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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 11, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 193rd day of the year. There are 173 days left in 2016.

Utahns push for an orderly GOP convention next week in Cleveland. Obama plans to head to Dallas after last week's shooting. Rep. Rob Bishop plans to unveil his Public Lands Initiative this week.

The clock:

  • Seven days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 14 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 120 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 196 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 241 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Boyd Matheson is pushing the GOP to adopt a platform reminiscent of the Republican platform of 1860 [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Former Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen will be at the center of an effort to block Donald Trump from winning to GOP nomination in her role as chairwoman of the convention's rules committee [Deseret News].
  3. President Barack Obama plans to travel to Dallas on Tuesday to speak at a memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting [Talking Points Memo].
  4. Bernie Sanders will join Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop on Tuesday, fueling speculation he is set to end his bid for the Democratic nomination [Politico].
  5. One of Donald Trump's bulk email service providers has suspended his campaign's account for spamming inboxes with fundraising emails [Campaigns & Elections].
  6. Rep. Rob Bishop will unveil his long-awaited Public Lands Initiative this week [Tribune].
  7. Utah Lawmakers are investigating invoices from the law firm they hired to assist in the effort to wrest control of public lands from the federal government after some questionable expenditures came to light [Tribune].
  8. Ten votes could be enough to oust former House Speaker Mel Brown as he still trails his Republican challenger Logan Wilde in the vote tally [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Utah is reportedly in the running to host a data center for Facebook [Tribune].
  10. Mideast countries are warning their citizens traveling in the United States to stay away from public demonstrations over police shootings [CBS News].

On this day in history:

  • 1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1804 - Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded long-time political foe Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, N.J. Hamilton died the next day.
  • 1979 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, fell to Earth after six years in orbit, scattering tons of debris across the Australian desert.
  • 1995 - The United States normalized relations with Vietnam.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Continued fight against SB 54 shows Utah GOP needs new leaders

Op-ed: Count My Vote has been an unwise step toward democracy

Rolly: Sutherland Institute touted phony statistics in trying to hype the virtues of state parks

Op-ed: Credit Chaffetz for his help in improving Freedom of Information Act

Feds confirm investigation into Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s wife

Utahn infected with Zika dies, becoming first death in continental U.S. related to virus

Utah farmers see marijuana as the potential cash crop of the future

BYU professor: Don’t go ‘nuclear’ over issues like prayer, religion in schools

Next week could be turning point in Bears Ears debate: Bishop to unveil bill; Interior Secretary Jewell to visit Utah

In Wilde race, slim 10-vote lead over Brown may be enough to unseat former Utah House speaker

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Unbinding delegates and Clinton's chances in Utah

John Florez: Utah Latinos bring innovation

Chris Stewart: Land management is not a zero-sum game

Editorial: Utah should prepare for population growth and economic uncertainty

Salt Lake County resident becomes first Zika-related death in continental U.S.

Park City trademark battle: Mayor says ski resort won't put its promises in writing

Feds investigating Utah Democratic governor candidate's wife for marijuana use

Officer in controversial video says he never punched woman, union chief says

Prosecutor in Mark Shurtleff case urges evidence hearing

Entering final stretch, House 53 race remains neck and neck

Dallas shooting leaves Utah law enforcement community heartbroken, frustrated

Supreme Court scores well on religious freedom unless sexual freedom is involved

Former Utah congresswoman ready to referee GOP rules fight over Trump

Utah GOP delegate wants party platform to follow 1860 model


Editorial: Public lands lawyers billed too lavishly (Standard-Examiner)

Logan Wilde maintains slim lead in District 53 race (Park Record)

'Park City' dispute could turn into a $10 million question (Park Record)

National Headlines

How the World Fell Out of Love with Obama (Politico)

Why Paul Ryan won't accept — or dismiss — Donald Trump (Politico)

Buzz builds around Pence for Trump's VP (The Hill)

GOP convention organizers tighten security plans amid fears (The Hill)

Flynn voices abortion views at odds with Republican platform (CNN)

Dallas sniper victims included fathers, volunteers, veteran (Associated Press)

Rudy Giuliani calls Black Lives Matter ‘inherently racist’ (New York Daily News)

Osama bin Laden's son vows to avenge his father's death (CBS News)

In platform fight, Sanders loses on trade but wins on minimum wage (CNN)

Charles Ramsey Thinks 'Some Incident' Will Take Place at Conventions (NBC News)

Dollar dips as Fed unlikely to hike this year even with U.S. jobs (Reuters)

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