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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, November 3, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 308th day of the year. There are 58 days left in 2016.

11 Utah legislative races to watch on election day. A British court says lawmakers in that country must vote on Brexit. Donald Trump's campaign scrambles to lock down Utah.

The clock:

  • Five days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 46 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 78 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 81 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 126 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Here are 11 Utah legislative races you should pay attention to on election day [Utah Policy].

  2. About 30% of Utahns say they've argued with friends, families or coworkers about the 2016 election [Utah Policy].

  3. Stunner! A British court rules members of parliament must vote on the Brexit process before it can move forward [CNN Money].

  4. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 points in a new national poll [CBS News]. The reason Trump is surging in the polls? Republican voters are gravitating back to the GOP nominee [The Hill]. State-level polling shows Clinton with a lead in most swing states [Huffington Post].

  5. Despite some recent poll instability, most voters haven't changed their mind about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump all year [Five Thirty Eight].

  6. Donald Trump's campaign is scrambling to lock down normally rock-solid Republican Utah in the campaign's final days [BuzzFeed].

  7. Gov. Gary Herbert has raised more than $2.5 million in campaign cash this year while his Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz has loaned his own campaign $2.7 million [Deseret News].

  8. The white nationalist who targeted Evan McMullin with a homophobic robocall in Utah has apologized [Associated Press, Tribune]. A second round of anti-McMullin robocalls is hitting Utah calling the independent candidate a liar [KSL]. McMullin makes his pitch to younger voters in Utah [Deseret News].

  9. Rep. Paul Ray is drafting legislation that would automatically apply the death penalty to anyone who targets and kills a police officer [Deseret News].

  10. The Utah Transit Authority hired an anti-union consulting firm to help the agency thwart the Teamsters Union's efforts to unionize some agency supervisors. The final price tag was about $3,000 per day [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - John Willis Menard of Louisiana became the first African American elected to the United States House of Representatives. Opposition to his election prevented him from ever being seated.
  • 1911 - The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
  • 1957 - The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite; a dog on board named Laika was sacrificed in the experiment.
  • 1986 - A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.


Today At Utah Policy


11 Utah Legislative Races to Watch on Election Day

There's nearly zero chance that Utah Democrats will break the Republican supermajorities on Utah's Capitol Hill, but there are 11 races you should keep your eye on election night....

Poll: About 3 in 10 Utahns Say They've Argued About the 2016 Election

The divisive 2016 election has sparked fights for about a quarter of Utahns according to a new survey....

Utah Voters Say Healthcare is 2016's Top Priority

A research brief published by Utah Foundation shows 69% of the more than 800 Utah voters surveyed for the Utah Priorities Project earlier this year ranked healthcare as an issue of top concern – 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale. ...

Weekly Survey: Make Your Fearless Predictions for the 2016 Election

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Policy News


Input Needed: Welcoming Salt Lake Plan Draft
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Salt Lake City's "Fix the Bricks" Program to Provide Financial Assistance for Retrofitting Homes that are Most Vulnerable in a Major Earthquake
Do you live in one of 30,000 typical brick homes built in Salt Lake City before 1970? Emergency management experts say in the event of a massive—and long predicted—earthquake, you’re living with an enormous safety risk....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

'Union-busting' consultants charged UTA $46,700

Defense attorney: Swallow case should be tossed due to lost witness interview

As McMullin hits Trump on racism, white nationalist apologizes for verbal attack

UTA streamlines top leadership team, organization

Opponent says Rob Bishop mailer invites terrorist attack

Amid voter fears of election violence, intimidation, Utah officials say there's no known threat

Misty Snow has made history, but Mike Lee holds massive advantage

South Salt Lake Planning Commission to hear new Granite High plan

Poll shows Herbert rolling to likely win in third and final race for governor

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Will Utah voters rise to a junior-high level?

Jay Evensen: The subject no candidate wants to address

Natalie Gochnour: Start with yourself to heal a wounded America

Dan Liljenquist: Hillary Clinton's email comeuppance

Editorial: Vote and make your voice heard

Utah legislator wants mandatory death penalty when police are targeted, killed

Changes proposed to build accountability and success into caring for homeless

McMullin reaches out to Utah millennials in presidential race

Other

Utah County residents to see 11 school district-level options on election ballot (Daily Herald)

Out of six Utah County state senate races, only two Republicans face opposition from Democrats (Daily Herald)

Weber County's proposed property tax increase drops from 25 to 22 percent (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Commission holds 1st of 4 open houses on future economic growth (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hollywood Alarm Grows Over Prospect of Donald Trump Victory (Variety)

Rural Voters Line Up for Republicans (Wall Street Journal)

WikiLeaks: DOJ official gave Clinton camp 'heads up' about email filing (Politico)

Obama worries black vote is not solid enough for Clinton (Associated Press)

Independents leaning toward Trump in polls after FBI furor erupts (McClatchy)

Early vote trend favoring GOP in Florida (Tampa Bay Times)

Anthony Weiner has checked into a sex addiction treatment center (Daily Mail)

Senior FBI officials were told of new emails in early October but wanted more information before renewing Clinton probe (Washington Post)

Turmoil in the FBI (CNN)

Why Bill's pardons are a real problem for Hillary (New York Post)

Republican VP candidate Mike Pence visits Loveland (Denver Post)

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