Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – July 13, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 194th day of the year. There are 172 days left in 2016.

How lawmakers nearly blew a chance to lure Facebook to Utah. A pro-Democratic PAC snaps up lots of commercial time in Salt Lake City this fall. Gov. Gary Herbert calls legislators into another special session.

The clock:

  • Six days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 13 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 119 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 195 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 240 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. During the 2016 session, a spat between Utah lawmakers scuttled legislation designed to entice Facebook to build a data center in Utah. In Wednesday’s special session, legislators are taking another crack at the economic incentives [Utah Policy].
  2. A pro-Democratic PAC reserves $383,000 worth of media airtime in the fall to presumably boost Doug Owens‘ bid to oust Republican Mia Love [Utah Policy].
  3. Other items on the agenda for Wednesday’s special session include tougher penalties for flying drones near wildfires and money to build a stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. President Barack Obama speaks in Dallas on Tuesday following last week’s killing of five police officers [Bloomberg].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz asks the Justice Department to investigate whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about her private email server [Talking Points Memo].
  6. Rep. Mia Love plans to campaign in Utah next week instead of attending the GOP Convention in Cleveland [Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces legislation to augment the Mountain Accord effort to guide growth and preservation in the central Wasatch Mountains [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a meeting in Bluff, Utah on Saturday to discuss conservation proposals involving the Bears Ears region [Tribune].
  9. The proposed GOP platform includes a number of controversial planks including a call for the federal government to return public lands to the states immediately [Talking Points Memo]. Another proposal slams the Obama administration’s directive to public schools on accommodating transgender schoolkids in bathrooms and locker rooms [Yahoo]. The draft document also takes a hard line on same-sex marriage [Politico] and abortion [Politico] and declares pornography a public health crisis [Utah Policy].
  10. Donald Trump is closing in on his VP pick and plans to announce his running mate sometime this week [Washington Post]. One potential name on the shortlist that has started gaining favor is Indiana Governor Mike Pence [Yahoo].

On this day in history:

  • 100 B.C. – Julius Caesar was born in Rome.
  • 1933 – A U.S. industrial code was established to fix a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour.
  • 1984 – Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale named Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. She was the first woman to share a major U.S. political party’s presidential ticket.