How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 22, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 235th day of the year. There are 131 days left in 2016.

Rep. Chris Stewart has a huge lead in his bid for another term. A vote on a possible Facebook data center has been delayed. Trump backs away from his plan for mass deportations of illegals.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Rep. Chris Stewart has a 29-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Charlene Albarran [Utah Policy].
  2. A vote on a plan to offer big tax incentives for a proposed Facebook data center in West Jordan has been postponed for at least a week [Deseret News].
  3. Donald Trump is reportedly ready to back away from his proposal for mass deportations of illegal immigrants. Trump is apparently readying a series of policy proposals to legalize some undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. [CBS News].
  4. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says Hillary Clinton‘s “people” have been “trying to pin” her use of a private email server on him [Politico].
  5. A new survey finds nearly half of all voters won’t consider casting a ballot for Donald Trump [The Hill].
  6. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says both Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt would be offered high-profile positions within his administration [Deseret News].
  7. The national polls may be tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but a number of key swing states remain solidly in the Clinton column [Five Thirty Eight].
  8. Donald Trump has finally started to buy TV ad time, but he’s still being outspent by Hillary Clinton and other Democratic groups by a 2-1 margin [Politico]. Clinton has also reserved nearly $80 million in ad time during the fall in 8 battleground states [Politico].
  9. Tim Lawson, the man once known as a “fixer” for former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, died on Sunday. Lawson was the first person charged in the public corruption scandal involving Shurtleff and John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The husband of Democratic State Senate candidate Dorothy Engelman was recently arrested for shoplifting [St. George News].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 – The United States annexed New Mexico.
  • 1881 – The Red Cross was founded.
  • 1911 – Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was discovered stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was recovered two years later.
  • 1996 – President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.