How to Sound Smart about Utah Politics for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 209th day of the year. There are 157 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton makes history. Bill Clinton will campaign in Utah next month for his wife. Obama suggests the Russian government hacked the DNC to help Donald Trump win in November.

The clock:

  • 104 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 180 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 225 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Bill Clinton is headed to Utah in August to campaign for his wife Hillary [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Expect Donald Trump and other members of his family also to campaign in Utah before the November election [Utah Policy].
  3. Two-thirds of Utahns say they would support moving to online voting in elections, but they’re not entirely confident those ballots would remain secure [Utah Policy].
  4. Hillary Clinton makes history by becoming the first woman to capture a major political party’s presidential nomination [Washington Post, Roll Call]. Utahns are conflicted on how they feel about Clinton’s achievement [Tribune].
  5. Following the roll-call vote that gave the nomination to Hillary Clinton, some of Bernie Sanders most hard-core supporters walk out of the convention in protest [Slate, Bloomberg].
  6. Bill O’Reilly pushes back on Michelle Obama‘s DNC speech where she said she wakes up every morning in “a house built by slaves,” saying the slaves who built the White House were “well-fed” and given shelter [Daily Beast].
  7. President Barack Obama suggests the Russian government was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee email system to help Donald Trump win in November [Washington Post].
  8. Logan Wilde‘s 8-vote victory over former Utah House Speaker Mel Brown holds up after the final count makes it official. Brown says he will still likely ask for a recount [Tribune].
  9. Sen. Karen Mayne is preparing legislation to make funding for the DABC budget more stable [Tribune].
  10. Utah teachers are pushing back hard against a new program to give teaching licenses to professionals who do not have training as educators [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 – Maximilien Robespierre, the architect of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, was overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. Robespierre was guillotined the following day.
  • 1953 – A truce officially ended the Korean War.
  • 1974 – The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Richard Nixon’s impeachment.
  • 1986 – Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France.
  • 1996 – A bomb exploded at Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Summer Olympic Games, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 other people.