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Thursday, August 18, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 231st day of the year. There are 135 days left in 2016.

A poll shows Rob Bishop appears headed for re-election in November. Democrat Mike Weinholtz shakes up his campaign. Salt Lake County residents speak out against a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Rep. Rob Bishop has a huge lead over Democrat Peter Clemens according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].

  2. Trailing badly in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz shakes up his campaign [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump reportedly replaced his campaign team because he felt "boxed in" and "controlled" to moderate his personality on the campaign trail [Washington Post].

  4. Senior Republicans in Washington are warning the party to not abandon support for Donald Trump because it could lead to an electoral wipeout for the GOP in November [CNN].

  5. Poll Watch: Hillary Clinton has big leads in Colorado, Virginia while Iowa is a much tighter contest [Bloomberg]. Donald Trump is ahead in Indiana [Politico].

  6. Salt Lake County residents speak out against West Jordan's pursuit of a Facebook data center [Deseret News, Tribune]. 

  7. Some of the FBI notes from their interview with Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server could be made public [The Hill].

  8. A federal judge is recusing himself from the case over Gov. Gary Herbert's effort to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood [Associated Press, Deseret News].

  9. The LDS Dems group makes their pitch to voters, arguing Utah's Democratic Party is much more "family friendly" than the GOP [Deseret News, 2 News].

  10. Federal buildings will now be required to allow transgender employees and visitors to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1227 - Genghis Khan died in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia.
  • 1587 - Virginia Dare was the first child of English parents to be born in the New World at Roanoke Island, part of what would become North Carolina.
  • 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified by Tennessee. The law took effect eight days later.
  • 1963 - James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

Today At Utah Policy

Bishop Holds Vast Lead Over Clemens in Utah's 1st Congressional District

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Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West

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Clinton's Campaign Thinks They Can Flip Utah in November

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Weinholtz Shakes Up His Campaign

With less than three months to go before election day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz has shaken up his campaign staff....

Conservation More Important Than New Water Projects, Many Voters Say

Given the choice, many Utah voters think the state should focus on water conservation rather than building new infrastructure projects to provide it....

Policy News

Utah Treasurer David Damschen Announces Nearly $1 Million in Lost Property Awaits Reclaim from Over 2,000 Sevier County Tied Residents
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the State of Utah's Unclaimed Property Division currently safeguards nearly $1 million in lost or abandoned property from residents and businesses with last known addresses in Sevier County....

Nearly 12,000 Ask for 4-Way Presidential Debates
Nearly 12,000 people have signed a new petition addressed to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Broadcasting, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, and Telemundo....

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Performance Audit of Medicaid Prescription Drug Controls
The Office of the Utah State Auditor released its Performance Audit of Medicaid Prescription Drug Controls to evaluate the strength of controls that should minimize overutilization of Medicaid-funded prescription drugs....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: All have a role in solving teacher-shortage conundrum

Editorial: Special service districts again show financial problems

Utah's commerce boss loses round to ex-aide, but fight isn't over as her old feud with A.G.'s office resurfaces

Salt Lake County officials are united as foes of Facebook data center

UTA disputes report it has made no progress in implementing new safety system

Utah County jail to end contract with ICE due to overcrowding

Clock is running on siting two new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City

With vote on $250 million incentives in flux, county hears mixed opinions on Facebook data center

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah tax increases are starting to add up

Richard Davis: Utah's swing-state status: An opportunity to press for religious freedom

Natalie Gochnour: Lessons learned from Utah's Olympic moment

Orrin Hatch: Hillary Clinton is no friend of religious liberty

Jay Evensen: This is what it feels like to be 'in play' politically, Utah

Editorial: This time around Utah matters

State wildlife board opposes Bears Ears monument in letter to feds

Federal judge removes himself from Planned Parenthood case

LDS Dems pitch 'pro-family' report to attract Utah voters

Public opinion on Facebook data center deal split as vote looms


Editorial: Alpine needs to keep bond effort on the up and up (Daily Herald)

Mia Love campaign not letting up despite seemingly large lead in polls (Daily Herald)

Rep. Mel Brown contests GOP Primary results in Utah's Supreme Court (Park Record)

National Headlines

The Case for Extreme Immigrant Vetting (Politico)

U.N. probe could pose new Syria dilemma for Obama (Politico)

Trump's Breitbart hire sends tremors through Capitol Hill (The Hill)

Clinton Foundation hired cyber firm after suspected hacking (Reuters)

Donald Trump Appoints Media Firebrand to Run Campaign (New York Times)

Focus Turns to Recovery and Relief as Louisiana Floodwaters Ebb (New York Times)

Jill Stein: I will have trouble sleeping at night if either Trump or Clinton is elected (WMUR)

Virginia man who climbed Trump Tower should get treatment (New York Daily News)

What Trump's latest shakeup says about his flailing campaign (Washington Post)

Rise of the Bernie-Crats (Observer)

Martinez to pursue death penalty during 2017 legislative session (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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