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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 285th day of the year. There are 81 days left in 2016.

Mia Love and Doug Owens meet in their first, and probably only debate of 2016. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's finished defending Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton opens up a big lead nationally.

The clock:

  • Today is the deadline to register to vote by mail in Utah (10/11/2016)
  • One day to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • Six days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • Eight days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • Eight days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 21 days to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 28 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 104 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 149 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Mia Love and Doug Owens clash over campaign mailers in their first, and likely only debate of the 2016 election season [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  2. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's finished defending Donald Trump and will shift his focus to defending the GOP's hold on Congress [New York Times]. Trump was not pleased with Ryan's statement and hit back hard [Politico].

  3. Hillary Clinton has opened up an 11-point national lead over Donald Trump in a new poll. The survey was conducted following the release of tapes showing the GOP nominee making sexually aggressive comments about women, but before the second presidential debate [NBC News].

  4. Donald Trump promises to step up his attacks on Hillary Clinton over her husband's sexual misconduct if more tapes of his past comments are made public [Bloomberg].

  5. The ratings for the second presidential debate fell 20-percent from the first event. More than 80 million people watched the first debate. That number dropped to about 60 million for Sunday's clash [Fox News].

  6. More than 450,000 people nationwide had already voted before the tape of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women came to light [CNN].

  7. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans reiterates his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee [Utah Policy, Deseret News]. It's too late to dump Trump from the Utah ballot because vote-by-mail ballots are set to go out [Tribune].

  8. Republican Dave Robinson, who is challenging incumbent Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, lit into McAdams over a lawsuit against the Mountain Accord which alleges the group violates open meeting laws [Deseret News].

  9. BYU's University Police are facing scrutiny for the number of times its officers accessed a statewide database of police reports. It appears officers dramatically curtailed their use of the system after a state investigation about the practice was launched. One concern is that officers shared information from the system with BYU's Honor Code Office [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. Provo Mayor John Curtis says he will veto an ordinance passed by the Provo Municipal Council that levies a monthly fee for customers of Provo Power who switch to solar [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1910 - President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to take flight on an airplane.
  • 1962 - Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's 21 Ecumenical Council, better known as Vatican II.
  • 1975 - "Saturday Night Live" premiered on NBC with George Carlin as host and musicians Janis Ian and Billy Preston.
  • 1986 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss arms control and human rights.
  • 1991 - Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a "high-tech lynching."

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Operation Diversion is more than just arrests

At $1.7B, Gail Miller lone Utahn in Forbes 400

Obama issues commutation to Utah man convicted of possessing meth

Many homeless campers say Operation Diversion is heavy handed, tramples civil rights

Former Kane County treasurer allegedly stole more than $33,000 in county funds

Kanter decries lack of debates with Snelgrove

Education center named for late school board member opens in Salt Lake County

Do Utahns long for 2012 choices? Romney, Huntsman still wildly popular, poll shows

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why is Salt Lake's homeless population booming?

Greg Bell: The great job shift: High school alone won't get you a good job

Dan Liljenquist: Donald Trump's October surprise

Jay Evensen: Why time capsule contents are so boring

Op-ed: Snowbird report to the community

Op-ed: SLCO jail issues impact citizens and police

Editorial: Both campaigns miss the need for fundamental tax reform

Utah air quality, energy event draws diverse crowd

Utahns strongly favor term limits for elected officials, poll shows

Federal judge rejects approval of basin energy project

Pay to save: Commission offers $1.8 million to leave Colorado River untouched

Judge rejects bid to revise reasons for dropping Shurtleff charges

Obama commutes sentences for 2 convicted of Utah drug crimes

Lambing bighorns, radiation and rocky terrain part of mine closure project

S.L. County Council hopeful accuses opponent of refusing debates

Lawsuit claims Mountain Accord doesn't comply with state's open meetings law

Special Report: Utah's 'Mighty Five' put the squeeze on Moab, Springdale


County Budget: Public Works asks for $2.5M in additional funding for roads and parks (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump, unbound (Politico)

Why Did NBC News Sit on the Trump Tape for So Long? (Politico)

Trump: 'I may be limping across that finish line' (The Hill)

RNC chairman: We're fully behind Trump (The Hill)

Paul Ryan Turns Focus From Donald Trump to House Races, Roiling GOP (New York Times)

High drama on debate night (CNN)

Cruz sticking with Trump (Politico)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says national anthem protests are 'really dumb' (ESPN)

Federal judge extends Florida voter registration deadline (CNN)

Fed's Evans sees benefits to overshooting inflation target (Reuters)

Trump Taj Mahal closes for good following bitter dispute with unions (Washington Post)

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