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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 229th day of the year. There are 137 days left in 2016.

Utahns say Hillary Clinton should face criminal charges over her use of a private email server. Mel Brown files a lawsuit in an effort to overturn his primary loss to Logan Wilde. Donald Trump makes his pitch to Utah voters.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Most Utahns think the FBI erred by not bringing criminal charges over Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server while Secretary of State [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Mel Brown has filed a lawsuit over his nine-vote loss to Logan Wilde in June's GOP primary election [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  3. Donald Trump makes his pitch to Utah voters vowing he will protect religious liberty [Politico, Deseret News, Tribune].

  4. BYU grad and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin has gathered enough signatures to get on Utah's ballot in November [Tribune, Deseret News]. McMullin missed the signature deadline in California'sand is planning a lawsuit to get on the ballot there [Politico].

  5. A $240 million tax break to lure a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan appears to be teetering as opposition to the plan is growing [Deseret News]. 

  6. Don Peay, a Donald Trump supporter, says Utah Republican leaders who won't vote for the GOP nominee are "cowards" [KUTV].

  7. Donald Trump lays out his plan for dealing with terrorism, promising an "extreme vetting" of immigrants [The Hill].

  8. Rudy Guliani claims there have been no terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists on American soil, apparently forgetting the 9/11 attacks that happened when he was literally Mayor of New York [Talking Points Memo].

  9. Boring but important: Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort has been named in a corruption campaign in Ukraine as officials there are trying to unravel a web of illegal payments by the pro-Russia political party that once hired him [Washington Post].

  10. The notes from Hillary Clinton's FBI interview about her use of a private email server will be released to members of Congress [CBS News].

On this day in history:

  • 1896 - The North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley died of heart failure at his home in Memphis at age 42.

Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns Think FBI Should Have Brought Charges in Clinton Email Scandal

More than 2/3rds of Utahns say Hillary Clinton should be charged with a crime for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State....

Why Utahns Will Reluctantly Support Trump over Clinton

The Washington Examiner asksseveral Utahpolitical insiders to explain why Beehive Statevoters have such a standoffish attitude towardDonald Trump-a reticence outweighed only by Utahns'antipathyforHillary Clinton....

Study: Discussing Politics on Facebook Has Minimal Impact (Infographic)

Sorry to tell you this, but your Facebook rants about the 2016 election aren't changing anybody's mind....

Republican Mel Brown Files Suit Over Recount in HD53 Primary Election

State Rep. Mel Brown has asked the Utah Supreme Court to allow the counting of 64 ballots cast in his District 53 primary defeat, UtahPolicy was told Monday morning....

Policy News

'Rural Rising' - Utah Rural Summit Focuses on Economic Strengths
With Rural Rising! as its theme, the 2016 Utah Rural Summit focused on the current economic strengths of the rural economy and the emerging competitive advantages that flow from rural lifestyles and innovations....

Treasurer David Damschen Announces Record Earnings from Utah's Permanent State School Fund
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the annual earnings from the Permanent State School Fund, which increased by 7.7 percent to a record $49.3 million – a $3.5 million increase over the previous year’s earnings....

Rep. Chris Stewart's Statement on BLM's Coal Lease Announcement
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it had signed a new Record of Decision (ROD), paving the way for a new coal lease in Sevier County....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: State needs to provider better regulation of air ambulance services

California governor puts grid proposal on shelf, giving Utah time for review

Longtime Utah lawmaker Brown sues over his 9-vote primary loss

BYU grad will be on Utah's presidential ballot

In appeal to Utah, Trump leaves out Mormons

Trial set for key figure in Utah's Swallow-Shurtleff political scandal

Deseret News

Donald Trump: Utah can help make America great again

Editorial: Increasing anti-semitism reflects a disturbing rise in religious intollerance

Utahns believe Clinton will beat Trump in November, poll shows

Utah lawmaker files suit against elections officials over disqualified ballots

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin to appear on Utah ballot in November

Mia Love says new overtime regulations could hurt Utah businesses

Utah school trust posts record earnings; fund exceeds $2 billion

Donald Trump says winning over Utahns a top priority

$240 million tax break deal for Facebook appears to lack support as entities prepare their votes


Payson residents will have RAP tax option on November ballot (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Aetna pulling back from ObamaCare in blow to health law (The Hill)

Citing Clinton, sailor seeks leniency in submarine photos case (Politico)

Trump proposes ideological test for Muslim immigrants and visitors to the U.S. (Washington Post)

Milwaukee Police Chief: Some arrests made but city calm (Associated Press)

North Carolina asks Supreme Court to restore strict voting procedures (Washington Post)

Libertarian Gary Johnson likely to appear on November ballot in Ohio (WKBN)

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 back on Twitter after leaking Democrats' contact info (FOX News)

Tim Duncan Declined Olympics Invitation from President Obama (Bleacher Report)

Obama emerges from vacation to boost Clinton's coffers (CNN)

No Decision yet in Illinois' Transgender Bathroom Case (Associated Press)

UPS CEO Urges Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (Wall Street Journal)

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