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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 264th day of the year. There are 102 days left in 2016.

Mike Lee has a massive 37-point lead over Misty Snow. Former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly vote for Hillary Clinton. Sen. Jim Dabakis may have caused an international incident with his trip to Iran.

The clock:

  • The Utah Attorney General debate at Dixie State University is tomorrow (9/21/2016)
  • Six days to the Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University (9/26/2016)
  • Six days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
  • 14 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
  • 14 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 20 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • 22 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 19 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 27 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 29 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 29 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 49 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 125 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 170 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Mike Lee has a whopping 37-point lead over Democrat Misty Snow according to our newest poll [Utah Policy].

  2. Former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly vote for Hillary Clinton in November [Politico].

  3. Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in Saturday's bombings in New York and New Jersey, was captured following a manhunt and shootout [CNN]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz took New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for not initially saying the incident had a possible terrorist link [Newsmax].

  4. The Senate is nearing a deal to fund the federal government until December 9, thus avoiding a government shutdown [The Hill].

  5. Lester Holt, moderator for the first presidential debate, has selected the topics he wishes to discuss. They are "America's Direction," "Achieve Prosperity," and "Securing America" [Politico].

  6. Donald Trump, Jr., who is scheduled to make a fundraising stop in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, is catching some heat for a tweet comparing Syrian refugess to tainted Skittles [CBS News].

  7. Some Iranian officials are accusing Sen. Jim Dabakis of spying after he made a "secret" trip to that country [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. The Salt Lake Catholic Diocese is urging church members to pressure legislators to abolish the death penalty [Deseret News].

  9. The Utah Transit Authority has figured out a way to get around opening some meetings to the public. According to a spokesperson, some meetings aren't really meetings. Instead, they're just some committee members "having an informal discussion" [Tribune].

  10. Designs for the new Utah State Prison already include room for a 1,000 bed expansion beyond the 4,000 beds already slated for the facility [Deseret News, Associated Press]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain.
  • 1962 - James Meridith, a black man, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross Barnett.
  • 2011 - The "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay U.S. service members was officially repealed.


Today At Utah Policy


Mike Lee's Lead Over Misty Snow Grows to 37-Points

Sen. Mike Lee has expanded his lead over political neophyte Misty Snow. He now leads the Democrat by an enormous 37-point margin in the latest UtahPolicy.com survey....

Bishop: Congress Must Reassert Itself

The Washington Examiner interviews Rep. Rob Bishop about his efforts to reassert the power of the legislative branch over the executive when it comes to public landsand energy policy. Bishop believessuch acorrective isnecessary given the way the last three Democratic preside...

Trump's 'Art of the Deal'

Donald Trump continues to flirt with deception and half-truths, like questioning whether Pres. Obama was born in the United States and then blaming the 2008 Clinton campaign for starting the rumors....

Twilight of the Berniecrats

Utah Democratic social media exploded, as much as it can, over the weekend arguing about Misty Snow's attack on fellow Democrat Doug Owens....

Mia Love Launches Ad Focused on Veterans

Mia Love is up with her latest ad that's part of her campaign's $1 million media buy....

SLCC Hosts Economy Expert, Author Robert Reich

Salt Lake Community College’s 2016 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics is hosting Robert Reich Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. on the SLCC South City Campus in the Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City....

Policy News


30 Days, Three Campaigns, Two Trade Shows and a Conference
The next 30 days will likely prove to be one of the busiest periods in EDCUtah's history....

Press Release: Rep. Mia Love Named 'Guardian of Small Business'
Congresswoman Mia Love received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) for her strong voting record in the 114th Congress on issues critical to independent businesses....

Trade Mission Connects Utah Companies with Canada's Growing Tech Sector
Gov. Gary R. Herbert led a delegation of 15 Utah companies on a trade mission to Toronto, Canada. The trade mission to Utah’s third-largest export destination focused on innovation. ...

Press Release: Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico Releases Status Update
The bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico released a status update regarding its work in crafting policy recommendations to promote economic growth and long-term prosperity in the U.S. territory. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah peace officers take a less combative approach

Hazards of American Fork Canyon's mining scars draw scrutiny as Snowbird ski resort moves to expand

A 'clean-energy champion?' Groups debate Rep. Mia Love's environmental stance

Jeremy Johnson's family pressures Reyes for grand jury funding

Architects preview design concept for new Utah state prison

Salt Lake City braces for new fight as study calls for increase on housing impact fees

Iranian officials question 'secret visit' to Tehran by Utah state senator

UTA circumvents vow to keep board committee meetings open

Deseret News

Editorial: Jordan District bond deserves to pass

Poll underscores 'ambivalence and uncertainty' Utahns have toward Trump, Clinton

Top federal officials, public to tour Lake Powell Pipeline route

Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis' visit to Iran sparks firestorm

S.L. diocese asks Utah Catholics to urge repeal of death penalty

Potential expansion already a question as new prison moves forward

National Headlines

Did Sid Blumenthal really push birtherism? (Politico)

Millennials Go Mild for Hillary (Politico)

Ryan: Poverty, tax reform could get done in 2017 (The Hill)

CNN falsely adds 'racial' to Trump vetting comments (The Hill)

An unassuming life before a suspect's rampage in a Minnesota mall (Washington Post)

NY, NJ bombings: Suspect charged with attempted murder of officers (CNN)

Prosecutor: Chris Christie was told about plan to close lanes on bridge (Washington Post)

Just 3 percent of Americans own almost half of the country's guns, study says (McClatchy)

Christian prayers at county board meetings ruled OK by federal court (Associated Press)

After Bombings, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Clash Over Terrorism (New York Times)

Trump's latest tax plan is cheaper, but still costs a lot (CNNMoney)

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