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Friday, September 9, 2016

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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 253rd day of the year. There are 113 days left in 2016.

No third-party candidates in Utah debates this year. Officials are investigating more cyber attacks on U.S. election systems. Trump continues to claim he opposed the Iraq war.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. It's looking more and more like Donald Trump's unpopularity in Utah will not hurt Republican candidates this year [Utah Policy].

  2. No third-party candidates in Utah will make the stage for the debates this fall. Additionally, the poll used to determine who will participate in the contests shows Mia Love with a huge lead over Democrat Doug Owens [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  3. Uh oh! U.S. officials are investigating more cyber attacks on state election systems [CBS News]. 

  4. This is exactly as weird as it sounds. Donald Trump did an interview with Larry King on a Russian government sponsored news network [The Hill].

  5. Donald Trump continues to hang on to the claim that he opposed the Iraq war, but it's clear he only started questioning the war after the invasion [CNN].

  6. Donald Trump unveils a $20 million plan to expand school choice options for low-income children [Politico].

  7. GOP lawmakers say they will continue their investigations of Hillary Clinton even if she wins the November election [Politico].

  8. Josh Romney says he's worried Donald Trump could do "permanent damage" to the Republican party [Deseret News].

  9. Former Utah Transit Authority planner Michael Clara loses his bid to get some documents that he says will show he was fired for warning the group was violating federal safety standards [Tribune].

  10. North Korea conducted the fifth and largest nuclear test in that country's history. North Korean officials also say they have developed the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The second Continental Congress officially changed the new American's nation from "United Colonies" to "United States."
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on national television for the first time - on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
  • 1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
  • 1971 - More than 1,000 convicts took over the state prison at Attica, N.Y. and held hostages. 

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Trump Won't Help Utah Democrats in 2016

There’s been much speculation whether the unpopular Donald Trump will drag down other Republican candidates on the Utah ballot....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #298

We have some advice for Gov. Gary Herbert in this week's show - just stop talking about Donald Trump! We also try to figure out why Herbert has been so wishy-washy on the Trump issue....

2016 Election Projections: Utah State Senate

There are 15 seats up for election in the Utah State Senate in 2016. Our projections expect exactly zero of them to change party control this year....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #298

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week that was in Utah politics....

Pro-Life Group Launches Campaign to Help Mia Love Mitigate Trump Effect

The Susan B. Anthony List undertakes a major effort to help Rep. Mia Love overcome her well-funded Democratic opponent, aswell as the possible down-ballot effect ofDonald Trump's unpopularity among manyUtahns....

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....

Utah Debate Commission Sets Participants for November Debates

No third-party candidates qualified to make the stage for this fall's Utah Debate Commission events....

Three Utahns Named to '50 Most Beautiful' List in Washington, D.C.

The Hill is out with their annual list of the 50 "most beautiful" people in Washington, D.C. Three Utahns made the list....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Democratic National Committee Launching Victory Leaders Council in Utah
Last week, the Democratic National Committee announced the launch of its state-based Victory Leaders Council program....

Press Release: Doug Owens to Champion Utah Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens announced the third plank of his plan to create good jobs and grow Utah’s economy....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Reverse Mexican immigration continues - but maybe not in Utah

Third parties out in the cold for Utah debates; Mia Love's lead is large

Former UTA planner denied records he says show he was fired for safety warnings

Lisa Shaffer to head Salt Lake City's public services department

UTA receives $4.27 million grant to replace aging buses

Water report: Utah's thirsty, and getting thirstier

Public and private leaders break ground for new rodeo arena in Utah Fairpark

Democrat Clemens to launch 'listening tour' in 1st Congressional District

Deseret News

Evan McMullin: I'm running for president to give voters someone they can support proudly

Mitt Romney tweets for the first time since July, and it wasn't about Trump or Clinton

Jordan School District seeks $245M bond to build 6 new schools

Latino population growth in U.S., Utah is slowing post-recession, report says

Tiny magnetic pollution particles could cause brain damage, study finds

Mayor selects Salt Lake City public services director

Josh Romney warns of possible 'permanent damage' to GOP by Donald Trump


New report shows Utah County second in nation for job growth in 2015 (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Polls: Trump and Clinton deadlocked in Florida, Ohio (Politico)

Merrick Garland MIA on campaign trail (Politico)

Trump: Lauer 'very professional' and 'tough' as forum moderator (The Hill)

Poll shows tight race in 4 battleground states (The Hill)

DOJ Granted Immunity to Specialist Who Deleted Hillary Emails (New York Times)

North Korea conducts fifth nuclear test, claims it has made warheads with 'high strike power' (Washington Post)

No new trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (CNN)

House moving toward showdown over impeaching IRS chief (Associated Press)

North Carolina Men Arrested in Hacking Into CIA Director's Email (New York Times)

'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson's misstep exposes shortcomings of his presidential candidacy (Los Angeles Times)

Hillary Clinton's trust deficit proving to be a glaring flaw (Washington Times)

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