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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - July 8, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 190th day of the year. There are 176 days left in 2016.

Snipers kill five police officers in Dallas. A GOP lawmaker says questionable spending by a law firm hired by the legislature needs to be investigated. The feds are investigating the wife of Democratic nominee Michael Weinholtz.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Rep. Steve Handy says the allegations of misspending by a law firm hired by the legislature to explore the possible transfer of public lands to the state deserve a full investigation [Utah Policy].

  2. A new survey finds most Utahns are unfazed by the purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune by Paul Huntsman. Most say the purchase will not affect whether they read the paper or not [Utah Policy].

  3. Horror in Dallas. Two snipers opened fire on police officers during a protest in downtown Dallas Thursday night. As of Friday morning, 5 police officers are dead, 6 wounded. One suspect was also killed [Dallas Morning News, CNN, Washington Post]. President Barack Obama says he was "horrified" by the "vicious, calculated and dispicable attack" [Bloomberg].

  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz chairs a hearing for FBI Director James Comey about his decision to not bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her email scandal [Tribune, Politico]. After the hearing the State Department announced they were re-opening their investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State [Politico].

  5. Donald Trump meets with GOP lawmakers in Washington, but more than a few left the meeting with more questions than answers [Talking Points Memo]. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he told Trump to make "critical adjustments" to his campaign if he wants to win in November [Deseret News].

  6. Bernie Sanders is reportedly set to endorse Hillary Clinton next week [New York Times].

  7. Federal prosecutors are now handling the marijuana possession investigation into Donna Weinholtz, the wife of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Michael Weinholtz. Prosecutors say they are investigating a complaint brought by the U.S. Postal Inspector and Department of Homeland Security [2 News, Tribune, Fox 13].

  8. Utah Republicans are hammering Democrat Doug Owens over his role as an attorney in the lawsuits that delayed the construction of the Legacy Parkway [Tribune].

  9. Rep. Rob Bishop is opposing a proposed land management rule because it allegedly diminishes local government input [Deseret News].

  10. Utah House Democrats are slamming a new alternative path to obtain a teaching license and are demanding a hearing on the new policy [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1663 - King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1776 - The Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time, to people gathered at Philadelphia's Independence Square.
  • 1835 - The Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in Philadelphia.
  • 1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • 1909 - The Wright Brothers demonstrated their airplane for an enthusiastic crowd at Fort Myer, Virginia.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Are Utahns More or Less Likely to Read the Tribune Following Paul Huntsman's Purchase?

Paul Huntsman's purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune is good news for the many talented journalists who work there, but Utahns mostly don't care who owns the paper....

GOP Rep. Says Questionable Public Lands Spending Deserves Vetting

Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, says there needs to be a full accounting of the money spent by the law firm hired to help the state explore taking control of public lands from the federal government....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #290

Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott this week as Bob is on vacation....

Chaffetz: Clinton Benefits from Double Standard

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says that if Hillary Clinton wasn't rich, powerful, and the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, she'd "probably be going to jail" for mishandling classified information....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #290

Time to run down all the big stories from the last week in Utah politics....

Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Mental Illness Top Causes of Homelessness

Domestic violence ranks high on the list of reasons Utahns become homeless, nearly as significant a cause as substance abuse and mental illness....

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....

Policy News


Democrats Demand Public Hearing on New Teacher Certification Process
The Utah House Democratic Caucus, led by Assistant Whip Joel Briscoe, has hand-delivered a letter today to the Utah State Board of Education demanding a public hearing on a rule creating an alternative path to teacher certification recently voted on by board members....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Mossy Cave — Bryce Canyon National Park -- Tribune: Visiting the historic Wildcat Guard Station on the Boulder Mountain Weekend EventsNew Films-- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: Tribune review -- The Music of Strangers:...

Lt. Governor Cox Announces Personnel Changes
Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox has announced changes to his office staff....

Hatch Statement at CARA Conference Meeting
Wednesday, during the Senate and House conference committee meeting on S. 524, the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Senate Finance Committee Chairman and conferee Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following statement: ...

Rep. Stewart Launches Refugee Back to School Supply Drive
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a school supply drive to collect supplies to help refugee children living in Utah. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah ensures land-transfer lawyers win even if they lose

Utah inmate’s death is example of poor care for migrants, Human Rights Watch says

New concerns surface about Utah’s role in Oakland terminal

Utah Republicans slam Doug Owens as an extreme environmentalist over role in Legacy Parkway

‘It wasn’t an innocent mistake’: Chaffetz grills FBI director over Clinton emails

New route to teacher certification gets an F, Utah House Democrats say

Feds confirm investigation into Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s wife

Compromise, not division, is the way to protect religious and LGBT rights, BYU conference speakers say

Deseret News

Op-ed: Give treatment centers access to money

Editorial: Law enforcement behaviors can deter publc confidence

Group raises conflict of interest concerns in vote on coal port

Democrats want hearing on new teacher certification process

Hatch asks Trump to make 'critical adjustments' to win election

BLM's proposed planning rule blasted in oversight hearing

National Headlines

Trump, Saddam and why people mistrust the media (Washington Post)

Comey says that some Clinton email statements were 'not true' (Politico)

Trump to GOP: I'm expanding the map (The Hill)

Sanders to endorse Clinton next week (The Hill)

White people are aging the U.S. population (McClatchy)

FBI Director Testifies on Clinton Emails to Withering Criticism From GOP (New York Times)

Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans (Washington Post)

State drops 1 charge as Lt. Brian Rice's trial begins (WBALTV)

Texas to Require Burial or Cremation of Aborted Fetuses (Associated Press)

Twenty veterans commit suicide every day, VA study finds (New York Daily News)

Warren’s trade views highlight downsides as possible VP pick (Politico)

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