Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – June 24, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 176th day of the year. There are 190 days left in 2016.

Britain votes to leave the European Union. The Supreme Court rules on immigration and affirmative action. Jonathan Johnson unveils his plan for his first 100 days in office.

The clock:

  • Four days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 24 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 30 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 137 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 213 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 258 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Stunner! Britain votes to leave the European Union, a decision that is sending shockwaves around the globe. Financial markets are already reeling from the decision [GuardianWashington Post]. Following the decision, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he was stepping down from his post [Politico, Bloomberg, NBC News]. Donald Trump hailed the vote, saying British voters “took back their country” [Bloomberg].
  2. The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on a case challenging President Barack Obama‘s executive order on immigration, which leaves a lower court’s decision blocking the plan in place [New York Times, Bloomberg, Associated Press].
  3. Utah Latinos react to the decision with fear, anger and sorrow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says the Supreme Court’s tie on immigration was the proper decision [Utah Policy].
  5. The Supreme Court also upheld the University of Texas’ affirmative action plan, which allows the school to consider race in admissions decisions [Washington Post, Bloomberg].
  6. Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, says the presumptive GOP nominee’s list of potential vice presidential picks contains no more than four names [Politico].
  7. Donald Trump has some trouble producing evidence to support his claim that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked (it wasn’t). Trump told NBC News he would “report back” to them about his allegations [Politico].
  8. GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson lays out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office if he’s elected [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The Utah GOP launches a broadside against Democrat Doug Owens by bringing up his late father’s involvement in the House banking scandal from the early 1990’s [Deseret News].
  10. The State Board of Education names Sydnee Dickson as the state’s new superintendent [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1984 – Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million residents of the city.
  • 2009 – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.
  • 2011 – New York legislators approved same-sex marriage.