How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Monday, August 29, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 242nd day of the year. There are 124 days left in 2016.

One Utah Republican is not worried about Donald Trump hurting his campaign this year. Trump plans to deliver a major immigration speech this week. Anti-Trump Republicans plan to run ads asking him to withdraw.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. At least one Utah Republican isn’t worried about Donald Trump‘s presence on the ballot in November [Utah Policy].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants the FBI to release Hillary Clinton‘s schedules from her time as Secretary of State [Utah Policy].
  3. Donald Trump says he will deliver a “major speech” about illegal immigration on Wednesday [CBS News].
  4. A group of anti-Trump Republicans are set to launch television ads in swing states calling on the GOP nominee to step aside so the party can replace him before the November election [Politico].
  5. Libertarian Gary Johnson says this year’s election is so crazy that he has a shot at winning [Bloomberg]. However, Johnson says if he does not make the debate stage next month, it’s “game over” for his campaign [Politico].
  6. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe calls Donald Trump a “psychopath” [Politico].
  7. Why don’t they just take his phone away?! Anthony Weiner is involved in yet another gross sexting scandal [New York Post].
  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow wants the Utah Supreme Court to rule whether his rights were violated when prosecutors seized email communications with defense lawyers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A judge will not overturn a disputed election for Wayne County Commission despite evidence that the winner was improperly aided by his wife, who is a deputy county clerk [Tribune].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints businessman Dan Hemmert to the Utah Senate. Hemmert replaces Sen. Al Jackson who resigned in July [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

 On this day in history:

  • 1877 – Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
  • 1957 – Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes against a civil rights bill.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the Gulf Coast, causing massive flooding in New Orleans. Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.