Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – June 21, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 173rd day of the year. There are 193 days left in 2016.

The Senate rejects four gun control measures. Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by nine in Utah. The UEA is dropping big bucks to back Gary Herbert’s re-election campaign. 

The clock:

  • Seven days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 33 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 140 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 216 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 261 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The U.S. Senate voted down four gun control measures that enjoyed popular support [Washington Post].
  2. The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to gun control laws in New York and Connecticut that ban military-style assault weapons [Reuters, Politico].
  3. Donald Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski [New York Times]. Lewandowski’s ouster stokes hope among Republicans in Washington that his campaign will start changing for the better [Politico].
  4. Donald Trump is falling way behind Hillary Clinton in the money race. The latest campaign filings show Trump raised just $3.1 million in May to Hillary Clinton’s $27 million haul. Trump has just $1.3 million in the bank while Clinton has $42 million [Washington Post].
  5. Nearly 400 GOP delegates are now supporting a plan to block Donald Trump from becoming the party’s nominee at the convention in Cleveland [Washington Post]. That group pf anti-Trump delegates now includes Utah’s Gayle Ruzicka [Tribune].
  6. Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 36-27% in Utah. Libertarian Gary Johnson gets 10% [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Education Association’s political arm is dropping approximately $200,000 on advertising supporting Gov. Gary Herbert‘s re-election bid [Utah Policy].
  8. Jonathan Johnson calls Gary Herbert a “coward” for refusing to debate him prior to next week’s primary election [Tribune].
  9. Jason Chaffetz says he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, but he also plans to use his position as chairman of the House Oversight Committee to keep a Trump administration in check [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the South Salt Lake police in a drug case where a man claimed he was illegally stopped and searched because of an outstanding traffic warrant [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 – The U.S. Constitution became effective when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.
  • 1973 – The Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
  • 1982 – John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three other people.
  • 1989 – The Supreme Court ruled burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
  • 2000 – NASA announced it’s Mars Global Surveyor had spotted grooved surface feature, suggesting relatively recent water flow on the planet.