Wednesday’s Talking Points – April 27, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 118th day of the year. There are 248 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win big on Tuesday night. Utahns would support a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Jackie Biskupski keeps Mike Brown as police chief.

The clock:

  • 62 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 195 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 271 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 316 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton deliver crushing blows to their rivals in Tuesday night’s “Acela Primary.” Trump won all five states up for grabs on the Republican side, while Clinton grabbed four out of five [Politico, Roll Call, Washington Post, CNN].
  2. Trump is already starting to take shots at Clinton, saying he will probably have to “get used to her shouting” during the general election race [Politico].
  3. Trump has already passed Mitt Romney‘s primary vote total from 2012, and he is on pace to get more primary votes than any GOP candidate in modern history [Politico].
  4. Whoops! John Kasich‘s campaign misses an important deadline and will not be included in the voter pamphlet sent to every voter in Oregon [Politico].
  5. A new poll shows Utahns would support a measure legalizing medical marijuana if it appeared on a ballot initiative [Utah Policy].
  6. Nearly every national delegate elected by Utah Republicans on Saturday is loyal to Ted Cruz‘s campaign [Deseret News].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is keeping Mike Brown as the city’s police chief [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The Salt Lake County Council adopts a policy saying romantic relationships between supervisors and their subordinates are not proper. The policy is widely seen as a response to the relationship between County Recorder Gary Ott and his assistant [Tribune, Deseret News]. 
  9. Ott, who is the subject of rumors that his mental state is failing, conducts a rambling and sometimes incoherent interview in response to the new policy [2 News].
  10. It’s been almost a year since Utah’s statewide non-discrimination law went into effect, but nearly every complaint made under the statute so far has been dismissed [2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Phillippines.
  • 1897 – The cornerstone was laid for Grant’s Tomb in New York City’s Riverside Park.
  • 1937 – The first Social Security payment was made in the United States.
  • 1987 – The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews as a German Army officer during World War II.