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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 320th day of the year. There are 46 days left in 2016.
Utahns want better-funded schools. Jim Dabakis loses his leadership slot. Gov. Gary Herbert announces another special session.
- 34 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
- 66 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
- 69 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
- 114 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
- 357 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
- 721 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
Ten talking points for Tuesday:
- Poll: Utahns overwhelmingly want better-funded schools to move the state out of last place in per-pupil funding [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis is ousted from Senate leadership, which means he loses his spot on two powerful committees [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Ralph Okerlund says he sees a real opportunity to make progress on public lands issues in a Donald Trump administration [Utah Policy].
- LaVarr Webb wonders why states that legalize marijuana (either medical or recreational) get away with violating federal law [Utah Policy].
- Gov. Gary Herbert calls a special session to fix some gas tax funding issues for Wednesday [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Donald Trump's plan for his first 200 days in office includes either renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA and stopping the TPP [CNN].
- President Barack Obama holds his first press conference since the election of Donald Trump. The president says Trump will remain committed to NATO [Fox News]. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak by phone and agree to foster better relationships between their two countries [New York Times].
- Donald Trump asks for top-secret security clearances for his children [CBS News].
- Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, who previously ran Breitbart News, is raising some eyebrows because of that website's history of "Mormon baiting" [Tribune].
- Former Rep. Kraig Powell's nomination as a judge clears a Senate committee despite some opposition from LGBT groups [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1777 - The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
- 1864 - General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea begins with the burning of Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1969 - 250,000 people demonstrated in Washington against the Vietnam War.
- 2011 - Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City, evicting hundreds of protesters and then demolishing the tent city.
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