Monday’s Talking Points – May 9, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 130th day of the year. There are 236 days left in 2016.

Mitt Romney is being urged to run for president as an independent. Donald Trump says he’s willing to negotiate his tax plan. The Obama administration urges Utah’s members of Congress to find common ground on conserving the Bears Ears area.

The clock:

  • 50 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 183 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 259 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 304 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Mitt Romney is being courted by conservatives to run for president as a third-party candidate to stop Donald Trump [Washington Post].
  2. Trump says he’s willing to negotiate on his tax plan, and that taxes on the wealthy may rise as a result [NBC News].
  3. Republicans are leaving no stone unturned in the search for transcripts or recordings of Hillary Clinton‘s paid speeches to Wall Street bankers [The Hill].
  4. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are scheduled for a face-to-face on Thursday [Roll Call]. Trump says he will not rule out trying to replace Ryan as the chairman of the Republican National Convention [New York Times].
  5. The White House tells Utah’s members of Congress to find consensus on conservation for the Bears Ears area [Tribune].
  6. Medicaid expansion could become an important issue in the 2016 Utah gubernatorial contest [2 News].
  7. The Utah County Republican Party is planning to campaign against three GOP candidates who used the signature-gathering route to get on the primary ballot [Tribune].
  8. Utahs new abortion law, which requires doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus, has many physicians in the state wondering how to comply [Deseret News].
  9. Rents are rising along the Wasatch Front and so is apartment construction [Deseret News].
  10. National parks are ramping up efforts to attract corporate sponsorships to bolster the bottom line [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1502 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.
  • 1926 – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett were the first to fly over the North Pole.
  • 1960- The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a birth control pill.
  • 1974 – The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
  • 1979 – The United States and the Soviet Union reached a basic accord on the SALT 2 nuclear arms treaty.
  • 2012 – President Barack Obama said he had reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage.