Tuesday’s Talking Points – April 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 110th day of the year. There are 256 days left in 2016.

Republicans and Democrats are ready for the New York Primary. Sen. Mike Lee drops his leadership bid. Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leadership agree to a special session on education funding.

The clock:

  • Four days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 203 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 279 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 324 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The New York Primary is today. There are 291 Democratic and 95 Republican delegates up for grabs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to win, but their margin of victory could prove crucial [Politico, Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, The Hill].
  2. A new poll shows most Utah Republicans think Donald Trump will win their party’s nomination while Utah Democrats believe Hillary Clinton will be their standard bearer in November [Utah Policy].
  3. The Supreme Court heard arguments about President Barack Obama‘s executive actions on immigration. The Court appears likely to rule against the administration [Reuters].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee drops his bid to take a leadership spot in the Senate GOP Caucus [Politico, The Hill].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert plays “Let’s Make a Deal” with legislative leadership to avoid a veto override session. Instead, lawmakers will meet in a special session next month to consider restoring some education funding that was nixed by Herbert [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Democratic candidates for governor debate ahead of Saturday’s convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Republican Jonathan Johnson and Democrats Vaughn Cook and Michael Weinholtz name their prospective running mates [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Rep. Kraig Powell, who took the signature-gathering route to the primary ballot, says he will sue if the Utah GOP tries to keep him off the ballot [Utah Policy].
  9. Sen. Todd Weiler will not face prosecution after he posted a copy of Jonathan Johnson‘s voter registration form on social media [Tribune].
  10. Trouble brewing at city hall? Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is clashing with the Salt Lake City Council over her plan to assume the lead at the city’s RDA [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • 1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 1943 – Jewish residents of the Warsaw ghetto revolted when Germans tried to resume deportations to the Treblinka concentration camp.
  • 1993 – The 51-day Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas, ended when fire destroyed a fortified compound after it was tear gassed by authorities. Cult leader David Koresh and about 75 followers were killed.
  • 1995 – A truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500.