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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 159th day of the year. There are 207 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination. Donald Trump steps up his racially tinged attacks on the judge presiding over the Trump University case. Gary Johnson could tip Utah in favor of Clinton.

The clock:

  • 21 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 47 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 154 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 230 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 275 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination as more superdelegates get off the fence and join her camp [Washington Post, Politico]. Bernie Sanders and his supporters lash out at the media for declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee [Politico, Washington Post].

  2. Barack Obama reportedly speaks with Bernie Sanders ahead of his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton now that the Democratic nomination race is essentially over [Bloomberg].

  3. Even though the nomination fight appears to be over, five states hold primaries on Tuesday. The biggest prize is California [The Hill, New York Magazine].

  4. Donald Trump urges his supporters to intensify the racially-themed attacks on a federal judge who is presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University. The order from Trump himself included instructions to attack journalists who questioned his comments about the judge as racists [Bloomberg].

  5. A new poll suggests Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could siphon support away from Donald Trump in Utah, perhaps paving the way for Hillary Clinton to win the presidential vote in Utah [Tribune].

  6. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Michael Weinholtz has terrible name recognition among Utahns, including 56% of his own party who have never heard of him [Utah Policy].

  7. Chia-Chi Teng, who is challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz for the Republican nomination, discusses his path to American politics [Tribune].

  8. The Utah GOP will not be issuing endorsements of candidates in contested primary elections. Some county parties have endorsed candidates that won enough votes in the convention to win the nomination outright while their opponents gathered signatures to assure a place on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].

  9. Utah legislators are starting to receive unwanted copies of Hustler magazine as a protest for the state declaring pornography a public healthy crisis from publisher Larry Flint [Tribune].

  10. Judge Memorial Catholic High School again denies a student request to form a gay-straight alliance club [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The Lee Resolution, which led to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was introduced in the Continental Congress.
  • 1965 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law banning contraceptives.
  • 1998 - James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old African-American man, was chained and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush signed a $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut into law.
  • 2008 - Sen. Hillary Clinton officially ended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Weinholtz Struggling with Name Recognition

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz has a lot of work to do before November's general election because more than 60% of Utahns have no idea who he is....

Utah GOP Will Not Endorse Primary Candidates

The governing body of the Utah Republican Party – the 180-member Central Committee – will not endorse candidates in a primary election....

Rep. Brad Wilson's Vision for the Point of the Mountain Project

In an era of cynicism and distrust of the “establishment,” Utah citizens ought to be pleased with the leaders who have been appointed to direct the visioning and initial planning work related to development of the Point of the Mountain area, including the 700 acr...

Democrats Dust off the Romney Playbook Against Donald Trump

The 2016 campaign could feel like deja vu all over again for Republicans. Democrats plan to use the same tactics against Donald Trump that they did with Mitt Romney in 2012. Specifically, a laser-like focus on his business career....

WaPo Takes One-Sided Look at Bears Ears Controversy

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin paints a ludicrous picture of a heroic Obama administration squared off against violent white Utahns hellbent on despoiling the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa....

Policy News

Press Release: New Herbert TV Spot Outlines Vision for Education
Having achieved the goal set six years ago to become the best state economy in America, Gov. Gary Herbert has set a new goal for Utah to become the nation’s leader in education performance. That’s the message of the newest television spot released by the Herbert ...

The Race to the Finish
EDCUtah's fiscal year-end is just around the corner and it looks to be another near-record year for jobs created and retained....

Utah Business Coalition Presents 44 "Legislative Business Champion" Awards to Utah Legislators
The Utah Business Coalition announced the 44 Legislators that will be recognized with its “Legislative Business Champion” award....

University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell Says Weldon Angelos Case Highlights Need for Systematic Reform
Weldon Angelos, whose name in the past decade has often been at the center of national public policy discussions related to mandatory minimum prison terms for non-violent drug offenders, has been released from prison and has returned home to Salt Lake City....

Senate, House Trade Leaders Call on Administration to Pursue Meaningful Reforms During U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue
In a letter, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) outlined a number o...

State School Board Candidates Face Off
From establishing student testing to assessing curriculum standards, decisions made by the Utah State School Board directly affect the state’s 643,000 public school students, their families, teachers, and administrators....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City impact fees need to be updated. Now.

Impact fee cash piles up even as Salt Lake City faces budget squeeze

Rolly: Chaffetz the hunter and his tacky trophy case

GOP challenger Teng runs to fight tyranny

Nearly 1 million ballots are in the mail as Utah’s voting begins

New poll shows Libertarian candidate may help Clinton upset Trump in, of all places, Utah

Hustler magazine hits the mailboxes of Utah lawmakers

California moving forward with plans for regional power grid, but questions, debate far from over

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Trump and the crisis of conservative liberalism

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

Wages in 2 Utah cities among those worth the least, according to study

Utah has best state economy with high marks for investment in workforce, infrastructure, report says


Ogden's Oak Den redevelopment seen as a chance to expand affordable housing (Standard-Examiner)

Gentrification not a goal for Ogden redevelopment, expert says (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

What If Bernie Wins California? (Politico)

Bernie's California endgame (Politico)

Sanders: Not sexist to stay in race against Clinton (The Hill)

Obama could endorse Clinton this week (The Hill)

Bill, White House staff lived in fear of Hillary: Ex-Secret Service officer (Page Six)

Hillary Takes 8 Minutes of Questions from the Press (Weekly Standard)

On cusp, Clinton keeps focused: ‘Not over until it’s over’ (Washington Post)

5 things to know about Judge Gonzalo Curiel (CNN)

Millennials, meet Roger Clinton: Hillary’s brother-in-law who just got arrested once again (Washington Post)

Supreme Court to Review Virginia Redistricting Case (Wall Street Journal)

Can Donald Trump save this moderate congresswoman with his first endorsement? (Washington Post)

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