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Morning Must Reads for Friday, October 28, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 302nd day of the year. There are 64 days left in 2016.

Rep. Chris Stewart appears headed to winning another term in Washington. DNC Chair Donna Brazile visits Utah. Leaders of the takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon are acquitted by a jury.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Rep. Chris Stewart leads Democrat Charlene Albarran by 25-points [Utah Policy].

  2. Democratic National Committee  Chair Donna Brazile visits Utah to rally Democrats and urge millennials to vote [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  3. The leaders of the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon were acquitted by a jury on Thursday [Associated Press].

  4. Donald Trump suggests we should just cancel the election and declare him the winner [NBC News]. Hillary Clinton might have something to say about that because nearly every poll shows she is winning [Huffington Post].

  5. Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering Joe Biden as her Secretary of State, but nobody has spoken to Biden about it [Politico].

  6. Hillary Clinton raised about twice as much money as Donald Trump in October, putting the GOP at a massive financial advantage in the final days of the campaign. Also, Trump's claims that he is spending $100 million of his own money on the campaign don't hold up to scrutiny [Washington Post].

  7. GOP vice president candidate Mike Pence's plane skidded off the runway during a landing at La Guardia airport in New York [Bloomberg].

  8. Despite likening Donald Trump to Benito Mussolini, Rep. Chris Stewart reaffirmed his intention to vote for the GOP nominee [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. A high-ranking member of the LDS Church, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, violated church policy by making a campaign donation to state school board candidate Richard Nelson [Tribune].

  10. Former Utah gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson pulls his endorsement of state Senate candidate Jason Christensen, who is running under the Independent American Party banner, after Christensen made comments on social media calling a gay man who killed himself a "sinner" [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1636 - Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.
  • 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
  • 1919 - Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.
  • 1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
  • 1980 - Republican nominee Ronald Reagan asked voters during a debate with President Jimmy Carter in Cleveland "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Today At Utah Policy

Stewart Leads Albarran by 25-Points in Utah's 2nd Congressional District

Democrat Charlene Albarran has closed the gap slightly with Republican Chris Stewart slightly in Utah's 2nd Congressional District, but it's not going to be enough to catch him by election day....

Bundy Brothers Acquitted in Oregon Standoff Trial

In a blow to the feds, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others were acquitted Thursday of conspiracy and weapons charges stemming from the takeover of a remote Oregon wildlife sanctuary in protest of publiclands policies in the West....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: What Does the Future Hold for Utah Republicans and Democrats?

You might expect, loyal UtahPolicy readers, that two weeks from a huge election I would opine about the U.S. presidential race, or the 4th District contest, or some such.But, no, this week I use the crystal ball to look beyond Nov. 8. – way into next summer....

A Vote is the Same Thing as an Endorsement!: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #304

Donald Trump's #2, Mike Pence campaigns in Utah because Utah has become a surprising battleground state in 2016. Will his problems cost the GOP the Senate or even the House?...

DNC Chair Brazile Urges Millennials to Vote

Donna Brazile has a terrific sense of humor, but she also delivered some profound truths and a message of hope on Thursday night....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #304

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the "what" and "why" of the week that was in Utah politics....

Be Sure to Vote, Especially on Education-Related Issues

Like me, I suspect a number of you have already voted.  ...

Gary Johnson Loses it When Asked About Evan McMullin

Gary Johnson is tired of talking about Evan McMullin....

Weekly Survey: Which Presidential Candidate will Carry Utah?

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Salt Lake City Leaders Announce Timeline for Final Stage of Site Selection of New Homeless Resource Centers
The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski released the timeline for the final stage of site selection on four new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We have worked with Judge Chon, and she should continue to serve

Editorial: Vote yes on Salt Lake County parks bond

Lou Dobbs' 'Mormon mafia' tweet invites mockery

Donald Trump's 'over the top' comments were enough for Chaffetz and Stewart to denounce, but not pull their votes

Mia Love furious over Dem TV ad pulled by Utah stations because of an inaccuracy

Rolly: State-federal-GOP ties are tight in this Utah department

Utah Technology Council flips its support in two school board races

Rep. Chris Stewart will vote for Trump; once called him 'our Mussolini'

Mormon apostle violates church policy by donating to Utah school board candidate, acknowledges 'oversight'

Kennecott to decommission 3 of 4 Magna coal-fired power units

New anti-nepotism law to take effect in South Salt Lake

Former guv candidate pulls state senate endorsement over anti-gay comments

Jury finds defendants not guilty of federal charges in Oregon standoff

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Last week's attack proves it - our things are out to get us

Editorial: Why #MormonMafia says more about civility than bigotry

Chaffetz, Stewart now voting for Trump after disavowing GOP nominee

Federal court backs protections for rare Utah wildflowers

Agreement shut downs Kennecott's 3 coal-burning units

Report: BLM has no strategic plan for wild horses

Why Utah is the place for startups


Editorial: Despite concerns, Lee's earned a second U.S. Senate term (Daily Herald)

Evan McMullin, vying to be Utah's 3rd-party hero, speaks at Weber State (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County legislators organize town hall for Cache Water District ahead of election (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

A wounded California Guard soldier served four combat tours. Now he's fighting the Pentagon (Los Angeles Times)

Worried About a Rigged Election? Here's One Way to Handle It (Politico)

Who could replace Paul Ryan? (Politico)

Trump seizes on leaked memo to blast 'corrupt' Clinton World (The Hill)

Clinton eyes Biden for secretary of state (Politico)

Alaska Lawyer Accuses Justice Thomas of Groping Her at 1999 Dinner Event (Wall Street Journal)

Plane carrying Pence skids off runway (CNN)

Top Clinton campaign aides surprised by depth of server controversy (CNN)

Putin says U.S. 'hysteria' over Russia is election ploy (Reuters)

In breathless U.S. election, Twitter generates buzz not cash (Reuters)

Dakota Access Pipeline: Police remove protesters; scores arrested (CNN)

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