Tuesday’s Talking Points – May 24, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 145th day of the year. There are 221 days left in 2016.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz to make the impeachment case against the head of the IRS. Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s received assurances from the Obama administration that there will be no new monument in Utah without local input. Cliven Bundy’s lawyer reached out to Rep. Ken Ivory for help paying legal fees.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 55 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 168 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 244 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 289 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday: 

  1. A Baltimore police officer was found not guilty for his role in the fatal shooting of Freddie Gray [ABC News].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz will make the case to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing Tuesday [Politico]. 
  3. Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under investigation by the FBI. The agency is focusing on whether some donations to his gubernatorial campaign were illegal [CNN].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell assured him the Obama administration would not create a new national monument in Utah without local input [Deseret News].
  5. Cliven Bundy‘s lawyer reached out to Rep. Ken Ivory to ask if he could get the Koch brothers to pay the legal fees of the 19 people who occupied a wildlife refuge in Oregon [Gawker].
  6. A new poll shows most Utah Republicans say their party should not endorse candidates in primary elections [Utah Policy].
  7. Neil Ashdown, former chief of staff to Gov. Jon Huntsman, passes at the age of 46 [Tribune].
  8. A Denver-based group launches an ad campaign against Utah’s fight to gain control of public lands within the state [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake City may do away with building height limits for the convention hotel slated for construction downtown near the Salt Palace [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake City Council may allow taller buildings around the Sugar House streetcar line [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1626 – The Dutch West Indies Trading Co. bought the island of Manhattan from Native Americans, paying with goods worth about $24.
  • 1844 – Samuel Morse transmitted the message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington to Baltimore as he opened America’s first telegraph line.
  • 1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge was opened to the public.
  • 1962 – Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit Earth, circling it three times.