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Friday, August 19, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Friday, August 19, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 232nd day of the year. There are 134 days left in 2016.

Utahns oppose spending $53 on a coal port in Oakland. Lawmakers will have another special session in the fall. Donald Trump says he "regrets" some of his behavior on the campaign trail.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Most Utahns oppose spending $53 million in special impact funding to build a coal port in Oakland, California [Utah Policy]. The four counties behind the plan have withdrawn their application, but they may try again in the future [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  2. Utah lawmakers will meet in a third special session this fall to make some adjustments to how gas tax money is distributed [Utah Policy].

  3. Could Hillary Clinton pull off a shocking win in Utah this year? Watch our political week-in-review to find out [Utah Policy].

  4. Well, that was unexpected. Donald Trump says he has "regret" for some of his conduct during this year's campaign, although he didn't offer specifics [CBS News]. 

  5. Why didn't she say that earlier? Hillary Clinton told the F.B.I. that Colin Powell advised her to use personal email during her tenure as Secretary of State [New York Times].

  6. Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, and his son, Donald Trump Jr., are coming to Utah in September [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Rep. Chris Stewart says he's worried about Russian hackers possibly disrupting the presidential election in November [Deseret News].

  8. The Public Service Commission approves Rocky Mountain Power's plan to provide electricity to a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan [Tribune]. Rep. Joel Briscoe wants to limit how much tax money school districts can offer as economic incentives because the Jordan School District is considering a $94 million package for the Facebook center [Deseret News].

  9. Utah native Evan McMullin has apparently missed the deadline to get on the ballot in Alabama [Politico].

  10. The Justice Department announced plans to end the use of private prisons [Mother Jones].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 - A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1960 - U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was convicted in a Moscow court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released 18 months later in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1991 - a coup orchestrated by hard-line Communists and led by Vice President Gennady Yanayev removed Mikhail Gorbachev as president of the Soviet Union. The coup would endure for three days before being put down.
  • 2004 - Internet search engine Google went public.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns Oppose Spending Money on Oakland Coal Port

Most Utahns oppose four counties spending $53 million in special impact funds to rehab an Oakland, CA., port to accommodate Utah coal shipments to Asia and other possible markets, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Another Special Session Coming

Look for a third special legislative session this fall to settle an unintended windfall to rural counties’ newly-installed gasoline tax increase, various sources tell UtahPolicy....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #295

Is Hillary Clinton making a play to win Utah? The easy (and correct) answer is "no."...

Weekly Survey: Should Utah Republicans Take Back their Endorsements of Donald Trump

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox made headlines when he said he would not vote for Donald Trump in November unless he makes drastic changes. Should other Republicans follow suit? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Is Donald Trump's Campaign Already Failing?

How daunting is Donald Trump's path to victory? Some are calling his campaign an "electoral disaster waiting to happen."...

Was Obamacare Designed to Fail?

In 2013, Sen. Orrin Hatch saidObamacare was designed to be a catastrophic failure to give Democrats anexcuse to push for a single-payer system. Events over the last three years, combined withHillary Clinton'scampaign rhetoric, makeHatch's conspiracy theory look more plausibl...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #295

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Bourbon Lake in the Uinta Mountains -- Tribune: While speed trials resume, enthusiasts worry about condition of salt Weekend EventsNew Films-- Ben-Hur: Tribune review -- Don't Think Twice: Tribune review -- Hell or High Water: ...

SLC Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission will Host Public Meeting on Tuesday
The Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission, co-chaired by Gail Miller and Palmer DePaulis, will convene on Tuesday, August 23....

Better Utah Commends Withdrawal of Coal Port Application; Urges Responsible Use of CIB Funds
The Alliance for a Better Utah commends Thursday’s decision by four Utah counties to withdraw their application to invest in a $53 million coal port in Oakland, CA....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Everyone should step up to control mosquitoes

Utah power regulators sign off on Facebook data-center plan

Rolly: In wake of Orlando shooting, Salt Lake City's gay mayor has a police bodyguard

Trump running mate Mike Pence, son Donald Jr., coming to Utah

Audit: Utah paid for small number of prescriptions written by dead doctors

Utah counties pull Oakland port loan application, but haven't given up on project

New charges filed against Utah County businessman already accused of fraud

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why Medicaid expansion is right for Utah

Op-ed: Trump's Utah problem is nestled in our national paradox

Op-ed: For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer

Op-ed: Mayor and DA actions in police shooting do not deserve protests

Editorial: New approach by school district is encouraging

Audit: Utah Medicaid prescription drug system susceptible to fraud

Utah congressman sees possible Russian cyberattack on U.S. elections

Water lands on top 10 'priority list' in Utah

Trump running mate Gov. Mike Pence to attend Sen. Mike Lee event in Utah

Utah legislator wants to limit school district tax incentives in wake of Facebook deal

Kaysville residents divided over councilman's use of city funds to repair personal firetruck


Nearly one month later, Utah County preparing to release public email addresses (Daily Herald)

Ogden's STEM school makes its debut with enthusiasm (Standard-Examiner)

Cache GOP straw poll reveals increase in local Trump support (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Pence builds bridges, alone (Politico)

Clinton campaign goes nuclear on health rumors (Politico)

Clinton leads Trump by 4 points in national poll (The Hill)

5 takeaways from Trump's pick of Breitbart exec as campaign CEO (The Hill)

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons (Washington Post)

Will Right-Track/Wrong-Direction Numbers Help Trump? (RealClearPolitics)

Tim Kaine once wanted Bill Clinton to resign (FOX News)

White House Details Plans for Obama's Trip to G-20 in China (Wall Street Journal)

Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama (The Advocate)

Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says (CNN)

Where Insurers' Exits Are Hurting Obamacare Exchanges (NPR)

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