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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 293rd day of the year. There are 73 days left in 2016.

Utah lawmakers have $1 billion in cash in various state accounts. The third presidential debate in Las Vegas could be extremely nasty. Donald Trump calls for term limits for Congress. 

The clock:

  • The 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University is tonight (10/19/2016)
  • The third presidential debate at UNLV is tonight (10/19/2016)
  • 13 days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 20 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 96 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 141 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Utah lawmakers have nearly $1 billion cash sitting in various state accounts [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Chris Stewart has a big campaign cash advantage over Democrat Charlene Albarran. Most of Stewart's donations this cycle have come from PACs while nearly 90% of Albarran's money is donations to herself [Utah Policy].

  3. There are quite a few indications that the race between Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is tightening up [Utah Policy].

  4. The third and final presidential debate is Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton promises to be the nastiest one yet [Politico]. Trump has asked Barack Obama's half-brother to be his guest at the event, while billionaire Trump provocateur Mark Cuban will be Clinton's guest [CNN]. 

  5. Donald Trump says he will push for a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of congress [NBC News].

  6. President Barack Obama tells Donald Trump to "stop whining" about a rigged election [Huffington Post]. Experts say it's nearly impossible to actually rig a presidential election [Washington Post]. Utah election officials push back against Trump's assertions that the election is rigged against him [Tribune]. However, a number of top GOP officials are fearful widespread voter fraud could steal the election from Trump [Politico].

  7. Salt Lake City sets aside nearly $30 million to boost the amount of affordable housing and to purchase sites for new homeless facilities [Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz makes an emotional appeal for the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah after his wife pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession charges [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. Rep. Derrin Owens is proposing a statewide registry for convicted child abusers [Deseret News].

  10. A coalition that includes the Salt Lake NAACP, Democratic legislators, and GOP Chairman James Evans are calling for an audit of the Salt Lake City School District. The group alleges among other things that the school board is under serving minority students on Salt Lake's west side [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, adopted a declaration of rights and liberties which the British Parliament ignored.
  • 1781 - Britain's Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American Revolution.
  • 1987 - the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.

Today At Utah Policy

The Owens/Love Race is Far From Over

There's something really weird going on in Utah's 4th Congressional District race that leads me to believe it's going to be closer than expected come November....

Liberals Finally Admit: 'Binders Full of Women' Comment Was Totally Harmless

Remember the "binders full of women" media apocalypse of October 2012? Surely you do.That was thepoliticalepisode inwhich liberalsseized uponMitt Romney's innocuouscomment abouthis record ofhiringlotsofqualified women to staff his Cabinet in Massachusetts and twisted it into...

Lawmakers Have Nearly $1 Billion in Cash Available to Spend

In a nutshell, the State of Utah has a lot of extra money in bank accounts, accounted for as “non-lapsing” funds from various state agencies who have not spent what the Legislature gave them....

Chaffetz, Crapo May Not Abandon Trump After All

Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells The Daily Caller that he's waiting to see how Donald Trump performs in the final presidential debate before making a decision on whether to vote for him in November. Earlier this monthseveral prominent Mormon politicians pulled their endorsements of...

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Derek Miller

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss why trade has been a big issue during this year's presidential campaign....

Stewart Has Massive Cash Advantage Over Albarrann

Fundraising for the two major candidates in Utah's 2nd Congressional district is a study in contrasts....

Weekly Survey: Will Love or Owens Win?

Who do you think will win the Mia Love/Doug Owens rematch? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Podcast: Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah

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Policy News

Utah Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes in 2016 General Election
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced that the Utah Fraternal Order of Police, an organization representing over 2,700 police officers statewide, has endorsed him in the 2016 general election....

CCAGW PAC Endorses Utah Candidates
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of three Utah candidates: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) for re-election to the U.S. Senate, and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Mia Love (R-Utah) for re-election to ...

Connexion Point to Expand Utah Headquarters
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Connexion Point announced the technology-enabled healthcare services company will expand at its Utah headquarters, adding up to 221 jobs and an expected $9 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New Eccles Theater justifies Becker's vision

Wasatch Front inflation below Fed target

As Utah areas exceed ozone pollution standards, guv recommends feds step in

GOP victory party may be missing one thing - GOP candidates

Ute Tribe declares political war with Rep. Rob Bishop

Scathing audit spots gaping holes at state business recruiter

Utah GOP chairman, NAACP and lawmakers call for audit of SLC schools

Critics say water plan appears to move 90% of pipeline cost to Utah taxpayers

Chaffetz vs. Tryon is much like Utah's David vs. Goliath

Salt Lake County delays action on potential Mountain Accord transformation

Utah officials rebuff Trump, say election is not 'rigged'

'The solution to homelessness is housing': Salt Lake City sets aside $30M to address homelessness, affordable housing

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why do politicians keep thinking closed-door meetings are OK?

Natalie Gochnour: Imagine Utah's next 50 years

Richard Davis: Hillary Clinton deserves closer scrutiny

Editorial: City must find solutions to ease housing market

Utah legislator proposes public registry for felony child abusers

Wife of Democratic candidate for governor pleads guilty to pot charge

Excitement over budding Mormon-Lutheran partnership for refugee relief grows with donation, visit

S.L. County Council taking more time to review Mountain Accord status

Do you have election anxiety? Here's what the experts say you should do

Mormon voters in Nevada struggle with presidential picks

Salt Lake City earmarks nearly $30 million for affordale housing, homeless resource center sites


Utah County Democratic candidates ask legislators to speak out against Donald Trump's comments (Daily Herald)

Praying before public meetings questioned in Northern Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County mailing ballots now, but it's not too late to register (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

WikiLeaks and the Oily Washington Press (Politico)

Ecuador confirms it cut off Assange's internet over Clinton emails (The Hill)

Vandals throw bricks through windows at Delaware County Republican Party office (FOX News)

Reporters hit Obama for 'whining' at press conference (Washington Examiner)

Witness: DNC tour bus dumps human waste into storm drain (CBS News)

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg 'Hungry to Learn' About Politics (Heatstreet)

Debate guests: Trump takes Obama's half-brother, Clinton picks Cuban (CNN)

Lawyers present starkly different portraits of refuge occupation in closing arguments (Oregonian)

Illegal Immigration Hurts Young Americans The Most (Daily Caller)

At the final Obama state dinner, Versace's glamour shimmers (Washington Post)

Sotomayor: Sometimes I Wanted To Beat Scalia With A Bat (Daily Caller)

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