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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 238th day of the year. There are 128 days left in 2016.

Attorney General Sean Reyes has a big lead in his bid for another term. West Jordan hits the reset button on their plans for a Facebook data center. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Donald Trump should release his tax returns.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes has a 35-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Jon Harper [Utah Policy].

  2. Less than 24-hours after abandoning an effort to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan, the city has revived the plan [Tribune, Deseret News].

  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Donald Trump should "open up his kimono" and release his tax returns and medical records [CNN].

  4. Humana announces they are pulling out of Utah's health insurance exchange, leaving just three providers to choose from [Deseret News].

  5. Donald Trump tells a crowd in Mississippi that Hillary Clinton is a "bigot" who only sees minorities as votes [CBS News].

  6. Donald Trump assures his supporters that he will not support "amnesty" for illegals in the United States. The statement comes amid talk he is planning to moderate his stance on immigration [NBC News]. Ted Cruz's supporters pounce on Trump's reversal on immigration, saying they're not surprised he's close to flip-flopping on the issue [Politico]. Trump's voters don't seem to mind that he's changing his mind on the issue as long as he moves forward with his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico [Washington Post].

  7. An investigation shows there's very little verifiable evidence of voter fraud despite rhetoric labeling it as a major problem [USA Today].

  8. Hillary Clinton and her supporters are burying Donald Trump in an avalanche of negative advertising before he gets a chance to fire back with his own ads [The Hill]. So far, Clinton has outspent Trump on advertising by $64 million [NBC News].

  9. Don Peay, who is heading up Donald Trump's efforts in Utah, says talk of Trump's problems with Mormon voters is exaggerated [Fox 13].

  10. Google Fiber flips the switch in downtown Salt Lake City, bringing their high-speed internet service to Utah's capital city [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 - Galileo Galilei exhibited his first telescope in Venice.
  • 1916 - The National Park Service was established within the Department of Interior.
  • 1944 - Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
  • 2009 - Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts died of brain cancer at the age of 77.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Reyes Enjoying 35-Point Lead in Race for Attorney General

Attorney General Sean Reyes is primed to win another term in office come November....

The Most Influential Mormons In America

The conservative outlet Newsmax generates a list of the 50 most influential Mormons in America, noting that members of the LDS Church"over index" in many fields like government, education and business that affect millions around the world....

Poll: Utahns Want Sen. Orrin Hatch to Retire

A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds 71% of Utahns say Sen. Orrin Hatch should retire at the end of his current term....

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....

Community Celebrates the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards

The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers and Fidelity Investments hosted the 8th Annual Clear Air the Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Monday, August 22nd at noon....

Policy News


Utah ACT Composite Scores Hold Steady in 2016 Amid National Decline; English Scores Up One-tenth, Math Scores Down One-tenth
In 2016 39,824 Utah students – which includes all public school students – took the ACT college entrance exam and posted an average score of 20.2, the same average score as was posted in 2015, according to data released by ACT....

Show Your School Pride at the Weber State vs. Utah State Blood Battle
Students, staff, alumni and fans of Weber State University and Utah State University will roll up their sleeves and donate blood for the annual blood battle between the two schools....

USU Research Foundation/SDL Receives Contract for up to $99.4 Million
The Utah State University Research Foundation and its Space Dynamics Laboratory announced that it has received an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at up to $99.4 million over the next five years from the Department of Defense....

Press Release: RNC Chairman Calls On Clinton To Hold Press Conference To Address Foundation Scandal
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus called on Hillary Clinton to end her streak of 263 days without a press conference to fully explain the conflicts of interest involving the Clinton Foundation and why she gave unprecedented preferential treatment to...

Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission Meets to Discuss Process for Selecting Homeless Resource Centers in Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission met to discuss the process for selecting two sites in Salt Lake City for new homeless resource centers....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Tibble Fork sludge flow deserves full explanation

Part of TRAX Meadowbrook Station to become commercial, residential project

Utah's ACT scores hold steady as national average slips

'Waste of time': After deregulation, Ute, Yellow, City cabs steer clear of SLC airport taxi stands

Poll: Sen. Orrin Hatch should not run for an eighth term

Acting UTA president to get top job

Huntsman likes Taylor Swift and says his high school race was worse than 2016

Dugway Proving Ground blows something up in the name of science, and maybe a defense contract

Jason Chaffetz says Trump should release tax and medical information

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Point of the Mountain project can show how to make great urban spaces

Dan Liljenquist: EpiPens and drug company monopolies

Jay Evensen: Italy's quake should make us think more about the one that will hit here

Op-ed: Utah's education leaders let us dow

BLM gets new Utah director, and land challenges await

UTA board taps Jerry Benson for top job at agency

Google Fiber to launch service to first wave of Salt Lake City residents

Utah students hold steady in ACT scores

West Jordan revising bid for Facebook data center

Another blow to health care as Humana exits Utah individual marketplace

National Headlines

Clinton on pay-for-play accusations: a lot of smoke and no fire (The Hill)

Brexit leader stumps for Trump: I wouldn't vote Clinton if she paid me (The Hill)

How Nevada's Independent Streak Is Helping Trump (Politico)

Team Cruz on Trump's immigration shift: Told you so (Politico)

Nigel Farage at Trump Rally: Anything Is Possible If Enough Decent People Fight the Establishment (RealClearPolitics)

UPI/CVoter poll: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump remain within 1 percentage point (UPI)

Bernie Sanders launches 'Our Revolution' with electoral targets - and a few critics left behind (Washington Post)

U.S. Treasury Steps Up Pressure on EU Over Apple Tax Dispute (Bloomberg)

Trump: Clinton Has Been Bought (CBS News)

Illinois submits Obamacare insurance premium increases to feds (Chicago Tribune)

Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC (Reuters)

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