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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 258th day of the year. There are 108 days left in 2016.

Utahns are considering minor-party candidates because of Donald Trump. Mia Love launches an attack ad against Doug Owens. Donald Trump unveils his childcare proposal.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. A majority of Utahns say they are considering voting for third-party candidates because of Donald Trump's presence on the ballot [Utah Policy].

  2. Mia Love launches a new ad hitting her Democratic opponent Doug Owens for his work to stop the Legacy Highway [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump unveils a proposal to make childcare more affordable by allowing childcare expenses to be deductible [CBS News].

  4. Donald Trump's business empire is so expansive that almost every decision he would make as president would involve a serious conflict of interest [Newsweek].

  5. The New York Attorney General has launched a probe into Donald Trump's charitable foundation [Bloomberg].

  6. Gary Johnson takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for his inclusion in the first debate [Politico].

  7. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell calls Donald Trump a "national disgrace" in an email exchange that was released by hackers [NBC News].

  8. A new study says fewer Mormons are identifying as Republicans because of their distaste for Donald Trump [Tribune].

  9. Independent candidate Evan McMullin campaigns at the Utah State Fair [Tribune].

  10. Latino activist Tony Yapias talks to the media about the rape allegations that have been leveled against him [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1901 - President William McKinley died of wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. He was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • 1959 - The Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-launched space vehicle to land on the moon.
  • 2001 - The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; President George W. Bush toured the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers over a bullhorn.

Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns Say They're Considering Voting for Third-Party Candidates Because of Donald Trump

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Hatch and Lee's Approval Ratings Jump in New Poll

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Meet the Local Navajos Who Oppose Bears Ears

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Lee tells Pence that White Nationalists are 'Deplorable'

Sen. Mike Lee told GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence that Republicans must reject the views of white supremacists as "deplorable."...

New Mia Love Ad Hits Owens over Legacy Highway (Updated with Response from Owens Campaign)

Mia Love has launched an attack ad against Democrat Doug Owens, hitting him for his work to try and stop construction of the Legacy Highway in the early 2000's....

Poll: Utahns Want Presidential Candidates to Release Detailed Health Information

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Policy News

CfA Calls for Lands Commission to Release Findings of Investigation into Abuse of Taxpayer Resources
Following more than two months of stalling by the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, Campaign for Accountability today formally requested that the commission immediately release the findings of its internal investigation into abuse of taxpayer funds by...

New Census Data Show that Utah Lags in Health Insurance Coverage
New Census Bureau data show that since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented in 2014, the number of uninsured nationwide has dropped from 14.5% in 2013 to 9.4% in 2015....

Judicial Commission Launches New Website to Better Inform Voters
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is launching a new website to better inform Utah voters on the merits of Utah judges throughout the state....

Salt Lake City Begins Construction of University to Downtown Bikeway
Salt Lake City will begin construction of the next phase of the University to Downtown Bikeway on Tuesday, September 13. ...

Hatch, Upton Highlight GAO Report Examining Ways to Reform Medicaid's Financing
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) highlighted a new report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailing policy considerations regarding per capita M...

State Charter School Board Names Lambert Executive Director
The Utah State Charter School Board named Jennifer Lambert as its executive director. Lambert had been serving as interim director since Marlies Burns resigned in July to pursue other interests....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Running an open campaign helps overcome 'false equivalence' problem

CDC: Utah Zika case remains a mystery

Mia Love releases first attack ad hitting Doug Owens on Legacy Parkway

Utah Sen. Mike Lee tells Trump team to call racism 'deplorable'

Utah Latino activist charged with rape says he is 'stunned' by the allegation

Hatch and Lee move up the most popular senator list

Prez hopeful McMullin visits Utah State Fair for funnel cake and some long-shot campaigning

Utah water management plan goes to task force, but public is left in the dark

Salt Lake County restates distaste for Facebook plan

Attorneys argue over former Utah Attorney General John Swallow's request for second-chance preliminary hearing

Southern Utah state school board candidates find common ground on testing, home school, federal overreach

Your Utah school's grade may drop even if its test scores improve

Trump effect? Fewer U.S. Mormons say they're Republicans, study shows

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: You want a 'conversation'?

Richard Davis: 'Saturday's Voyeur' parody, religious bigotry or electoral stupidity?

Editorial: President Obama and Elder Oaks - similar concerns and similar warnings

Latino activist charged with rape says his 'story will come out'

'Elephant in the canyon': Preservationist says abandoned mines pose risks to environment, health

Poll: Utahns want to know more about presidential candidates' health

Draper mayor appoints chief of future fire department


Officials meet in Mary Ellen Gulch to discuss Snowbird's expansion into American Fork Canyon (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Democrats brace against potential 2018 Senate 'disaster' (Politico)

Ex-Hillary Clinton aide refuses to appear at email hearing (Politico)

Clinton camp outlines pneumonia talking points for surrogates (The Hill)

Government funding talks stall (The Hill)

Protesters slam North Dakota pipeline but company 'committed' (Associated Press)

Lawyers Grill Potential Jurors in New Jersey Bridge Trial (Associated Press)

Prosecutor: Refuge occupiers practiced hand-to-hand combat (Associated Press)

Supreme Court Leaves Ohio Voting Restrictions In Place (NPR)

Clinton server technicians decline questions from Congress (Reuters)

Edward Snowden's Suggestion for Obama: A Presidential Pardon (Atlantic)

Fed's Brainard Tells Trump to Back Off After Criticism of Yellen (Bloomberg)

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