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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 18, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 200th day of the year. There are 166 days left in 2016.

The GOP convention in Cleveland gets underway. Utah was nearly chosen to host a presidential debate this year. Donald Trump reportedly tried to back out of picking Mike Pence as his running mate.

The clock:

  • The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland starts today (7/18/2016)
  • Seven days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 113 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 189 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 234 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Utah was on the list to host one of the three presidential debates during this year's election, but logistical complications killed the bid. However, the state is in prime position to host one of the debates in 2020 [Utah Policy].
  2. An overwhelming number of Utahns say LDS Church officials should not endorse political candidates [Utah Policy].
  3. The Republican national convention gets underway today as Donald Trump prepares to accept the GOP nomination [The Hill, Bloomberg].
  4. Utah Delegates to the GOP Convention are not thrilled Donald Trump is set to be the party's nominee [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Donald Trump reportedly tried to back out of picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, but GOP Chairman Reince Priebus denies that's true [Talking Points Memo].
  6. Donald Trump and Mike Pence sat down for their first joint interview after Pence joined the ticket [Politico]. Trump told CBS News' Leslie Stahl he didn't care that Pence supported the Iraq War, even though he has repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton for her vote for the conflict [Talking Points Memo].
  7. Utah election officials are suing to vacate the results of the Republican Wayne County Commission primary election, alleging the winner was illegally helped by his wife, who works in the county clerk's office [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Bears Ears area and says she was "shocked" on how little protection there is for the area [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Mia Love extends her fundraising lead over her Democratic challenger Doug Owens [Tribune].
  10. A gunman fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. The shooter was later killed during a gun battle with police [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1872 - Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.
  • 1969 - A car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy plunged from a bridge into a tidal pond at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • 2013 - Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Had a Chance to Host Presidential Debate in 2016, May Host in 2020

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Poll: Utahns Say LDS Church Leaders Should Not Endorse Political Candiates

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Genius Panelists Hold Divergent Views on Trump/Pence

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'Political Insiders' Pick Love to Beat Owens in November

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Election Officials Contest Wayne County Election

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Increased Transportation Prices Drive Rise in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.6 percent from May to June on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Duncan Aviation Expansion Moves One Step Closer
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with Duncan Aviation, is pleased to announce that the aircraft maintenance company is moving closer to expansion at its Provo location....

Gov. Herbert Orders Flags Lowered for France Victims
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France....

Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced on Wednesday‎ S. 3201, the Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016, a measure intended to bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity check off ...

Hatch Introduces Bill to Bolster Transparency & Accountability of Nation's Debt
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill to promote transparency and accountability at the Department of Treasury regarding federal debt management, especially when breach of the statutory debt limit is impending....

New Report: Utah Gets a B+ in Enacting Balanced Pain Management Policies for Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
Utah is doing well, but needs improvement when it comes to enacting balanced policies that enhance the delivery of effective pain management for patients battling a chronic disease such as cancer, according to a new report issued by leading researchers and patient advocacy g...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: I may not love Trump, but I go to Cleveland as a faithful Republican

Op-ed: As canyon landowners, we support Chaffetz' Mountain Accord bill

Rolly: Police agencies see declines in recruits and legislators don't care

Editorial: Chaffetz, Stewart and Love wrong to avoid GOP convention

State says Wayne County deputy clerk illegally helped husband win GOP primary

With Pence as No. 2, Utah Republicans feel better about Trump as No. 1

GOP's Mia Love stretches her fundraising lead over Democrat Doug Owens

Vail Resorts gives up on trademarking the name 'Park City'

Before a packed meeting, Interior Secretary Jewell sees harm visitors are causing at proposed Bears Ears monument

'We are allies,' says Mexico's new consul in Utah

Rolly: Utah's GOP delegation slapped its committeewoman, but she got the last laugh

As GOP convention begins, security concerns earn top billing

It's their party and Utah delegates are crying not because they want to, but because Trump's on the ticket

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gets another side of the Bears Ears story on Day 3 in Utah

UTA gambles $23.8M by starting now on Provo-Orem bus line; critics say agency is stacking the deck

Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit

New proposal calls for Utah, other states to have more participation in overseeing regional power grid

No fan of Trump, Mike Lee loses bid to unbind delegates

East side needs more subsidized housing, too, say Salt Lake City Council members

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: GOP Convention, Chaffetz's future and the PLI

Op-ed: Dear Grand Old Party - Give us a real movement to get behind

Op-ed: Mormon and Utah perspectives resonate with GOP pornography platform

Editorial: Bold policy step for GOP rules committee - pornography is a public health crisis

Editorial: We are at war with the Islamic State and terror

State alleges Wayne County clerk manipulated primary to help her husband win

UTA approves funding for Provo-Orem bus rapid transit system

Jewell 'shocked' at lack of protection for Bears Ears cultural resources

Resort withdraws controversial 'Park City' trademark application

Utah Republicans heading to national convention unsure of Trump

Monumental decision: All eyes look to Jewell on divisive Bears Ears issue


Editorial: Make Utah Lake great again (Daily Herald)

Utah auditor reviewing council member's use of Kaysville credit card (Standard-Examiner)

Park City and Summit County still deciding on a ballot initiative (Park Record)

Park City Republican committeeman hopes for 'presidential' Trump (Park Record)

National Headlines

Cleveland cop: Obama 'has blood on his hands' after Baton Rouge (The Hill)

Clinton: Baton Rouge an 'assault on all of us' (The Hill)

Trump on Baton Rouge shooting: 'We demand law and order' (Politico)

Trump and Pence agree to disagree, more or less (Politico)

Three police officers killed, three others wounded in Baton Rouge shooting; attacker identified (Washington Post)

Cleveland Braces for a Controversial Republican National Convention (NBC News)

Cleveland police chief says 'We're prepared for it all' at RNC (McClatchy)

Louisiana police shootings add new convention concerns (Washington Post)

Clinton holds narrow lead over Trump on eve of conventions (Washington Post)

Why We Don't Know Who's Funding the Republican Convention (TIME)

Wallace Confronts Manafort Over Reports Trump Had 'Difficulty' Making VP Decision (Mediaite)

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