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.
- 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:
- Rep. Chris Stewart has a 29-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Charlene Albarran [Utah Policy].
- 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].
- 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].
- 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].
- A new survey finds nearly half of all voters won’t consider casting a ballot for Donald Trump [The Hill].
- 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].
- 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].
- 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].
- 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].
- 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.