Monday’s Talking Points – April 11, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 102nd day of the year. There are 264 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump’s campaign invokes the Nazis while complaining about Ted Cruz. Trump and Hillary Clinton have big leads in New York. Gary Herbert has a sizeable lead over Republican Jonathan Johnson.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 28 days to the last day a veto override session may begin (5/9/2016)
  • 78 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 105 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 211 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 287 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 332 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. The GOP nomination race meets Godwin’s Law. Donald Trump‘s delegate manager, Paul Manafort, accuses the Ted Cruz campaign of using “Gestapo tactics” to take delegates away from Trump [Real Clear Politics, Politico].
  2. Bernie Sanders continues his winning streak by triumphing in the Wyoming caucuses [CNN].
  3. A new poll shows Trump and Hillary Clinton with sizeable leads in New York ahead of the April 19 primary [New York Times, Politico].
  4. The Boston Globe looks into the future to what the first year of a Donald Trump presidency would look like. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty [Boston Globe].
  5. A new poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert with a big lead over his GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson while Utah’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates are struggling to gain name recognition with voters [Utah Policy].
  6. The Utah Supreme Court deals the Utah GOP another setback in their legal challenges to SB54 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  7. Bernie Sanders backers mostly fizzle out at the Salt Lake County Democratic Convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Utah County Democrats have a big mess on their hands. The party has to re-elect delegates to the state convention after they picked more delegates than they were actually allocated [2 News].
  9. The man heading up Democrat Doug Owens‘ campaign to unseat Rep. Mia Love is a Republican [Tribune]. National politics are creeping into the Love/Owens rematch this year [Deseret News].
  10. Hey, remember when people said big-time soccer couldn’t thrive in Utah? Real Salt Lake unveils plans to build a $50 million training center in Herriman [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1945 – The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany was liberated by Allied troops.
  • 1947 – The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to take the field for a Major League Baseball team, playing in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees.
  • 1951 – President Harry Truman relieved Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command in Korea.
  • 1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was cut short when an explosion crippled the spacecraft.