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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 279th day of the year. There are 87 days left in 2016.

Half of Utahns want to privatize liquor sales in Utah. Mike Pence and Tim Kaine yell at each other during the vice presidential debate. Bill Clinton lambastes ObamaCare.

The clock:

  • Four days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • Five days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • Seven days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 12 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 14 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 14 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 34 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 110 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 155 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Half of Utahns think the state's monopoly on liquor sales should end in favor of privatization [Utah Policy].

  2. Republican Chris Stewart and Democrat Charlene Albarran face off in a 2nd Congressional District debate. Inexplicably, Albarran tried to claim that Park City is in the 2nd District when it's not [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  3. The thrilla in vanilla! Mike Pence and Tim Kaine repeatedly interrupt and yell at each other during the vice presidential debate. Most observers say Pence came out on top [New York Times]. A snap poll following the debate also gave the win to Pence [CNN].

  4. Bill Clinton goes off script, slamming the Obamacare health system as "the craziest thing in the world" [Bloomberg].

  5. Donald Trump may have used money from his charitable foundation to launch his political career, which could violate federal laws against self-dealing for private foundations [Real Clear Politics].

  6. California could become the first state to allow undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the ObamaCare health exchanges [Fox News].

  7. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is getting more newspaper endorsements than Donald Trump [The Hill].

  8. Embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott barely seemed coherent while trying to answer questions from the Salt Lake County Council [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Wineholtz comes out for a tax hike to better fund Utah's public schools [Deseret News].

  10. There are only a few races for the Utah Legislature that are competitive in a fundraising sense [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1947 - President Harry Truman delivered the first televised White House address.
  • 1953 - Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States.
  • 1969 - "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC Television.
  • 1988 - Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Half of Utahns Want to Privatize Liquor Sales

Half of all Utahns favor the state government getting out of the liquor retail business, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Analysis: Stewart/Albarran Debate Won't Move the Needle Much

A not-so-fearless prediction. Tuesday's 2nd Congressional District debate between incumbent Republican Chris Stewart and Democrat Charlene Albarran won't do anything to change voters minds come November....

Weekly Survey: Utah Legislative Elections

Right now, Republicans outnumber Democrats 23-5 in the Utah Senate and 63-12 in the Utah House. Will either party be able to pick up seats after the 2016 election? Vote now....

Policy News

New Solar Canopy at University of Utah Bolsters Energy Efficiency on Campus
The University of Utah will officially “flip the switch” to unveil a new solar parking canopy in the southwest corner of campus designed to save energy and serve as part of a broader sustainability plan....

Sutherland Institute to Launch New Publishing Imprint with 2 Titles by Scott Rasmussen
At an event at The King’s College in Manhattan, Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson announced the Institute’s launch of its new publishing imprint with two Scott Rasmussen titles. ...

American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 Meeting of the Utah State Legislature
The American Conservative Union Foundation released its 2016 ratings of the Utah State Legislature. ...

Rep. Stewart Leads Bi-Partisan Effort Urging House Leadership to Fully Fund PILT
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 Program....

Governor's Office of Economic Development Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2016 project in the category of New Media from the International Economic Development Council....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Connor Boyack: Maybe it's time to vote on privatizing the DABC

Editorial: Utah should take opportunity to drop land suit

Just a handful of Utah legislative races are competitive financially

Confused Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott barely answers council questions about his well-being

Utah's 2nd District debate: Stewart and Albarran discuss geography, presidential endorsements and what they say the area's biggest issues are

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Mike Weinholtz clash - and here's where they stretch the truth

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why are Democrats keeping Native American students trapped in a failing system?

Jay Evensen: Why is Salt Lake's homeless population booming?

Richard Davis: Utah needs a real education champion

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz says he supports tax increase for schools

Confused county recorder struggles to answer council's 'basic questions'

Debate livens up 2nd District race between Rep. Chris Stewart, Charlene Albarran


New traffic models could lengthen or shorten the West Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Winners and losers from the vice-presidential debate (Washington Post)

Neutered? In VP Debate, Tim Kaine Promises To Be Hillary's 'Right-Hand Person' (Heat Street)

Pence, Kaine trade sharp words, interruptions at VP debate (The Hill)

Battle for Senate crosses half-billion-dollar mark (The Hill)

Obama DOJ drops charges against alleged broker of Libyan weapons (Politico)

Dems turn on ObamaCare amid premium hikes, Bill Clinton laments 'crazy system' (FOX News)

Bill Clinton treads carefully on health care after slip (Associated Press)

A teen was brutally beaten after making pro-police statements. His mom says it's a hate crime. (Washington Post)

Gary Johnson stands by being skeptical of elected officials, foreign leaders (CNN)

House OKs overtime delay bill, sends to Senate (Associated Press)

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence (Reuters)

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