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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 278th day of the year. There are 88 days left in 2016.

Utahns are split on whether new teacher licensing guidelines are a good idea. The vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday night. New York authorities shut down Donald Trump's foundation.

The clock:

  • The 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah is tonight (10/4/2016)
  • The vice presidential debate at Longwood University is tonight (10/4/2016)
  • Five days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • Six days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • Eight days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 13 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 15 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 15 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 35 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 111 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 156 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Utahns are divided over new guidelines that make it easier for non-educators to become teachers in Utah's public schools [Utah Policy].

  2. It is entirely possible for groups gathering signatures to get an initiative on the ballot to meet the requirements while basically ignoring rural areas [Utah Policy].

  3. Proxy fight! The vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine is tonight at Longwood University [Bloomberg]. Here's what to watch for [The Hill].

  4. Donald Trump's foundation is ordered to stop fundraising by the New York AG [NBC News].

  5. Donald Trump appears to suggest that military veterans who are suffering from PTSD are weak [Politico]. Vice President Joe Biden pounced on the comments saying Trump's "ignorance is so profound" [CNN].

  6. Utah lawmakers discuss their Mormon faith and politics [Deseret News, Associated Press].

  7. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is fundraising using Mitt Romney's email list he purchased from Mitt Romney [Deseret News].

  8. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz says he hasn't gotten much fallout from a campaign mailer linking Gov. Gary Herbert to Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin [Deseret News].

  9. Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah political leaders open a 100-year old time capsule from the capitol building [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. Latino activist Tony Yapias makes his first court appearance following being charged with rape [Deseret News]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1927 - Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore. It would take 14 years to complete, with work finishing in 1941.

  • 1957 - The Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1.

  • 1990 - German lawmakers held the first meeting of the reunified country's parliament in the Reichstag in Berlin.


Today At Utah Policy


Analysis: Petition Signature Gatherers Could Essentially Ignore Rural Areas to Get a Petition on the Ballot

UtahPolicy reported last week that legislative Republicans and state GOP bosses are talking about an SB54 plurality compromise for the 2017 Legislature....

UtahPolicy.com Survey: Utahns Divided on New Teacher Certification Guidelines

Half of Utahns approve of a new Utah rule allowing those without teaching degrees to become teachers in public schools, while 46% disapprove....

Gov. Gary Herbert, Mike Weinholtz to Discuss Issues in Public Forum

The two major-party candidates for Utah governor will answer questions and lay out their vision for Utah’s future during a pre-election town hall....

DOJ Appears to Side with Lee, GOP on Stealth Obamacare Bailouts

Sen. Mike Lee and other Republicanshave expressed outrage overa Sept. 9Health and Human Services memorandum that proposed using litigation as cover to bypass Congress and illegallyfunnel money to insurance companies struggling to survive under Obamacare. In a surprise move o...

Americans Overwhelmingly say Clinton Won the First Debate

Americans say Hillary Clinton won the first debate over Donald Trump by a near-record margin last week....

NRA Endorses in Utah General Election

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) recently announced its endorsement of Gary Herbert for re-election as Governor of Utah and Sean Reyes for re-election to the office of Utah Attorney General....

Policy News


Sens. Lee and Rubio Call Out 'Cultural Imperialism' of OAS
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the State DepartmentMonday, to re-examine the way U.S. contributions to the Organization of American States (OAS) are utilized in light of ongoing concerns of ideological agenda pushing by the UN-backed entity....

White House Fact Sheet: New Data Show Strong Income Growth, Falling Poverty, and Rising Health Insurance Coverage in Utah
Recent data released by the Census Bureau shows the remarkable progress that American families have made as the recovery continues to strengthen....

Rep. Stewart Leads Bi-Partisan Effort to Help Southern Utah Secure PILT Funding
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) led a bi-partisan group of 95 Members of Congress urging House leadership to secure full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, which is critical to southern Utah....

Life Science Companies, Education Partners Join to Launch Medical Innovations Pathways
Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with USA Funds, Utah life science industry partners, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Department of Workforce Services announced the launch of the Utah Medical Innovations Pathways program....

Utah Judicial Commission Launches New Website to Better Inform Voters
The Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is launching a new website at judges.utah.gov to better inform Utah voters on the merits of judges throughout the state....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Snowbird has been careful steward of Mary Ellen Gulch

Editorial: One step forward and two steps back at Utah's DABC

State says e-cigarette company changed its name, kept deceptive marketing

'They said it was safe when they knew it wasn't': Utah downwinders archive scrutinizes fallout from nuclear testing

Evidence hearing set for Utah Hispanic activist Tony Yapias, charged with rape

Utah League of Cities and Towns employee accused of skimming $5k

Second wave of Operation Diversion begins late Monday in Salt Late City's Rio Grande area

Century-old time capsule - packed by 'giants' and buried in Utah Capitol - is opened

Piety before politics? Mormon politicians defend ex-Sen. Gordon Smith after video leak

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah recognized for transportation infrastructure investment

Doug Robinson: Time to turn it over to the next guy

Poll: Most Utahns favor medical marijuana, but oppose recreational use

Gov. Herbert cuts wood blindfolded to mark Utah State Office of Rehabilitation's new role

Weinholtz: Not much 'negative reaction' to mailer connecting Herbert, Trump and Putin

Latino activist charged with rape makes first court appearance

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin using Mitt Romney email list to raise money

Rio Grande Cafe owner frustrated with homeless problem, calls ongoing efforts 'not enough'

What can third-graders learn from Trump and Clinton?

'I have goosebumps': Contents of 1914 time capsule unveiled at Capitol

Other

Private/public sector talk Pleasant Grove economic development (Daily Herald)

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin to speak in Provo (Daily Herald)

UVU professor's model shows Clinton easily winning election (Daily Herald)

Weber County women find the need to get comfortable with firearms (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

U.S. cuts off talks with Russia on Syria cease-fire (Politico)

Ryan stumps hard for GOP Senate (Politico)

WikiLeaks cancels announcement amid security concerns: report (The Hill)

Feds move to throw out ObamaCare lawsuits (The Hill)

Gary Hart reflects on Trump, Clinton, and how politics became a media sport (Vanity Fair)

Supreme Court refuses to rehear immigration case (USA Today)

Kaine vs. Pence: Everything you need to know about the VP debate (USA Today)

FBI agreed to destroy laptops of Clinton aides with immunity deal, sources say (FOX News)

Assaults On NYPD Officers Up 23 Percent This Year, Department Says (Daily Caller)

Maryland's ACA health co-op will switch to for-profit to save itself (Washington Post)

Clinton promises to hold Wells Fargo accountable (Reuters)

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