Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – July 14, 2016

Good Thursday morning and Happy Bastille Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 196th day of the year. There are 170 days left in 2016.

Gov. Gary Herbert wants Indiana Governor Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s VP. The list of speakers for the GOP convention is released. Utah lawmakers approve drone restrictions and money for a new fair park arena.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes Donald Trump picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate [Utah Policy].
  2. The RNC releases a list of more than 60 speakers for next week’s convention in Cleveland. Those slated to take the podium include four of Trump’s family members, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, Speaker Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and former football star Tim Tebow [The Hill]. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is not on the list, fueling speculation that he will be Trump’s running mate [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump says he will name his running mate at a New York City event on Friday morning [Politico].
  4. A new national poll shows Hillary Clinton is now tied with Donald Trump. The poll also shows the long investigation into her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State has hurt her standing as 67% of Americans say she is not trustworthy [New York Times].
  5. Donald Trump is suing fired campaign consultant Sam Nunberg for $10 million for allegedly violating a nondisclosure agreement [Talking Points Memo].
  6. Utah lawmakers approve more restrictions on drones, tax incentives designed to lure a Facebook data center to Utah and money to build a new arena at the Utah State Fairpark [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Legislators tell Utah Transit Authority officials they would be wary of providing money for expansion plans because of the lack of public trust in the organization [Tribune].
  8. The U.S. House is set to pass legislation that would essentially prevent President Barack Obama from declaring the Bears Ears area a new national monument [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is skipping next week’s GOP convention to lead an overseas trip with a number of other members of Congress [Bloomberg]. Rep. Rob Bishop is the only member of Utah’s House delegation who will attend the convention [Fox 13].
  10. A judge is considering dismissing the public corruption case against former Attorney General John Swallow because prosecutors may have read private emails between him and his lawyer [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, beginning the French Revolution.
  • 1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
  • 1933 – All political parties except the Nazis were officially suppressed in Germany.
  • 2003 – Journalist Robert Novak identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in his newspaper column, citing two Bush administration officials.