Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – June 30, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 182nd day of the year. There are 184 days left in 2016.

Mitt Romney says his family still wants him to run for president. Did SB54 have much of an effect on Tuesday’s primary elections? Sen. Mike Lee trashes the idea of endorsing Donald Trump.

The clock:

  • 18 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 24 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 131 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 207 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 252 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Election forecast savant Nate Silver gives Hillary Clinton a 79% chance of winning the November election [FiveThirtyEight, Politico].
  2. Mitt Romney says his family still wants him to run for president [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump‘s campaign is spamming members of British Parliament with emails asking for donations [Washington Post].
  4. Congress approves an aid package that will allow Puerto Rico to avoid defaulting on more than $1 billion in debt [Bloomberg].
  5. Let the electoral autopsies begin on whether “Count My Vote” had a significant or minimal impact on Utah’s primary elections [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says his convention loss to Jonathan Johnson motivated his supporters and propelled him to his big win on Tuesday [Deseret News].
  7. Misty Snow hopes her historic win in Tuesday’s primary election will propel her to a win over Sen. Mike Lee in November [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Mike Lee unleashes an epic rant on a talk show host when he’s asked why he hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump yet [Buzz Feed, Politico, Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. Two Cache County GOP officials resign from the party over Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination [2 News].
  10. Rep. Chris Stewart discusses “Brexit,” Zika virus and his re-election bid [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 – Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States.
  • 1905 – The theory of relativity was introduced by Albert Einstein.
  • 1934 – German leader Adolf Hitler began his “blood purge” of his own political party. Hundreds of Nazis he feared might become political enemies were assassinated in what would become known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”
  • 1971 – The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
  • 1982 – The extended deadline for ratification of the Equal Right Amendment expired, three states short of the 38 needed for passage.