How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 8, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 221st day of the year. There are 145 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump maintains his lead in Utah, but Libertarian Gary Johnson is picking up ground. Hillary Clinton keeps her polling lead nationally. West Jordan may be trying to lure a massive Facebook data center to that city.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Libertarian Gary Johnson is gaining some steam in Utah. A new poll shows he’s gained 6-points since June while Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton haven’t moved the needle much during the same time [Utah Policy].
  2. Poll roundup: Hillary Clinton is maintaining her post-election polling bump. The average of six major polls shows she is ahead by 10-points [CNN]. A poll released on Sunday has Clinton up over Trump by 8-points mostly because of her popularity among women [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump is set to propose a moratorium on new financial regulations during a stump speech in Detroit on Monday [Bloomberg]. Trump will also announce a plan to help working parents by making childcare payments completely tax deductible [The Hill].
  4. Former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, has more support among black voters than Donald Trump [The Hill].
  5. West Jordan officials are making moves to possibly lure a massive Facebook data center to their city by offering tax incentives [Deseret News].
  6. Libertarian candidate presidential Gary Johnson rally with hundreds of their Utah supporters during a Saturday event at the University of Utah [Tribune].
  7. Democratic AG candidate John Harper attacks incumbent Republican Sean Reyes for providing information about a rape case to the federal judge who was accused of committing the crime [Tribune].
  8. The judge who threw out public corruption charges against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff rules the case against John Swallow can proceed [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Alliance for a Better Utah wants lawmakers to alter the law on how mail-in ballots are counted. The Lt. Governor’s office disqualified 64 ballots in the race between Rep. Mel Brown and Logan Wilde because they were postmarked after election day. Wilde ended up winning by 9 votes [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. A system outage grounded Delta Air Lines flights around the globe and stranded passengers [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1844 – Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
  • 1974 – Facing impeachment over the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign. He left office the next day.
  • 1988 – The first night game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field was played.
  • 1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait.
  • 2007 – Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a charge of making sexual advances to an undercover police officer at a Minneapolis airport restroom.