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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - July 6, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 188th day of the year. There are 178 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton avoids prosecution in email probe. Donald Trump name-checks Saddam Hussein. Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 19 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 125 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 201 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 246 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. The FBI decided they would not bring charges against Hillary Clinton or her aides in the use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State, although FBI Director James Comey said Clinton was "extremely careless" with her handling of classified material [Politico].

  2. Congressional Republicans say they may hold hearings, including grilling FBI Director James Comey, in the wake of no charges in the email investigation [Politico, The Hill]. Donald Trump accused Clinton of offering a "bribe" to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to avoid criminal prosecution [Washington Post].

  3. Utah Republicans lash out at the FBI for refusing to bring charges against Clinton in the email probe [Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Donald Trump gives a shout out to Saddam Hussein, calling him "a bad guy" who was good at killing terrorists [Politico].

  5. Barack Obama gives a barnburner of a speech as he hits the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton for the first time in 2016 [Yahoo].

  6. Most Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but that opposition has softened in the year since the Supreme Court made same-sex unions legal [Utah Policy].

  7. The tight primary contest between Rep. Mel Brown and challenger Logan Wilde continues to remain close with Wilde ahead by just 16 votes in the latest tally [Deseret News].

  8. The Utah GOP, the Utah NAACP and Utah Coalition of La Raza all joined in the criticism of Salt Lake City schools, saying a recent administrative adjustment hurts low-income and minority students [Tribune]. 

  9. The number of single women served by The Road Home has jumped 151% in the last decade and the number of families served is up 257% in the same period [Deseret News].

  10. Utah County has added gender identity to its employee non-discrimination policy [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1854 - The Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in Michigan.
  • 1885 - French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur inoculated a human being for the first time - a boy, who had been bitten by a rabid dog. The youngster didn't develop rabies.
  • 1942 - Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years.
  • 1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in their native Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.
  • 1984 - President Ronald Reagan said it was a "probability" that many young people now paying into Social Security "will never be able to receive as much as they're paying."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: The Number of Utahns who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage is Dropping, but Still is a Majority

It's been more than a year since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. Even though same-sex marriage is now legal, a majority of Utahns say they're still opposed to the practice....

No, Misty Snow Won't Beat Mike Lee in November

Misty Snow made history on Tuesday night, becoming the first transgender nominee for a federal office in Utah's history. However, the euphoria from that accomplishment is about to hit the wall of political reality....

Is 42 Years Long Enough for Sen. Hatch?

Political speculation is usually a waste of time, but that doesn’t stop weird people like me from guessing whether Sen. Orrin Hatch will seek re-election in a couple of years....

Weekly Survey: What Did We Learn from the 2016 Primary Elections?

Now that the 2016 primary elections are finished, what lessons did we learn? Take our weekly survey now....

Lee to Feds: Let States Take Lead on Sage Grouse Conservation

Sen. Mike Lee blasts the federal government for choosing to impose a heavy-handed, top-down approach to the management of sage grouse habitat in Western states, despite the proven success of state and local plans to protect the bird....

Donald Trump's Supporters are More Likely to View Minorities Negatively

A new nationwide survey finds Donald Trump's supporters are more likely to use negative terms to describe African Americans than the backers of other candidates....

Lee says Warren Would Be a Formidable Running Mate for Clinton

Sen. Mike Lee says his colleague, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would be a very strong addition to the Democratic ticket in November....

California Set to Vote on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

California voters rejected recreational marijuana use in 2010. The issue will likely be on the November ballot again this year, and polls show it has a good chance of passing....

Policy News

Utah Republican Party Statement on FBI Findings in Hillary Clinton Email Probe
James Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, issued the following statement after the FBI recommended no criminal charges in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State:...

Press Release: Hatch Fights Obamacare for Utah's Small Businesses with New Legislation
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, gave an update on his commitment to repeal Obamacare and support Utah’s families and businesses that have been hurt the most by the President’s signature healthcare law....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah needs to spend money to preserve sensitive lands

Editorial: With coal port waning, is a waxy crude a better bet?

Angry Rep. Stewart wonders why Clinton not charged in email probe

Rolly: Open season on backpackers in San Juan County?

Holiday fireworks fueled spikes of unhealthy pollution in Utah

Utah GOP and NAACP slam SLC schools over diversity-department move, but former superintendent says criticism is unfounded

For county surveyor, it’s up, up and away

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: SLC support for Vivint Smart Home Arena makes economic sense

Richard Davis: Real Utah election reform still awaits

Editorial: Rising anti-immigration sentiment is reflected in the Brexit vote

Editorial: Hillary and Donald's uneasy relationship with the truth

Utah Republicans lash out at Clinton in wake of FBI announcement

BLM weighs uranium mine expansion in southeast Utah

Challenger maintains slim lead over former Utah House speaker

Single women served by The Road Home last year up 151% from a decade ago

Poll: Utahns oppose public bathroom accommodations for transgender people

French diplomat says 'Brexit' won't hurt trade with Utah

Debate raged after claims that Trump became a born-again Christian. Here's the person who reportedly 'led him to Christ'


Utah County adds gender identity to list of personnel traits protected from harassment and discrimination (Daily Herald)

Hemmert hopes to fill vacancy left by resigning Utah Sen. Al Jackson (Daily Herald)

Ogden City says rumor of mass condemnation in Oak Den has spun out of control (Standard-Examiner)

Vail Resorts puts money into Rob Bishop, Gary Herbert campaigns (Park Record)

National Headlines

The email headache that won't go away (Politico)

5 takeaways from Clinton's email reprieve (Politico)

Poll: Trump within 1 of Clinton nationally (The Hill)

Seven new revelations from FBI’s Clinton probe (The Hill)

FBI Director Comey Obliterated These Hillary Talking Points (Daily Caller)

The damning things the FBI said about Clinton's email (USA Today)

Kasich: Delegates should search their consciences before voting in Cleveland (Washington Post)

Trump VP search enters home stretch as pick likely next week (CNN)

Ex-National Guardsman Arrested for Trying to Help ISIS, Court Docs Say (ABC News)

Freddie Gray: Highest-Ranking Officer Set to Stand Trial (ABC News)

FBI Background Checks for Gun Purchases Surge (TIME)

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