How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Tuesday July 26, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 208th day of the year. There are 158 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders supporters heckle speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama nearly brings down the house with her speech. Sen. Mark Madsen abandons the GOP for the Libertarian party.

The clock:

  • 105 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 181 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 226 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. A new poll finds nearly half of Utahns have been affected personally by prescription drug abuse [Utah Policy].
  2. Day one of the Democratic National Convention in Cleveland struck a discordant tone as Bernie Sanders supporters voiced their displeasure from the convention floor [Slate]. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton‘s campaign worked overtime to tamp down the delegate revolt [Wall Street Journal]. Comedian Sarah Silverman heckled the “Bernie or Bust” group, saying they were being “ridiculous” [Politico]. A former Sanders spokesperson unleashed a rant on Twitter, telling his backers that nobody stole the election from him [Talking Points Memo].
  3. Bernie Sanders falls on his sword, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton “must become president” [Politico]. Here’s a photo gallery of sad Bernie Sanders fans during his speech [Slate]. 
  4. First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a stunner of a speech that nearly brought down the house [Vox].
  5. The feud between Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump reached another plateau as the Massachusetts senator hammered the GOP nominee, saying he built his fortune by “cheating people” and that he cares “only for himself.” [Talking Points Memo]. Trump’s campaign couldn’t help but respond [Politico].
  6. Did Donald Trump get a convention bounce? Depends on who you talk to. One election projection says he’s in the lead following the Republican convention [Five Thirty Eight]. However, a new national poll shows Trump still trailing [Politico].
  7. Sen. Mark Madsen, who served as a Utah delegate to the Republican convention, says he will change his party affiliation to Libertarian, and has endorsed Gary Johnson for president [Tribune].
  8. An audit of embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott‘s office is nearly finished [Deseret News].
  9. 53 local governmental entities in Utah are proposing some sort of property tax hike this year [Tribune].
  10. Women are woefully underrepresented in Utah politics [Associated Press].

 On this day in history:

  • 1908 – The FBI was born as the BOI (Bureau of Investigation). The specialty unit officially became the FBI in 1935.
  • 1948 – President Harry Truman ordered desegregation of the military.
  • 1953 – Fidel Castro began a revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba.