How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 238th day of the year. There are 128 days left in 2016.

Attorney General Sean Reyes has a big lead in his bid for another term. West Jordan hits the reset button on their plans for a Facebook data center. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Donald Trump should release his tax returns.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes has a 35-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Jon Harper [Utah Policy].
  2. Less than 24-hours after abandoning an effort to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan, the city has revived the plan [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Donald Trump should “open up his kimono” and release his tax returns and medical records [CNN].
  4. Humana announces they are pulling out of Utah’s health insurance exchange, leaving just three providers to choose from [Deseret News].
  5. Donald Trump tells a crowd in Mississippi that Hillary Clinton is a “bigot” who only sees minorities as votes [CBS News].
  6. Donald Trump assures his supporters that he will not support “amnesty” for illegals in the United States. The statement comes amid talk he is planning to moderate his stance on immigration [NBC News]. Ted Cruz‘s supporters pounce on Trump’s reversal on immigration, saying they’re not surprised he’s close to flip-flopping on the issue [Politico]. Trump’s voters don’t seem to mind that he’s changing his mind on the issue as long as he moves forward with his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico [Washington Post].
  7. An investigation shows there’s very little verifiable evidence of voter fraud despite rhetoric labeling it as a major problem [USA Today].
  8. Hillary Clinton and her supporters are burying Donald Trump in an avalanche of negative advertising before he gets a chance to fire back with his own ads [The Hill]. So far, Clinton has outspent Trump on advertising by $64 million [NBC News].
  9. Don Peay, who is heading up Donald Trump‘s efforts in Utah, says talk of Trump’s problems with Mormon voters is exaggerated [Fox 13].
  10. Google Fiber flips the switch in downtown Salt Lake City, bringing their high-speed internet service to Utah’s capital city [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 – Galileo Galilei exhibited his first telescope in Venice.
  • 1916 – The National Park Service was established within the Department of Interior.
  • 1944 – Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
  • 2009 – Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts died of brain cancer at the age of 77.