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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. Rep. Chris Stewart has a 29-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Charlene Albarran [Utah Policy].

  2. 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].

  3. 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].

  4. 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].

  5. A new survey finds nearly half of all voters won't consider casting a ballot for Donald Trump [The Hill].

  6. 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].

  7. 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].

  8. 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].

  9. 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].

  10. 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

Poll: Rep. Chris Stewart Leads Democrat Charlene Albarran by 29-points

Rep. Chris Stewart appears safe in his bid for another term in Washington....

Genius Panel: Utah's Challenges in the Federal System

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Should Utah Republicans 'Un-Endorse' Donald Trump?

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Tancredo to Mormons: Trump Is the Candidate Who Will Protect Religious Freedom

Former congressman Tom Tancredo says Mormons should reject their church leadership'ssupport for "open borders and lax enforcement of immigration laws"and vote for Donald Trump, who will defendreligious liberty againstthe threat posed by radical Islam....

Policy News

Utah Centenarians Honored By Governor at Annual Celebration
Governor Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert individually honored Utah’s residents 100 years of age and older at the 30th Centenarian Celebration....

Department of Heritage and Arts Executive Director Steps Down
After five years as the executive director of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Julie Fisher will step down at the end of August to accept a management position at a global consulting firm....

Multi-Agency Initiative Aims to Improve Transition Services for Offenders
A new initiative aims to make Utah a model example of the success that can result when state, federal and community entities join together to provide services and second chances for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system....

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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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