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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 236th day of the year. There are 130 days left in 2016.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has an enormous lead over his Democratic opponent. Former Gov. Mike Leavitt says Libertarian Gary Johnson "will have a moment" during the 2016 election. A federal judge blocks an Obama administration rule on transgender bathrooms in public schools.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a massive 46-point lead over Democrat Stephen Tryon in a new poll [Utah Policy].

  2. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson "will have a moment" during this election when voters seriously consider voting for him. Leavitt also says including Johnson in the presidential debates would make them far more interesting [Utah Policy].

  3. A federal judge has temporarily blocked an Obama administration directive expanding bathroom access for transgendered students in public schools. Utah was one of 13 states to file suit over the plan. Utah officials responded positively to the ruling [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Associated Press].

  4. The State Department is reviewing nearly 15,000 newly-disclosed emails as part of their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State [Washington Post].

  5. Donald Trump is relying on a 12-year-old to run his field operations in Jefferson County, Colorado [USA Today].

  6. Hillary Clinton is set to open a campaign office in Utah [Politico].

  7. What is Evan McMullin's ultimate endgame? Some speculate he's hoping to win Utah and deny both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the 270 Electoral Votes they need to win the election [New York Magazine].

  8. A review of social media used by paid staffers of Donald Trump's campaign found that some of them posted content that was racially charged and very hostile toward Muslims [Associated Press].

  9. Democratic Congressional candidate Peter Clemens is attacking Rep. Rob Bishop for raising most of his campaign cash from out of state groups [Tribune].

  10. The Salt Lake Tribune lays out their future course under the ownership of Paul Huntsman who says his father, Jon Huntsman, will have a role at the paper [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.
  • 1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact. Less than two years later, Germany invaded Russia.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Cruising Toward Re-Election

GOP U.S. House Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds a 46-percentage-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Stephen Tryon, and appears on a safe track to winning another term, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Leavitt Says Libertarian Gary Johnson 'Will Have a Moment' Before the Election

Native Utahns Evan McMullin announced he was launching an independent bid for the White House earlier this month. Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt says he's not sure what to make of McMullin's quixotic bid....

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt

Mike Leavitt, former Utah Governor, Secretary of Health and Human Services and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, gives his take on the 2016 presidential race....

Donald Trump's Rigged Election Claims are Gaining Traction

Donald Trump's warnings that the election may be "rigged" against him are resonating with voters....

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Transgender Bathroom Order

A federal judge in Texas has put the kibosh on new guidelines from the Obama administration expanding bathroom and locker room access for transgender students in public schools....

Policy News

EDCUtah Annual Meeting: Bigger, Better and Less Expensive
EDCUtah investors and friends attending the economic development organization's annual meeting Oct. 11 can expect a top-to-bottom change in the yearly event....

Utah Students Improve on Math and Science SAGE Tests
Utah public school students on average improved in mathematics and science and held steady in English language arts end-of-level tests in 2016, according to data released today by the Utah State Board of Education....

Hatch Calls on Treasury to Re-Propose Debt-Equity Rules
Citing concerns over the policy and regulatory process of the U.S. Treasury Department’s proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 385 regarding debt and equity, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew...

Salt Lake City Honored by Utah Safety Council with Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Workplace Safety and Increased Seat Belt Use
Salt Lake City Corporation was honored with the “Achievement in Safety by an Organization” award by the Utah Safety Council....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Data center is a sound investment in Utah's future

Will unprecedented tax proposal for Facebook in Utah lure others or open 'Pandora's Box'?

SAGE results: Utah schools improve in math and science; English holds steady

Opponent attacks Rob Bishop's reliance on out-of-state donations

Ex-congressman: Mormon leaders suffer 'episode of incoherence' in opposition to Trump's Muslim ban

New Salt Lake Tribune editor portends a web-heavy future

Deseret News

Editorial: Response to attack on LDS Church's immigration stance

Utahns praise, criticize ruling in Texas blocking transgender bathroom directive

Skyridge High School opens in booming Lehi with 2,350 students - and counting

Students post 'modest' gains in third year of SAGE test


Weber County's first Zika virus case confirmed, health department says (Standard-Examiner)

Utah SAGE results show Northern Utah school districts improved scores (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump's red-state tour (Politico)

RNC ready to reelect Reince Priebus (Politico)

Trump: Unethical DOJ needs independent prosecutor to probe Clinton (The Hill)

It's Colin Powell vs. Hillary Clinton on email (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton's 15000 New Emails to Get Timetable for Release (New York Times)

Flooding In Louisiana Raises Questions About Timing, Urgency Of Warnings (NPR)

Federal Transgender Bathroom Access Guidelines Blocked by Judge (New York Times)

McAuliffe restores voting rights to 13,000 felons (Washington Post)

Lawyer for Melania Trump Threatens Defamation Suits Against News Outlets (New York Times)

Photo ID for voters favored by 80% of Americans (Washington Times)

Former Fannie Mae CEO settles crisis-related lawsuit with SEC (Reuters)

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