Tuesday’s Talking Points – May 17, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 138th day of the year. There are 228 days left in 2016.

The Supreme Court punts on an Obamacare ruling. Oregon and Kentucky hold primary elections. Herbert apologizes for his aggressive fundraising tactics.

The clock:

  • 42 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 175 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 251 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 296 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The Supreme Court punts on a decision about a legal challenge from faith-based groups to a provision in Obamacare mandating coverage for birth control [ABC News].
  2. The Oregon and Kentucky primaries are Tuesday. Bernie Sanders needs big wins to cut into Hillary Clinton‘s pledged delegate lead [The Hill, Politico, Bloomberg].
  3. Some conservatives are still formulating a plan to try and stop Donald Trump from winning the nomination at the GOP convention [Washington Post].
  4. Donald Trump‘s campaign reportedly canceled an interview after staffers heard the television reporter speak Spanish [BuzzFeed].
  5. Hillary Clinton‘s lead over Donald Trump nationally is down to just 3-points according to a new survey [Politico].
  6. A new poll shows Utahns would have more difficulty casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump [Utah Policy].
  7. The three top candidates for governor discuss taxes, business, and the economy during a debate in Salt Lake City [Utah Policy].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert strikes a contrite tone after challengers hit him for his aggressive fundraising tactics [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].
  9. Lawmakers are set to tackle education funding and public lands issues during Wednesday’s special legislative session [Deseret News].
  10. Utah’s state school board wants to let individual school districts decide how to comply with President Barack Obama‘s directive on accommodating transgender students [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street.
  • 1946 – President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
  • 1954 – The Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
  • 1973 – The Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.