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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 263rd day of the year. There are 103 days left in 2016.

Herbert maintains his massive lead over Weinholtz. New York authorities continue to investigate a Saturday bombing in Manhattan. Donald Trump's hopes for the White House stay alive in Florida.

The clock:

  • Two days to the Utah Attorney General debate at Dixie State University (9/21/2016)
  • Seven days to the Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University (9/26/2016)
  • Seven days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
  • 15 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
  • 15 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 21 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • 23 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 20 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 28 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 30 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 30 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 50 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 126 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 171 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert still has a massive 38-point lead over Democrat Mike Weinholtz according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].

  2. The situation surrounding an explosion on Saturday in Manhattan has escalated. Authorities Monday discovered "multiple improvised explosive devices" at a train station in New Jersey. Five people have been taken into custody in a possible connection to the events [Washington Post]. Officials named 28-year-old Ahmad Khan as a suspect in connection with the Saturday bombing in Chelsea [CNN].

  3. A man dressed as a security officer stabbed nine people at a shopping mall in Minnesota before he was shot and killed. The Islamic State claimed the attacker as one of their own [Associated Press].

  4. Donald Trump must win Florida if he wants to win the White House in November. A new poll shows the contest in that state is tied because white voters support the GOP nominee in large numbers [New York Times].

  5. Donald Trump suggests that, because of Hillary Clinton's opposition to gun ownership, her bodyguards should disarm and "see what happens to her" [Bloomberg]. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit into Trump, calling him a "nasty little bully" with a "dark and ugly soul" [NBC News].

  6. Gov. Gary Herbert and Mike Weinholtz faced off in their first debate on Friday [Deseret News, Tribune]. Herbert won the contest, but not before he made a huge unforced error that Weinholtz did not take advantage of [Utah Policy].

  7. Here's a deep-dive into how Utah eventually lost a proposed Facebook data center to New Mexico [Tribune].

  8. Democrat on Democrat violence! Senate nominee Misty Snow blasts 4th District House nominee Doug Owens for not standing up for the working class [Tribune].

  9. A judge has denied former Attorney General John Swallow's request for a do-over for a preliminary hearing in his public corruption trial [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. St. George Republicans officially select Rep. Don Ipson to replace Sen. Steve Urquhart in the Utah Legislature. Ipson was already running to fill Urquhart's seat after Urquhart announced his retirement earlier this year. Walt Brooks was selected to fill Ipson's seat [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 - American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1881 - President James Garfield, who had been shot by an assassin, died of his wounds. Vice President Chester Arthur was sworn in as his successor.
  • 1957 - The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
  • 1982 - Emoticons were born when Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott Fahlman proposed using a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis - :-) - to depict a horizontal smiley face.
  • 2008 - Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration asked Congress for $700 billion to buy up troubled mortgage-related assets from U.S. financial institutions.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Herbert Leads Weinholtz by 38-Points

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Analysis: Who Won the First Herbert/Weinholtz Debate?

There was an extraordinary moment on Friday during the first debate between Gov. Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz where Herbert left himself wide open to a devastating counterpunch by Weinholtz....

2016 Election Projections: Utah State House

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Poll: Utahns Much Less Likely to Vote for Candidates Who Support Hillary Clinton

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Policy News

Utah Poverty Rate Remains Higher than Before the 2008-2009 Recession, According to New Data
Data released by the Census Bureau show that the Utah poverty rate—11.3% in 2015—has not changed significantly since 2014....

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Modern Government Travel Act
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More Students Proficient in Math, Science, But School Grades Down
More Utah students gained proficiency in math and science while English language arts proficiency levels held steady, according to results from 2016 Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence annual assessment released by the Utah State Board of Education....

Lower Transportation Prices Offset Broad Price Increases Resulting in Steady Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index remained unchanged from July to August on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Salt Lake Chamber Honors Cities with Business Friendly Community Award
The Salt Lake Chamber, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah League of Cities and Towns honored the cities of Clearfield, Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Park City with the “2016 Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community Award” for efforts to reduce burd...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Don't let anti-trust law derail Utah innovation

Op-ed: If water price reflected its true cost, Utahns would conserve more

Editorial: Make public records open by design

Utah's jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

Orem City Council moves to try to ease affordable housing crunch for seniors

Challenger Kanter raises big money for Salt Lake County Council race

Weinholtz and Herbert debate draws distinctions on public lands, federal government

'Why don't you stand up for the working class?' Misty Snow slams fellow Democratic candidate Doug Owens

Clinton campaign sends Delaware Gov. Markell to Utah

Facebook timeline: How fractures in Utah's front drove the data center to New Mexico

Instead of shooting suspects, Utah police are training to de-escalate violence

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah races to watch in the Trump/Clinton-free zone

John Florez: Parents and teachers must run schools

Op-ed: The re-empowerment of the states amendment

Editorial: Salt Lake's job prospects get negative national attention

Iron County sheriff claims commissioners tried to hack his emails

St. George Republican Don Ipson to fill vacant seat in Utah Senate

Trump may need Mitt Romney supporters if he wants to win the White House

Delaware governor courts Utah for Clinton

Public lands issue sparks friction in first gubernatorial debate

Judge rejects ex-A.G. John Swallow's motion to restore preliminary hearing

Hal Boyd: A Jewish and Latter-day Saint faith and freedom without any walls

Utah unemployment rate at 3.7 percent


Too big? What an Alpine School District split could be like (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Salt Lake County has a unified police department. Would it work here? (Standard-Examiner)

Community, state reps experience firefighting at Fire Ops 101 training (Standard-Examiner)

USU faces criticism over handling of labor law changes (Logan Herald Journal)

Congressional hopeful addresses drugs as Park City reels from deaths (Park Record)

National Headlines

Mysterious incidents across U.S. raise fears of terrorism; people taken into custody in New York (Washington Post)

U.S. wire payments to Iran undercut Obama (Politico)

Johnson: Two-party system is a dinosaur, and Libertarians are the comet (The Hill)

'An Act of Terrorism': Investigators Hunting for Clues in NYC Bomb That Injured 29 (NBC News)

Obama Sees 'Personal Insult' if Blacks Don't Rally for Hillary Clinton (New York Times)

ISIS wing claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack (CNN)

Chris Christie will be center of attention when Bridgegate trial begins Monday (New York Daily News)

The Wrong Lessons From Matt Lauer (Wall Street Journal)

Warren: Trump has incited his voters to kill people (Washington Post)

For Yellen, a September Fed surprise could close confidence gap (Reuters)

Easy resolution unlikely for contentious Dakota pipeline (Reuters)

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