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Monday, August 29, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 29, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 242nd day of the year. There are 124 days left in 2016.

One Utah Republican is not worried about Donald Trump hurting his campaign this year. Trump plans to deliver a major immigration speech this week. Anti-Trump Republicans plan to run ads asking him to withdraw.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. At least one Utah Republican isn't worried about Donald Trump's presence on the ballot in November [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants the FBI to release Hillary Clinton's schedules from her time as Secretary of State [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump says he will deliver a "major speech" about illegal immigration on Wednesday [CBS News].

  4. A group of anti-Trump Republicans are set to launch television ads in swing states calling on the GOP nominee to step aside so the party can replace him before the November election [Politico].

  5. Libertarian Gary Johnson says this year's election is so crazy that he has a shot at winning [Bloomberg]. However, Johnson says if he does not make the debate stage next month, it's "game over" for his campaign [Politico].

  6. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe calls Donald Trump a "psychopath" [Politico].

  7. Why don't they just take his phone away?! Anthony Weiner is involved in yet another gross sexting scandal [New York Post].

  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow wants the Utah Supreme Court to rule whether his rights were violated when prosecutors seized email communications with defense lawyers [Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. A judge will not overturn a disputed election for Wayne County Commission despite evidence that the winner was improperly aided by his wife, who is a deputy county clerk [Tribune].

  10. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints businessman Dan Hemmert to the Utah Senate. Hemmert replaces Sen. Al Jackson who resigned in July [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

 On this day in history:

  • 1877 - Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
  • 1957 - Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes against a civil rights bill.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the Gulf Coast, causing massive flooding in New Orleans. Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: To solve opioid crisis, we first must address people's pain

Op-ed: We're on a fast track on addressing homelessness, and we need to get it right

Op-ed: Trump is our only hope against corrupt elites

Editorial: UTA chooses one of its own to lead. Again

As Utah revives Facebook deal, New Mexico sweetens already juicy deal

Judge refuses to overturn tainted Wayne County election

Sky's the limit for what Utah air ambulances can charge - like the $46K bill this man received for a 50-mile trip

It's canyon landowners vs. Salt Lake City in battle over watershed

Rick Votaw, stalwart in Utah Republican Party, dies at 67

Raising Utah's gas tax was supposed to give cities more money, but some cities are getting less

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What would a Clinton or Trump presidency be like?

John Florez: Stop payment on education

Ralph Becker: How am I doing? In short, swell!

Mike Lee: Make Utah even greater

Editorial: Water rises to the top 10 Utahn concerns

Ex-A.G. John Swallow wants Utah Supreme Court to decide private emails issue

Orem resident Dan Hemmert appointed to Utah Senate

Trump, Clinton appeals speak to Utah concerns

Feds urge court to uphold San Juan commissioner's trespassing conviction

Other

Gov. Herbert appoints Hemmert as interim state senator (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts (Washington Post)

Can Clinton Save Health Overhaul From Its Mounting Problems? (Associated Press)

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring (Associated Press)

Global Central Bankers Unite in Plea for Help From Governments (Fortune)

Surprise: Gun ownership rises to 44% of all homes (Washington Examiner)

Paul Wolfowitz: 'I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton' (Politico)

GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton (Politico)

Trump calls on Brzezinski to apologize for 'coordinated gang attack' on black pastor (The Hill)

Wasserman Schultz goes down to wire against primary challenger (The Hill)

Donna Brazile defends Hillary Clinton's meetings with Clinton Foundation donors (CBS News)

U.S. Election So Nuts I Just Might Win, Libertarian Johnson Says (Bloomberg)

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