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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 300th day of the year. There are 66 days left in 2016.

Sen. Mike Lee has a whopping 39-point lead over Misty Snow. A Democratic PAC launches a hard-hitting attack ad against Mia Love. The 2016 presidential campaign could be the costliest in history.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee is virtually assured of winning re-election this year as our latest poll shows he has a 39-point lead over Misty Snow [Utah Policy].

  2. Utahns say Hillary Clinton will most likely win the presidential election in November, but they think either Donald Trump or Evan McMullin will carry Utah's six electoral votes [Utah Policy].

  3. A Democratic PAC launches a brutal attack ad against Rep. Mia Love [Utah Policy]. Love's campaign has sent a "cease and desist" letter to local TV stations, warning them to pull the ad because it contains inaccuracies [Utah Policy].

  4. Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, heads to Utah today to try and shore up what has become 2016's most surprising battleground state [TimeDeseret News]. The fact that Pence is making a campaign stop in Utah is a sure sign that Donald Trump's presidential campaign is in panic mode [Utah Policy].

  5. Here's the latest sign of a big rift between Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party. Trump will no longer hold high-dollar fundraisers to benefit the GOP. Those fundraisers help the party with their GOTV efforts and aid down-ballot Republican candidates [Washington Post].

  6. Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton's policy on Syria would "lead to World War Three" [Reuters].

  7. The 2016 presidential election could be the costliest in history. The candidates, political parties, and outside groups are on track to spend a combined $6.6 billion [Newsweek].

  8. The Utah gubernatorial race could set a record for campaign spending in the Beehive State. Democrat Mike Weinholtz is spending nearly $250,000 on TV ads alone [Tribune].

  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils his budget for 2017. The $1.2 billion proposal includes no new taxes and a modest $6.8 million increase from property and sales taxes [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].

  10. The one-year freeze on impact fees has cost Salt Lake City more than $7 million in revenue [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1774 - The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
  • 1825 - The Erie Canal, America's first man-made waterway, was opened, linking the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. 
  • 1881 - The gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in Tombstone, Ariz.
  • 1972 - National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared "peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Mike Lee Heading to a Big Win over Misty Snow in November

So much for the Bernie Sanders revolution in Utah. Democratic Senate nominee Misty Snow has failed to move the needle among Utah voters and is headed to a crushing defeat in November....

Poll: Utahns Say Hillary Clinton Will Win the White House; Trump or McMullin will Carry Utah

Utahns are a pretty practical bunch, even when it comes to presidential politics....

Pence's Visit to Utah Means Trump is Panicking

There are two big signs that Donald Trump's campaign is in an utter panic when it comes to Utah. It's also a sure indication that Trump thinks he needs to carry Utah, and its six Electoral Votes, if he's going to have any chance of winning in November....

Mia Love's Campaign Threatens Legal Action Against Democratic Ads

Mia Love's campaign team is threatening legal action against an advertising blitz from a Democratic PAC supporting Democrat Doug Owens, but the threat looks to be mostly political gamesmanship....

Democratic PAC Hits Love Hard in New TV Ad (with video)

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic group, launched a brutal television ad on Tuesday hitting Rep. Mia Love....

Weekly Survey: Which Presidential Candidate will Carry Utah?

Will Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or Evan McMullin win Utah's six electoral votes in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Lower Transportation Prices Offset Broad Price Increases Resulting in Steady Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index remained unchanged from July to August on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

More Utah Students Take AP Exams, Passing Rate Still Surpasses Nation
A total of 25,142 Utah public school students – 6 percent overall increase from 2015 – took a total of 38,685 advanced placement exams in 2016. ...

Utah Insurance Department Offers Free Guidance During Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
November 1 marks the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance, and the time when thousands of Utahns must choose the best plan for them and their families....

Utah Juvenile Defenders Recognized For Commitment to Youth Rights
As part of Youth Justice Awareness Month, the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice celebrated Utah’s dedication to youth in the juvenile justice system and recognized local advocates who champion youths’ rights to due process while acknowledging their unique courtroom ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Chon should never have been confirmed as a Utah judge

No tax hike, little new money in Salt Lake County mayor's 2017 budget

Not just window dressing - Salt Lake City's Gateway undergoing foundational upgrades

Impact-fee freeze has cost Salt Lake City $7M

Rolly: Owens' attack ad against Mia Love missed the mark in citing Tribune as source

Iran spy says Utah state senator was under constant surveillance during visit

Weinholtz more prominent on airwaves, but unable to dent Herbert

Salt Lake City mayor announces plan for homeless this winter

Top Democrat official Donna Brazile to rally Utah voters in toss-up contest

Federal judge hears arguments on Utah's 'ag gag' law

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Ballot selfies - bold statements in the age of ignorance

Derek B. Miller: Trade connects our landlocked state to the world

Richard Davis: Is the news media fair to Donald Trump?

What happened to Gary Johnson?

Consumer attitudes cautious despite robust economic conditions

Judge considers whether Utah's 'ag gag' law violates rights or protects employees, consumers

McAdams unveils streamlined Salt Lake County budget with no tax increases

Clinton, Trump scrambling to win over Utah voters

Salt Lake City leaders divided on winter homeless shelter plans


Editorial: Mia Love deserves re-election (Daily Herald)

Mia Love, Doug Owens campaigns point to differing polls to paint their picture of 4th Congressional race (Daily Herald)

Donald Trump's Utah campaign holds Provo town hall targeting Mormons who are hesitant to vote for Trump (Daily Herald)

Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler appeals to Utah County Mormons to vote for Clinton (Daily Herald)

Commission hears arguments concerning validity of fines imposed on city leaders regarding BRT referendum (Daily Herald)

Early voting begins in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Summit County Council candidates discuss partisan influences (Park Record)

Rob Bishop's corporate contributors prompt concern from challenger (Park Record)

National Headlines

In emails, aide stressed need to 'clean up' Obama's comments on Clinton's email (The Hill)

ObamaCare hikes leave Dems exposed (The Hill)

Study: 91 percent of coverage on evening newscasts was negative to Donald Trump (Politico)

Clinton adviser: 'They wanted to get away with it' on private email setup (Politico)

Clinton's Florida Secret Weapon: New Puerto Rican Arrivals (Bloomberg)

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal (Daily Beast)

ObamaCare fallout: As premiums rise, so does cost to taxpayers (FOX News)

Trump vows 1st act in WH would repeal Obamacare (Associated Press)

Congress Demands Info About Reenlistment Bonus Scandal (NBC News)

American respect for police reaches highest level in 50 years (Washington Post)

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