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Morning Must Reads for Monday, October 31, 2016

Good Monday morning and Happy Halloween from Salt Lake City. Today is the 305th day of the year. There are 61 days left in 2016.

Newly discovered Clinton emails roil the presidential race. The "Trump tapes" turned off Utah voters. Chaffetz headed toward a blowout victory in November.

The clock:

  • Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 18 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 49 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 81 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 84 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 129 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. About half of Utahns say the videotape of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women make them less likely to vote for the GOP nominee [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has an insurmountable lead over Democrat Stephen Tryon ahead of next week's election [Utah Policy].

  3. Email hubbub redux.FBI director James Comey rocked the presidential race saying they are reviewing newly discovered emails possibly related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Those emails were on a device used by Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin and her former husband Anthony Weiner [CNN]. Here's what we know and don't know about what's in those emails [Newsweek]. Democrats and dozens of former prosecutors are furious that Comey would inject such inflammatory information into the discussion just days ahead of the election [Huffington Post]. The FBI discovered the new emails weeks ago [CNN]. Not to be outdone, Sen. Harry Reid accuses Comey of sitting on "explosive" information about Trump's alleged ties to Russia [CBS News].

  4. It's looking like the disclosure of the renewed investigation into Clinton's emails isn't having much of an impact in the presidential race. A new poll says about 1/3 of Americans say they're less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton because of the new email revelations, but most of those were already against Clinton [Politico].

  5. Early voting in the presidential election is tilting slightly toward Democrat Hillary Clinton [New York Times].

  6. Woah! Donald Trump reportedly offered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the VP slot on the GOP ticket before his political advisors objected and talked him out of it [Huffington Post].

  7. Another day, another email showing the presidential race in Utah is a toss-up [Tribune]. Donald Trump says losing to independent Evan McMullin in Utah would be "devastating" [Tribune].

  8. Big early voting numbers from Utah Democrats has them optimistic they could gain up to 10 seats in the Utah Legislature on election day [Tribune].

  9. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz accuses Gov. Gary Herbert of paying women in his office less than men who do the same job [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. Republican Richard Snelgrove has a 13-point lead over Democrat Catherine Kanter in the race for a hotly-contested at-large Salt Lake County Council seat [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1517 - Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation by nailing a proclamation to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany.
  • 1941 - The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota was completed.
  • 1968 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson announced a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Release of Lewd Trump Tape Affected Utah Voters

This has been such a crazy presidential election that something that occurred in early October almost seems unimportant today....

Chaffetz Coasting to an Easy Win in November

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is virtually assured of winning his fifth term in Congress as he has a nearly insurmountable lead over his Democratic opponent....

'Political Insiders' Pick McMullin to Carry Utah in November

Most of our "Political Insiders" think Evan McMullin is going to carry Utah's six electoral votes in November, while a Clinton will finish third in Utah for the second time....

The Democrats' Bad Map

Even as Hillary Clinton appears poised to win easily against a highly erratic candidate with a campaign in meltdown, a sobering reality awaits Democrats on Nov. 9. It seems likely that they will eke out at most a narrow majority in the Senate, but will fail to pick up the 30...

Chaffetz Rocks Clinton Campaign With Single Tweet

Hillary Clinton and her campaign surrogates are in damage control mode after House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz leaks the news that FBI Director James Comey is "reopening" his agency's investigation into Clinton's homebrew email system....

Policy News

Bipartisan Coalition Presses DOJ About Government Hacking
A bipartisan coalition of Senate and House lawmakers asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to provide Congress with more information about a proposed expansion of government hacking and surveillance powers....

Press Release: Don't Delay - Vote Today!
Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk, is urging citizens to return their by-mail ballots. “This is the first vote-by-mail election held for a Presidential Election and I strongly encourage voters to mail their ballots before the deadline of November 7th,” said...

Utah Eighth Graders Top Nation in Science; Fourth Graders Ranked Eighth
Utah eighth graders turned in the best science scores in the nation in 2015, collectively raising their average score by five points and beating the national average by 13 points, according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as th...

Hatch, Brady Release White Paper Analyzing Obamacare Income Eligibility Verification
Following the Administration's release of Obamacare's 2017 benchmark premium increases, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released a Majority Staff White Paper detailing a number of i...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Forty years later, BLM's multiple-use stewardship still works

Paul Rolly: To Republican purists meddling with Count My Vote: Be very careful what you wish for

Op-ed: Advance TPP to secure Utah's Pacific markets

Op-ed: Utah education is falling behind nation, and we need commit more dollars

Republicans giddy as FBI continues probe into Clinton email servers

Increased Democratic turnout spicing up Utah legislative races

Bundy trial in Oregon ended with a bang for Utah attorney

Envision Utah picked to plot a lucrative future for current prison site

Feds, Utahns worry that Oregon standoff verdicts will set violent tone for land battle

Weinholtz says Herbert is unfair to women in his office

Donald Trump says losing to Evan McMullin in Utah would be 'devasating,' likely cost him election

GOP's Snelgrove leads Kanter in Salt Lake County Council race

Trump leads (barely) in Utah, where voters are repulsed by major-party choices

Deseret News

Editorial: Let's get it together on reallocation of RDA funds

Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz: Gov. Gary Herbert pays men more than women

Carbon County eyeing new reservoir to meet future water demands

Ex-A.G. John Swallow raises new argument for dismissing criminal case against him

Love, Owens rematch trumped by presidential race

Election officials urge Utahns to vote despite 'uninspiring' presidential race

Affordable Care Act faces major test as enrollment opens for fourth time


Heirs apparent: Meeting Cache County's unopposed local candidates (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County Council candidates discuss liquor laws in final forum (Park Record)

National Headlines

FBI gets warrant to review emails on Weiner's laptop in Clinton probe (The Hill)

Dems push Comey to release Clinton email details (The Hill)

Polls show battleground map tightening (Politico)

Trump on Weiner email bombshell: 'Boy, did I call that' (Politico)

Ryan pressured by conservatives, Trump backers (Associated Press)

FBI discovered Clinton-related emails weeks ago (CNN)

In Greeley, Donald Trump re-emphasizes skepticism over Colorado's mail ballots (Denver Post)

Stock market braces for political jitters as Fed likely to stand pat (MarketWatch)

Canada and EU Sign Trade Deal, Bucking Resistance to Globalization (New York Times)

Money pours in for anti-pipeline protest, but will it last? (Associated Press)

The Non-Affordable Care Act's Restaurant Recession (Wall Street Journal)

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