Monday’s Talking Points – May 2, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 123rd day of the year. There are 243 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders makes his pitch to Democratic superdelegates. Utahns say this year’s campaign rhetoric is worse than in the past. Jon Huntsman says it’s time for the GOP to unify behind Donald Trump.

The clock:

  • 57 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 190 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 266 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 311 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Bernie Sanders starts making his pitch to Democratic “superdelegates” to switch their allegiance away from Hillary Clinton, vowing that the Democratic convention will be a contested one [Politico, New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post].
  2. The U.S. Senate is on pace to work the fewest number of days in the past 60 years [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump reportedly does not have a plan for vetting potential running mates or for fundraising in the general election [Bloomberg].
  4. A new survey finds Utahns think the rhetoric in this year’s presidential campaign has been worse than past elections [Utah Policy].
  5. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman says it’s time for the GOP to close ranks behind Donald Trump [Gawker].
  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch is heading to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Deseret News].
  7. Members of the Salt Lake City Council give low marks to Mayor Jackie Biskupski‘s first 100 days in office [Tribune].
  8. Money, specifically fundraising, is poised to become a major issue in the Utah gubernatorial contest [TribuneDeseret News].
  9. The controversial sales tax hike tied to the prison relocation issue could become a funding source to fix Salt Lake City’s streets [Tribune].
  10. Detroit says they will run out of money to pay public school employees after the fiscal year ends on June 30 [Fortune].

On this day in history: 

  • 1611 – A new translation of the Bible, popularly called the King James Bible, was published.
  • 1945 – The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
  • 1972 – J. Edgar Hoover died at the age of 77.
  • 2011 – al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was killed in a firefight at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.