Monday’s Talking Points – April 18, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 109th day of the year. There are 257 days left in 2016.

Sanders could beat Trump in a general election matchup in Utah. Salt Lake County Republicans oust two incumbents. A federal judge upholds SB54.

The clock:

  • Five days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 71 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 204 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 280 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 325 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Poll shocker! Bernie Sanders might straight-up beat Donald Trump in Utah [Utah Policy].
  2. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to President Barack Obama‘s executive actions on immigration [Washington Post].
  3. Donald Trump says he hopes the Republican National Convention doesn’t involve violence if he doesn’t end up with the nomination [Bloomberg].
  4. Tuesday’s New York Primary could help settle the Republican and Democratic nomination races [Bloomberg]. Bernie Sanders is hoping to keep Hillary Clinton‘s expected victory margin in New York under double digits [The Hill].
  5. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says Donald Trump‘s claims the GOP delegate selection system is “rigged” is nothing more than “rhetoric and hyperbole” [Politico].
  6. County convention roundup:
    • Salt Lake County Republicans oust two legislative incumbents [Tribune, Deseret News].
    • Delegates to the Salt Lake County GOP Convention block a surrogate for embattled County Recorder Gary Ott from speaking in his place [Deseret News].
    • Utah County Republicans continue their fury against SB54 as they boo Gov. Gary Herbert for signing the legislation [Tribune].
    • Utah County Democrats, ever the optimists, call for the end of “one-party rule” in the state [Daily Herald].
  7. A federal judge upholds SB54, which gives candidates a second route to get on the primary ballot [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. The National Republican Congressional Committee says they don’t expect Rep. Mia Love will need their financial support this year in her rematch with Doug Owens [Tribune].
  9. The Federal Election Commission says Sen. Mike Lee‘s short sale of his home in Alpine did not violate campaign finance rules [Deseret News].
  10. The state auditor’s office warns the Utah Communications Authority that its funding could be frozen if it does not provide more financial transparency [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – Paul Revere began his famous ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out “The British are coming!”
  • 1906 – An earthquake estimated at magnitude 7.8 struck San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that destroyed much of what remained of the city. More than 3,000 people died.
  • 1978 – The U.S. Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.
  • 1983 – The U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was severely damaged by a car-bomb explosion that killed 63 people, including 17 Americans.
  • 2007 – The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a federal ban on a medical procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion.