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Monday, September 26, 2016

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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 276th day of the year. There are 96 days left in 2016.

The Great Debate day has arrived. Utah Genius Panel makes predictions about the debate outcome. Utahns believe Clinton will win presidency, despite supporting Trump more.

The clock:

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

Talking points for Monday:

  1. Well, the Big Night in politics is nearly here (Washington Post). The hyper-hyped presidential debate is on at 7 p.m. on most all news networks.  You can get warmed up for it by watching at 6 p.m. the Utah Debate Commission-sponsored gubernatorial debate at Utah State University. Or, you can blow them both off and watch Monday Night Football.

  2. Polls show presidential race is very close on debate day (Washington Post).

  3. Genius panel: Variety of Utah leaders discuss what will happen in tonight’s debate. (Utah Policy). Pignanelli & Webb offer guide to presidential debate (Deseret News).

  4. Utah Policy Poll: More Utahns will vote for Trump than for Clinton; but more Utahns believe Clinton will ultimately win than believe Trump will win. (Utah Policy).

  5. Democrats may have a harder time winning control of the U.S. Senate than expected (Washington Post).

  6. Homeless situation in downtown SLC has reached crisis level. Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis weighs in (Tribune) along with Downtown Community Council Chairman Christian Harrison (Tribune).

On this day in history:

  • 1580 – Frances Drake completed circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind.

  • 1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine.

  • 1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed first U.S. Secretary of State. John Jay becomes first U.S. Chief Justice. Edmund J. Randolph becomes first Attorney General.

  • 1890 – U.S. stops minting $1 and $3 gold coin and 3 cent piece.

  • 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce.

  • 1918 – World War I: Battle of the Argonne, final major battle of the war.

Today At Utah Policy

Genius Panel: Who Wins Tonight's Debate?

This week’s question: Polls show the Clinton/Trump presidential race is a dead heat. How will the first presidential debate on Monday impact the race, and who do you think will win the debate and the election? Theresa Foxley, attorney and deputy director, Governor&rsqu...

Utahns Believe Clinton Will Win Presidency

Even though Utah almost assuredly will vote for Donald Trump for president this year, more believe Hillary Clinton will win the office than believe Trump will, a new UtahPolicy poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds.It’s a mind-bender – kind of a, “We&rsq...

Chaffetz 'Stunned' by Mills' Immunity Deal

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz says the FBI handed out immunity deals "like candy" to several of Hillary Clinton's closest aides and confidantes in its investigation of her private email system....

Utah's Native Tribes Want Jobs, Not a New Monument

Many local Navajos, Paiutes, and Utes fear a proposed 1.9 million acre national monument in San Juan County would hinder or restrict economic activities important to their livelihood, such as farming, ranching, mining, and gas drilling....

Lee to Trump on SCOTUS Nomination: No Thanks

Donald Trump puts Mike Lee on his short list of potential Supreme Court nominees, but the senator says he's not interested in making a job change....

Poll: Utahns Want Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns

While he likely won’t do it, three-fourths of Utahns want GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Policy News

Press Release: Google Fiber to Connect to Affordable Housing
Gigabit Communities brings no-cost super fast Internet to select public and low-income housing residents in Fiber citiesGoogle Fiber, in partnership with Salt Lake City and thenonprofit, low-income housing provider,Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation (UNPHC), has announced Sa...

Utah Economic Outlook: Shakespeare's Southern Utah Legacy
Although William Shakespeare’s writing dates back 400 years, a number of communities around the United States carry on his legacy at regional Shakespeare Festivals. In 1962, Southern Utah University performed three plays—The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and The M...

Press Release: Utah Global Forum to Welcome Noted British Journalist and Prominent Diplomatic Officials
The Utah Global Forum will feature keynote speaker Edward Luce, chief U.S. columnist for the Financial Times, on Oct. 24 at the Grand America Hotel. He will address how challenges such as the presidential election, Brexit and rising tensions abroad can directly impact Utah b...

A Call for Utah Innovators and Entrepreneurs: $45K Clean Air Innovation Contest
Reprinted with permission from the Economic Development Corporation of UtahCalling Utah's innovators and entrepreneurs. Your solutions to make an immediate impact on improving Utah's air quality may be worth $45,000 in cash awards.Last week the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UC...

Press Release: Doug Owens Calls for Strengthening Education and Job Training
Owens seeks to improve education and job training programs as final plank in new jobs plan.Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens has announced the final plank of his new plan to create good-paying jobs and grow Utah’s economy. Owens has already called for ...

Press Release: Governor Herbert launches Do the Write Thing Challenge
The Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice invite seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the seventeenth annual Do the Write Thing Challenge aimed at combating youth violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods.The challenge offers...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Curtis Bench Trail in Goblin Valley State Park -- Tribune: Recreation: With ski season around the corner, it's time to get in shape Weekend EventsNew Films-- Author: The JT Leroy Story: Tribune review-- Goat: Tribune review -- ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: When Hatch said he wouldn't run again, he was just kidding

Op-ed: It's time to end truancy laws in Utah

Op-ed: We've reached crisis level, and new homeless shelters are needed now

Op-ed: New 250-bed shelters would be too much for neighborhoods

Editorial: Lake Powell pipeline backers need a payment plan

Editorial: Using the ACT could improve the measure of Utah high schools

Study: Utah's highways nation's most improved in 2013

Despite confusion, day-before-election deadline for votes by mail likely to remain

Public Lands Initiative, meant to block Bears Ears monument, passes House committee

Trump adds Sen. Mike Lee to his Supreme Court short list

Colorado envies Utah's transportation system, seeks success tips

Tribune poll: Most Utahns want Swallow to stand trial, nearly half say Shurtleff should have, too

EPA says BLM analysis of Utah oil-shale project is deficient

Tension mounts between Biskupski and SLC Council on new homeless shelters

Rolly: Admirers pay tribute to retired Utah Judge Ray Uno, who became a legend in the Asian community

New Tribune-Hinckley poll: Trump leads Clinton by 9 percentage points

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Your guide to the heavyweight presidential debate

Hal Boyd: Donald Trump Jr. and swapping Skittles for substance

Ralph Becker: Finding public lands solutions for Utah

Editorial: There is little to suggest the Road Home situation is getting better

Editorial: Religious stock on the rise

Lawmakers, clerks exploring solutions to vote-by-mail postmark issues

Sen. Mike Lee on Donald Trump's latest list of possible Supreme Court nominees

University of Utah professor says Trump could be impeached if he wins

Doug Robinson: Former superintendent Bowles is going back to the classroom

Foster parents, agency heads urge Senate to act on Family First Prevention Services Act

About Utah: We're the 'diploma mill of concealed guns'

Both Trump, Clinton 'have a lot to prove' to Utah voters in first debate


Editorial: Utah County Board of Commissioners takes solid steps on improving public access (Daily Herald)

Utah County Commission to allow public at budget discussions for the first time (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Changes to school grades was a bad thing to do for Utah schools (Standard-Examiner)

State Senate District 19 candidates discuss intergenerational poverty (Standard-Examiner)

Utah 1st Congressional candidates speak on plans to solve opioid epidemic (Standard-Examiner)

USU prepares to host gubernatorial debate (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County politicians ready for Clinton versus Trump on Monday (Park Record)

National Headlines

If Hillary loses, Democrats face a long time in exile (New York Post)

U.S. slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible (Yahoo News)

6 weeks to go, Clinton and Trump are tied (Politico)

Trump hitches a ride on Bibi's coattails (Politico)

Clinton's lead narrows to 3 points in Pennsylvania (The Hill)

Trump vs. Clinton: Debate of the century gets wilder (The Hill)

For Trump-Clinton Debate, The Biggest Rules Are Secret (NBC News)

Washington mall shooting suspect to be arraigned Monday (CNN)

Clinton struggles to make Obama's coalition her own (Associated Press)

Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas (New York Times)

How immigration helps the US economy: Report (Christian Science Monitor)

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