appointed as state superintendent


Ogden proposes state urban tax credits to fight blight (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

British voters just unleashed an economic and political tsunami (Politico)

Supreme Court deadlocks, thwarting Obama’s immigration actions (Politico)

McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns (The Hill)

Clinton IT aide answered zero questions in deposition (The Hill)

Freddie Gray Van Driver Found Not Guilty On All Charges (CBS News)

Clinton failed to hand over key email to State Department (Associated Press)

Ruling signals ‘yellow light’ on college affirmative action (Associated Press)

Protesters Fight Cleveland’s Plan To Restrict Free Speech During GOP Convention (Huffington Post)

Lt. Gov. Newsom's gun control initiative qualifies for November California ballot (Los Angeles Times)

AP, other media sue Orlando over shooting phone recordings (Associated Press)

House, Senate GOP seals agreement on $1.1B Zika measure (Associated Press)

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