Wednesday’s Talking Points – April 20, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 111th day of the year. There are 255 days left in 2016.

Trump and Clinton win big in New York. United Healthcare announces its pulling out of Obamacare exchanges in most states. Big money is flowing in the race for Utah governor.

The clock:

  • Three days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 202 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 278 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 323 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton score decisive wins in the New York Primary [Washington Post, Politico, CNN].
  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren lashed out against Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter after Cruz sent out a fundraising email detailing the “sacrifices” he’s making to campaign for the White House [Politico].
  3. United Healthcare announces it will exit Obamacare insurance exchanges in most states [CNN Money].
  4. Just how politically toxic could a Donald Trump nomination be in Utah? [Utah Policy].
  5. The candidates for Utah governor are spending freely so far this year [Deseret News]. Republican Jonathan Johnson is fundraising at a swift clip, too [Associated Press].
  6. Brad Dee, who decided against running for another term in the Utah House, has dropped his bid for a seat on the Weber County Commission [Standard-Examiner].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert ceremonially signs a bill declaring pornography a public health crisis [Washington Post, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to visit Utah this summer, fueling speculation that President Barack Obama may declare a new national monument in the state [Tribune].
  9. Utah Republicans will consider a resolution that calls for “nullification” of some federal decisions [Tribune].
  10. A federal court rules a Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teenager by barring him from using the boys’ restroom [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 – Congress passed the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, authorizing President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations and use military force to suppress the Klan.
  • 1902 – Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
  • 1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
  • 1999 – Two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.