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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday, June 6, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 158th day of the year. There are 208 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton has nearly locked up the Democratic nomination. Republicans are worried Donald Trump's attacks on minorities will hurt other GOP candidates. Utah Republicans set to continue their fight against SB54.

The clock:

  • 22 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 42 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 155 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 231 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 276 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Even though we haven't had the 2016 vote yet, possible candidates for the 2020 presidential contest are trying to find a way to separate themselves from Donald Trump [Politico].

  2. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic contests in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands over the weekend, leaving her about 30 delegates away from clinching the nomination [CNN, Washington Post].

  3. Republicans are growing increasingly worried that Donald Trump's attacks on Latinos and Muslims could hurt him and other GOP candidates at the ballot box [Washington Post, LA Times, Real Clear Politics].

  4. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says most Americans are Libertarians, but they just don't know it [Bloomberg].

  5. A national poll finds just over half of Americans, 54%, say they support the full legalization of marijuana [Politico].

  6. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says the 2016 presidential election is a contest of "who do you hate the least," and Beehive State Republicans are trying to boost down-ballot candidates [Tribune].

  7. The Utah GOP plots to continue their fight against SB54 [Deseret News].

  8. Longtime listener, first-time caller. The Salt Lake County Council will start taking public comment via telephone [Tribune].

  9. Sen. Orrin Hatch recalls his friendship with Muhammad Ali, who passed away over the weekend [Deseret News]. 

  10. The South Salt Lake City Council is battling with Mayor Cherie Wood over what to do with the old Granite High School property. As a result, the Council is hiring their own attorney because they say the current city attorney, who is appointed by the mayor, has a conflict of interest [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1872 - Feminist Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in an election in Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1944 - Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.
  • 1968 - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. attorney general, died the day after he was struck by an assassin's bullets in California.
  • 1978 - California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.
  • 2011 - After days of denials, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., confessed he had tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Group telling candidates to sign pledge has ties to fringe wannabes

Op-ed: Occupational licensing reform is a bipartisan issue

Op-ed: Utah Demo leaders run away from a chance to win

Op-ed: ‘War on women’ is built on misleading myths

Op-ed: Small businesses need repeal of Obamacare’s ‘HIT’ tax

Editorial: How to teach DABC managers to stop doing stupid stuff

Editorial: Regional haze decision reflects recreation’s growing power

Editorial: Utah’s Medicaid bill is not worth commenting on

Rift between mayor, South Salt Lake City Council prompts search for new attorney

Trek program celebrates Mormon pioneer legacy, but at what cost to Utah’s fragile lands?

Utah Republican chairman: Trump v. Clinton a contest of whom ‘you hate the least’

Utah governor’s half brother arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor

Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: Rigged election system, governor's race and Libertarians

Michael and Jenet Erickson: Transgender policy is about much more than bathrooms

Op-ed: Utah's gubernatorial race is frustrating

John Florez: We need leaders who act with confidence

Editorial: The chances of a legislative solution for Puerto Rico are growing slimmer

Editorial: Rural Fast Track grants make a real difference in rural communities

Hatch, Herbert optimistic over no new monument designation for Utah

Utah GOP to continue legal fight against SB54

How leaders in rural Utah counties are trying to end the cycles of poverty

Muhammad Ali 'as kind as he was tough in the ring,' Sen. Hatch recalls

Provo considering another hike in property taxes and utility fees


Editorial: When just 66 percent of Ogden seniors graduate, we're failing our children (Standard-Examiner)

Logan hosts Democratic Senate primary debate between Snow and Swinton (Logan Herald Journal)

For the good of the land: Conservation easements have benefits, challenges (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Conflict of interest: Sanders assails Clinton over Foundation (Politico)

2020 contenders struggle to maneuver around Trump (Politico)

Clinton dodges question on Second Amendment (The Hill)

Clinton's IT aide keeps email server shrouded in mystery (The Hill)

Sanders predicts Democratic convention will be contested (Associated Press)

Dems on FEC vote to regulate political jokes (Washington Examiner)

Donald Trump says he has no regrets, on a day Paul Ryan might (Washington Post)

Gingrich: Trump remarks about judge 'mistake,' 'inexcusable' (FOX News)

Trump plans Clinton foreign policy rebuttal (CNN)

Secret Service officer's book details Clintons' 'crisis of character' (FOX News)

Blue Cross premium hikes in Texas, Oklahoma could mean Illinois sticker shock (Chicago Tribune)

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