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Monday, August 15, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 15, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 228th day of the year. There are 138 days left in 2016.

Utahns say Hillary Clinton is more likely to win in November than Donald Trump. Trump's campaign manager reportedly received secret payments from a pro-Russian politician. Evan McMullin says it won't be his fault if Trump loses.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. When asked who they thought would win the 2016 election, more Utahns picked Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump [Utah Policy].

  2. Uh oh. Secret ledgers from the pro-Russia politician Viktor Yanukovych show $12.7 million in funds set aside for Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort in what is described as an illegal payment system [New York Times].

  3. Republican party leaders have reportedly discussed possibly cutting off financial support to Donald Trump in October, shifting that money to endangered members of Congress [Politico]. Party officials are pushing back hard against the report [Slate].

  4. Donald Trump wants supporters to act as poll watchers to prevent any "cheating" that could cost him the 2016 election [Washington Post].

  5. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin says he won't be the cause of Donald Trump losing the election because it's likely Trump will lose anyway [ABC News].

  6. Former Attorney General John Swallow gets a new trial date in February of 2017. Swallow is still pushing to get the public corruption charges against him released [Deseret News].

  7. Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen announces he is leaving his position amid allegations of improper compensation to top executives [Deseret News].

  8. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says unless Donald Trump changes his tone and rhetoric, he will not be able to cast a ballot for the GOP nominee in November [Tribune].

  9. The State School Board delays a vote on a proposal to lure a Facebook data center to Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. A jury rules that Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, wrongfully terminated an employee in 2013 [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1057 - Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
  • 1939 - The "Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • 1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
  • 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival opened on Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, N.Y.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Facebook deal is corporate welfare funded by taxpayers

Editorial: Green River nuclear plant is looking like a tough sell

Utah's new air ambulance companies raise the prices, and maybe danger, for patients

Former air ambulance worker: 'I do not want to die on the job'

Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River

School board delays decision on $240 million Facebook deal

Back on the street: Evicted homeless family owes thousands in attorney fees and penalties

On the first day of Speed Week, complaints about the Salt Flats and the BLM

Utah's lieutenant governor says, barring huge changes, he won't vote for Donald Trump

Rolly: Chaffetz wants to topple America's top taxman, but are his motives pure?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Alternative presidential candidates, BYU and Sen. Hatch

Op-ed: Talent builds championships and our economy

John Florez: Welfare ignores children

Op-ed: West Jordan and Project Discus

Editorial: Presidential candidates' economic plans alarming

New trial date set for ex-A.G. John Swallow

BLM to offer huge coal tract for lease at Greens Hollow

State school policy creates new alternative to teacher licensing

2 reasons Romney and Trump are different, 1 reason why they're the same

Unified fire chief announces 'mutual separation' with agency amid audits

State School Board holds off taking position on Facebook data center deal

Trump's 'tremendous problem in Utah' a focus of presidential race

Commissioner Phil Lyman tells of jail, 'Hamilton' and his right to public land

'Access-to-care crisis': Dentists criticize changes to Utah's Medicaid plan

Study gives Utah a C- for policies protecting new, expecting parents

Other

Weber County poised to raise property taxes (Standard-Examiner)

At Weber Human Services, clients skyrocket while funding stagnates (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump: I've stayed true to myself (Politico)

How We Killed the Tea Party (Politico)

Trump: 'Freedom of the press' doesn't mean writing false stories (The Hill)

Liberals rally to sink Obama trade deal (The Hill)

Bill Clinton accuses FBI of serving up a 'load of bull' (New York Post)

Hillary drafts illegal 'Dreamers' to get immigrants to vote (Washington Examiner)

Milwaukee residents, business owners express anger about rioting, destruction (Chicago Tribune)

Hillary Clinton's Edge in a Donald Trump-Centric Race Has Liberals Wary (New York Times)

Black students seek nonwhite roommates, spark race debate (Christian Science Monitor)

Seattle's Minimum-Wage Education (Wall Street Journal)

Kaine: 'Even Richard Nixon' released his tax returns (CNN)

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