Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – June 28, 2016

Good Tuesday morning and happy primary election day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 180th day of the year. There are 186 days left in 2016.

The Supreme Court issues a big ruling on abortion. Congressional Republicans will release their report on Benghazi Tuesday. It’s primary election day in Utah.

The clock:

  • The 2016 Utah primary election is today- (6/28/2016)
  • 20 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 133 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 209 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 254 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The Supreme Court issued a trio of big decisions on the last day of their term. Justices struck down a restrictive Texas abortion law [Wall Street Journal]. The high court also upheld a federal law banning individuals with domestic violence convictions from owning guns [NBC News]. In a bit of a shocker, the court vacated a bribery conviction against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, which some say makes it harder to prosecute public officials for corruption [Yahoo].
  2. House Republicans are set to release their report on the Benghazi terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of four embassy workers in 2012 [CNN].
  3. Donald Trump has threatened to deny speaking slots at the GOP convention to Ted Cruz and John Kasich unless they endorse him. The ultimatum was met with a yawn from both Cruz and Kasich [New York Times].
  4. A new poll shows a majority of GOP voters want someone other than Donald Trump to be their party’s standard-bearer in 2016 [Politico].
  5. Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren hit the campaign trail together for the first time. Warren unleashes some sick burns on Donald Trump [Politico].
  6. It’s primary election day in Utah. Here’s what’s at stake [Tribune].
  7. Tuesday’s primary election is a mostly vote-by-mail affair. A new Utah law means we’ll get more results as the last mail-in ballots trickle in before the results are certified [Deseret News].
  8. The Supreme Court decision on abortion could have an impact in Utah [Deseret News].
  9. Here’s how Utah could feel the effects from the “Brexit” vote [Utah Policy].
  10. Utah’s freeways are in better physical shape than in other states [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1778 – The Continental Army under the command of Gen. George Washington defeated the British at Monmouth, N.J.
  • 1914 – Archduke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated, an act considered to have ignited World War I.
  • 1919 – World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1969 – Riots at the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, helped start the gay liberation movement.