Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 283rd day of the year. There are 82 days remaining in 2017.
7 days until ballots for the 2017 general election are mailed to voters (10/17/2017)
28 days until the 2017 election (11/7/2017)
104 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
149 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
392 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,120 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Sutherland Institute President Boyd Matheson says he's considering a 2018 primary challenge for the seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch [Utah Policy].
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is planning to get involved in Utah's 2018 Senate race by recruiting a candidate to take on Sen. Orrin Hatch next year [Utah Policy].
PODCAST: On this week's "Beg to Differ" podcast a discussion of whether Ben McAdams could mount a credible challenge to Rep. Mia Love in 2018, the debate over gun control and a conversation with Jim Bennett, 3rd CD candidate from the United Utah Party [Utah Policy].
The new Utah GOP leadership is sending out online surveys to party members to get a sense of which direction the party should take on a number of issues, but Bob Bernick says they're using loaded questions [Utah Policy].
Our "Political Insiders" say the Count My Vote ballot initiative to dump the caucus/convention system has the best chance of making the ballot in 2018 and being approved by voters [Utah Policy].
Ouch! Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is apologizing for endorsing current Mayor Jackie Biskupski during the 2015 campaign. Anderson slammed Biskupski on a Facebook message saying she has failed on the homeless issue and has acted like an "entitled, ego-driven politician" [KUTV].
Democratic Rep. Brian King plans to introduce legislation next year to ban the sale of so-called "bump stocks" following the Las Vegas massacre [Tribune].
Republican 3rd CD candidate John Curtis launches a new campaign website [Deseret News].
Rep. Rob Bishop introduces legislation to limit the size of any national monument created under the Antiquities Act to 640 acres [Deseret News].
Newly confirmed ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman discusses how to improve relations between the U.S. and that country [Deseret News, Tribune].
Groups including Black Lives Matter march to protest the shooting of a black man by Salt Lake City police. The shooting of Patrick Harmon was deemed legally justified by Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill [Deseret News, Tribune].
The University of Utah is weighing a policy change that would make student groups who bring controversial speakers to campus shoulder some of the costs for security [Deseret News].
Provo is poised to elect that city's first woman mayor in 157 years [Tribune].
President Donald Trump has reportedly grown frustrated with chief of staff John Kelly, bristling at the disciplined style Kelly has imposed on the West Wing. Their relationship will be further tested now that the fall season at Trump's Mar-a-Lago is getting underway as Kelly will struggle to keep Trump from soliciting advice from resort members and friends [Vanity Fair].
White House sources say President Donald Trump is lashing out, trying to bolster his standing with his populist base which is threatening to further stall his legislative agenda. The Twitter spat with Sen. Bob Corker is just the latest sign of Trump's volatility spilling out into the open [Washington Post].
White House staffers say they use delay tactics and distractions to "pen in" President Trump and prevent him from making gut decisions that could have wide-ranging consequences [Politico].
President Trump's public Twitter fight with Sen. Bob Corker could put his plans for tax reform in jeopardy [New York Times].
President Trump may visit the Demilitarized Zone during his visit to South Korea in November [Bloomberg].
Democrats say their chances of taking control of the Senate after the 2018 election are growing, and Republicans are starting to get nervous about the prospect [Politico].
We're learning more about how Russian operatives used social media to sow discord and spread information among American voters during the 2016 election [New York Times].
Google says they've discovered thousands of dollars of advertisements purchased by Russians on their platform to disseminate misinformation during the election [Washington Post].
An attorney for the Russian billionaire who pushed for a meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer says they have documents showing that meeting was not to pass along dirt on Hillary Clinton [CNN].
Las Vegas: The timeline of last week's massacre has changed. Now, police say the gunman shot at a hotel security guard before he began mowing down attendees at an outdoor concert [Los Angeles Times].
Puerto Rico: Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria roared across the island, relief workers are still struggling to get needed aid into the hands of residents [USA Today].
The EPA announces they will begin repealing Obama-era regulations designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants [New York Times].
Deadly wildfires are sweeping across Northern California. The blazes have already killed 10 and injured at least 100. More than 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed [Associated Press].
On this day in history:
1888 - 40 years after construction began, the Washington Monument opens to the public.
1963 - The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty comes into effect.
1967 - Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara is executed by the Bolivian military.