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Monday, August 22, 2016
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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 22, 2016
Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 235th day of the year. There are 131 days left in 2016.
Rep. Chris Stewart has a huge lead in his bid for another term. A vote on a possible Facebook data center has been delayed. Trump backs away from his plan for mass deportations of illegals.
- 78 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
- 154 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
- 199 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Monday:
- Rep. Chris Stewart has a 29-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Charlene Albarran [Utah Policy].
- A vote on a plan to offer big tax incentives for a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan has been postponed for at least a week [Deseret News].
- Donald Trump is reportedly ready to back away from his proposal for mass deportations of illegal immigrants. Trump is apparently readying a series of policy proposals to legalize some undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. [CBS News].
- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says Hillary Clinton's "people" have been "trying to pin" her use of a private email server on him [Politico].
- A new survey finds nearly half of all voters won't consider casting a ballot for Donald Trump [The Hill].
- Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says both Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt would be offered high-profile positions within his administration [Deseret News].
- The national polls may be tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but a number of key swing states remain solidly in the Clinton column [Five Thirty Eight].
- Donald Trump has finally started to buy TV ad time, but he's still being outspent by Hillary Clinton and other Democratic groups by a 2-1 margin [Politico]. Clinton has also reserved nearly $80 million in ad time during the fall in 8 battleground states [Politico].
- Tim Lawson, the man once known as a "fixer" for former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, died on Sunday. Lawson was the first person charged in the public corruption scandal involving Shurtleff and John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The husband of Democratic State Senate candidate Dorothy Engelman was recently arrested for shoplifting [St. George News].
On this day in history:
- 1846 - The United States annexed New Mexico.
- 1881 - The Red Cross was founded.
- 1911 - Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was discovered stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was recovered two years later.
- 1996 - President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.
Today At Utah Policy
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Don't let a famous company dazzle us into a bad deal
Op-ed: Data center is a boon on land that isn't producing now
Paul Rolly: GOP chairman plays a parrot when challenging Democratic counterpart
Op-ed: Utah should look hard at starting school later
Op-ed: EPA should give us leeway to solve our unique ozone issues
Op-ed: Utahns want Bears Ears monument? Not the ones I surveyed
Op-ed: Allowing wheels in wilderness would benefit lands and Utah economy
Editorial: Keeping Facebook project secret rightly undermines support for tax breaks
Weber County proposes 2017 tax hike to compensate for law-enforcement pay gap
Mitt Romney, Daffy Duck: Some Utah voters plotting alternative choices to Trump, Clinton
Utah's Stewart: Russia 'trying to meddle in everything we do,' including elections
Spouses of Utah police officers share concerns about negativity
Things to know about Facebook's West Jordan plan, code named 'Project Discus'
In pursuing Facebook, Utah hopes for friend requests from other companies
Rolly: Ceremony for Utah's fallen officers shows outreach to minority communities is paying off, thanks to Explorer program
Tim Lawson, Shurtleff confidant, key figure in corruption scandal, dies from serious infection
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Debating the necessity and relevancy of the Electoral College in electing our presidents
David Holland: Trump's Utah problem is nestled in our national paradox
Editorial: A military Appeals Court ruling stirs a hornet's nest on religious liberty
Ex-county commissioner, businessman plead not guilty to fraud charges
Crucial Utah vote on Facebook tax-break plan postponed
LDS Church clarifies Rep. Stewart's story about Russian missionaries
Libertarian presidential ticket pledges balanced budget, entitlement reform
Hal Boyd: Gary Johnson says Mitt Romney would be 'guaranteed' a spot in his administration
Changes to health care industry have rural hospitals on edge
Utah jobless rate at 3.9 percent
States with the back-to-school best and worst school systems for 2016
Tim Lawson, once called former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's 'fixer,' dead at 51
Editorial: Does it take a 25% tax hike to find the money for Weber County pay raises? (Standard-Examiner)
Ogden makes CNBC list of top 20 cities to start a business in America (Standard-Examiner)
Risks high in Ogden if Bear River dammed, river advocacy group says (Standard-Examiner)
Report: Utah ranks No. 2 in nation for job growth, Cache County employment rising (Logan Herald Journal)
Park City group, 70-plus strong, headed to Aspen on fact-finding trip (Park Record)
Trump swings at Obama's golf game amid Louisiana flood damage (Politico)
Trump: GOP 'must do better' on African-American outreach (Politico)
Clinton campaign warns of complacency (The Hill)
Trump campaign manager: A deportation force TBD (CNN)
Obama's refusal to interrupt vacation amid Louisiana flooding stirs anger (Washington Times)
Clinton campaign manager: Foundation contributions will take 'time to adjust' (CNN)
Officials: 60000 homes damaged by Louisiana flooding (Washington Post)
Federal Judge Dismisses All Lawsuits Against Kim Davis (Daily Caller)
Amid Tribe's Protest, Construction Of Oil Pipeline In N. Dakota Halts - For Now (NPR)
Is the U.S. Staging a Middle Class Comeback? (U.S. News & World Report)
Fischer Signals 2016 Rate Hike With Economy Nearing Fed Goals (Bloomberg)
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