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Monday, November 14, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Monday, November 14, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 319th day of the year. There are 47 days left in 2016.

Utahns back tax hikes to fund education. Donald Trump says he's ready to deport undocumented immigrants who have criminal records immediately. Trump starts to name his inner circle.

The clock:

  • 35 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 67 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 70 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 115 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 358 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 722 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Most Utahns support hiking taxes to better fund education [Utah Policy].

  2. Our "Political Insiders" debate the implications of a Donald Trump presidency [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump says he's planning to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants who "have criminal records" after he takes office next year [60 minutes]. 

  4. Donald Trump names GOP Chairman Reince Priebus his new chief of staff while's Stephen Bannon will be his chief strategist [The Hill]. Bannon's website, which has become a haven for the alt-right movement, now has an advocate in the White House [New York Times]. Bannon's appointment drew a strong reaction from critics who are appalled at his racist and anti-Semitic views [NBC News]. 

  5. What will Trump do with Obamacare? The president-elect says he may not do away with a couple of provisions in the law, specifically, the prohibition against insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing parents to keep their children on insurance plans until they turn 26 [New York Times]. At the same time, Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says he is considering calling a "special session" of Congress on the day he's inaugurated to repeal the law [CNN].

  6. A forthcoming book about the 2016 election reveals that Donald Trump told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2015 he expected to drop out of the presidential race before October of that year [CNN].

  7. Donald Trump calls on his supporters to stop harassing minorities [CNN]. Gov. Gary Herbert also condemns reported acts of bullying and harassment in Utah schools following Trump's win [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Exit polling in Utah shows about 60% of Republicans voted for Donald Trump, but they weren't happy about making that choice [Deseret News]. Trump's support also was weak among Mormon voters [Tribune].

  9. The close race in HD 44 between Rep. Bruce Cutler and Democratic challenger Christine Passey has flipped in Cutler's favor. On election night Passey led by 226 votes. Now Cutler is ahead by 49 [Tribune].

  10. Republican Richard Snelgrove takes the lead over Democrat Catherine Kanter in their Salt Lake County Council race. Kanter had a lead of over 4,000 votes on election night, but Snelgrove now leads by more than 6,000 votes [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1851 - Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was published.
  • 1970 - Members of the Marshall University football team are among 75 casualties when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes outside of Huntington, WV.
  • 1972 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 1,000 for the first time.
  • 1995 - The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: GOP rising stars took opposite stands on Trump, but who will look smart in the end?

Op-ed: Mountain Accord succeeds where past efforts haven't

Op-ed: Hatch bill clarifies what is private in the digital world

Op-ed: Mountain Accord commission would lack public accountability

Editorial: Utah leaders now have greater power. And greater responsibility.

When can Utahns buy pot in West Wendover? Maybe late 2017, maybe never

LGBT activists look to block Utah lawmaker from becoming a judge

If Obama declares a Bears Ears monument in Utah, could President-elect Trump undo it?

Jon Huntsman expects Trump to cut deals with Dems

Advocates sound the call to action: Salt Lake City needs more affordable housing - now

Lead switches in close Cutler-Passey Utah House race

Snelgrove overtakes Kanter in Salt Lake County Council race

Utahns want Donald Trump to soften his tone, reach out

Millcreek leaders gearing up to run new city

While Mormons nationally stuck with Trump, in Utah he lagged

Deseret News

Patricia Jones: It's our time to step up and fight for a sane future for our country

Op-ed: What Mother Jones doesn't get about Mormon women

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The political asteroid named Donald Trump

Boyd Matheson: Let's work together to turn 'what-ifs' to 'what is'

Editorial: New HHS 'gender transition' mandate needs to be challenged

GOED approves nearly $3 million in incentives

Report details sharp declines in U.S. coal industry

Clergy, advocates urge action on affordable housing, homeless shelters

Snelgrove takes lead in Salt Lake County Council race

Jordan, Alpine districts look ahead to 14 new schools

Presidential election exit polls show Utahns highly conflicted

Utah lawmakers pick leaders for next 2 years

Salt Lake City hosts another Trump protest


Orem rally encourages disenchanted voters to move forward, get involved (Daily Herald)

Summit County voters show up in record-breaking numbers to vote (Park Record)

Tim Quinn, proud Wasatch County conservative, wins Statehouse seat (Park Record)

Democrats Clyde and Wright post unofficial victories in County Council races (Park Record)

National Headlines

Clinton blames Comey letters for defeat (Politico)

'Devastating' election for House Democrats triggers request to Pelosi (Politico)

Trump names Priebus, Bannon to WH staff (The Hill)

Trump pits establishment against populism at the top of his White House team (Washington Post)

Anti-Trump protests continue in New York, LA, Philadelphia (Washington Post)

Ryan: 'We are not planning on erecting a deportation force' (CNN)

In Twist, Trump Victory Could Defang Anti-Establishment GOP Caucus (New York Times)

Trump relies on Washington insiders to build administration (Washington Post)

Never Trumpers Romney, Kasich, Bush Call President-Elect With Congratulations (Daily Caller)

Who Benefits From Donald Trump's Tax Plan? (NPR)

Dollar Rises to Nine-Month High as Trump Seen Spurring Inflation (Bloomberg)

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