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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday July 28, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 210th day of the year. There are 156 days left in 2016.

Clinton set to accept the Democratic nomination on Thursday. Obama passes the torch. Charges against Shurtleff are dropped.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Most Utahns say the water use restrictions established during Utah's drought should remain in place [Utah Policy].

  2. Hillary Clinton takes the stage Thursday night to formally accept the Democratic nomination for president [CNN]. Utah's female delegates to the Democratic National Convention say Clinton is a role model for young women everywhere [Tribune].

  3. President Barack Obama urges Americans to reject "home-grown demagogue" Donald Trump for Hillary Clinton [New York Times].

  4. Donald Trump urges Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email fo find the "30,000 emails that are missing" [Politico]. After numerous critics had pointed out Trump's comments could be construed as treasonous, Trump explained he was "being sarcastic" [Talking Points Memo]. Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed Trump's comments, saying Trump is advocating a threat to national security [Talking Points Memo].

  5. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a brutal takedown of Donald Trump, saying Trump's care for the middle class is a "bunch of malarkey" [Washington Post].

  6. The public corruption charges against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff have been dismissed, but there is the possibility that prosecutors could bring the case again in the future [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Sen. Mike Lee holds a Senate field hearing in Blanding to discuss the possibility that Bears Ears could be declared a national monument [Utah PolicyTribune, Deseret News].

  8. Planned Parenthood of Utah drops plans to distribute condoms branded with the "CTR" logo after a public outcry [Tribune].

  9. A judge orders John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan, to be freed after 35 years in a mental hospital [NBC News].

  10. All charges have been dropped against three Baltimore police officers who were accused in the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - The ratified 14th Amendment was adopted into the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing citizenship to former slaves.
  • 1914 - World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • 1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
  • 1984 - President Ronald Reagan opened the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. A Soviet-led bloc of 15 nations boycotted the Games.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

Lee, Herbert, Bishop Issue Joint Statement After Bears Ears Hearing
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Gov. Gary Herbert, and Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement after Wednesday’s Energy and Natural Resources field hearing on the potential Bears Ears monument designation:...

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Governor Appoints Judge to 4th District Juvenile Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Douglas Nielsen as a judge on the 4th District Juvenile Court....

Salt Lake City to Celebrate Grand Opening of an Improved Redwood Meadows Park
Salt Lake City’s redeveloped Redwood Meadows Park will officially reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd with Mayor Jackie Biskupski and City Council Member James Rogers opening the event at 10:15 a.m....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Solving homelessness problem will take a lot of public input

F-35s at Hill Air Force Base almost ready for combat, commanders say

After criticism, Planned Parenthood removes photos of condoms with Mormon-owned 'CTR' logo

In Hillary Clinton, Utah's female delegates see a role model missing from their childhoods

IRS chief says Chaffetz's drive to oust him will leave few wanting top federal jobs

Case against former Utah A.G. Mark Shurtleff is off; Swallow prosecution still on

Utah guv calls pro-Bears Ears monument proposal 'a political tomahawk'

Kaine and Biden blast Trump as dangerous, dishonest

Mormons have prayed at four of the GOP's past five national conventions

Obama calls Clinton most qualified presidential candidate ever

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Presidential politics and radical Islam

Op-ed: Rawlings made the right call in dismissing Shurtleff case

Editorial: Planned Parenthood should have chosen the right

Groups challenge state decision to permit new coal-related facility in Wellington

Utah Democrat: Kaine 'kind of person we want' as vice president

Judge grants state's motion to dismiss corruption charges against Mark Shurtleff

Democrats and Republicans double-down on abortion, but where do Americans stand?

San Juan County residents say 'doodah' to national monument


Editorial: Where's the outrage about Utah Lake? (Daily Herald)

Palu drops out of midterm vacancy election, Hemmert now presumed replacement for Jackson (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump campaign dismisses Dem attacks as 'night of empty rhetoric' (The Hill)

NRA warns: Clinton will steal right to self-defense (The Hill)

Left's TPP opposition is no passing fad (Politico)

Media won't ask Chelsea Clinton about her father's treatment of women (Washington Examiner)

Protesters drown out former CIA director at Democratic convention (McClatchy)

Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party (Heat Street)

WikiLeaks pushes leaked DNC voicemails (Politico)

Obama touts Hillary Clinton as the most qualified candidate (New York Daily News)

Number of law enforcement officers fatally shot this year up significantly after ambush attacks, report says (Washington Post)

How de Blasio's nursing home scandal compares to Watergate (New York Post)

As Fed ends meeting, few expect much clarity on next hike (Associated Press)

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