Tuesday’s Talking Points – April 26, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 117th day of the year. There are 249 days left in 2016.

Clinton and Trump are expected to triumph in Tuesday’s “Acela primary.” The Cruz/Kasich alliance is already showing signs of trouble. Utahns want lawmakers to expand Medicaid even further.

The clock:

  • 63 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 196 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 272 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 317 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Tuesday is the “Acela primary” in five eastern states. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to rack up more wins [Bloomberg, Politico, Washington Post, ABC News, LA Times].
  2. The Ted Cruz/John Kasich alliance to stop Donald Trump is already showing signs of strain [Politico, Washington Post].
  3. Ted Cruz is reportedly vetting Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick [Politico].
  4. Utahns say the Legislature didn’t go far enough with Medicaid expansion, according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  5. Jonathan Johnson is confident he can pull the upset over Gary Herbert in June’s primary election [Tribune].
  6. The fight over SB54 was a big part of the reason why Johnson forced Herbert into a primary election [Deseret News].
  7. The Utah GOP is considering changing a rule to allow the party to endorse candidates in a contested primary [Utah Policy].
  8. Michael Weinholtz‘s revelation that his wife is under investigation for possession of marijuana could be a bigger problem for Democrats than they realize [Utah Policy].
  9. Lawyers for are pouring over the proposed deal to sell the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman [Tribune].
  10. Cleveland reaches a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child shot by a white police officer while he was playing with a toy gun [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1607 – The first British colonists establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.
  • 1865  John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
  • 1986 – An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine killed at least 31 people and sent radioactivity into the atmosphere.