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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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How to Sound Smart about Utah Politics for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 209th day of the year. There are 157 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton makes history. Bill Clinton will campaign in Utah next month for his wife. Obama suggests the Russian government hacked the DNC to help Donald Trump win in November.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Bill Clinton is headed to Utah in August to campaign for his wife Hillary [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  2. Expect Donald Trump and other members of his family also to campaign in Utah before the November election [Utah Policy].

  3. Two-thirds of Utahns say they would support moving to online voting in elections, but they're not entirely confident those ballots would remain secure [Utah Policy].

  4. Hillary Clinton makes history by becoming the first woman to capture a major political party's presidential nomination [Washington Post, Roll Call]. Utahns are conflicted on how they feel about Clinton's achievement [Tribune].

  5. Following the roll-call vote that gave the nomination to Hillary Clinton, some of Bernie Sanders most hard-core supporters walk out of the convention in protest [Slate, Bloomberg].

  6. Bill O'Reilly pushes back on Michelle Obama's DNC speech where she said she wakes up every morning in "a house built by slaves," saying the slaves who built the White House were "well-fed" and given shelter [Daily Beast].

  7. President Barack Obama suggests the Russian government was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee email system to help Donald Trump win in November [Washington Post].

  8. Logan Wilde's 8-vote victory over former Utah House Speaker Mel Brown holds up after the final count makes it official. Brown says he will still likely ask for a recount [Tribune].

  9. Sen. Karen Mayne is preparing legislation to make funding for the DABC budget more stable [Tribune].

  10. Utah teachers are pushing back hard against a new program to give teaching licenses to professionals who do not have training as educators [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 - Maximilien Robespierre, the architect of the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, was overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. Robespierre was guillotined the following day.
  • 1953 - A truce officially ended the Korean War.
  • 1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Richard Nixon's impeachment.
  • 1986 - Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France.
  • 1996 - A bomb exploded at Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Summer Olympic Games, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 other people.

Today At Utah Policy

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'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Ron Fox

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Hatch to Lead Task Force on Puerto Rico Growth

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'Political Insiders' Say Giant Meteor Hitting the Earth is an Attractive Option in 2016

Our "Political Insider" panel is split between whether they prefer Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or a giant meteor slamming into the Earth this election year....

Bill Clinton Coming to Utah to Campaign for Hillary

Utah is officially a swing state this election. Former President Bill Clinton is set to campaign in the Beehive State on behalf of his wife next month....

Policy News

Utahns Less Confident About Present and Future Economy
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index fell 1.2 points to 110.3 in July. A drop in confidence in both present and future economic situations drove this decrease....

Lee to Chair Bears Ears Hearing in Blanding, Herbert and Bishop to Testify
On Wednesday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. MDT, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will chair a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing at San Juan County High School in Blanding, UT regarding the potential Bears Ears monument designation....

Salt Lake City Seeks Public Input on Transit Station Area Zoning District Improvements
The Salt Lake City Planning Division will host an open house on Thursday, July 28, from 4:30 to 6PM at the Salt Lake City and County Building, to educate the public and get input on changes being drafted for the Transit Station Area Zoning District....

Mapping the Logic of the Law: University of Utah Alumnus Aims to Better Connect Underserved Populations to Legal Resources
Kimball Parker saw a void....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City should have the final say in setting rules for airport access

Utahns a little less upbeat about economy

New development plan in the works for old Granite High School

Bill Clinton, who is said to be readying a trip to Utah, takes humanizer role in DNC speech

State certifies 8-vote win in Wilde-Brown House race

Utah delegates include minorities anxious to combat Trump vision for America

Utah delegate says Tim Kaine proves a good guy can succeed in politics

Utahn helps craft Dems' historic LGBT platform provisions

Lawmaker wants to revive stable funding plan for Utah liquor agency

Clinton's achievement is historic, but Utahns are divided about whether to celebrate

Utahns, other Bernie Sanders supporters protest Democratic Party's 'corruption' outside convention

Utah teachers decry 'demoralizing,' 'insulting' licensing rule at school board hearing

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: It's my party and I'll decry if I want to

Richard Davis: What will Americans sacrifice for Donald Trump's 'law and order'?

Jay Evensen: The IOC demonstrates again why Utah should avoid another Olympic bid

Editorial: Politics and ISIS

Doug Robinson: How this woman's focus on kids led her from volunteer to leader

Planned Parenthood 'CTR' campaign draws ire

Utah consumers remain positive about local economy

Is Bernie Sanders an atheist?

Utah Democrats see opportunity in frustration over Clinton, Trump

New rule sparks debate over teacher preparation, hiring process


State committee orders Utah County Commissioners to release public email addresses (Daily Herald)

The year of the young voter (Park Record)

City Hall intends to revisit 'Park City' trademark issues (Park Record)

Bill Clinton scheduled to make fundraising stop in Park City area (Park Record)

National Headlines

Dem sales job on Hillary Clinton moves into high gear (The Hill)

Sanders supporters stage walkout after Clinton clinches nomination (The Hill)

Dean pokes fun at own 'Dean Scream' (Politico)

Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back (Politico)

ISIS warn London, Washington 'next to be attacked' (Mirror)

Bill Clinton glosses over the '90s (The Hill)

A worry if Hillary Clinton wins: What to do with Bill? (New York Times)

Sanders loyalists bash Clinton nomination, clash with police (Associated Press)

Last Charges Dropped Against Abortion Foes in Making of Planned Parenthood Video (New York Times)

Rep. Alan Grayson, Alleged Wife-Beater, Loses Endorsements (Daily Beast)

In a major cyber-hack, whom do you call? The White House spells it out. (Washington Post)

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