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Monday, August 1, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 1, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 214th day of the year. There are 152 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump picks a fight with the family of a fallen Muslim-American soldier. Republicans complain about the presidential debate schedule. Is Utah a swing state in 2016?

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump got into a very public feud with Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, the parents of a Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Kahn blasted Trump's Muslim-baiting during a speech at the Democratic National Convention. Trump fired back over the weekend, making things worse [Associated Press]. Trump's running mate Mike Pence tried to clean up Trump's mess [Talking Points Memo]. Kahn said Trump has a "black soul" for his comments [CNN].

  2. During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin "will not go into Ukraine," despite the fact that Putin took Crimea from that country two years ago [Time]. Hillary Clinton's campaign mocked Trump for not knowing foreign policy facts [The Hill].

  3. Donald Trump and Republican officials are complaining two of the three scheduled presidential debates are set to air opposite NFL games. Trump claims the NFL sent him a letter expressing their worries about the debate schedule, but the NFL said that never happened [Politico]. Some are speculating Trump is just starting to lay the groundwork for skipping the debates this fall [Talking Points Memo]. 

  4. Let's try to keep things civil. Billionaire Mark Cuban teed off on Donald Trump during a rally for Hillary Clinton. Among other things, Cuban referred to Trump as "bat---- crazy" and a "jagoff" [CNN].

  5. Billionaire Charles Koch says rumors he's considering supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump are a "blood libel" [The Hill].

  6. Utah Democrats are feeling more confident that Donald Trump's unpopularity in Utah could make the state a battleground in 2016 [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Some Utah County Republicans are considering voting for a third-party candidate because they're uncomfortable with Donald Trump as their nominee [Daily Herald].

  8. Rep. Mel Brown, who lost to Logan Wilde by just 8 votes in the GOP primary, is requesting a recount [Tribune].

  9. The new owner of the Salt Lake Tribune, Paul Huntsman, ousts longtime editor Terry Orme and names Jennifer Napier-Pearce in his stead [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. Officials in charge of picking the site for the new prison are narrowing their focus to a parcel of land near the Great Salt Lake [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1498 - Explorer Christopher Columbus set foot on the American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela.
  • 1790 - The first U.S. census showed a population of 3,929,214 people in 17 states.
  • 1981 - MTV premiered with the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star."
  • 1988 - Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Something smells in Utah's special service districts

Rolly: Have the Democrats shot themselves in the foot once again?

Op-ed: Hatch has done perhaps more than anyone to build Utah tech sector

Editorial: Utah voters should take this election seriously

State focuses on prison land that Salt Lake City supports, environmentalists don't

Utah House incumbent requests recount of opponent's 8-vote victory

Scandal-rocked Utah agency suffers setback in search for new leader

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

U. conference: Global threats grow amid questions of U.S. commitment

BLM set to approve expansion of inactive uranium mine in Utah

Could Donald Trump turn Utah blue? Democrats think this might be their year

Rolly: Mike Lee seeks campaign cash by banking on a Trump loss

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Are the two political parties merging or getting further apart?

Op-ed: Slugging packs too little punch

Editorial: The disappearing single-income Utah household

Editorial: Working in the 'messy middle' of the federal lands controversy

Jennifer Napier-Pearce named editor of Salt Lake Tribune

Judge sends Jeremy Johnson to prison for more than 11 years

Group calls for resignation of West Jordan councilman

Provo, Orem residents take bus rapid transit fight to state Supreme Court

State now focused on single site near airport for new prison

National conversations taking place about 'Utah, the great swing state'

A real plan to help the homeless rises in Utah

Other

Trump causes Utah County Republicans to contemplate voting third party (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Mountain bikes don't belong in designated wilderness areas (Park Record)

Federal designation proposed for Park City ridgeline (Park Record)

Ski resorts weigh in on land designations (Park Record)

National Headlines

Commission defends debate schedule (The Hill)

Wasserman Schultz's problems aren't over yet (The Hill)

Trump vs. Clinton is the 1980s vs. the 1990s (Politico)

How Ohio will be won (Politico)

The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections (Wall Street Journal)

Sanders surrogate weighing Green Party run for vice president (Washington Post)

Third-party support surging (The Hill)

Media hypocrisy about grieving parents on full display (American Mirror)

Turning back on Trump, Koch network focuses on Senate (Associated Press)

Reid calls on GOP leaders to abandon Trump (Associated Press)

What to Expect From Longer-Than-Usual General Election (NBC News)

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