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Morning Must Reads for Monday, October 17, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 291st day of the year. There are 75 days left in 2016.

A new survey shows Donald Trump with a 17-point lead in Utah. More than 40% of Americans believe the election could be "stolen" from Trump. Mike Weinholtz says some mail-in ballots have confusing instructions.

The clock:

  • The 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University is tonight (10/17/2016)
  • Three days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • Three days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 15 days to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 22 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 98 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 143 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. A new YouGov poll gives Donald Trump a 17-point lead over Hillary Clinton and Evan McMullin, who are tied in the survey [Utah Policy].

  2. A new survey shows most Utahns don't trust the federal government, but they do trust state government [Utah Policy].

  3. More than 1.4 million Americans have already cast their ballot in this year's election [U.S. Election Project].

  4. A new survey shows 41% of Americans think the election could be "stolen" from Donald Trump [Politico].

  5. WikiLeaks has posted what appear to be excerpts from Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street banking firms [CNN].

  6. Hillary Clinton has built a massive 50-point lead over Donald Trump among Latino voters [NBC News].

  7. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz says the instructions on some mail-in ballots are confusing and could lead to ballots being thrown out [Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says there is new evidence of a "quid pro quo" arrangement between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation [Fox News].

  9. Hacked emails from a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC detail their plans for attacking Mitt Romney if he emerged as a political opponent [Tribune].

  10. LDS Church leaders sent a letter to members in Arizona, Nevada, and California urging them to oppose legalizing medical marijuana [Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1777 - British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
  • 1931 - Gangster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion.
  • 1933 - Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany, settling in the United States and becoming an American citizen in 1940.
  • 1989 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns Don't Trust Federal Government

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In Interview, Romney Says He Understands Populist Anger that Propelled Trump to Nomination

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Policy News

Hatch Statement on Treasury's Final Section 385 Debt-Equity Regulations
The U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations regarding debt and equity rules under Internal Revenue Code section 385.  In response, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement:...

Press Release: Rep. Chris Stewart Launches Blanket Drive to Benefit Primary Children's Hospital
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a blanket drive to benefit patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. Stewart’s office is specifically collecting new fleece blankets, new quilts and new NICU blankets....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rocky Anderson: Shocked and disgusted? Trump's enablers should look at themselves

Op-ed: U.S. still has manufacturing jobs, but not skilled workers to do them

Op-ed: Utahns will invest in education, but not in same old system

Op-ed: Amendment B would be a win for Utah schools

Editorial: Utah prosperity should earn Herbert another term

Editorial: Rep. Chris Stewart speaks for his district

Editorial: Experience gives Lee the slight edge in Senate race

Utah official charged $25K-plus on taxpayer-funded credit card to watch son play basketball

GOP group spends $500K on Love ads

Mormon leaders send letter to voters urging opposition of recreational marijuana, medically assisted suicide

New poll shows Trump leading Clinton by 17 points in Utah

Utah high court considers detour for challenge to controversial Provo/Orem transit project

Updated: Hacked emails show how pro-Clinton super PAC would have attacked Romney by using Mormon links

Utah water strategy is puzzling to advocates and even some who drafted it

Weinholtz camp fears directions on state's mail-in ballots may result in their rejection

Utah tech industry group splits school board races into two camps

Evan McMullin reaching Utah conservatives desperate to like their presidential choice

Pro-Life Utah tries a kinder, gentler protest

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Twists and turns of the final few weeks

Drew Clark: Johnson and Weld bring experience as well as character for Utah voters

Op-ed: The moral case for Donald Trump

Editorial: Men's struggle with the economy is reflected in the presidential race

This is Evan McMullin's slim but entirely possible chance at the presidency

Guv candidate Weinholtz raises concerns about mail-in ballot instructions

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin running to win, start new conservative movement

Democrat Mike Weinholtz sees run for governor as an opportunity to help people, party

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert relies on upbeat message in re-election campaign

Herbert vs. Weinholtz: Get to know Utah's candidates for governor


Gov. Herbert: 'States are the best hope for America' (Daily Herald)

Editorial: You need to vote Nov. 8. But first, you need to make sure you're registered (Standard-Examiner)

Dixon Pitcher, Jesse Garcia weigh in on issues in House District 10 race (Standard-Examiner)

House District 5 candidates Webb and Clark split on several issues (Logan Herald Journal)

Running our cities: Valley leaders weigh in on city manager pros and cons (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City Republican figure retires from prominent party post (Park Record)

National Headlines

Giuliani: 'Dead people generally vote for Democrats' (Politico)

22 toxic days for Hillary Clinton (Politico)

Trump focuses on four key states (The Hill)

Euro 'house of cards' to collapse, warns ECB prophet (Telegraph)

Clinton Campaign Praised George W Bush On Immigration (Daily Caller)

Is the Fed's next decision on rates all about politics? (USA Today)

Police: N.C. county GOP office firebombed (USA Today)

FBI director: Stats don't back up claims about police shooting epidemic (CNN)

Libertarian's Johnson has never been the typical politician (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren Asks Obama to Remove His Top Financial Regulator (Mother Jones)

Bernie Sanders's Memoir to Hit Bookshelves Nov. 15 (Wall Street Journal)

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Fourth Choice
"Former House Speaker John Boehner says he still plans on voting for Trump even though he said, 'Donald wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, for that matter he wasn't my third choice.' 'Who was your fourth choice?' whispered Jeb." Seth Meyers

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