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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 286th day of the year. There are 80 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump's support in Utah collapses in a new poll. Wayne Niederhauser calls for Trump to leave the GOP ticket. Trump declares war on the GOP establishment.

The clock:

  • The U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University is tonight (10/12/2016)
  • Five days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • Seven days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • Seven days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 20 days to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 27 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 103 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 148 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Woah! A new Utah poll shows Donald Trump's support is collapsing in Utah as he is tied with Hillary Clinton following the release of a 2005 video tape which shows him bragging about groping and making advances on a married woman. Independent candidate Evan McMullin is statistically tied with the two major party candidates in the poll [Utah Policy].

  2. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has joined the chorus of Utah Republicans calling for Donald Trump to step down as the head of the GOP ticket [Utah Policy].

  3. Trump unchained! Donald Trump has apparently declared war on the rest of the GOP after House Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned his support for the Republican nominee [Politico]. Republicans up and down the ballot are beginning to fear they'll get caught in the crossfire, which could endanger their Congressional majorities [Bloomberg]. Meanwhile, some big GOP donors are asking Trump for their money back [NBC News].

  4. President Barack Obama sets an ambitious goal for humanity, sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them to Earth [CNN].

  5. Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, alleges that Donald Trump's campaign may have been "tipped off" about cyber attacks against the Democratic nominee [Washington Post].

  6. Republicans are telling Donald Trump to knock it off with the talk about a "rigged" election [Politico].

  7. Hillary Clinton's campaign continues to target Utah, releasing a "Mormons for Hillary" video [Deseret News].

  8. Federal prosecutors have dropped an investigation targeting Donna Weinholtz, the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz, for her use of medical marijuana [Tribune].

  9. Utah Republicans say House Democrats are violating legislative fundraising rules by using their office at the Capitol as the address where donors can send checks [Tribune].

  10. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for not doing enough to support women in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus made his first landing in the New World.
  • 1960 - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding a shoe on his desk.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald Ford of Michigan for the vice presidency to replace Spiro Agnew.

Today At Utah Policy

Trump, Clinton, McMullin Tied in New Utah Poll

Donald Trump's support in Utah is apparently beginning to collapse. A new survey from Y2 Analytics finds Trump is tied with Clinton at 26% in Utah. Independent candidate Evan McMullin is statistically tied with the two major-party nominees at 22%. ...

Niederhauser Wants Trump to Step Down; Hughes Says He's Sticking With GOP Nominee

Following the path of other Utah GOP officeholders, Utah State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser told UtahPolicy Tuesday that he no longer endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and believes Trump should leave the race and allow Americans to vote...

Poll: Utahns Less Confident in Congress than Utah Legislature

Utahns are much more confident in the Utah legislature than Congress according to a new survey....

Weekly Survey: Will the Trump Tape Affect the Presidential Race in Utah?

Many Utah Republicans have abandoned their support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump after a tape surfaced showing him making offensive comments about women. Will the fallout allow another candidate to win Utah's six Electoral Votes in this traditionally Republican s...

Westminster Hosts Lecture with Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile 'What's Going On in Washington'

As part of the 2016–17 Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series, Westminster hosts a lecture by interim Democratic National Committee chair, political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile entitled “Political Outlook: A Comprehensive Pictu...

Mormon GOPers Scurry Like Rats from Trump's Sinking Ship

Gary Herbert, Jason Chaffetz, Jon Huntsman, and Mike Crapo unendorse Donald Trump over lewd comments made a decade ago, giving Democrats fresh hopethatthat paragon of moral virtue, Hillary Clinton (who remains joined at the hip politically with her sexual predator husband), ...

Policy News

Press Release: Legislators Respond To Teacher Needs With Policy Proposals
House Democrats are crafting new state laws that would assist in the attracting and retaining of educators within Utah as a direct response to a public survey of teachers across the state....

Hatch Demands Treasury Clarify Use of Secret Memo Regarding Section 385 Debt-Equity Regulations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with a series of questions regarding a long-secret Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concerning the economic and regulatory effects of ...

Bike Utah Launches Free Bicycle Education Program for Schools Statewide
Bike Utah has launched its Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training program, a no-cost statewide effort to teach kids how to safely and confidently get around by bicycle....

Better Utah Releases Petition Urging Utah Attorney General to Drop Public Lands Lawsuit
Alliance for a Better Utah released a petition asking Utahns to join in urging Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to stop pursuing an estimated $14 million lawsuit against the federal government seeking to take away America’s public lands....

Zions Women Featured as 'Top Team' in American Banker Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Banking Issue
American Banker magazine honored Zions Bank’s women executives in New York City Oct. 6 at its annual “Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Edwards retiring from job seeking jobs

Feds have dropped medical-marijuana probe of Utah guv candidate's wife

Support for death penalty stronger in Utah than nationally, poll shows

Trump fallout puts Utah in play not just for two candidates, but maybe for four

Rolly: Bill collectors going after Utah's GOP

Utah Republicans say House Democrats violated ban on Capitol contributions

Provo mayor plans to veto solar power fee

McAdams delays Salt Lake County deliberation on Mountain Accord transformation, says more time is needed

Mike Weinholtz blasts Gary Herbert over Donald Trump support, says guv has failed women

Clinton campaign unveils 'Mormons for Hillary' video

In 50 years, Utah's seniors will outnumber school kids and the state's population will balloon

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Is Britain becoming a one-party state?

Ralph Hancock: Culture wars over! Liberalism wins!

Editorial: The U's Health Care system - the world is paying attention

Provo mayor to veto new solar energy fee

'Mormons for Hillary' video released by Clinton campaign

Poll: Trump falls into tie with Clinton among Utah voters

Proposal to turn Mountain Accord into official government entity delayed

Democratic candidate Mike Weinholtz says Herbert administration not treating women fairly


Commission candidate Nathan Ivie envisions a solution-oriented term embracing growth but preserving 'home' (Daily Herald)

Summit County invites voters to meetings to learn more about tax proposals (Park Record)

National Headlines

NYT/CNBC's John Harwood Advises Clinton Campaign, Gloats About Provoking Trump At Debate (Daily Caller)

Hillary In Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia And Qatar Are Funding ISIS (Daily Caller)

Chelsea flagged 'serious concerns' about Clinton Foundation conflicts (Politico)

Inside Ryan's decision to (almost) dump Trump (Politico)

Court: Consumer bureau's structure is unconstitutional (The Hill)

Clinton camp appeared to have contacts with DOJ on email case (The Hill)

Trump attacks Paul Ryan and John McCain in escalating GOP civil war (Associated Press)

Trump targets Clinton's health in new ad (CNN)

WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign in Twitter war over latest leaks (FOX News)

Highlights From the Clinton Campaign Emails: How to Deal With Sanders and Biden (New York Times)

Rising OPEC Oil Output Shows Challenge of Curbing Production (Wall Street Journal)

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