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Morning Must Reads for Monday, October 24, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 298th day of the year. There are 68 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump would lead Hillary Clinton by 11-points if Utah had a two-way race this year. Clinton's campaign is adding paid staffers to their Utah operations. Clinton's national lead over Trump widens.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. If it were just a two-way presidential race in Utah, Donald Trump would lead Hillary Clinton by just 11-points according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].

  2. Marty Carpenter, Gov. Gary Herbert's campaign manager, talks about his journey from TV reporter to political operative [Utah Policy].

  3. Hillary Clinton's campaign is adding five paid staffers to their team in Utah and buying advertising in the 2016's elections' most surprising battleground state [BuzzFeed].

  4. Hillary Clinton has opened up a 12-point lead over Donald Trump nationally, and she is close to winning an outright majority in the popular vote [Politico].

  5. President Barack Obama is trying to get more Congressional Democrats elected, jumping into some down-ballot races ahead of Election Day [Politico]. Hillary Clinton is also targeting more down-ballot races as her lead over Donald Trump grows [CBS News]. Republicans are becoming increasingly worried Trump could coast the party seats in Congress [ABC News].

  6. A newly surfaced interview from 2012 shows Donald Trump opposed deporting illegal immigrants before he made the issue a central part of his campaign [CNN].

  7. Evan McMullin could ride a wave of support from Mormon voters to a win in Utah [Bloomberg]. McMullin pitches a "new conservative movement" to supporters in the Beehive State [Tribune]. McMullin says if he were to win Utah, it would "send a message" about America's political environment [Politico].

  8. Equality Utah has filed suit over Utah laws that prevent teachers and students from having "positive" discussions about homosexuality. The lawsuit says the policies violate the First and 14th Amendments [Tribune, Deseret News]. 

  9. Property tax bills have started hitting Utah mailboxes. 52 local governments and entities are hiking taxes this year [Tribune].

  10. AT&T is buying Time Warner for more than $85 billion [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - The first telegram was transmitted across the United States from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.
  • 1929 - $5 billion in market values were swept away in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which marked the beginning of the Great Depression.
  • 1940 - The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
  • 1962 - The U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.

Today At Utah Policy

Trump Leads Clinton 45-34 in a 2-Way Race in Utah

Utahns are basically locked in on their presidential picks – and you don’t move them much if you force them to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Colorado Utes Oust Leaders Who Pushed for 'Bears Ears'

Members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in southern Colorado voteto unseattheir tribe's two leading advocates for a new national monument in southeastern Utah, opting instead to elect candidateswho promised to actually represent the local interests of their constituents.Tribal...

Trump Can't Recover, Panelists Say

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'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Marty Carpenter

Marty Carpenter, the campaign manager for Gov. Gary Herbert, discusses his path from TV reporter to government spokesperson to how he became involved Utah politics....

'Political Insiders' Pick Love to Defeat Owens in CD4

Our "Political Insiders" expect Republican Mia Love to prevail over Democrat Doug Owens, but it's by no means a sure thing....

Tom Brokaw, Award-Winning Journalist & Best-Selling Author, to Discuss the Role Journalism has Played in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Tom Brokaw will be the guest lecturer at the McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, October 29, 2016....

Policy News

Bishop Announces 12th Annual High School Education Conference
Rep. Rob Bishop will welcome students from 9 Utah schools to take part in his 12th annual High School Education Conference....

Press Release: Text to Take Action!
Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk, announced an innovative way to access election information by texting.  ...

City Seeking Input on Proposed Public Transit Master Plan
Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Transportation Division invite residents to provide input on the draft Transit Master Plan....

American Conservative Union Endorses Mike Lee
The American Conservative Union announced its endorsement of Senator Mike Lee for re-election, the leading conservative in Utah’s Senate race.   ...

2017 Calendar of Utah Geology Showcases Utah's Otherworldly Landscapes
The Utah Geological Survey has recently released the 11th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: Utah is looking at legislation that could make the state more relevant

Op-ed: Why McMullin is a mirage in the Utah desert

Editorial: Time for the 3rd District to give Stephen Tryon a try

Editorial: S.L. mayor, council must start collaborating

Monumental decisions

Evan McMullin tells Utahns a vote for him is a vote for 'a new conservative movement'

Rolly: Utahn gets top prosecutor's post in war-crimes probe, but couldn't land job as U.S. attorney for state

Business among Salt Lake City's homeless: corpses, tents and maybe a store exodus

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Near-final thoughts on a repulsive presidential campaign

Ralph Becker: Utah needs to become a 2-party state

Randy Shumway: Sustainable and effective assistance for our homeless population

Op-ed: Republicans must unite behind the party's nominee

Op-ed: A bailout Utahns can't afford

Boyd Matheson: GOP also has a looming Man problem

Editorial: Dismissing Latter-day Saint, religious voices is perilous 'opiate' to the masses

State lawmaker, two others appointed to be 4th District judges

Lawmakers to fix gas tax revenue dispute among Utah cities, counties

Native American chairman says Jewell order lacks equality for tribes

Clinton, McMullin campaigns seizing on Trump's stagnation in Utah

Steamy and hot Utah: Geothermal power leases return after 6-year hiatus

'True Democrat' takes on incumbent Republican in U.S. Senate race


Editorial: Utah County must direct more resources and focus to mental health care (Daily Herald)

Evan McMullin: Presidential campaign has already achieved success (Daily Herald)

Facing election rematch, U.S. Rep. Mia Love underscores work for her district (Daily Herald)

Misty Snow wants to bring working-class representation to the U.S. Senate (Daily Herald)

Ousted fire chief blasts 'toxic' South Weber governance, elected officials (Standard-Examiner)

County Council election: Erickson, Rhodes discuss perspectives on growth, leadership (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

But where was Drake? Obama dances to Hotline Bling with Usher at his final White House state dinner (Daily Mail)

WikiLeaks poisons Hillary's relationship with left (Politico)

The collapse of Evan Bayh (Politico)

Trump will 'break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies,' camp says (The Hill)

Kaine not worried about WikiLeaks (The Hill)

Trump launches campaign blitz in must-win Florida (USA Today)

Huma Abedin told Clinton her secret email account caused problems (Washington Times)

Green Party's Jill Stein released from hospital after pneumonia bout (McClatchy)

Increases leave some questioning if Obamacare headed for 'death spiral' (Tribune-Review)

Drone shot, road reopens at Dakota Access Pipeline protest (CNN)

At A Conference For Coastal Elites, Silicon Valley Talks Trump (BuzzFeed)

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Wise Words

Something to Consider
"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

"Donald Trump is not a self-deprecating guy. A lot of people believe the reason he got into politics is because President Obama roasted him at the White House Correspondents Dinner. If the cardinal starts making fun of him, he might try to run for Pope." Jimmy Kimmel

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