How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 231st day of the year. There are 135 days left in 2016.

A poll shows Rob Bishop appears headed for re-election in November. Democrat Mike Weinholtz shakes up his campaign. Salt Lake County residents speak out against a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Rep. Rob Bishop has a huge lead over Democrat Peter Clemens according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  2. Trailing badly in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz shakes up his campaign [Utah Policy].
  3. Donald Trump reportedly replaced his campaign team because he felt “boxed in” and “controlled” to moderate his personality on the campaign trail [Washington Post].
  4. Senior Republicans in Washington are warning the party to not abandon support for Donald Trump because it could lead to an electoral wipeout for the GOP in November [CNN].
  5. Poll Watch: Hillary Clinton has big leads in Colorado, Virginia while Iowa is a much tighter contest [Bloomberg]. Donald Trump is ahead in Indiana [Politico].
  6. Salt Lake County residents speak out against West Jordan’s pursuit of a Facebook data center [Deseret News, Tribune]. 
  7. Some of the FBI notes from their interview with Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server could be made public [The Hill].
  8. A federal judge is recusing himself from the case over Gov. Gary Herbert‘s effort to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood [Associated Press, Deseret News].
  9. The LDS Dems group makes their pitch to voters, arguing Utah’s Democratic Party is much more “family friendly” than the GOP [Deseret News, 2 News].
  10. Federal buildings will now be required to allow transgender employees and visitors to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1227 – Genghis Khan died in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia.
  • 1587 – Virginia Dare was the first child of English parents to be born in the New World at Roanoke Island, part of what would become North Carolina.
  • 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified by Tennessee. The law took effect eight days later.
  • 1963 – James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.