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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 201st day of the year. There are 165 days left in 2016.

The GOP convention gets underway in Cleveland. Melania Trump's primetime speech appears to have been plagiarized from Michelle Obama. Utahns support allowing guns on Utah's college and university campuses.

The clock:

  • Six days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 112 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 188 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 233 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. A majority of Utahns say they support carrying firearms on Utah's college and university campuses [Utah Policy].

  2. Prosecutors move to dismiss all of the charges in the public corruption case against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Utah Democrats are furious that the prosecution of Shurtleff fell apart while Republicans say it's a sign that the system works as intended [Tribune].

  3. Fear and loathing in Cleveland. Day one of the Republican National Convention...Let's just say it probably could have gone better for Donald Trump and his supporters, as most reporting described it as a "disaster" [Politico, Bloomberg, The Hill, Yahoo].

  4. Melania Trump delivered a soaring primetime speech. It turns out the reason it was so good is it was apparently plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention address [Politico]. Twitter had a field day with the news, gleefully shredding Trump's wife over the gaffe [Talking Points Memo].

  5. Donald Trump's supporters snuff out an anti-Trump rebellion on the floor when delegates, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee, nearly opened the door to an attempt at ripping the nomination away from Trump [Politico, CNN, Tribune, Deseret News]. Some Trump opponents, including a delegate from Utah, say they were bullied by pro-Trump supporters [The Hill, Tribune].

  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch tells Utah's delegation at the RNC it's time to unify behind Donald Trump [Tribune].

  7. Sigh. Soap opera star and underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr., who spoke on Monday at the Republican National Convention, shortly after his speech told reporters he is "absolutely" convinced that President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim [Talking Points Memo].

  8. That'll show 'em! Bernie Sanders supporters plan to hold a "fart in" to protest Hillary Clinton at next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia [NBC News].

  9. Gov. Gary Herbert signs all of the bills from last week's special session [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

  10. The toxic algae bloom in Utah Lake has farmers on alert as the tainted water appears to have spread to the Jordan River and Little Cottonwood Creek [Tribune, Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1969 - Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board, went into orbit around the moon.
  • 1979 - The Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas.
  • 1993 - President Bill Clinton announced the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward homosexuals in the military.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Majority of Utahns Support Allowing Guns on College Campuses

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Gov. Herbert Signs Special Session Bills

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Prosecutors Move to Drop Charges Against Shurtleff

It looks like the public corruption case against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is over. ...

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EDCUtah Closes Fiscal Year with 20 Project Wins, 14,949 Jobs Created/Retained
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Rep. Stewart and House Intelligence Committee Release 9/11 Pages
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Salt Lake City Awards Eight Local and Creative Business Incubators Grant Funding Totaling $50K
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Hatch, Brady Introduce Resolution in Support of the United Kingdom
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We know good teaching, and the alternative path is the wrong route

Editorial: Shurtleff dodges criminal charges

As GOP convention begins, security concerns earn top billing

From Cleveland: Never Trump's Last Stand

Trump-loving Greg Hughes can't stay away from the Republican National Convention

Orrin Hatch tells Utah's Republican delegates to put concerns aside and get behind Donald Trump

Audit: Many independent state entities violate Utah open meetings laws

Governor signs drone-restriction measure, all Utah special-session bills

Farmers fear for crops as Utah Lake algae threat spreads to Salt Lake County

Utah-led rebellion thwarted, likely crushing Trump opposition

No Shurtleff prosecution? Utah Dems seething; Republicans defend system

Federal government to Utah: Take additional comment on Medicaid expansion

Tesoro agrees to reduce emissions at Utah refinery in $425M settlement with EPA, DOJ

'You should die': Trump supporters threaten Utah delegate, she says, at Republican National Convention

A look at the charges Shurtleff's prosecutor wants to drop

Prosecutor says he's walking away from Shurtleff case for sake of justice

Deseret News

Editorial: PLI revisions are welcome but time is running out

RNC tribute video misspells names of two late Utah Republicans

Herbert signs bills for Fairpark arena funds, tougher drone law

Independent state agencies routinely violate Utah open meeting law, audit shows

Feds order Tesoro to reduce emissions at Salt Lake refinery

Screaming, shouting and Utah's in the middle of it

Prosecutors 'stand down' and drop criminal case against Mark Shurtleff

National Headlines

Trump makes his big entrance (The Hill)

Sheriff thrills GOP: 'Blue Lives Matter' (The Hill)

Social conservatives win on GOP platform (Politico)

Giuliani plays it safe, electrifies RNC crowd (Politico)

Trump Campaign Denounces John Kasich in Ohio, Where Convention Begins (New York Times)

Convention drama: Trump campaign stops rules rebellion (CNN)

Trump and Ryan: Mars and Venus of the GOP (Washington Post)

Black Lives Matter note found near firebombed police cruiser, authorities say (Washington Post)

Castro violated Hatch Act by touting Clinton (CNN)

Justice Ginsburg Once Again Shares Her Intent To Overturn Heller (Daily Caller)

Police: Officers in Baton Rouge were 'targeted and assassinated' (Washington Post)

New report calls for 'justice for millennials' (CNBC)

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