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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 265th day of the year. There are 101 days left in 2016.

Lawmakers voice concern about the homeless situation in Salt Lake City. Mia Love has a big lead over Doug Owens. Donald Trump used money from his foundation to settle lawsuits against his business.

The clock:

  • The Utah Attorney General debate at Dixie State University is tonight (9/21/2016)
  • Five days to the Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University (9/26/2016)
  • Five days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
  • 13 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
  • 13 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 18 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 19 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • 21 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 26 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 28 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 28 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 48 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 124 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 169 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Legislative leaders are growing impatient with the homeless situation on the west side of Salt Lake City [Utah Policy].

  2. Ahead of Wednesday night's Utah Attorney General debate, a new poll shows Sean Reyes has a massive 43-point lead over his Democratic opponent [Utah Policy].

  3. Mia Love has a 19-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens in a new survey [Tribune].

  4. Donald Trump used money from his extremely shady foundation to settle about $250,000 lawsuits against his business [New York Times].

  5. Hillary Clinton raised $42 million more than Donald Trump last month [Politico]. Clinton's campaign also spent an astonishing $50 million in August [Associated Press]. Trump ramped up his campaign spending as well, shelling out about $30 million in August, mostly for online advertising [Washington Post].

  6. The chances for Democrats to take control of the Senate are slipping away. One Senate forecast gives Republicans a 52% chance of retaining control after November's elections [New York Times].

  7. When Donald Trump, Jr. makes a fundraising trip to Utah on Wednesday, the controversy over a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles will follow him [Deseret News].

  8. Utah lawmakers will consider doing away with SAGE testing for students and replacing it with the ACT college test [Deseret News, Tribune].

  9. Utah Democrats blast Republican legislators for refusing to expand Medicaid [Tribune].

  10. Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove wants to block sales tax money to the Utah Transit Authority to force the agency to be more transparent [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1780 - American General Benedict Arnold gave plans to the British for the surrender of West Point, New York.
  • 1792 - The Legislative Assembly of revolutionary France voted to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic, stripping King Louis XVI of most of his power.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor received a unanimous vote in the Senate to become the first female member of the Supreme Court.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Reyes Leads by 43-Points in Utah Attorney General Race

On the same day that the Utah Attorney General candidates will face off in a televised debate, a new UtahPolicy.com survey finds the incumbent, Sean Reyes, has a 43-point lead over his Democratic opponent, John Harper....

Lawmakers Growing Impatient with Downtown Homeless Situation

It wasn’t said in these exact words, but it was evident to many involved in aTuesday public hearing before Utah legislative leaders that Salt Lake City and County bosses – all Democrats – have maybe until the January start of the GOP-controlled Legisla...

Gov. Herbert is the Nation's 5th 'Most Popular' Governor

A new national poll finds Governor Gary Herbert has the fifth-highest approval rating of all the governors in the nation....

Supporters Launch Utah Mormons for Hillary

Hillary for Utah announced the launch of Utah Mormons for Hillary – a statewide bipartisan coalition of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are supporting Hillary Clinton for the next President of the United States....

University of Utah Researcher: Trump University Lawsuits Lay Groundwork for Potential Impeachment of Donald Trump

As the presidential race continues to heat up, a new legal analysis released by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Christopher L. Peterson outlines why there is a legally sufficient case to impeach Republican nominee Donald Trump under th...

Policy News


Hatch Expresses Ongoing Concerns with EC State Aid Rulings
Members of the Senate Finance Committee met with European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager to discuss the European Commission’s recent ruling regarding Apple and its tax arrangements in Ireland....

Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power Reach Agreement on Ambitious Clean Energy Goals for City
Mayor Jackie Biskupski sent to the Salt Lake City Council for their consideration the franchise agreement between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power, the City’s electricity provider....

UCAIR & Chevron Issue $45K Clean Air Innovation Contest
Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Chevron announced their Bright Skies -­? Utah Clean Air Innovation Contest. The contest will offer $45,000 in cash awards to winning innovators and entrepreneurs whose solutions make an immediate impact on improving Utah’s air...

Press Release: Lassonde Studios Now Open
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah opened the doors in August to the $45 million Lassonde Studios, a one-of-a-kind facility where students can live, create new products and launch companies....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Facebook saga shows need for tax base in southwest Salt Lake County

Clinton campaign launches 'Mormons for Hillary' group to woo Trump-wary LDS voters

'Why do we persist' with school grading, Democratic Utah lawmaker asks

Don't count on this project as SLC affordable housing - foreclosure looms for State Street venture

County Councilman wants to relook at blocking UTA funds to prod open meetings

Utah leaders push for statewide crisis hotline to combat suicide

Utah Catholic leadership urges faithful to lobby against death penalty in the state

Dems say Obamacare is helping Utahns, but GOP says plan is crumbling

Who will pay for Powell pipeline? All of us, U. economists say

Draft Utah water strategy released; comments sought

Critical thinking or character? Utah school board candidates disagree on the primary goals of public education

UTA proposes ski-bus system overhaul, including end to direct service from downtown

New Tribune-Hinckley poll: Rep. Mia Love extends her lead over Doug Owens

Deseret News

Richard Davis: A vote for Trump is not a vote for Pence

Editorial: Candidates need to take responsibility for their advertising

Herbert, Utah Native American groups plan D.C. rally against monument

Appeal delays massive coal sale planned for central Utah

Sen. Mike Lee has huge lead over challenger Misty Snow in Senate race

Donald Trump Jr.'s comparison of refugees to candy follows him to Utah

Councilwoman pushes for 3-digit suicide crisis hotline number

Lawmakers consider doing away with SAGE in favor of ACT for high schoolers

More parks on horizon if S.L. County voters approve $90M bond

Commission, critics dive headfirst into water project talks

Other

Logan Municipal Council cautious on future possibility of nuclear power (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump's Ohio turnaround (Politico)

Trump puts a boiling battleground in play (Politico)

IRS chief: Don't impeach me (The Hill)

Congress set for Saudi showdown with Obama (The Hill)

Early ballots: Clinton sees strength in NC but lags in Iowa (Associated Press)

Suspect wrote 'bombs will be heard in the streets,' authorities say (CNN)

Sources: Bush 41 says he will vote for Clinton (CNN)

Trump skips swing-state cities; opts for rural town instead (Associated Press)

Top US intelligence official: Snowden should not be pardoned (Associated Press)

Officials from 21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion (Associated Press)

Government paves way for driverless cars to hit the roads (Los Angeles Times)

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