How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. Mia Love has a 13-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens in the latest survey [Utah Policy].
  2. 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].
  3. 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].
  4. 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].
  5. 19% of Republicans want Donald Trump to drop out of the race according to a new survey [Reuters].
  6. 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].
  7. House Speaker Paul Ryan cruised to an easy victory over a longshot primary challenger who had been praised by Donald Trump [Fox News].
  8. 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]. 
  9. Dozens of local governmental entities are proposing tax hikes this year [Deseret News].
  10.  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.