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Friday, September 2, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Friday, September 2, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 246th day of the year. There are 120 days left in 2016.

Mike Pence visits Utah. Mike Lee is not ready to endorse Donald Trump. The Utah GOP drops their legal challenge to SB54.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee says he's still not ready to endorse Donald Trump for president [Utah Policy].

  2. The Utah GOP is dropping their legal challenge to SB54, but it could be revived [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  3. What happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our video week-in-review [Utah Policy].

  4. GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence visits Utah to discuss education and raise some money [Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin says Donald Trump is a "threat to democracy" [Tribune].

  6. Vladimir Putin denies that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but called the act a public service [Bloomberg].

  7. Hillary Clinton's campaign raised a whopping $143 million last month [CNN].

  8. One of the founders of the Latinos for Trump group says if Donald Trump does not win the White House, there would be "taco trucks on every corner" in America [Politico].

  9. Hillary Clinton's advisors are quietly preparing for the possibility she could win in a landslide [Politico].

  10. Libertarian Gary Johnson's chances to make the debate stage this month are dwindling [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1666 - The Great Fire of London began. It destroyed 13,000 houses in four days.
  • 1789 - The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
  • 1864 - Gen. William Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta during the Civil War.
  • 1945 - Japan signed an unconditional surrender aboard the battleship Missouri, formally ending World War II.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Losing My Religion

As UtahPolicy devoted readers may know, it has been part of my professional career to write stories about, and analyze, polls by Dan Jones & Associates....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #297

Mike Pence visits Utah and touts educational vouchers to a state that soundly rejected them. Will his message of educational innovation resonate?...

Utah GOP Dropping SB54 Appeals...For Now

Utah GOP state chairman James Evans tells UtahPolicy that his party’s Central Committee has decided not to appeal a Utah federal court decision upholding SB54, as long as the 2017 Republican-controlled Legislature settles the “plurality” issue not addressed...

Bishop: Let Volunteer Groups Clean Up Mines

Rep. Rob Bishop says "Good Samaritan" charitable groups should be allowed to perform environmental cleanup jobs without the risk of being penalizedby the federal government-which demonstrated its own incompetence inlast year's Gold King Mine disaster....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #297

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Lee Still Hesitant to Endorse Trump

Sen. Mike Lee is still not ready to endorse Donald Trump's presidential campaign....

Weekly Survey: Should More Candidates be Included in Debates?

Should the Utah Debate Commission make it easier for more candidates to participate in the debates this fall? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Poll: Which Utah College Football Team Will Have the Best Season?

As the college football season is set to kick off on Thursday night, most Utahns expect the University of Utah to have the most successful college football season....

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Derek Miller

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss Brazil's economy now that the Olympics are over....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Oakley Trail Weekend EventsNew Films-- The Light Between Oceans: Tribune review -- Little Men: Tribune review -- Miss Sharon Jones! Tribune review -- Morgan: Tribune review -- Morris from America: Tribune review -- Yoga Hosers:...

Press Release: Doug Owens Calls for Lowering America's Corporate Tax Rate
Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens announced the second plank of his plan to create good-paying jobs and grow Utah’s economy....

UESP, StepUp to Higher Education Sponsor 2016 Make Your Mark Contest
The Utah Educational Savings Plan and StepUp to Higher Education will mark Gov. Gary Herbert’s declaration of September as College Savings Month in Utah by sponsoring the annual UESP Make Your Mark bookmark contest....

Salt Lake City Announces Final Schedule for Phase 2 of 1300 South Reconstruction Project
Salt Lake City, in coordination with the Utah Department of Transportation, is reconstructing 1300 South between 400 West and 500 West. This work includes the intersections with side streets and I-15 on- and off-ramps....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Rich County strikes right balance with grazing plan

V.P. hopeful Mike Pence touts school vouchers as education solution in state that rejected them

Evan McMullin tells Utah crowd Trump is a 'threat to democracy'

Utah GOP decides not to continue court battle on SB54

Utah Taxpayers Association won't oppose Jordan School District bond

Lock, limit, remove: Utah legislator presents prevention plan for suicides by firearm

Deseret News

Greg Bell: We ignore the Trumpians at our peril

Hal Boyd: Gov. Mike Pence, v.p. nominee, pitches Utahns, Latter-day Saints

Editorial: Sentencing reform gains foothold in Utah

S.L. leaders tour homeless resource centers amid site selection process

Vice presidential nominee Pence tells Utahns he, Trump aligned on education

Outdoor summit focuses on building Utah's recreation economy

GOP v.p. nominee Mike Pence: Donald Trump is a 'good man' who shares Utah values

National Headlines

Trump's Rust Belt hopes rise in Wisconsin (The Hill)

Pollsters fight to figure out Trump phenomenon (The Hill)

Is Gary Johnson's debate bid doomed? (Politico)

Greens urge Clinton to blacklist Colorado governor (Politico)

In reversal, State Department to produce Clinton schedules before Election Day (CNN)

What makes America 'exceptional'? Clinton and Trump trade places (Christian Science Monitor)

Emails Raise New Questions About Clinton Foundation Ties to State Dept. (New York Times)

Attack Ad Among First Salvos Against Mayor de Blasio in 2017 Race (New York Times)

Montana US House candidates clash over coal in debate (Associated Press)

Josh Earnest Lectures Journalists to Report That the Obama Administration Is Transparent (The Blaze)

Obamacare rate hikes rattle consumers, could threaten enrollment (USA Today)

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