How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Friday, August 19, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 232nd day of the year. There are 134 days left in 2016.

Utahns oppose spending $53 on a coal port in Oakland. Lawmakers will have another special session in the fall. Donald Trump says he “regrets” some of his behavior on the campaign trail.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Most Utahns oppose spending $53 million in special impact funding to build a coal port in Oakland, California [Utah Policy]. The four counties behind the plan have withdrawn their application, but they may try again in the future [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Utah lawmakers will meet in a third special session this fall to make some adjustments to how gas tax money is distributed [Utah Policy].
  3. Could Hillary Clinton pull off a shocking win in Utah this year? Watch our political week-in-review to find out [Utah Policy].
  4. Well, that was unexpected. Donald Trump says he has “regret” for some of his conduct during this year’s campaign, although he didn’t offer specifics [CBS News]. 
  5. Why didn’t she say that earlier? Hillary Clinton told the F.B.I. that Colin Powell advised her to use personal email during her tenure as Secretary of State [New York Times].
  6. Donald Trump‘s running mate, Mike Pence, and his son, Donald Trump Jr., are coming to Utah in September [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Chris Stewart says he’s worried about Russian hackers possibly disrupting the presidential election in November [Deseret News].
  8. The Public Service Commission approves Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to provide electricity to a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan [Tribune]. Rep. Joel Briscoe wants to limit how much tax money school districts can offer as economic incentives because the Jordan School District is considering a $94 million package for the Facebook center [Deseret News].
  9. Utah native Evan McMullin has apparently missed the deadline to get on the ballot in Alabama [Politico].
  10. The Justice Department announced plans to end the use of private prisons [Mother Jones].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 – A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1960 – U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was convicted in a Moscow court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released 18 months later in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1991 – a coup orchestrated by hard-line Communists and led by Vice President Gennady Yanayev removed Mikhail Gorbachev as president of the Soviet Union. The coup would endure for three days before being put down.
  • 2004 – Internet search engine Google went public.