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Thursday, September 8, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, September 8, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 252nd day of the year. There are 114 days left in 2016.

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's not planning on a tax hike for public education. Mitt Romney wants Gary Johnson included in the presidential debates. Donald Trump has a big lead among non-college educated white voters.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he won't include a tax hike for public education in his 2017 budget proposal [Utah Policy]. 

  2. In a last-ditch effort to stop a Bears Ears national monument, Gov. Gary Herbert says he's planning to pitch a compromise to the Obama administration [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  3. Mitt Romney says he wants to see Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson get a spot on the debate stage later this month [Politico].

  4. Gov. Gary Herbert is still trying to dodge questions about whether he supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump [Tribune, Deseret News].

  5. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton discuss military and national security issues during a "Commander in Chief" forum on Wednesday night. Trump spent a lot of time praising Vladimir Putin during the event while Clinton tried to downplay the email scandal that is still dogging her campaign [NBC News].

  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Hillary Clinton created a security problem when she purchased used Blackberry phones off of EBay [NewsMax].

  7. A new poll shows Donald Trump has a decisive lead over Hillary Clinton among non-college educated white voters [Bloomberg].

  8. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michael Weinholtz is pushing back against allegations that his fundraiser at a performance of "Saturday's Voyeur" is offensive to Mormon voters [Tribune].

  9. National Democrats announce an effort to mobilize voters in Utah ahead of November's election [Tribune].

  10. Sen. Steve Urquhart resigns his seat ahead of the election to take a job with the University of Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1565 - The first permanent European settlement in what is now the Continental United States was founded on the site of the present St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1664 - The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
  • 1941 - A 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
  • 1974 - President Gerald Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard M. Nixon.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert: No Tax Hike for Public Education in 2017

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s 2017-2018 budget proposal, to be unveiled in early December, will not have a tax hike for public education, the governor said Wednesday....

2016 Election Projections: Statewide and Congressional Races

Utah Democrats have lost 28 statewide elections in a row dating back to 1992. That trend isn't likely to end this year as we think Republicans are poised to win big this year....

Senator Urquhart Resigns from the Utah Senate

Senator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) resigned from the Utah State Senate Wednesday afternoon. He presented the following letter to Senate President Wayne Niederhauser....

NYT Throws Shade on Chaffetz's Clinton Investigations

The New York Times takes a typically one-sided look atHouse Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz's efforts to investigate Hillary Clinton's lawlessbehaviorwhile servingas secretary of state, suggestingthat Clinton is being "tormented"by Chaffetz and other House Republicansfor p...

Lori Chillingworth Announced as 2016 ATHENA Award Winner

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced Lori Chillingworth as the 2016 ATHENA Award recipient. ...

Herbert Looking for Options to Stop Bears Ears Monument

Watch for GOP Gov. Gary Herbert to take some kind of compromise land use plan to Democrat President Barack Obama soon to stop the president from declaring the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah a national monument....

Weekly Survey: How Important are the Presidential Debates?

How far will the presidential debates go toward determining who wins the White House in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

KUED, Hinckley Institute of Politics Launch New Weekly Series
KUED has launched a new weekly half-hour public affairs series in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah....

Business Community Gets in on Local Football Rivalry
The battle for bragging rights extends beyond the football field and into the business community this weekend as the University of Utah Utes hosts the BYU Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. ...

Utah Science and Math Teachers named Finalists for Presidential Teaching Award
Seven Utah educators have been named state finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching....

USTAR Launches University Technology Acceleration Grant, Accepting Proposals for Technology Acceleration Program
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative is pleased to announce it is accepting proposals for two of its grant programs, the Technology Acceleration Program and the University Technology Acceleration Grants.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Two new homeless shelters? Not so fast, says SLC Council

Utah Gov. Herbert hints he could pitch plan to protect Bears Ears

Utah County No. 2 nationally for job growth

Defending fundraiser, Dem hopeful Mike Weinholtz says 'Saturday's Voyeur' is parody, not anti-Mormon bigotry

Mitt Romney says Libertarian Gary Johnson should be included in debates

Hanging bad: Campaigns breaking the law with election signs along Utah highways

Sen. Steve Urquhart resigns, moves, takes new job at U.

Herbert once again dodges on support for Trump

Dems announce effort to mobilize voters in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Vote Utah's conscience: Evan McMullin, not Donald Trump, is the candidate worth rallying around

Dan Liljenquist: Sen. Steve Urquhart made a difference

Natalie Gochnour: A plea for bridges, not a wall

Jay Evensen: High schoolers switching teams - the age-old struggle for balance in education

Gov. Gary Herbert: Utahns have 'difficult decision to make' in presidential race

West Jordan leaders pass new code of conduct amid councilman controversy

Steve Urquhart resigns from Utah Senate

Gary Johnson and Hillary Clinton are essentially tied in Utah

Utah's unique landscape of rural schools and small urban charter schools has created difficult issues


Silicon Slopes vs. Silicon Valley: The ongoing search for tech talent (Daily Herald)

BRT opponents set to argue case before Utah Supreme Court (Daily Herald)

Lehi residents still undecided on $50 million bond option and park problem (Daily Herald)

Official: Proposed water district will answer to populace (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

McConnell eyes short-term funding deal through Dec. 9 (The Hill)

Russian fighter jet gets within 10 feet of US Navy plane (The Hill)

The most powerful woman in GOP politics (Politico)

Whoops: Independent candidate appears to have accidentally picked a running mate (Politico)

Hillary admits upping med 'load' to combat coughing fits (American Mirror)

Poll: Trump Leads Clinton Among Military and Veteran Voters (NBC News)

Trump lifts ban that excluded The Washington Post and other news media (Washington Post)

Justice Department Bringing New Information to Case at Supreme Court (Wall Street Journal)

Sen. Rand Paul: EpiPen Scandal Is a Perfect Example of Crony Capitalism (TIME)

Trump raises about $90 million in August (Reuters)

Jill Stein charged over pipeline protest (The Hill)

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