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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Tuesday July 26, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 208th day of the year. There are 158 days left in 2016.

Bernie Sanders supporters heckle speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama nearly brings down the house with her speech. Sen. Mark Madsen abandons the GOP for the Libertarian party.

The clock:

  • 105 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 181 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 226 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. A new poll finds nearly half of Utahns have been affected personally by prescription drug abuse [Utah Policy].

  2. Day one of the Democratic National Convention in Cleveland struck a discordant tone as Bernie Sanders supporters voiced their displeasure from the convention floor [Slate]. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton's campaign worked overtime to tamp down the delegate revolt [Wall Street Journal]. Comedian Sarah Silverman heckled the "Bernie or Bust" group, saying they were being "ridiculous" [Politico]. A former Sanders spokesperson unleashed a rant on Twitter, telling his backers that nobody stole the election from him [Talking Points Memo].

  3. Bernie Sanders falls on his sword, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton "must become president" [Politico]. Here's a photo gallery of sad Bernie Sanders fans during his speech [Slate]. 

  4. First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a stunner of a speech that nearly brought down the house [Vox].

  5. The feud between Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump reached another plateau as the Massachusetts senator hammered the GOP nominee, saying he built his fortune by "cheating people" and that he cares "only for himself." [Talking Points Memo]. Trump's campaign couldn't help but respond [Politico].

  6. Did Donald Trump get a convention bounce? Depends on who you talk to. One election projection says he's in the lead following the Republican convention [Five Thirty Eight]. However, a new national poll shows Trump still trailing [Politico].

  7. Sen. Mark Madsen, who served as a Utah delegate to the Republican convention, says he will change his party affiliation to Libertarian, and has endorsed Gary Johnson for president [Tribune].

  8. An audit of embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's office is nearly finished [Deseret News].

  9. 53 local governmental entities in Utah are proposing some sort of property tax hike this year [Tribune].

  10. Women are woefully underrepresented in Utah politics [Associated Press].

 On this day in history:

  • 1908 - The FBI was born as the BOI (Bureau of Investigation). The specialty unit officially became the FBI in 1935.
  • 1948 - President Harry Truman ordered desegregation of the military.
  • 1953 - Fidel Castro began a revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Nearly Half of Utahns have Been Affected by Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Almost half of all Utahns know someone addicted to prescription drugs or have had a family member addicted or suffered from an overdose, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Utah Delegate Warms to Trump

WaPo chronicles the conversion of a Utah womanwho arrived in Clevelandskeptical of Donald Trump, but left the GOP conventioncommitted to voting for the New York businessman....

Genius Panel: Observations (Mostly Negative) Regarding GOP & Democratic Conventions

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'Political Insiders' Expect Obama to Make Bears Ears a National Monument

Our "Political Insiders" say it's a foregone conclusion that President Barack Obama will declare the Bears Ears area a new national monument....

What Ted Cruz Really Meant at the RNC (Video)

Ted Cruz's controversial speech at the RNC gets the "Bad Lip Reading" treatment....

Negative Interest Rates: How A Little Known Tool Can Have Big Impacts on the Economy

The negative interest rate is becoming a major part of a national and international monetary policy debate.  ...

Policy News

Duncan Aviation Announces Expansion: Persistence and Collaboration Win the Day
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Luncheon with the Consul General of Thailand
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CDC Awards $60 Million to Help States and Territories Battle Zika
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Lee, Klobuchar Comment on Insurance Merger Transaction Announcements
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, released the following statements on the Department of Justice’s announcement on the Aetn...

Report - Utah Vaults to Number Five in Nation for Solar Power
Utah has made big progress in developing solar energy, with at least one solar panel for every three people....

Military Attorneys Sharpen Skills Through Specialized Training Hosted at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
At a time when reports of sexual assault in the U.S. military continue to receive national attention, military attorneys who regularly handle such cases in military court will receive advanced training at a two-week seminar scheduled at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney Co...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The road back to functional government requires redistricting reform

Op-ed: Utah Lake's problems have been a long time coming

Editorial: Utah delegation was understandably cool to Trump

Editorial: Utah State Auditor lifts rocks to let sunlight in

Groups opposing Provo-Orem transit project plan appeal to Utah Supreme Court

Prez candidate: Utah rejection rate of signatures for ballot 'not credible'

NIMBY or not, the hunt is on for homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake City

Trump winning Utah converts, but he has a long way to go

Utah's Dem delegates - some of them - coming to terms with Hillary Clinton's nomination

Rolly: With 10 LGBT members, Utah's Dem delegation sure looks different than its GOP one

Will 'Feel the Bern' turn to 'I'm with Her'?

Despite fuzzy claims, 53 Utah local governments are proposing property tax hikes

Only Utahn to take Democratic stage warns Trump will break up families

Utah state senator bolts Republican Party for Libertarian camp

Bernie Sanders tries, with limited success, to deliver his supporters to Hillary Clinton

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Shurtleff, GOP convention and a DNC convention preview

Mia Love: We are the pioneers of our day

Op-ed: Supporting Utah's public education means funding it

Ralph Becker: Reaching for the best of the Wasatch Mountains

Editorial: The GOP convention - a Utah perspective

Editorial: Despite alarming shift against free trade, free trade is proven

Ruling on dismissing Shurtleff charges might not come until August

After 8 years with no 'true increase' in foster care stipends, foster parents seek more funding

Panel recommends options to reduce aviation carbon emissions

Utah Democrats headed to 'historic' national convention

Audit of embattled S.L. County Recorder's Office nearly finished


Editorial: Will those responsible for Utah Lake please stand up? (Daily Herald)

Scientist, educational advisor challenges general election candidate for Sen. Jackson's vacant senate seat (Daily Herald)

Tryon faces uphill battle against Chaffetz in race for 3rd Congressional District (Daily Herald)

Sen. Madsen leaves GOP, endorses Libertarian Johnson for president (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ogden needs a world-class municipal airport (Standard-Examiner)

National criticism generates local kindness and appreciation for local police (Logan Herald Journal)

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's business tour hailed as opportunity (Park Record)

National Headlines

Donald Trump bounces into the lead (CNN)

Clinton, Sanders supporters battle at Dem convention start (The Hill)

Sanders supporters reject Democrats' unity plea (Politico)

Why Putin hates Hillary (Politico)

Democrats followed by their own divisions to Philadelphia (New York Times)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Driven Out of Chaotic Florida Democratic Breakfast (U.S. News & World Report)

'We trusted you!': Elizabeth Warren repeatedly heckled, booed during DNC speech (Business Insider)

Clinton says there is an unfair 'Hillary standard' on trust and honesty (CNN)

November trial set for cases over North Carolina LGBT law (Associated Press)

Texas, facing a lawsuit, makes it easier for U.S.-born children of immigrants to get birth certificates (Los Angeles Times)

North Carolina governor on Trump: 'We need an outsider' (Washington Times)

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Wise Words

Party Conventions
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." Woodrow Wilson Quote Garden

Lighter Side

Speak of the Devil
"A lot of people are wondering why the Trump campaign would even invite Ted Cruz to speak at the convention in the first place. It turns out Ben Carson summoned him the night before by saying the word "Lucifer" three times." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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