Tuesday’s Talking Points – May 3, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 124th day of the year. There are 242 days left in 2016.

Indiana gets their turn to vote on the presidential nomination Tuesday. A lawmaker who helped decide to move the prison built homes near the current prison site. A right-wing group gives Gov. Gary Herbert his lowest rating ever.

The clock:

  • 56 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 76 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 189 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 265 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 310 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The Indiana Primary is Tuesday. Many see this as the last chance for Ted Cruz to stop Donald Trump‘s march to the GOP nominations [The Hill, Bloomberg, Politico, Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. Today’s head scratcher. Donald Trump claims he has more foreign policy experience than “virtually anyone” in the race [New York Times].
  3. Trump reaches 56% support among Republicans in a new national poll [Politico].
  4. Rep. Brad Wilson, who served on the committee that decided to move the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City, built housing about a mile away from the current prison site [Tribune].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert gets his lowest marks ever on a right-wing group’s post-legislative scorecard [Utah Policy].
  6. Salt Lake City Council members are not sure what to expect from Mayor Jackie Biskupski‘s first budget proposal [Deseret News].
  7. Lynette Gay, who is slated to receive an honorary degree from the University of Utah, is resigning from the World Congress of Families, an anti-LGBT group, after an outcry [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City International Airport is expanding the reconstruction project to include construction of a second terminal [Tribune].
  9. Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now! Space Jam 2 is coming, this time starring LeBron James [Mashable].
  10. Leicester City won the British Premier League in soccer after starting the season at 5,000-1 underdogs. It’s perhaps the biggest underdog story ever in sports, and how they ended up winning the championship is as remarkable as their odds-defying season [Fox Sports].

On this day in history:

  • 1802 – Washington, D.C. was incorporated.
  • 1913 – The California Alien Land Law of 1913 passed the California state Senate, forbidding immigrants, not eligible for citizenship, from owning any land for agricultural purposes.
  • 1921 – West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
  • 1979 – Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister.
  • 1988 – The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan’s activities.