Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 204th day of the year. There are 162 days left in 2016.
Trump paints a grim picture of America as he accepts the GOP nomination. Mia Love set to spend $1 million on campaign advertising. Utah Republicans are starting to reluctantly get behind Donald Trump as the nominee.
- Three days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 109 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
- 185 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
- 230 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Friday:
- Rep. Mia Love‘s campaign says they will spend $1 million on advertising during her re-election bid [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Here’s our rundown of the week in Utah politics, including a discussion of the GOP convention [Utah Policy].
- Everything is terrible, and only Donald Trump can fix it. Trump delivers a dark vision of America and his plan to fix the country by bringing “law and order” back [Politico].
- Utah Republicans in Cleveland are finally able to put aside their opposition to Donald Trump and get behind the GOP nominee [Deseret News, Tribune].
- The row over Ted Cruz‘s refusal to endorse Donald Trump continued into Thursday, especially among Utah Republicans. Sen. Mike Lee is defending Cruz while Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, a Trump supporter, is not happy [Deseret News].
- Hillary Clinton is set to name her running mate, possibly as soon as Friday [Bloomberg]. It probably won’t be Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said Thursday if she were to get the nod “I would know it by now, so probably not” [Politico]. Speculation is growing that Clinton will tap Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for the #2 spot [The Hill].
- The NBA has pulled the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte because of North Carolina’s controversial “transgender bathroom” bill [Huffington Post].
- Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News following a string of sexual harassment accusations against him [Politico].
- Utah taxpayers may be responsible for paying the legal bills for Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow [Tribune].
- The closure of Utah Lake because of a toxic algal bloom is hitting local businesses hard [Daily Herald]. State officials are considering declaring a state of emergency due to the bloom [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1587 – A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. Residents later vanished under mysterious circumstances.
- 1934 – Bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago.
- 1937 – The Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.