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Morning Must Reads for Friday, October 21, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 295th day of the year. There are 71 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump has a slim one-point lead over Evan McMullin in Utah. Trump says he will accept the results of the election, as long as he wins. Sen. Mike Lee slam's Trump's claims that the election is rigged against him.

The clock:

  • 11 days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 18 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 59 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president [12/19/2016)
  • 91 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 94 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 139 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Donald Trump has a slight one-point lead over independent candidate Evan McMullin in a new poll of likely Utah voters. Hillary Clinton is in third place [Utah Policy].

  2. Donald Trump would probably win the election if he weren't such a "dingleberry" [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump reverses himself, kinda. He vows to accept the results of the 2016 election...if he's the winner [Politico]. 

  4. Donald Trump's campaign spending exploded in September, disbursing $70 million [CNN]. Despite that, Trump's does not have enough campaign cash to match Hillary Clinton's expected spending blitz over the final days of the campaign [Reuters]. Clinton's campaign and other allied groups could raise $1 billion during the 2016 cycle [Huffington Post].

  5. Trump's national campaign director Jim Murphy "steps back" from the campaign with less than three weeks to go until election day [Politico].

  6. Sen. Mike Lee says Donald Trump's rhetoric that the election is "rigged" against him is "dangerous" while Rep. Chris Stewart wonders if Trump's comments had been somehow twisted against him [Tribune].

  7. The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski are at odds over a proposal to allocate $30 million for affordable housing and homeless services [Deseret News].

  8. Sen. Brian Shiozawa is pushing for funding of medical marijuana research [Deseret News].

  9. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz details his policy proposal for legalizing medical marijuana [Deseret News].

  10. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia urges Utah teachers push for improvements in the educational system [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1797 - The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston Harbor.
  • 1805 - A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was killed in the battle.
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent lamp.

Today At Utah Policy

Trump Leads McMullin by One Point Among Likely Utah Voters

Donald Trump has a slim one-point lead over independent candidate Evan McMullin among likely voters in Utah. Democrat Hillary Clinton is in third place....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Trump's Meltdown Could Burn Utah Republicans

Following Donald Trump’s third presidential debate performanceWednesday night, The Donald is finished.Done.Stick a fork in him....

'Donald Trump is a Dingleberry' - Bernick and Schott on Politics: Episode #303

Is the 2016 presidential election over? Bryan and Bob seem to think so. The only questions left are how big will Hillary Clinton's eventual victory actually be and will Donald Trump accept the results?...

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: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #303

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott explain the "what, why and how" of Utah politics....

Colbert: Someone I've Never Heard of Could Win Utah? (with video)

Independent candidate Evan McMullin is making an unexpected play to win Utah's six electoral votes. However, most people outside of the Beehive State have no idea who he is, or that he's a presidential candidate....

Policy News

Utah Companies Win Big in Government Contracting
The Utah Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers, a program of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, helped Utah companies win more than $38 million in government contracts in September....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Call Dr. Clemens when Bishop's experience is no cure

Conservation group says local Utah governments are fleeing American Lands Council

Medical marijuana? What's the right dosage? Ahead of Utah Legislature, lawmakers focus on research over legalization

Salt Lake City invites feedback on transit master plan

NEA president tells Utah teachers to 'proceed until apprehended,' calls school board elections the most important in the state

Utah agency hit by insider scam recoups $820K, mostly from state risk fund

Local leaders promote park bonding plan for Salt Lake County

Deseret News

Hal Boyd: Hey progressive elites! It's time to preach what you practice

Editorial: Helping vetted refugees a powerful statement

Utah may relinquish control of successful small-business health insurance exchange

Salt Lake City Council accuses Biskupski of 'lacking leadership' over housing, homeless funding

Weinholtz outlines policy proposal for extending legalization of medical cannabis

Latest Utah poll gives Trump razor thin edge over McMullin

Report: Salaries just 'part of the solution' for Utah's teacher shortage

Survey: American families increasingly concerned about jobs, cost of raising children

Salt Lake County leaders urge support of $90 million investment in parks


Jeanne Bowen hopes for a people-focused term as county commissioner (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump steps up campaign spending in final stretch (The Hill)

Megyn Kelly vs. Donna Brazile: Did You Receive Debate Question Beforehand?; Brazile: I Will Not Be 'Persecuted' (RealClearPolitics)

Ahead of Al Smith Dinner, Cardinal Dolan says Hillary owes Catholics an apology (Life Site)

Nationalists and Populists Poised to Dominate European Balloting (Bloomberg)

Poll: Voters Have Concerns Over Election Security (Roll Call)

Ex-Arkansas reporter accuses Bill Clinton of groping her (The Hill)

Could Hillary's smile cost her the election? (Daily Mail)

Government alleges former NSA contractor stole 'astonishing quantity' of classified data over 20 years (Washington Post)

Virginia voter-registration deadline extended through Friday (Associated Press)

Chris Christie and NY Gov. Cuomo could be called to testify in Bridge-Gate trial (News12)

GOP rebuffs Obama's entreaties to fix health law (Politico)

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