Friday’s Talking Points – April 8, 2016

Good Friday spring morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 97thday of the year. There are 267days left in 2016.

Sen. Mike Lee for the U.S. Supreme Court? . . . Webb’s Friday musings on Utah County GOP, Obama legacy . . . Democratic presidential candidates spar over who is fit for office . . . Trump hires veteran to steady his campaign . . . Environmental groups attack shale oil request for utility right-of-way.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 31 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 81 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 101 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 108 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 214 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 290 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 335 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Is an increasingly nasty Clinton-Sanders race doing lasting damage to Democrats? [Washington Post] New hire signals a reboot for Donald Trump campaign [New York Times].
  2. Some conservatives are pushing Utah Sen. Mike Lee for U.S. Supreme Court if Trump or Cruz are elected president [Deseret News].
  3. Webb:Friday musings on Utah County GOP, Obama’s legacy, and SB54 impact [Utah Policy].
  4. Editorial: Free market doesn’t provide low-income housing, so government must [Salt Lake Tribune].
  5. Environmental groups attack shale oil company request for utility right-of-way across BLM land in Uintah Basin [Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Average water year is good news for Utah [Deseret News].
  7. Sen. Orrin Hatch says House Speaker Paul Ryan could be drafted as the GOP presidential candidates in an open convention, but there is currently no attempt to do so [The Hill].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop is being hit in ads by shadowy group over his plans regarding Puerto Rico. He says the ads are false [Salt Lake Tribune].
  9. Opinion: Basketball and symphonies: Scott Anderson discusses the relationship between business, culture and sports [Deseret News].
  10. Trump’s healthcare plans bewilder Republican experts [New York Times].
  11. 11.Opinion by Norm Ornstein: Five ways the Republican race could end [The Atlantic].