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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, October 27, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 301st day of the year. There are 65 days left in 2016.

Most Utahns say Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz flip-flops and says he will vote for Donald Trump in November. GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence campaigns in Salt Lake City.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1.  Two-thirds of Utahns say Donald Trump does not have the temperament to be president [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Rob Bishop is cruising toward another term in Congress as he has a massive lead over Democrat Peter Clemens [Utah Policy].

  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was the first prominent Republican to abandon support for Donald Trump after a videotape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women surfaced. Chaffetz has gone back on that pledge, saying he will now vote for Trump because he's better than Hillary Clinton [Huffington Post].

  4. Mitt Romney says he wants to "kick himself" sometimes for not better explaining the benefits of conservative economic principles when he was the GOP nominee in 2012 [CNBC].

  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's already got years worth of material ready for investigations into Hillary Clinton's administration if she wins the presidency in November [Washington Post].

  6. Sen. Ted Cruz says Republicans may block Hillary Clinton from filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court indefinitely if she wins in November [Politico]. Sen. Harry Reid says Republicans are threatening to cause a "constitutional crisis" if they follow through on that threat [Huffington Post].

  7. GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence holds a rally in Salt Lake City urging Republican voters to "come home" and vote for Donald Trump [Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Twitter explodes after Fox Business host Lou Dobbs blames a "Mormon Mafia" for putting Evan McMullin in a position to possibly carry Utah in November's election. The "Mormon Mafia" hashtag became an endless source of comedy on Wednesday night [Huffington Post].

  9. What is Evan McMullin's ultimate goal? He's hoping to build a new political party from the destruction of the GOP wrought by Donald Trump [BuzzFeed].

  10. BYU adopts an amnesty clause to protect students who report sexual assault from being investigated for Honor Code violations [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - A New York newspaper published the first of 77 essays explaining the new Constitution and urging its ratification. The essays were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (and later combined as "The Federalist Papers)."
  • 1904 - The first rapid transit subway opened, in New York City.
  • 1997 - The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.


Today At Utah Policy


2/3 of Utahns Say Donald Trump Lacks the Temperament to be President

More than two-thirds of Utahns believe Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, yet he may win the state this election year, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Bishop Leads Clemens by a Wide Margin

Rep. Rob Bishop is expanding his already sizable lead over Democrat Peter Clemens in our latest UtahPolicy.com survey....

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Poll: McMullin Trails Trump by 3-Points in Utah; Clinton 4-Points Back

Another day, another poll showing a close race in 2016's most surprising battleground state. ...

Policy News


Utahns Less Confident in Present Economy
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 1.4 points to 111.8 in October. The decline resulted from less confidence in the present economy, which slightly outweighed greater confidence in the future economic situation....

Press Release: Salt Lake County GRAMA Appeals Board Rejects ACLU Request for Release of Abdi Mohamed Shooting Footage
The Salt Lake County GRAMA Appeals Board has upheld the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s decision to continue to withhold from the public body camera footage and other media relevant to the February 2016 shooting of Abdi Mohammed, despite requests made by the ACLU ...

White House Releases State Call to Action Initiative on Non-Compete Agreements
The White House released suggested policy objectives in their State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements. ...

Doing Business in Australia Seminar
Join World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, November 8 for a seminar on doing business in Australia! Come and learn the important details of doing business Down Under. ...

Utah State Capitol Seeks Volunteer Docents for 2017 Legislative Session
In anticipation of tens of thousands of school children that visit Utah’s “People’s House” during Legislative Session, the Utah State Capitol invites Utahns to apply to join its volunteer team of educational docents—or tour guides.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's system of grading schools just makes everything worse

Who is Evan McMullin? An unorthodox presidential contender who has led an unusual life

Donald Trump holds small lead in new poll of Utah

Socialist Workers candidate: Look to Cuba's model

'Coal is not dead': University of Utah announces effort to turn state rock into carbon fiber

UTA to take the lead with developers to avoid controversial deals

Pence urges Utah GOP to 'come home' and back Trump

Donald Trump's 'over the top' comments were enough for Jason Chaffetz to pull his endorsement, but not his vote

Salt Lake County records board denies request for body cam footage of Abdi Mohamed's shooting, ACLU Utah plans another appeal

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Empowering women employees is a win-win for businesses

Op-ed: Amendment B balances current, future students' needs

Op-ed: Question 1 in Nevada's ballot is unnecessary gun control

Editorial: Thankfully, judges stand for a retention vote unopposed

Spinning coal into a future of manufacturing

UTA board approves tentative budget; public comment period to open next week

Pence calls on Utah Republicans to 'come home' for Trump

Other

Editorial: Chaffetz's qualifications should keep him in Congress (Daily Herald)

Chaffetz won't endorse Trump, but will vote for him (Daily Herald)

Trump vs. McMullin leads to battle within Davis County GOP (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Polls tighten for Trump, Clinton (The Hill)

Trump promises 'new deal for Black America' (The Hill)

Missing Mitt: Romney talks regret with despondent Republicans (Politico)

Defense secretary suspends money collection from National Guard soldiers ordered to repay bonuses (Washington Post)

Historic DDoS attack likely waged by 'non-state actor': Intel director (Washington Times)

Justice Clarence Thomas: Washington is 'broken in some ways' (CNN)

WikiLeaks Reveals Clinton Aides Knew They Had An Email Problem On Their Hands (NPR)

Donations to Foundation Vexed Hillary Clinton's Aides, Emails Show (New York Times)

Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin Could Make History This Election (ABC News)

Hacked memo offers an angry glimpse inside 'Bill Clinton Inc.' (Politico)

Senators want stronger 'claw back' rules after Wells Fargo scandal (Los Angeles Times)

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Wise Words

Excess of Power
"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions." James Madison


Lighter Side

Not Much of a Choice
"So, how did we get to the point where the fate of the American experiment rests in Donald Trump's tiny, whining, loser hands?" Stephen Colbert


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