Friday’s Talking Points – June 3, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 155th day of the year. There are 211 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Paul Ryan finally endorses Trump. Hatch and Herbert visit Bears Ears.

The clock:

  • 25 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 45 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 51 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 158 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 234 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 279 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Hillary Clinton blisters Donald Trump in a speech calling him “temperamentally unfit” to be president [The Hill, Washington Post, New York Times]. Trump lashed back at Clinton saying she should face jail time over her private e-mail server [Bloomberg, New York Times].

  2. Paul Ryan ends his holdout and offers up a tepid endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee [Bloomberg, The Hill].

  3. Some intelligence officials are worried about giving Donald Trump “Top Secret” briefings once he formally becomes the GOP nominee because his glib style may present a security risk [Reuters].

  4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he supports Trump as the GOP nominee, but he worries that he may permanently hurt the party’s relationship with Latino voters [CNN].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Orrin Hatch take a field trip to the Bears Ears area and say President Obama should not use the Antiquities Act to preserve the land there [Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Native American groups who want Bears Ears declared a National Monument say their efforts are a grass-roots endeavor [Tribune].
  7. Vote-by-mail ballots will start hitting mailboxes next week [Deseret News, 2 News].
  8. Stephen Tryon, who is the Democratic nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, wants a three-way debate between himself, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Republican challenger Chia-Chi Teng [Tribune].
  9. Two officials in Orem and Provo have been fined for illegally using their government email accounts to attack a petition-gathering effort opposing a local transit project [Tribune].
  10. Utah’s ski industry posted another record-setting year [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1621 – The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present-day New York City.
  • 1942 – The Battle of Midway began. It raged for four days and was the turning point for the United States in the Pacific against Japan.
  • 1965 – Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space.
  • 1989 – Chinese army troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
  • 2009 – New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.