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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 237th day of the year. There are 129 days left in 2016.

West Jordan pulls the plug on a proposed Facebook data center. Hillary Clinton's campaign sets up shop in Utah. Donald Trump leads Clinton by 15-points according to a new poll. 

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Hillary Clinton's top foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, visits Utah and sounds the alarm about a possible Donald Trump presidency [Utah Policy].

  2. Republicans John Dougall and David Damschen lead their races for State Auditor and Treasurer respectively [Utah Policy].

  3. A new survey gives Donald Trump a 15-point lead over Hillary Clinton in Utah. Independent Evan McMullin pulls 9% [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  4. West Jordan kills a proposal to possibly bring a massive Facebook data center to that city [Tribune, Deseret News].

  5. Unified Fire Authority leaders spent public money on Apple watches and other big-ticket items according to an analysis of public records [Deseret News].

  6. Donald Trump's campaign is desperately trying to counter the perception that he is a racist [Washington Post].

  7. More than half of the non-government people Hillary Clinton met with while Secretary of State donated money to the Clinton Foundation [Associated Press].

  8. Better for America, a #NeverTrump group that was going to help Evan McMullin get on the ballot in many states, has folded [Washington Post].

  9. Donald Trump massively hiked the rent for his campaign offices inside Trump Tower after he started soliciting public donations [CBS News].

  10. Hillary Clinton's relentless use of "Fight Song" at her rallies is driving people nuts [Yahoo!].

On this day in history:

  • 79 - Thousands died, and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.
  • 1814 - The British captured Washington and burned the Capitol and the White House.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States.
  • 1991 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev quit as general secretary of the Communist Party central committee. He also ordered his Cabinet to resign.
  • 1992 - Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing record damage.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Republicans Lead in Race for Auditor, Treasurer

GOP state Auditor John Dougall leads his Democratic challenger, Mike Mitchell, by 20 percentage points, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Opens Office in Utah; Warns About a Trump Presidency

Jake Sullivan, the top foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, made a stop in Utah on Tuesday night to make his pitch to Utah voters. But, will they buy what he's selling?...

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Jake Sullivan

Jake Sullivan, foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, stopped in Utah for the opening of her campaign office on Tuesday night....

Here's How to See How Facebook Labels Your Political Leanings

Does Facebook think you are a liberal or conservative? Here's how you can find out....

Evan McMullin's Insane Path to Victory

What is independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin's endgame? Here's one semi-plausible path for him to win the White House....

Obama Admin Stonewalls Lee Probe Into Iran Ransom Payment

The Obama administration continues to withhold information from Congress aboutthe $400 million cash payout to Iran that resulted in the release of several U.S. hostages in January....

Weekly Survey: Should Trump Release his Tax Returns?

Do you think Donald Trump should release his tax returns? Will they reveal embarrassing information? Vote now in our weekly survey....

New Poll Gives Trump 15-Point Lead in Utah

Another Utah poll shows Donald Trump maintaining his lead over Hillary Clinton, while Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Mike Lee are still ahead, too....

Policy News

Press Release: Doug Owens Introduces Plan to Create Jobs and Grow Utah's Economy
Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens introduced his new plan to help Utah businesses create more good-paying jobs and strengthen our state’s economy....

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Romania
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency George Cristian Maior, the Ambassador of Romania....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Student identity should be the first priority of education

Editorial: Utah needs to stick with SAGE tests, and take the results seriously

Organizer of Utah's troubled commemorative gun program is now target of consumer complaint

Former Summit County sheriff tapped as director of troubled Utah Communications Authority

Family of slain LaVoy Finicum hires lawyer to pursue lawsuit against Oregon police, FBI

American Fork sludge contains toxic mine waste

Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA

New poll shows Trump holds 15-point lead in Utah, thanks largely to Mormon vote

Utah's Facebook data center deal is off

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Gary Herbert should be a statesman, not a partisan

Op-ed: Spoiler alert! Are Republicans about to repeat 1964?

Editorial: New FDA age and advertising limits for e-cigarettes a positive move

Clinton campaign setting up shop in Salt Lake

Homelessness commission starts to home in on new shelter locations

West Jordan pulls plug on Facebook data center deal

Inside the spending habits of Unified Fire Authority leaders


Utah County hosts open house focused on public lands (Daily Herald)

Cole Capener gains confidence in District 53 race (Park Record)

National Headlines

RNC chief: Trump could lead Clinton by Labor Day (The Hill)

Republican states file lawsuit against ObamaCare transgender rule (The Hill)

Bernie Sanders' new group is already in turmoil (Politico)

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State (FOX News)

Obama tours Louisiana amid criticism that he's late (CNN)

Donald Trump's immigration policy: Then and now (CNN)

Court Upholds Ohio's Cuts to Early Voting, Same-Day Registration (NBC News)

Bowe Bergdahl lawyers to argue John McCain comments were 'meddling' (Chicago Tribune)

Rice has 'no recollection' of Clinton-Powell email conversation (CNN)

Clinton, Kaine make pitch to small businesses with tax breaks, other measures (Washington Post)

CBO Boosts U.S. Deficit Forecast on Weaker Federal Revenues (Wall Street Journal)

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