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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 30, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 182nd day of the year. There are 184 days left in 2016.

Mitt Romney says his family still wants him to run for president. Did SB54 have much of an effect on Tuesday's primary elections? Sen. Mike Lee trashes the idea of endorsing Donald Trump.

The clock:

  • 18 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 24 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 131 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 207 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 252 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Election forecast savant Nate Silver gives Hillary Clinton a 79% chance of winning the November election [FiveThirtyEight, Politico].

  2. Mitt Romney says his family still wants him to run for president [Politico].

  3. Donald Trump's campaign is spamming members of British Parliament with emails asking for donations [Washington Post].

  4. Congress approves an aid package that will allow Puerto Rico to avoid defaulting on more than $1 billion in debt [Bloomberg].

  5. Let the electoral autopsies begin on whether "Count My Vote" had a significant or minimal impact on Utah's primary elections [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].

  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says his convention loss to Jonathan Johnson motivated his supporters and propelled him to his big win on Tuesday [Deseret News].

  7. Misty Snow hopes her historic win in Tuesday's primary election will propel her to a win over Sen. Mike Lee in November [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Sen. Mike Lee unleashes an epic rant on a talk show host when he's asked why he hasn't endorsed Donald Trump yet [Buzz Feed, Politico, Utah Policy, Tribune].

  9. Two Cache County GOP officials resign from the party over Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination [2 News].

  10. Rep. Chris Stewart discusses "Brexit," Zika virus and his re-election bid [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 - Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States.
  • 1905 - The theory of relativity was introduced by Albert Einstein.
  • 1934 - German leader Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of his own political party. Hundreds of Nazis he feared might become political enemies were assassinated in what would become known as "The Night of the Long Knives."
  • 1971 - The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
  • 1982 - The extended deadline for ratification of the Equal Right Amendment expired, three states short of the 38 needed for passage.

Today At Utah Policy

SB54 Didn't Have Much Impact on 2016 Primary Races

So, now that the 2016 Utah legislative primaries are over, how much of a real-world impact did SB54 have in the outcomes?...

Sen. Mike Lee Explodes When Asked Why He Hasn't Endorsed Trump

To say that Sen. Mike Lee is not ready to endorse Donald Trump is an understatement. Wednesday he went off on a talk show host who asked him why he hadn't thrown his support behind the presumptive GOP nominee....

Why Transportation Planners are Tearing Their Hair Out

Let’s say you’re a transportation planner for the Utah Department of Transportation, or Utah Transit Authority, or a local government, or a metropolitan planning district....

Rep. Chris Stewart on Brexit, Zika Virus and the 2016 Campaign

Rep. Chris Stewart joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott via Skype to discuss the implications of Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Stewart says the vote is a rejection of more centralized government and in favor of more British sovereignty....

Watch This! Utah Lawmakers Do 'Carpool Karaoke' for Hamilton

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Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Receives ACCE Award for Communication Excellence
The Salt Lake Chamber has received the 2016 Award for Communication Excellence from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives....

ACLU of Utah Announces New Executive Director, Brittney Nystrom
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The ACLU of Utah has selected Brittney Nystrom of Washington, D.C., as its new executive director, replacing Karen McCreary, who is ending her ten-year tenure this summer.“The opportunity to lead the ACLU of Utah as the organization that enga...

University of Utah Research: Transfer of Federal Lands to States Would Make Endangered Species Act Compliance More Expensive and Difficult
New research from the University of Utah finds that transferring millions of acres of federally managed public lands to states, as contemplated under Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, would make Endangered Species Act compliance more difficult by increasing complian...

Hatch: Puerto Rico Bill Only Immediate Option to Help Territory
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said that, given the lack of other options, the Senate should act in the best interest of Puerto Rico and support the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act...

New Report: Utah Works Harder, Colorado Works Smarter
Voices for Utah Children published Part II of its Utah-Colorado benchmarking study, comparing the two peer states for standard of living....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Primary results show the convention system for the unrepresentative system it is

With self-driving cars, Uber and more, traditional transportation planning ‘just falls apart’

Now free, Angelos turns to lobbying Congress against unfair federal sentences

Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare will share data with other hospitals as part of Biden’s ‘moonshot’ to cure cancer

Misty K. Snow just made political history, now she faces an even bigger challenge

FBI agent: Investigation of alleged attempted bomber began after his involvement at Bundy Ranch

Critics: Herbert landslide shows GOP delegate disconnect with mainstream

Utah judge was biased, jurors in Jeremy Johnson trial say

Deseret News

Op-ed: We can pay for Zika response with corporate tax reform

Editorial: 2 initiatives mark Utah's energy upheaval

Gov. Gary Herbert says convention loss motivated voters in primary election

Count My Vote supporters, GOP split over SB54's impact on primaries

Mitt Romney says family still wants him to run for president

History-making transgender U.S. Senate candidate looking to capitalize on Utah primary win

Primary election signals changes for State Board of Education

Community leaders share growth strategies along Wasatch Front

Old West showdown? Freeway cattle drive pits Utah ranchers against state


Provo mayor holds economic summit, hints at developments to come (Daily Herald)

Man sues Utah County clerk for refusing to issue license to marry computer (Daily Herald)

Alpine School District Board of Education race separated by only 17 votes (Daily Herald)

Two Cache GOP officials resign in protest of Trump (Logan Herald Journal)

Local party leaders weigh in on Herbert, Snow's victories (Logan Herald Journal)

Cache LDS Dems host Wellsville event to boost involvement (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Anxiety mounts over GOP convention’s security (Politico)

The Left’s Beef With Tim Kaine (Politico)

Clinton’s 9 most likely VP picks (The Hill)

Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream (The Hill)

Clinton’s Private E-Mail Use Said to Frustrate Top Aide Huma Abedin (Bloomberg)

Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix (ABC News)

RNC confusion: Despite report, boxing champ Mike Tyson isn’t coming to GOP convention (Washington Post)

Pew poll: Trump at 9% with Europeans (CNN)

Clinton, Obama reschedule first 2016 joint appearance (CNN)

Court ruling on ex-Virginia governor could affect Kitzhaber (Associated Press)

Poll shows Clinton with battleground leads (CNN)

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