Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – June 15, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 167th day of the year. There are 199 days left in 2016.

Obama and Trump trade barbs over the Orlando nightclub shooting. Clinton leads Trump by double digits nationally. Herbert has a huge lead on Johnson in Utah’s gubernatorial contest.

The clock:

  • 13 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 33 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 39 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 146 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 222 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 267 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. President Barack Obama claps back against Donald Trump‘s response to the Orlando nightclub massacre, asking “Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently?” [Time, Politico]. Trump fired back saying Obama “looked angrier at me than he was at the shooter.” [Bloomberg]. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are refusing to defend Trump’s comments about the tragedy worried that he is going to damage their prospects come November [Politico, Washington Post].
  2. Hillary Clinton wins the final primary contest of the year in Washington, D.C. Afterward, she again met with Bernie Sanders in private [Washington Post].
  3. A new national poll shows Hillary Clinton with a 12-point lead on Donald Trump, but respondents give Trump higher marks when it comes to dealing with terrorism [Bloomberg].
  4. Russian hackers breached the Democratic National Committee’s computers and stole opposition research on Donald Trump [Associated Press].
  5. Another independent poll shows Gary Herbert with a massive lead on Jonathan Johnson ahead of their June 28 primary matchup [Tribune]. In response, Johnson’s campaign releases internal polling numbers showing him within a single point of Herbert once voters are told about the policy differences between the two men [Deseret News].
  6. The latest revenue projections for Utah show the state could end the fiscal year either $85 million in the black or with a $100 million deficit [Utah Policy].
  7. A Weber State University professor warns Utah lawmakers not to meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits next week or they risk damaging the state’s relationship with China [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Nearly half of Utahns want the state to stop using SAGE tests to gauge student achievement, while 51% say Utah should dump Common Core [Tribune]. Lawmakers begin debating what changes should be made to the SAGE testing program [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Salt Lake City approves a $22 million tax break to help with an overhaul of the Utah Jazz arena downtown [Deseret News].
  10. A federal court ruled the FCC has the ability to treat the internet as a public utility, meaning service providers cannot block or throttle certain types of content [Wired].

On this day in history:

  • 1215 – England’s King John signed the Magna Carta, a crucial first step toward creating Britain’s constitutional monarchy.
  • 1752 – Benjamin Franklin demonstrated the relationship between lightning and electricity by flying a kite during a storm in Philadelphia.
  • 1775 – George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army.
  • 1992 – Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed an elementary school student to spell potato as “potatoe.”
  • 1995 – During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nichole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.