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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 160th day of the year. There are 206 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton wins California, cementing her hold on the Democratic nomination. Donald Trump tries to walk back his racially-tinged statements about a federal judge. Orrin Hatch urges reporters to cut Trump some slack.

The clock:

  • 20 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 40 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 46 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 153 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 229 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 274 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton wins California, the biggest prize in Tuesday's primary elections, cementing her hold on the Democratic nomination [Associated Press, Politico, Washington Post].

  2. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hammer each other in their acceptance speeches Tuesday night, giving a preview of what could be a nasty general election contest [The Hill].

  3. As his campaign grinds to its inexorable end, Bernie Sanders plans to lay off more than half of his campaign workers [Politico].

  4. Donald Trump tries to unring the racism bell, saying he would stop talking about a federal judge of Mexican heritage [Washington Post].

  5. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk withdraws his endorsement of Donald Trump saying he could no longer support the GOP nominee [Politico].

  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Donald Trump is not a racist, but he's prone to saying "outrageous" things. Hatch also urges reporters to go easy on Trump because he's never run for elected office before [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  7. Even though they are no longer in the public arena, Utahns still give former Governor Mike Leavitt, former Rep. Jim Matheson, and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney high approval ratings [Utah Policy].

  8. Low-income advocates say Utah's bare-bones Medicaid expansion proposal doesn't do enough to help the neediest Utahns [Associated Press].

  9. The Salt Lake City Council gives the thumbs-up to a proposal allowing a 375-foot tall convention hotel in downtown Salt Lake [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the budget is in good shape heading into the second half of the year [Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1953 - The Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.
  • 1968 - James Earl Ray was arrested in London and charged with the April 4 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1982 - In the first speech by an American president to a joint session of the British Parliament, President Ronald Reagan predicted that Marxism-Leninism would wind up on the "ash heap of history."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Leavitt, Matheson, Romney Still Get High Approval Ratings from Utahns

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Weekly Survey: Should the Utah GOP Endorse Primary Candidates?

Some Republican county parties have endorsed candidates in primary elections who won more than 60% of delegates at the convention over candidates who used the signature route to get on the ballot. But, the Utah State GOP decided not to endorse primary candidates. Do you thin...

Republicans are More Engaged with the 2016 Election than Democrats

Nearly half of Republican voters are following news about the 2016 election very closely, compared with about 40% of Democrats....

Sen. Hatch Says Trump isn't Racist, He Just Says 'Outrageous' Things

Sen. Orrin Hatch,trying to minimize some of the damage Donald Trump is inflicting on himself through racially-tinged criticism directed at a federal judge, says Trump is not a racist, but just says some "outrageous" things....

Policy News

Salt Lake City Council Unanimously Confirms Lara Fritts as Director of Economic Development
Lara Fritts, Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s appointee for Salt Lake City Economic Development Director, was unanimously confirmed Tuesday night by the Salt Lake City Council. ...

Sens. Lee, Klobuchar, Blumenthal Send Letter to DOJ, DOT About Airline Surcharges
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx and Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging them to investigate the potential anti-competitive implications of comments made by Lufthans...

Bipartisan Coalition of Senators File 'Due Process Guarantee Act' Amendment to NDAA
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Tom Udall (D-NM), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Due Process Guarantee Act Monday as an amendment to the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). ...

Salt Lake City Seeks Public Input on New Resource Centers for Those Experiencing Homelessness
The Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission will host four community workshops between June 13th and June 20th, to provide the public an opportunity to hear about the site selection process, learn about the population, and provide feedback on ho...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Action, not more study, is needed to save Bonneville Salt Flats

Op-ed: Feds propose canyons user fee because S.L. County falls short

Editorial: Lies only make a stronger case for Bears Ears Monument

Chaffetz offers plenty of fight, frugality

Hatch on Trump: ‘Be nice to him,’ he’s a first-time candidate

Women in Utah politics — Democrat and Republican — hail Clinton milestone

Thriving in its unique role, Utah’s small Snow College plans to expand, enhance its campuses

Salt Lake County budget in sound shape at midyear

SLC has sky-high aspirations for Salt Palace convention hotel

Ammon Bundy adds another Utah attorney to his defense team

‘Globally branded’ SLC approves Lara Fritts for new economic director post

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Bernie Sanders has won: What now?

A. Scott Anderson: Small businesses are the heart of Utah's economy

Op-ed: 'Giving is in my blood and a lifelong habit'

Editorial: Stanford decides not to divest its interests in fossil fuels

Salt Lake City Council eyes $580,000 in homeless services funding

Salt Lake City Council approves Biskupski's pick for economic development director


Editorial: GOP should have heeded Romney's early warning about Trump (Park Record)

Primary Election ballots arriving in mailboxes (Park Record)

Mitt Romney set to convene annual Deer Valley summit (Park Record)

Intermountain Healthcare gets OK from Utah County to issue bonds to fund new projects (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: In Ogden, supporting the educational success of our most valuable resource (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Gov. Herbert visits Roy High, lauds improved graduation rates (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

'History made': Clinton claims nomination (Politico)

Inside the bitter last days of Bernie's revolution (Politico)

RNC: 'We can and must do better than Hillary Clinton' (The Hill)

Clinton aide: Hillary will talk to Bernie 'soon' (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton wore a $12,495 Armani jacket during a speech about inequality (CNBC)

Trump to Give Major Hillary Speech Monday (Weekly Standard)

Trump Celebrates New Chapter of 2016 Campaign (NBC News)

What an Obama endorsement will mean for Hillary (BBC News)

Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump's Attack on Judge 'Racist,' but Still Backs Him (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton's big night (CNN)

Senate Approves Update of Toxic-Chemical Regulations (New York Times)

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Bad Judgement

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