Friday’s Talking Points – April 15, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 106th day of the year. There are 260 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash on the debate stage. Donald Trump argues America’s election system is broken. Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidates are set to debate on Monday.

The clock:

  • Eight days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 74 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 94 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 101 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 207 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 283 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 328 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders brawl on the debate stage in Brooklyn ahead of next week’s New York primary [Politico, Wall Street JournalRoll Call, BloombergHuffington Post, The Hill, Washington Post].
  2. Donald Trump argues in an editorial that America’s election system is fixed [Wall Street Journal].
  3. A plurality of Utahns say they would be more likely to support a candidate who signs a “no new taxes” pledge [Utah Policy].
  4. Senate Republicans scold Sen. Mike Lee for his attempt to force a leadership fight earlier this week [The Hill].
  5. The Democratic candidates for governor are set to debate twice on Monday [Deseret News].
  6. State lawyers want the Utah GOP held in contempt for refusing to comply with SB54 [Deseret News].
  7. Legislative leaders and Gov. Gary Herbert are close to an agreement that would avoid a veto override session [Deseret News].
  8. After a cooling off period, former Rep. Jim Matheson is now free to lobby Congress representing payday lenders and energy companies [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz‘s Republican challenger, Chia-Chi Teng, wants the incumbent to provide more details about reimbursements from his campaign account [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes a bill making the Bible that state’s official book [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln died of an assassin’s bullet fired the night before at Ford’s Theater. Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn in as chief executive.
  • 1912 – The luxury liner Titanic sank in the northern Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg.
  • 1947 – Major League Baseball’s color line was officially broken with the debut of Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on Opening Day.