Tuesday’s Talking Points – May 31, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 152nd day of the year. There are 214 days left in 2016.

Who might Donald Trump pick as his running mate? The new prison facility could pose an environmental hazard. A significant majority of Utahns have a negative view of Barack Obama.

The clock:

  • 28 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 54 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 161 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 237 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 282 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Another national poll shows Donald Trump is nearly even with Hillary Clinton [Politico].
  2. Now that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, it’s time to speculate about who he will pick as his running mate [The Hill, FiveThirtyEight].
  3. Former Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden‘s leaking of classified information was a “public service” that ignited a debate over surveillance techniques [CNN].
  4. Construction on the new prison near the Great Salt Lake may be delayed because the project could kick up toxic dust that may be harmful to guards and inmates at the facility [Tribune].
  5. Utah charter schools that don’t outsource their administration to private companies do much better than charter schools that do [Tribune].
  6. No shocker here. Nearly 2/3rds of Utahns have a negative opinion of President Barack Obama [Utah Policy].
  7. Utahns may be tiring of Mitt Romney‘s attacks on Donald Trump [Deseret News].
  8. Because of Donald Trump‘s ascendency, a number of Utah’s top Republicans still haven’t decided if they’ll attend the party convention in Cleveland this summer [Tribune].
  9. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson present differing visions for education in Utah [Deseret News].
  10. Residents in downtown Salt Lake City say removing the height limits on the proposed convention hotel could make the facility the tallest skyscraper in the city [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1889 – More than 2,200 people died when a dam break flooded Johnstown, Pa.
  • 1913 – The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect. 
  • 1994 – The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
  • 2005 – Former FBI official W. Mark Felt stepped forward as “Deep Throat,” the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.