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Morning Must Reads for Monday, November 7, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 312th day of the year. There are 54 days left in 2016.

Election Day is just around the corner. The FBI announces they will not bring charges against Hillary Clinton over newly discovered emails. Clinton still has a slight lead over Donald Trump.

The clock:

  • The 2016 presidential election is tomorrow - (11/8/2016)
  • 42 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 74 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 77 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 122 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. The election is upon us. Here are seven big questions, and possible answers, as Utahns go to the polls [Utah Policy].

  2. As it looks more and more likely that Hillary Clinton will win the White House on Tuesday, most Utahns want Merrick Garland confirmed to the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].

  3. FBI director James Comey announces Hillary Clinton will not face charges over newly discovered emails found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner [Huffington Post]. Donald Trump expressed skepticism that the FBI could analyze 650,000 emails in a matter of days. Turns out they can [Wired]. The FBI discovered that almost every single email found on that computer was a duplicate of one they had previously reviewed [Newsweek]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will continue investigating, despite the FBI's announcement [CBS News].

  4. They're still polling! Hillary Clinton has a 3-point national lead over Trump [Politico]. New Utah polling shows Donald Trump has a slight lead over Evan McMullin heading into the final stretch [Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. Here's a remarkable look inside the Donald Trump campaign during the final week before election day. Kep passage: Trump's advisors finally wrested control of his Twitter account away from him [New York Times]. President Barack Obama mocks Trump for having his Twitter taken away from him saying, "If someone can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes" [Huffington Post].

  6. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton pen their final pitches to earn your vote on election day. Here's Trump's [USA Today]. Here's Clinton's [USA Today].

  7. Janet Reno, the first woman to be Attorney General, dies after a long battle with Parkinson's disease [CNN].

  8. Barack Obama would handily beat Donald Trump while Mitt Romney would cruise to a win over Hillary Clinton according to a poll of a hypothetical matchup [Bloomberg].

  9. Democrats appear to have a slight advantage in early voting in Utah, but many Utahns still haven't returned their ballots [Tribune].

  10. The state has purchased the land for the new Utah State Prison at a significant discount [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1805 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean for the first time. They would arrive two weeks later.
  • 1893 - Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote.
  • 1916 - Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
  • 1917 - Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.
  • 1962 - Richard M. Nixon, who failed in a bid to become governor of California, held what he called his last press conference, telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."

Today At Utah Policy

Seven Big Questions Ahead of Election Day 2016

The 2016 election is here. The campaign season that started more than a year ago is almost at an end....

Utahns Want Merrick Garland Confirmed to the Supreme Court

As various poll/prediction groups over the weekend rate Democrat Hillary Clinton as the likely next U.S. president, a new poll by UtahPolicy finds most Utahns want the U.S. Senate to confirm federal district court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court....

Final Thoughts on Crazy Election

This week’s question: What are your thoughts and predictions about Tuesday’s election?...

Op-Ed: Are These the Values Utah Democrats Want us to Stand For?

Our House Minority Leader has accused Republicans of abandoning their traditional values, and calling Donald Trump a symptom of that abandonment. ...

'Political Insiders' Make their 'Fearless Predictions' for the 2016 Election

Election day 2016 is less than 48 hours away. We asked our "Political Insiders" and readers to make their "fearless predictions" for what might happen on November 8....

State Buys Land for New Correctional Facility

After careful evaluation and study, the Division of Facilities Construction and Management announced that it purchased 323 acres for construction of the state’s new correctional facility....

Nominees Announced for 3rd District Court Vacancy

The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court. ...

Policy News

Salt Lake County Clerk Advises Voters to Return their Vote-by-Mail Ballot or Possibly Face Long Lines on Election Day
Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk, wants to remind voters that this is a Vote-By-Mail Election....

Gov. Herbert Statement on the Death of Officer Cody Brotherson
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the death of West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning:...

GOED Appoints Three Industry Consultants
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has appointed three industry consultants to oversee strategic growth in the aerospace, financial services, and life science sectors. ...

Press Release: Utahns Urge Senator Mike Lee to Oppose Bayer-Monsanto Merger
In a new letter organized by SumOfUs, an international consumer watchdog, more than 1000 Utahns are urging Senator Mike Lee to publicly oppose and help prevent a proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: If Rio Grande Cafe owner gives up, we've lost the battle

Paul Rolly: Senator's tirade against Judge Chon is driven by his own rejection

Op-ed: Measure schools' success with both high and low achievers

Editorial: Salt Lake City should restore impact fees right away

Editorial: As immigration levels out, a solution should rise

McAdams has big lead over GOP mayoral foe

Lawmaker wants Utahns to vote on dumping daylight saving time

State saves millions on prison land purchase in northwest Salt Lake City

Weinholtz support for medical marijuana bolstered by wife's personal experience

Three new polls show Trump with a lead in Utah, but the race remains fluid

Election officials urge Utahns to get ballots in, fear long lines on Tuesday

Utah Dems urged to vote as soon as they can by Anne Holton, wife of VP nominee Tim Kaine

Utahns oppose decriminalizing polygamy, with millennials most against it, poll shows

Analysis: How Utah, for the first time, could decide who is the next president

Rolly: It might get lonely at the Utah GOP's election night victory party

'Family farm' has spent millions buying acres of state land for unknown purpose

FBI director says no charges in Clinton email probe, Chaffetz to continue investigating

Utah Dems hold edge in early voting as wild election heads for finish line

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Final thoughts about an astonishing election

Op-ed: GOP shouldn't turn to Paul Ryan

Editorial: Clearing the Kennecott air

New poll shows voter uncertainty about Trump lead in Utah

Anne Holton, wife of v.p. nominee Kaine, campaigns for Clinton in Utah

Land purchase for new state prison finalized for $12.4 million

$630 million in school funding hinges on Jordan, Alpine district voters


Editorial: After what Jeremy Peterson did to Kathie Darby, no wonder people hate politics (Standard-Examiner)

Doomsday Tuesday? Election uncertainty leads to slight uptick in emergency prep (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County Council candidates disclose financial contributions (Park Record)

National Headlines

From Mexico City to Tehran: world awaits US election result (Financial Times)

California secession group to hold meet-up at State Capitol (San Francisco Chronicle)

David Stockman warns both Trump and Clinton could lead to 25% sell-off (CNBC)

ISIS calls on supporters to 'slaughter' American Presidential election voters on Tuesday (Mirror)

What record early vote turnout means for Trump and Clinton (McClatchy)

For FBI, email investigation yields little but criticism (Washington Post)

Donald Trump makes another bid for Michigan at Macomb rally (Detroit Free Press)

Trump in Minnesota, Clinton in Ohio for campaign's final push (Star Tribune)

Ohio official: 'Extremely questionable, if not illegal behavior' outside polling station (FOX News)

Free Election Day Uber Rides Being Offered In Philadelphia To Help Hillary Clinton (Daily Caller)

Election-inspired Stock Market Volatility Is Overblown (FOX News)

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