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Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, September 22, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 266th day of the year. There are 100 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump, Jr. visits Utah. The Democratic AG candidate drops out of the race. Jason Chaffetz rips the CEO of the company that makes the EpiPen over massive price hikes.

The clock:

  • Four days to the Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University (9/26/2016)
  • Four days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
  • 12 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
  • 12 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 17 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 18 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • 20 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 25 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 27 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 27 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 47 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 123 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 168 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Donald Trump, Jr. visits Utah to raise money for his dad's presidential campaign and meets with Republicans on Utah's Capitol Hill [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  2. Democrat Attorney General candidate Jon Harper stunned the Utah political world on Wednesday when he announced he was abruptly dropping out of the race [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  3. A review of spending by the law firm hired by the Utah Legislature to help with Utah's effort to take control of public lands found some improper spending while other things were underbilled to the state [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  4. Sen. Mark Madsen, who left the Republican Party and became a Libertarian, is no longer allowed to attend the Senate GOP, but there's a legal reason for that [Utah Policy].

  5. As first reported by, lawmakers will likely meet in a November special session to fix a problem with the allocation of monies from a gas tax hike passed by the 2016 Legislature [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  6. Donald Trump calls for the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to be implemented nationwide as a way to combat violent crime [Politico].

  7. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declares a state of emergency in Charlotte following the second night of violent protests over the police shooting of an African-American man [CNN].

  8. A new survey finds Utahns are divided over whether President Barack Obama should declare Bears Ears a national monument [Tribune].

  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz ripped Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, over her explanation of why the company increased the price of the EpiPen more than 500%. "This is why we believe you," Chaffetz said bluntly when he heard her explanation for the price increase [Business Insider].

  10. Ahead of the first presidential debate on Monday, the editor of PolitiFact offers some tips on how moderators can fact check the candidates during the debate [PolitiFact].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The British hanged American Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale. His famous last words were, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

  • 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

  • 1949 - The Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb.

  • 1975 - President Gerald Ford escaped a second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore, who tried to shoot him as he walked from a San Francisco hotel.

Today At Utah Policy

Review of Public Lands Legal Expenses Finds Some Improper Spending

Utah House Republicans were told Wednesday that the Legislature’s federal lands commission’s consultants spent their travel and alcohol reimbursements appropriately....

Donald Trump, Jr. Meets with Republicans on the Hill

Donald Trump Jr. made a short visit with Utah GOP lawmakers Wednesday as he met with local media types and held a fundraiser for his father’s presidential campaign in a quick trip to the Beehive State....

GOP Legislative Leaders Hoping for November Special Session to Fix Gas Tax Snafu

GOP legislative leaders are looking to a November special session to fix a twice-fouled-up road funding formula for cities and counties....

Madsen No Longer Welcome in Senate GOP Caucus

You’ve heard of the man without a country?Well, state Sen. Mark Madsen is now officially a man without a caucus....

Liberal Journo Admits: Chaffetz Is a Pretty Good Investigator

The Atlantic's Michelle Cottle makes clear that she thinksRep. Jason Chaffetz's Oversight Committee has spent too much time investigatingthe Obama administration over Benghazi, Hillary's email server, etc., but grudgingly acknowledges that in the endChaffetz is "doing the Lo...

Stunner! Democrat Jon Harper Withdraws from the Attorney General Race

Democratic Attorney General candidate Jon Harper has suddenly withdrawn from the November election due to health reasons....

Policy News

Utah Delegation, Gov. Herbert, Release Joint Statement in Opposition of Monument Designation in Utah
The entire Utah congressional delegation, including Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Mia Love (R-UT), as well as Gov. Gary Herbert issued the following joint statement today in opposition ...

Governor Appoints New State Senator and Representative
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Don Ipson to serve as state senator in senate district 29 and Walter Brooks as state representative in house district 75. The senate vacancy was created by the resignation of Sen. Steve Urquhart on Sept. 9....

Finance Republicans Call for Review of Rebate Practices for Mylan's EpiPen
In a letter, Senate Finance Committee Republicans requested a review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) administration and oversight of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP) regarding Mylan’s EpiPen. ...

SLCC Wins DOE Grant for $2.23M, STEM Support
Salt Lake Community College has been awarded a $2.23 million grant under the Department of Education's hallmark Strengthening Institutions program. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA still intent on locking public out

Jon Harper stuns Utah Democratic Party, campaign by abruptly dropping out of AG's race

Special session of Utah Legislature likely to fix gas tax glitch

Donald Trump's son in Utah for fundraiser, defends Skittles tweet

Utah voters split on Bears Ears monument as leaders dig in to fight it

Watchdog group calls for UTA board to be elected, not appointed

Judge to rule on Navajo complaint over San Juan County polling places

New homeless shelters or not, The Road Home is not going away, director says

Utah schools doing better than public thinks, report shows

Senator: Protect school property taxes from business-incentive deals

Ipson appointed to replace Urquhart, Brooks fills House vacancy

Federal lands lawsuirt firms sometimes charged state too much, or too little

Utah school board candidates describe distrust, healthy tension between lawmakers and educators

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: The Utah Debate Commission

Natalie Gochnour: Thought jewels from Washington, D.C.

Jay Evensen: What Salt Lake could learn from Hurricane Katrina

Editorial: Tragic youth deaths in Park City raise legitimate concerns

Democrat Jon Harper withdraws from Utah attorney general's race

Sen. Orrin Hatch proposes bill to speed up missionary visa applications

Donald Trump Jr. defends comparing refugees to candy that 'would kill you'

West Jordan councilman attends first city meeting since alleged drunken incident

Lawmakers consider creating board exam for teachers in effort to keep standards high

Fallout of a failed deal: State leaders hope to learn from Facebook negotiations

Utah lawmaker introduces legislation to curb opioid epidemic

Anti-monument rally: 'Please don't take this land from us'


Utah County Democrats struggle to keep voters who turned out to caucus active (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump, Clinton at odds over police shootings (Politico)

How Trump Could Win the Debate (Politico)

CNN reporter attacked on live TV during Charlotte protests (The Hill)

Trump responds to accusations about foundation (The Hill)

N.C. Gov. declares state of emergency following violent Charlotte protests (USA Today)

Poll: Trump tops Clinton in battlegrounds Nevada, N. Carolina, Ohio (FOX News)

Trump touts stop-and-frisk practice amid black outreach (CNN)

IRS Commissioner Pushes Back on Impeachment Attempt (Wall Street Journal)

Yellen helps Clinton dodge a bullet (Politico)

Congress rails on the maker of EpiPen (Business Insider)

US Allows Boeing and Airbus to Sell Planes to Iran (New York Times)

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