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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 321st day of the year. There are 45 days left in 2016.

Officials are investigating the well-being of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott. Most Utahns get their political news from television. Donald Trump's transition team is reportedly in disarray.

The clock:

  • 33 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 65 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 68 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 113 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 356 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 720 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Officials are investigating the well-being of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott after a complaint of elder abuse [Utah Policy].

  2. Most Utahns get their political news from television with internet news sites in second. Social media and newspapers lag far behind [Utah Policy].

  3. A legislative audit of the University of Utah athletic program finds the school needs more controls on spending [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Trouble in Trumpland. Donald Trump's transition team is wracked with controversy following what some are describing a "Stalinesque purge" of staffers close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who left the team on Friday [NBC News]. Trump's transition team is falling behind on many issues that should be resolved already, which is causing some panic in Washington [Huffington Post].

  5. Donald Trump is reportedly considering Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for Attorney General [Bloomberg].

  6. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could be in trouble as House Democrats delay leadership elections, which would give rivals more time to mount a challenge [CNN]. House Republicans unanimously give Paul Ryan another term as Speaker [The Hill].

  7. Sen. Barbara Boxer is introducing legislation to get rid of the Electoral College [CNN]. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote has grown to over 1 million votes [Politico]. Idaho's Secretary of State tells people who are mounting a last-ditch effort to deny Trump the White House to leave the state's electors alone [Politico].

  8. Taylorsville Mayor Larry Johnson vetoes a proposed campaign finance ordinance that would increase reporting of campaign spending, a move which is raising some eyebrows [Deseret News].

  9. Salt Lake County may stop contributing money to the state's economic development arm in favor of doing their own economic development work [Tribune].

  10. Utah prison populations are declining after the state changes the way they punish drug offenders [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Intended to serve as a "lender of last resort," the New York Fed opened for business.
  • 1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon authorized the construction of the Alaska Pipeline with the signing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law.

Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott at Center of Elder Abuse Investigation

Sources tell that Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill is currently investigating a claim of elder abuse involving Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott....

When it Comes to Getting Political News, Utahns Prefer Television

Television is still the go-to source for news about politics for most Utahns....

Chaffetz: Trump Won't Get Free Pass from Oversight Committee

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetzsays his committee will subject President-elect Donald Trump to the same relentless scrutiny it applied to the Obama administration: "That's our job and responsibility."...

Audit Shows Most University of Utah Athletic Teams Aren't Meeting Performance Goals Despite Raises Given to Coaches

The University of Utah’s Athletic Department has a $6.4 million revenue surplus in a special account, but still owes the university as a whole $4.7 million, the result of “overspending” associated with joining the PAC12 conference five years ago, a new legi...

Weekly Survey: Do You Trust Public Opinion Polling?

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Kristen Cox is Named a Public Official of the Year

Utah’s Kristen Cox, executive director of the State Office of Management and Budget, has been named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year. She joins seven other elected, appointed and career state and local government leaders from across the co...

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

In March, I was driving along a road that led from Dayton, Ohio, into its formerly middle-class, now decidedly working-class southwestern suburbs, when I came upon an arresting sight....

Policy News

Rep. Chris Stewart Honors Fallen West Valley City Police Officer in Speech on the House Floor
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) honored the fallen West Valley City Police Officer, Cody Brotherson, in a speech on the House Floor....

GOED Board Approves Incentive for WhiteWave Foods
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board approved a post-performance tax credit rebate for WhiteWave Foods, a global consumer packaged goods and beverage company. The project is expected to add up to 105 jobs and $70 million in capital investment to the comm...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Powell's nomination as a Utah judge should be rejected

Mountain Accord supporters pitch Congress on new legislation

On heels of justice reform, Utah prisons have seen populations decline

Residents turn out in force to oppose Central Wasatch Commission

Senate Dems choose leaders, but one says money made a difference

Utah again tops in volunteerism

Salt Lake County Council votes to drop support of state's econ development partner

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Change the Electoral College but not right now

Editorial: Utah's gas tax fix overdue

Editorial: Successful prison move will take variety of viewpoints

Obama's quick visit to Utah, remembered

Taylorsville mayor's campaign finance veto raises questions

Chaffetz, Biskupski tout Mountain Accord in Washington, D.C.

Audit cautions U. athletics to guard against spending more to stay competitive


Evidence lost? Utah law no help when video or audio not saved, papers lost (Standard-Examiner)

Kaysville's Rep. Brad Wilson tapped to be Utah House majority leader (Standard-Examiner)

Morgan County Republican Logan Wilde wins District 53 seat (Park Record)

National Headlines

Sanders puts damper on party leadership rumors (The Hill)

Bush aides could get a do-over in Trump administration (Politico)

Congressional Republicans Project Unity While Democrats Scramble (New York Times)

House Democrats Pressure Nancy Pelosi After Trump's Win (Wall Street Journal)

Donald Trump's Transition Team Reshaped (Wall Street Journal)

Following Election, NRA Goes on 'Offense'; Here's What It Could Aim To Do (NPR)

Aide: Carson declined cabinet position offer from Trump (CNN)

Sotomayor in post-election appearance: 'We can't afford to despair' (CNN)

Fears of 'craziness' in the Trump camp are overblown, says Bridgewater's Ray Dalio (MarketWatch)

GOP and Trump put deficit on back burner (Politico)

NAFTA: What it is, and why Trump hates it (CNNMoney)

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