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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 230th day of the year. There are 136 days left in 2016.

Utahns approve of Mike Pence as Donald Trump's VP. Hillary Clinton's campaign says they want to turn Utah blue in 2016. Trump shakes up his campaign.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Utahns approve of Donald Trump picking Mike Pence as his running mate [Utah Policy].

  2. Hillary Clinton's campaign says they are pushing to flip Utah from red to blue in November [Bloomberg].

  3. Donald Trump shakes up his campaign, tapping pollster Kellyanne Conway as his new campaign manager and Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as the CEO [Politico].

  4. Former Fox News head Roger Ailes is helping Donald Trump with his debate prep [New York Times].

  5. Donald Trump's campaign says they will finally begin airing television ads with a purchase in five states [CNN].

  6. Salt Lake County officials give a solid "no" vote on offering $240 million in tax incentives to entice a Facebook data center to West Jordan [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. The Utah Wildlife Board sends a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell voicing their opposition to possibly designating Bears Ears a national monument [Deseret News].

  8. The State Auditor's office dings the Emery County Treasurer for falling for a "spear phishing" scam that cost the county $38,700 in public money [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsTribune].

  9. The Utah Transit Authority is close to naming a new leader. It's been a hear since former President and CEO Michael Allegra retired [Tribune].

  10. Hackers apparently hit another hacking group that is allegedly part of the NSA. The group plans to auction off some elite cyberweapon tools online [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1969 - Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.
  • 1987 - Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison in West Berlin at 93, apparently a suicide. He had been the only inmate at Spandau for 21 years.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton said he had a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that was "not appropriate."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Approve of Trump's Pick of Mike Pence as VP

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Chaffetz: Clinton Committed Perjury In Emails Testimony

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Policy News

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Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Emery County Improper Wire Transfer by County Treasurer
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RNC Announces New Social Media Campaign To Engage Hispanic Voters
The Republican National Committee announced a new weekly social media campaign speaking directly to Hispanic voters about issues of importance to all Americans, including job creation, the economy, national security, veteran support, education, taxes, and immigration....

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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