Monday’s Talking Points – May 23, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 144th day of the year. There are 222 days left in 2016.

Trump now leads Clinton in a national polling average for the first time. Jonathan Johnson has raised $600,000 from just one donor. Utahns favor the new signature route to the primary ballot.

The clock:

  • 36 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 56 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 169 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 245 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 290 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump has passed Hillary Clinton in an average of head-to-head polls for the first time. Trump holds a 0.2 percent [Politico].
  2. The Obama administration fully lifts the embargo on arms sales to Vietnam [Washington Post].
  3. Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump could win in November, but he’s not “betting” on it [Politico].
  4. Sugar daddy?’s Patrick Byrne has donated $600,000 to Jonathan Johnson‘s gubernatorial campaign. That includes a $250,000 check given just last week [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Utahns really like the ability for candidates to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  6. Former Gov. Mike Leavitt, who headed up Mitt Romney‘s transition efforts in 2012, is advising Donald Trump‘s transition team in case he wins in November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman says he still has many concerns about Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, but he will still support him [The Hill].
  8. An analysis says charter schools in Utah are funneling millions of education dollars to a few private companies [Tribune].
  9. Sen. Todd Weiler floats a proposal to require Utahns to opt-in if they want to view pornography on the internet [Associated Press].
  10. Utah’s unemployment rate inches up slightly to  3.7 percent [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1701 – Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder.
  • 1915 – Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
  • 1934 – Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.
  •  2013 – The Boy Scouts of American ended a century-old ban on openly gay scouts but still prohibited gay adult scout leaders.