How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Friday, August 26, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 239th day of the year. There are 127 days left in 2016.

Most Utahns oppose naming Bears Ears as a national monument. Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump for stoking racist elements on the political Right. Clinton opens up a massive lead nationally.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. A new poll shows only 19% of Utahns want Bears Ears to be declared a new national monument. More prefer Rep. Rob Bishop‘s Public Land Initiative [Utah Policy].
  2. The November election hasn’t happened yet, but leadership races are already heating up on Utah’s Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  3. Wanna know what happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our week-in-review [Utah Policy].
  4. Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump for his ties to the racist alt-right movement and that he’s helping a “radical fringe” take over the GOP [New York Times]. Trump fires back at Clinton for using the “race card” [The Hill].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants information on whether Hillary Clinton took meetings with people after they donated to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State [Bloomberg].
  6. Arizona Sen. John McCain‘s Republican primary challenger, Kelli Ward, launches an extremely nasty attack against the 79-year-old senator, suggesting he might die in office if he wins another term [Washington Post].
  7. Straight fire! Hillary Clinton unleashes a campaign ad directly tying Donald Trump to the KKK [Politico].
  8. Hillary Clinton has opened up a 10-point lead in a national poll, which is prompting rumblings she could win in a landslide in November [Politico].
  9. While West Jordan struggles to revive the plan to win a Facebook data center, New Mexico offers more enticements to the social media giant [Tribune].
  10. Evan McMullin‘s long-shot bid for the presidency is struggling to meet ballot access deadlines across the country [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect – giving women the right to vote.
  • 2004 – An Army panel investigating prisoner abuse at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison said they had discovered “serious misconduct and a loss of moral values.”