Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 223rd day of the year. There are 143 days left in 2016.
Mia Love has a big lead over Doug Owens in the latest poll. Donald Trump seemingly suggests gun violence as a way to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing liberal judges. Nearly 20% of Republicans want Trump to drop out of the race.
- 90 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
- 166 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
- 211 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Wednesday:
- Mia Love has a 13-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens in the latest UtahPolicy.com survey [Utah Policy].
- Donald Trump seemingly suggests that gun violence may be a way to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing liberal Supreme Court justices [NBC News]. Trump rejects those claims, saying “Give me a break” [Fox News]. Sen. Elizabeth Warren mocks Trump on Twitter, saying he’s “a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl” [Politico]. Legendary newsman Dan Rather rips Trump’s comments in an epic rant on Facebook [USA Today].
- Newly released emails show links between the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. State Department during Hillary Clinton‘s tenure as Secretary of State [New York Times].
- Poll Roundup: Hillary Clinton enjoys a modest 6-point lead nationally in a new survey [Bloomberg]. Donald Trump is staying close in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania [New York Times].
- 19% of Republicans want Donald Trump to drop out of the race according to a new survey [Reuters].
- Donald Trump agrees to participate in three presidential debates, but he suggests he might try to renegotiate the terms of the contests [Talking Points Memo].
- House Speaker Paul Ryan cruised to an easy victory over a longshot primary challenger who had been praised by Donald Trump [Fox News].
- West Jordan’s plan to offer $240 million in tax breaks to lure a Facebook data center to that city may not need approval from Salt Lake County officials [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Dozens of local governmental entities are proposing tax hikes this year [Deseret News].
- Federal authorities are mulling charges against a former employee of the Utah Communications Authority who embezzled $1 million from the agency over a decade [Tribune]. The state auditor’s office says the UCA needs to implement tighter financial controls in the wake of the embezzlement scandal [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1776 – A committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson suggest the United States adopt “E Pluribus Unum” – “Out of many, one” – as the motto for the great seal.
- 1962 – Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man bade his debut in issue 15 of “Amazing Fantasy.”
- 1977 – 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested and charged with being the “Son of Sam” serial killer.
- 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 107th justice.