Thursday’s Talking Points – May 19, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 140th day of the year. There are 226 days left in 2016.

Lawmakers restore some education funding. Poll shows very few Utahns support a Bears Ears Monument. Trump releases a list of potential SCOTUS nominees with a Utahn on the list.

The clock:

  • 40 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 60 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 67 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 173 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 249 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 294 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. An Egypt Air flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar while flying over the Mediterranean Sea. Officials say they believe the plane crashed [Reuters].
  2. Donald Trump releases a list of 11 people he would consider nominating for the Supreme Court if he’s elected. Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, the brother of Sen. Mike Lee, is on the list [New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. A new national poll gives Donald Trump a slight lead over Hillary Clinton [Politico].
  4. Lawmakers pass a resolution opposing the designation of a new national monument in Utah. They also restored some education funding vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. A new poll shows just 17% of Utahns support the creation of a Bears Ears National Monument in the state [Utah Policy].
  6. House Speaker Greg Hughes warns his colleagues to watch what they say as those comments could come back to haunt them [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Lawmakers are already preparing for another special session in July [Utah Policy].
  8. Lawmakers are grappling with how to replace aging voting machines that are nearing the end of their useful life [Tribune].
  9. Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for his fundraising tactics [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. A group of Utah parents asks lawmakers to take action against President Barack Obama‘s directive telling public schools to accommodate transgender students [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.
  • 1925 – Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.