Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 159th day of the year. There are 207 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination. Donald Trump steps up his racially tinged attacks on the judge presiding over the Trump University case. Gary Johnson could tip Utah in favor of Clinton.

The clock:

  • 21 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 47 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 154 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 230 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 275 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination as more superdelegates get off the fence and join her camp [Washington Post, Politico]. Bernie Sanders and his supporters lash out at the media for declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee [Politico, Washington Post].
  2. Barack Obama reportedly speaks with Bernie Sanders ahead of his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton now that the Democratic nomination race is essentially over [Bloomberg].
  3. Even though the nomination fight appears to be over, five states hold primaries on Tuesday. The biggest prize is California [The Hill, New York Magazine].
  4. Donald Trump urges his supporters to intensify the racially-themed attacks on a federal judge who is presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University. The order from Trump himself included instructions to attack journalists who questioned his comments about the judge as racists [Bloomberg].
  5. A new poll suggests Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could siphon support away from Donald Trump in Utah, perhaps paving the way for Hillary Clinton to win the presidential vote in Utah [Tribune].
  6. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Michael Weinholtz has terrible name recognition among Utahns, including 56% of his own party who have never heard of him [Utah Policy].
  7. Chia-Chi Teng, who is challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz for the Republican nomination, discusses his path to American politics [Tribune].
  8. The Utah GOP will not be issuing endorsements of candidates in contested primary elections. Some county parties have endorsed candidates that won enough votes in the convention to win the nomination outright while their opponents gathered signatures to assure a place on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  9. Utah legislators are starting to receive unwanted copies of Hustler magazine as a protest for the state declaring pornography a public healthy crisis from publisher Larry Flint [Tribune].
  10. Judge Memorial Catholic High School again denies a student request to form a gay-straight alliance club [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The Lee Resolution, which led to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was introduced in the Continental Congress.
  • 1965 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law banning contraceptives.
  • 1998 – James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old African-American man, was chained and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush signed a $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut into law.
  • 2008 – Sen. Hillary Clinton officially ended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.