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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - July 15, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 197th day of the year. There are 169 days left in 2016.

An apparent terrorist attack in France kills 84 people. Bishop unveils his public lands bill. Donald Trump apparently picks Mike Pence as his running mate.

The clock:

  • Three days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 10 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 116 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 192 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 237 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Here's our rundown of the week that was in Utah politics [Utah Policy].

  2. Bob Bernick explains why we decided to hold off on publishing a story that Facebook was considering building a massive data center in Utah [Utah Policy].

  3. 84 people, including two Americans, are dead after an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France. A truck plowed into a group of people who were celebrating Bastille Day [Guardian]. Donald Trump once again calls for a crackdown on immigration into the United States from "terrorist areas" following the attacks [Talking Points Memo].

  4. Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate [Politico]. Trump was going announce his choice on Friday, but will delay the unveiling because of the attacks in France [Washington Post]. Pence's selection might help Trump win support in Utah where he is struggling to gain traction [Deseret News].

  5. Donald Trump's backers crush an attempt by some delegates to block him from winning the nomination at next week's convention [Politico].

  6. GOP convention organizers are running out of money, so they're begging billionaire Sheldon Adelson to cover a $6 million shortfall for next week's event [Politico].

  7. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz unveil their public lands bill in an effort to head off a new national monument designation in Utah [Tribune].

  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits Utah to discuss how best to protect the Bears Ears area, which may include President Obama making it a national monument [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. The Utah Attorney General's office declines to investigate activists who are calling for a new national monument at Bears Ears after Rep. Mike Noel called for a probe into alleged ties to environmentalist groups [Tribune].

  10. Former House Speaker Mel Brown says he will request a recount after he lost his primary election to Logan Wilde by just eight votes [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1799 - The Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, was found by French soldiers.
  • 1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1979 - President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech in which he lamented what he called a "crisis of confidence" in America. Though he didn't use the word, it became known as the "malaise" speech.


Today At Utah Policy


Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #291

This week, we begin by explaining why we decided to not publish an explosive story that the state was trying to lure a Facebook data center, and the political intrigue surrounding the proposal....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Why We Chose to Sit on the Facebook Data Center Story

Being in the journalism business for 40 years gives a guy some perspective on one of the most critical news decisions: When do you run a story, and when do you hold off publication for any number of reasons?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #291

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump

Newt Gingrich, a leading candidate to be Donald Trump's running mate, told Republicans at a closed-door meeting earlier this year that Trump is not a conservative, speaks to voters "at the lowest level of any candidate in either party," and could lose in a landslide if he di...

Weekly Survey: Love/Owens Rematch

The rematch between Mia Love and Doug Owens is expected to be one of the most hotly contested contests in Utah this year. Who do you think will win that matchup? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Lee Announces Senate Field Hearing in Utah on Public Lands Management

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Thursday that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be conducting a field hearing at San Juan County High School in Blanding, Utah on July 27, at 3:00 p.m....

Bishop & Chaffetz Introduce Utah Public Lands Initiative

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) have formally introduced the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) legislation for consideration by the US House of Representatives....

Policy News


Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Deer Lake in Yellowstone Canyon -- Tribune: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits ground zero in divisive monument debate, vows to listen to all sides -- Tribune: Possibly toxic algae poses health risk at Utah Lake Weekend Eve...

Democratic National Convention Announces Unprecedented Array of Livestreaming Options
The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced over a dozen new options for watching the convention, ensuring that viewers have a wide range of choices virtually unprecedented for any national political event....

Bishop Bill to Save Utah Taxpayers Moves Forward
In June, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop introduced HR 5468, a bill to allow the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District to accelerate capital repayments to the federal government. ...

Sens. Lee, Sasse Introduce Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work (ALLOW) Act
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for many Americans to begin work in their chosen field by reducing unnecessary licensing burdens....

The Utah 1033 Foundation Responds to the Recent Dallas Shootings of Law Enforcement Officers
It has been a tough year for law enforcement. Since January 2016, there have been more than 50 law enforcement officer deaths, one of whom was Officer Doug Barney of Utah.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Good process drives Mountain Accord bill

Rocky Anderson says there are enough facts for NSA lawsuit to proceed

Data sharing clears way for Nevada to recognize Utah’s gun permit; New Mexico could be next

Utah moving forward with plan to improve drug treatment centers accused of fraud

Utah A.G.’s office will not conduct investigation into Bears Ears activists

E-licenses are coming for drivers — but not yet, Utah officials say

Bishop, Chaffetz unveil long-awaited lands bill in bid to block a Bears Ears National Monument

New Utah group prodding millennials to vote through discounts, social media

Rolly: Utah Legislature makes it harder to recruit cops

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits ground zero in divisive monument debate, vows to listen to all sides

House passes bill to limit new national monuments in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Coal not going away anytime soon

Editorial: Bridging the gap between foster care and family

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could help Trump in Utah; will Huntsman also play a role?

Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law

Former Utah House speaker to ask for recount after losing by 8 votes

FBI Utah office actively investigating home-grown terrorists, agent says

Change in Utah law is cleaning up the substance abuse treatment industry

Utah's Mike Lee one of only two senators to vote against opioids bill

National monument puts the focus on Jewell, Bishop and Chaffetz

National Headlines

Signs point to Pence as Trump VP (Politico)

Is Mike Pence tough enough for Trump? (Politico)

Trump postpones VP announcement in light of France attack (The Hill)

Democrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton (The Hill)

2 Americans Killed in 'Monstrous Attack' in Nice, Death Toll Rises to 84 (ABC News)

Texas official to Obama: Police don't know you support them (USA Today)

Obama Warns of Growing Mistrust Between Minorities and Police (New York Times)

Republican convention speech wouldn't be Tim Tebow's first foray into politics (CNN)

Attempts to unbind GOP delegates crushed, effectively ending ‘Never Trump’ movement (Washington Post)

Americans Think Race Relations Are at Their Worst Point in Years, Poll Finds (TIME)

Former Presidents, Prime Minister Sheltered in Basement at LR High School During Storm (KARK)

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