How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 244th day of the year. There are 122 days left in 2016.

Pro-education groups plan to push for a tax hike to fund schools. Derek Miller is considering a run for Senate in 2018. Donald Trump heads to Mexico to meet with that country’s president.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Pro-education groups are planning a push for a tax hike to boost education funding [Utah Policy].
  2. Derek Miller, head of the World Trade Center Utah, says he’s eyeing a bid for Senate in 2018 [Utah Policy].
  3. Utahns overwhelmingly support restrictions on drones flying near wildfires [Utah Policy].
  4. Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto just hours before he’s set to deliver a “major” address on illegal immigration in Arizona [CBS News]. Here’s what Trump might say in that highly-anticipated speech on immigration [Associated Press].
  5. Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz easily defeat their primary challengers on Tuesday [NBC News].
  6. Donald Trump pounced on the news that the FBI recovered 30 emails from Hillary Clinton‘s personal email server that may be related to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi [Politico].
  7. Ahead of a visit to Utah by Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, some Utah Republicans reiterate their support for the GOP presidential ticket, but other’s aren’t so sure [Utah Policy, Associated Press, Tribune].
  8. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Donald Trump‘s campaign chief, Steve Bannon, slammed Mitt Romney and his sons for skipping military service, opting instead to serve Mormon missions [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Chris Stewart says he’s not surprised that Russian hackers have been targeting election systems in the United States [Deseret News].
  10. Evan McMullin‘s campaign missed the deadline to get on the presidential ballot in Oregon [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1897 – Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.
  • 1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement that ended a 17-day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.
  • 1997 – Britain’s Princess Diana died of injuries following a car accident in Paris that also killed her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver.
  • 2010 – President Barack Obama announced the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.