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Monday, August 8, 2016

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 8, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 221st day of the year. There are 145 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump maintains his lead in Utah, but Libertarian Gary Johnson is picking up ground. Hillary Clinton keeps her polling lead nationally. West Jordan may be trying to lure a massive Facebook data center to that city.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Libertarian Gary Johnson is gaining some steam in Utah. A new poll shows he's gained 6-points since June while Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton haven't moved the needle much during the same time [Utah Policy].

  2. Poll roundup: Hillary Clinton is maintaining her post-election polling bump. The average of six major polls shows she is ahead by 10-points [CNN]. A poll released on Sunday has Clinton up over Trump by 8-points mostly because of her popularity among women [Politico].

  3. Donald Trump is set to propose a moratorium on new financial regulations during a stump speech in Detroit on Monday [Bloomberg]. Trump will also announce a plan to help working parents by making childcare payments completely tax deductible [The Hill].

  4. Former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, has more support among black voters than Donald Trump [The Hill].

  5. West Jordan officials are making moves to possibly lure a massive Facebook data center to their city by offering tax incentives [Deseret News].

  6. Libertarian candidate presidential Gary Johnson rally with hundreds of their Utah supporters during a Saturday event at the University of Utah [Tribune].

  7. Democratic AG candidate John Harper attacks incumbent Republican Sean Reyes for providing information about a rape case to the federal judge who was accused of committing the crime [Tribune].

  8. The judge who threw out public corruption charges against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff rules the case against John Swallow can proceed [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. The Alliance for a Better Utah wants lawmakers to alter the law on how mail-in ballots are counted. The Lt. Governor's office disqualified 64 ballots in the race between Rep. Mel Brown and Logan Wilde because they were postmarked after election day. Wilde ended up winning by 9 votes [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  10. A system outage grounded Delta Air Lines flights around the globe and stranded passengers [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1844 - Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
  • 1974 - Facing impeachment over the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign. He left office the next day.
  • 1988 - The first night game at Chicago's Wrigley Field was played.
  • 1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait.
  • 2007 - Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a charge of making sexual advances to an undercover police officer at a Minneapolis airport restroom.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

No Accountability One Year After the EPA-caused, DOI-approved Gold King Mine Disaster
It has been one year since the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:...

Better Utah Calls on Legislature to Change Mail-In Ballot Deadline
The Alliance for a Better Utah called on the Utah Legislature to make changes to Utah’s election law to allow mail-in ballots to be postmarked on election day....

Lee Reacts to DOJ Review of ASCAP, BMI
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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GREENbike Sees Biggest Ridership Week in Organizational History
GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share program, has eclipsed its previous record for ridership in a single week....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: State favors locally-driven compromise for Moab land management

Op-ed: Homeless solutions should put neighborhood safety at top of list

Op-ed: Tax credits have sparked development in Utah

Op-ed: We have a good homeless plan, and the imperative to act on it

Op-ed: Solar energy industry deserves encouragement 'the Utah way'

Editorial: This time, EPA is sued for doing too little in Utah

Group calls for changes in wake of mail-in ballot dispute

Dem candidate says A.G.'s office undermined rape victim's case

Third-party candidates Johnson and Weld pitch themselves as antidote to polarization at Utah rally

Air Force has found landing spot for a hotel near Park City

Thirsty Utah county frustrated with latest setback to long-desired dam

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Annual guide to what politicos are really saying

Op-ed: Openly licensed educational resources pose a threat to teachers

Op-ed: We must work together to combat the threat of pornography

Editorial: Pres. Obama and Sen. Lee seek sane federal sentencing reform

Secret moves to lure Facebook data center to West Jordan questioned

Judge declines to dismiss criminal charges against ex-A.G. John Swallow

Utahns are safer, but many don't feel it, report says

Doug Robinson: 'It's not about me,' Sandy's mayor says

Who is Gary Johnson? Some frustrated Utah voters looking at Libertarian candidate

Troubled teen treatment brings hundreds of millions to Utah economy


Delegates formally approve Dan Hemmert to replace Utah Sen. Al Jackson (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Payday loans take advantage of the hard-working poor (Standard-Examiner)

Bill inadvertently cut Cache County road funding (Logan Herald Journal)

Not all bikers against wilderness proposal (Park Record)

National Headlines

Democrats fear 'October surprise' as White House ponders hack response (Politico)

Iran executes nuclear scientist reputed to have spied for U.S. (Politico)

Gingrich: Trump has 'gotten the messages' (The Hill)

Kasich: Trump campaign contacted me about VP job (The Hill)

Cotton: Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email (Washington Examiner)

Hope for a Wave, but Republicans Doubt Clinton's Coattails (New York Times)

Trump on Clinton: 'She took a short-circuit in the brain' (CNN)

How police departments are ensuring the use of body cameras (Christian Science Monitor)

Ravens' Watson: Planned Parenthood created to 'exterminate blacks' (CBS News)

Analysis: Here Are 7 Big Problems With Hillary's Green Energy Plans (Daily Caller)

Feds open talks on growing human organs in animals (CNN)

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Getting Bitten
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Who Would Have Guessed?
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