How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Friday, August 12, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 225th day of the year. There are 141 days left in 2016.

Utahns say Donald Trump is more trustworthy than Hillary Clinton. Gary Herbert will vote for Trump in November. Bill Clinton makes a fundraising stop in Utah.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Utahns say Donald Trump is more trustworthy than Hillary Clinton [Utah Policy].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will vote for Donald Trump despite his penchant for courting controversy with his remarks [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Former President Bill Clinton visits Utah to raise money and meet with business leaders [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Donald Trump acknowledges he has a “tremendous problem” in Utah while making a pitch for evangelical voters [Utah Policy, ABC News]. Trump also tells evangelicals he would work to do a good job as president because it’s “maybe the only way I’m going to get to heaven” [Politico].
  5. Donald Trump says he would be open to trying Americans accused of terrorism in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay [Miami Herald].
  6. Boring but important: A top aide to Hillary Clinton reportedly interviewed job candidates for the Clinton Foundation while working as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department [The Hill].
  7. More than 70 Republicans send a letter to GOP Chairman Reince Priebus asking him to divert funds away from Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign to protect vulnerable members of the House and Senate [Politico]. Trump says, if that happens, he will stop fundraising for the Republican National Committee [The Hill].
  8. A dozen states, including Utah, plan to ask a judge to halt an Obama directive regarding bathroom access for transgender students in public schools [Reuters].
  9. A new survey finds a slight majority of Utahns favor declaring Bears Ears a new national monument [Tribune]. Rep. Rob Bishop says he likes the idea of Native American tribes co-managing the Bears Ears area [Deseret News].
  10. Utah teachers say a plan to allow college graduates who have expertise in a subject to get a teaching license may cause more problems than it solves [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1851 – Isaac Singer was granted a patent for hs sewing machine.
  • 1898 – A peace protocol was signed, ending the Spanish-American War. The United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines and annexed Hawaii.
  • 1981 – IBM introduced the first personal computer.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.