Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – June 27, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 179th day of the year. There are 187 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump’s polling numbers are in free fall. Marco Rubio says he won’t be Trump’s running mate. Mia Love’s name is floated as a possible VP candidate. 

The clock:

  • The 2016 Utah primary election is tomorrow- (6/28/2016)
  • 21 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 134 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 210 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 255 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump‘s poll numbers have fallen off a cliff [Washington Post, Politico]. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama‘s approval ratings are at the highest point since the killing of Osama Bin Laden [Yahoo].
  2. George Will has left the Republican Party because of the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s nominee [CNN].
  3. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling on a controversial Texas abortion law, their first abortion decision since 2007 [Reuters].
  4. Marco Rubio puts the kibosh on speculation that he might be Donald Trump‘s VP candidate [Politico].
  5. Some are suggesting Rep. Mia Love may be on Donald Trump‘s short list for his running mate, but a source close to Love’s campaign says that’s not true [Utah Policy]. On Friday, Love announced she would not attend the GOP National Convention as a delegate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Vote-by-mail turnout for Tuesday’s primary election is already well ahead of overall turnout in the 2014 primary [Deseret News]. 
  7. A new poll shows Utahns are split over whether the state should move the primary election away from June or leave it as is [Utah Policy].
  8. Polling numbers show Rep. Chris Stewart has the lowest public profile of Utah’s members of Congress [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Brian Greene‘s controversial comments about spousal rape are coming back to haunt him in his primary election against Republican challenger Xani Haynie [Tribune].
  10. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asks a judge to dismiss the charges in the corruption case against him because his right to a speedy trial has been violated. Shurtleff has been waiting to go to trial for two years [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1844 – Mormon founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were slain by a mob at a jail in Carthage, Ill.
  • 1847 – The first telegraph wire links were established between New York City and Boston.
  • 1950 – President Harry S. Truman ordered naval and air forces to help repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea.
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.