Morning ‘Must Read’ for Thursday, September 1, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 245th day of the year. There are 121 days left in 2016.

Utahns pick the Utes to have the best college football season this year. Donald Trump doubles down on his anti-immigration plans after visiting Mexico. Mike Pence and Evan McMullin visit Utah on Thursday.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. As the new college football season is set to get underway, Utahns expect the University of Utah to have the best season this year [Utah Policy].
  2. Donald Trump visits Mexico, then delivers a fiery anti-immigration speech in Arizona [CBS News]. Anti-immigrant hardliners and white nationalist groups praise Trump’s immigration speech [Talking Points Memo].
  3. Despite the rise of Donald Trump, establishment Republicans have been trouncing anti-establishment challengers in elections this year [Politico].
  4. Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Mike Pence and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin visit Utah on Thursday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The Supreme Court refuses to allow North Carolina’s voter photo ID law to be enforced during this election, which could boost Democrats there in November [Roll Call].
  6. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in a four-way race according to a new poll [Politico].
  7. Democrat Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for taking campaign donations from backers of a push to take control of public lands from the federal government [Associated Press].
  8. Nobody quite knows where the negotiations between West Jordan and Facebook about a proposed data center stand right now [Deseret News].
  9. Georgia Democratic Rep. David Scott makes a donation to Republican Mia Love‘s for her re-election bid [Tribune].
  10. The University of Utah is a finalist for a proposed underground laboratory to develop geothermal energy [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 – Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the country’s south and west.
  • 1914 – The last known passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1939 – World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
  • 1972 – American Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.
  • 1985 – Scientists found the wreck of the British luxury liner Titanic.