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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Friday, August 5, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 218th day of the year. There are 148 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton sprints to a big national lead over Donald Trump. Barack Obama mocks Trump's claim the election will be "rigged" against him. Outdoor industry leaders join the call to declare Bears Ears as a new national monument. 

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Will Utah be a swing state in the 2016 election? Can Donald Trump get his campaign back on track? Watch our political week in review for answers [Utah Policy].

  2. Poll Roundup: Hillary Clinton jumps to a nine-point national lead in one national survey [NBC News]. Another national poll has Clinton leading Donald Trump by a whopping 15-points [Politico]. Republican pollster Frank Luntz didn't mince words, saying Trump's campaign is "cratering" [Bloomberg].

  3. President Barack Obama pushes back against claims that a $400 million payment to Iran was a "ransom" to win the freedom of four detained Americans who were released the same day [Bloomberg]. Donald Trump's campaign is now admitting he did not see video footage from the Iranian government of the U.S. unloading the money from an airplane in Tehran as he previously claimed [ABC News].

  4. President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump's claim that the election was going to be "rigged" against him, saying the GOP nominee needs to start "acting like a president" [Politico].

  5. Secret Service agents rush the stage at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Nevada to protect the Democratic nominee from protestors [CNN].

  6. An LDS Church official urged members of the faith to eschew today's "hyperpolarized rhetoric" in favor of empathy for each other [Tribune].

  7. Outdoor industry leaders join the call for President Barack Obama to declare Bears Ears as a new national monument [Tribune].

  8. Utah Democratic Rep. Brian King wants to make it harder for those convicted of domestic abuse to own guns [Tribune].

  9. Utah bar and restaurant owners are furious after a change in the DABC inventory software messed up quite a few liquor orders [Tribune].

  10. Utah prosecutors and law enforcement officials say the state needs a hate crime statute "with teeth" because it's nearly impossible to prosecute such offenses under existing statute [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln approved the first federal income tax. 
  • 1884 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
  • 1962 - Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home at age 36.
  • 1974 - President Richard Nixon admitted ordering the Watergate investigation halted six days after the break-in. Nixon said he expected to be impeached.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Wolverines and others need our help to avoid being roadkill

Editorial: Chaffetz plays politics with IRS workers

Midvale tries a new approach to floating tax-hike plan

DABC computer glitch has Utah restaurants and bars scrambling for liquor

Utah needs hate-crime law with teeth, prosecutor says

Industry trumpets support for Bears Ears monument at Outdoor Retailer

Utah lawmaker looks to tighten laws keeping guns out of hands of abusers

Deseret News

Op-ed: Though facing opposition, NewVistas deserves a second look

Op-ed: Recovery audit contractors are making lemonade for the federal budget

Editorial: Early childhood education gets increased attention and funding

Here's how Gary Johnson feels about guns, Black Lives Matter and purple politics

State auditor investigating UFA for 'improper compensation,' 'potential misuse of public funds'

Big money, environmentalists and the Bears Ears story

Law enforcement, activists reiterate need to replace Utah's 'toothless' hate crime law


Editorial: A city councilman's joke falls flat in Centerville (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump's path to victory depends on surge of white men (The Hill)

Trump: Ryan is 'a good guy, actually' (The Hill)

U.S. and Russia brawl over race for U.N. chief (Politico)

Trump team projects optimism amid dire poll numbers (Politico)

Clinton broadens campaign effort to target wary Republicans (Washington Post)

Obama spends 7 minutes dodging on whether Iran will use $400 million to fund terrorism (NTK Network)

U.S. poised top hit Obama's target of 10,000 Syrian refugees (Associated Press)

Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten US (Associated Press)

Donald Trump and Mike Pence Again Diverge on Endorsements (New York Times)

Man charged with supporting ISIS allegedly had links to attack in Texas (Washington Post)

Clinton campaign studying alternative to U.S. ethanol mandate (Reuters)

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