Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – July 18, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 200th day of the year. There are 166 days left in 2016.

The GOP convention in Cleveland gets underway. Utah was nearly chosen to host a presidential debate this year. Donald Trump reportedly tried to back out of picking Mike Pence as his running mate.

The clock:

  • The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland starts today (7/18/2016)
  • Seven days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 113 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 189 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 234 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Utah was on the list to host one of the three presidential debates during this year’s election, but logistical complications killed the bid. However, the state is in prime position to host one of the debates in 2020 [Utah Policy].
  2. An overwhelming number of Utahns say LDS Church officials should not endorse political candidates [Utah Policy].
  3. The Republican national convention gets underway today as Donald Trump prepares to accept the GOP nomination [The Hill, Bloomberg].
  4. Utah Delegates to the GOP Convention are not thrilled Donald Trump is set to be the party’s nominee [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Donald Trump reportedly tried to back out of picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, but GOP Chairman Reince Priebus denies that’s true [Talking Points Memo].
  6. Donald Trump and Mike Pence sat down for their first joint interview after Pence joined the ticket [Politico]. Trump told CBS News’ Leslie Stahl he didn’t care that Pence supported the Iraq War, even though he has repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton for her vote for the conflict [Talking Points Memo].
  7. Utah election officials are suing to vacate the results of the Republican Wayne County Commission primary election, alleging the winner was illegally helped by his wife, who works in the county clerk’s office [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Bears Ears area and says she was “shocked” on how little protection there is for the area [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Mia Love extends her fundraising lead over her Democratic challenger Doug Owens [Tribune].
  10. A gunman fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. The shooter was later killed during a gun battle with police [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1872 – Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.
  • 1969 – A car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy plunged from a bridge into a tidal pond at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • 2013 – Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.