Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – July 11, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 193rd day of the year. There are 173 days left in 2016.

Utahns push for an orderly GOP convention next week in Cleveland. Obama plans to head to Dallas after last week’s shooting. Rep. Rob Bishop plans to unveil his Public Lands Initiative this week.

The clock:

  • Seven days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 14 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 120 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 196 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 241 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Boyd Matheson is pushing the GOP to adopt a platform reminiscent of the Republican platform of 1860 [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Former Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen will be at the center of an effort to block Donald Trump from winning to GOP nomination in her role as chairwoman of the convention’s rules committee [Deseret News].
  3. President Barack Obama plans to travel to Dallas on Tuesday to speak at a memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting [Talking Points Memo].
  4. Bernie Sanders will join Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop on Tuesday, fueling speculation he is set to end his bid for the Democratic nomination [Politico].
  5. One of Donald Trump‘s bulk email service providers has suspended his campaign’s account for spamming inboxes with fundraising emails [Campaigns & Elections].
  6. Rep. Rob Bishop will unveil his long-awaited Public Lands Initiative this week [Tribune].
  7. Utah Lawmakers are investigating invoices from the law firm they hired to assist in the effort to wrest control of public lands from the federal government after some questionable expenditures came to light [Tribune].
  8. Ten votes could be enough to oust former House Speaker Mel Brown as he still trails his Republican challenger Logan Wilde in the vote tally [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Utah is reportedly in the running to host a data center for Facebook [Tribune].
  10. Mideast countries are warning their citizens traveling in the United States to stay away from public demonstrations over police shootings [CBS News].

On this day in history:

  • 1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1804 – Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded long-time political foe Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, N.J. Hamilton died the next day.
  • 1979 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, fell to Earth after six years in orbit, scattering tons of debris across the Australian desert.
  • 1995 – The United States normalized relations with Vietnam.