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Thursday, August 4, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday, August 4, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 217th day of the year. There are 149 days left in 2016.

Mormons dislike Donald Trump so much they might tip Utah to Hillary Clinton. Republicans are reportedly exploring options for replacing Donald Trump on the ballot. A recount confirms Rep. Mel Brown lost his GOP primary to Logan Wilde.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Mormons dislike Donald Trump so much it's fueling speculation that Utah could vote for Hillary Clinton in November [Slate]. However, there's no concrete indication that Utah is in play this year [Utah Policy].

  2. A DC Metro Transit police officer has been charged with attempting to provide material support for ISIS [Fox News].

  3. Top Republican are reportedly exploring their legal options for replacing Donald Trump on the ballot if he were to drop unexpectedly out of the race [ABC News]. The Republican National Committee forcefully denies those reports, saying Trump is the GOP nominee no matter what [The Hill].

  4. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says Donald Trump repeatedly asked a foreign policy expert during a national security briefing why the U.S. couldn't just use nuclear weapons. Trump's campaign is vehemently denying the story [Huffington Post].

  5. Donald Trump has made up a big portion of the fundraising gap between his campaign and Hillary Clinton, bringing in $64 million last month [New York Times].

  6. Poll roundup: A Fox News poll gives Hillary Clinton a 10-point lead nationally [Politico]. Clinton has a 15-point lead over Donald Trump in New Hampshire [Bloomberg].

  7. A recount confirms Logan Wilde has ousted longtime Republican Rep. Mel Brown in the GOP primary [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. President Barack Obama commutes the sentences of 214 prisoners. That brings the number of commutations granted by Obama to 562, more than the previous nine presidents combined [ABC News]. Two of the prisoners receiving commutations are Utahns convicted of drug charges [Deseret News].

  9. The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked an order from a lower court allowing a transgender student in Virginia to use the bathroom of his choice [Reuters].

  10. The hot and dry summer is reviving drought conditions throughout Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War I.
  • 1944 - Acting on a tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captured 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam, Netherlands, warehouse.
  • 1987 - The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.
  • 2010 - A federal judge struck down the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban in California, calling the law discriminating and unconstitutional.

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Wilde's Lead over Former Speaker Expands by One Vote over Mel Brown in Recount

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Crime Rates Declining in Utah, But Voters Still Concerned

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Policy News

Press Release: Doug Owens Calls for End to Public Funding of Congressional Mass Mailers
Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens announced the fifth and final plank of his new Accountability and Ethics Reform Plan, which is designed to strengthen ethical guidelines to hold lawmakers in Washington more accountable to the people they represent. ...

Reason for Reform Campaign Roundtable Event Highlights New Data Showing the Economic Impact of Immigrants in Utah
Local leaders from Utah came together for a Day of Action to showcase new research on immigration contributions in Utah and highlight the critical need for immigration reform. ...

State Charter School Board Names Finalists for Executive Director
The Utah State Charter School Board today named Dr. Jennifer Lambert and Dr. Anna Treviño as finalists for the position of State Charter School Executive Director. Both applicants will be interviewed in a public meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2016....

Carnegie Mellon's CREATE Lab Expands Education Network to Utah
The Utah STEM Action Center is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Community, Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab to provide hands-on technology learning experiences for Utah students. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Election Day-postmarked ballots won't count, Wilde's 9-vote win over Brown stands

Rolly: What goes on behind closed doors at Boy Scout headquarters in Utah?

Salt Lake County to finally have just one 911 dispatch system

State Auditor to scrutinize Unified Fire Authority after top officers got bonuses

Stewart lauds veteran care in Salt Lake City, but not elsewhere

Outdoor Retailer panel counters Utah mindset, says protected public lands good for politics, economy

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Foreign policy should dominate this race, not childish prattle

Greg Bell: Good jobs are hard to find

Dan Liljenquist: The pension tsunami

Ex-Jazz coach Frank Layden endorses Democrat Jon Harper in A.G. race

Obama commutes prison sentences of two Utahns

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson to speak at U. rally Saturday

Hollywood movie productions bring big boost to Utah economy

Recount confirms former House speaker's loss in GOP primary

Why so many doctors oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide

Report: Immigrant labor, innovation and entrepreneurship are critical components of Utah economy

Stakeholders: Can homeless reform plan reduce shelter demand?


Editorial: Madsen's 15 minutes are about up (Daily Herald)

Ogden man has life sentence commuted by President Obama (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Justice Department Officials Raised Objections on U.S. Cash Payment to Iran (Wall Street Journal)

Freedom Caucus knives out for Ryan after Huelskamp loss (Politico)

Is Tim Kaine mean enough for Trump? (Politico)

Pence: Obama has 'put a price' on US lives (The Hill)

Obama commutes sentences of 214 inmates (The Hill)

Supreme Court temporarily blocks order on transgender bathroom use (CNN)

Clinton Cronies Get Their Tentacles on NYC's Top Cop, Bill Bratton (Daily Beast)

Jill Stein's anti-vax game: How and why the Green Party candidate is pandering to the anti-vaccination crowd (Salon)

Hack the vote: Could cyberattackers disrupt the election? (CNET)

'We're not shooting our police': Trump says officers won't be shot when he's president (Dallas Morning News)

Fox News voice not changing despite Ailes' departure, but questions linger (CNNMoney)

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