Morning Must Reads for Thursday, September 8, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 252nd day of the year. There are 114 days left in 2016.

Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s not planning on a tax hike for public education. Mitt Romney wants Gary Johnson included in the presidential debates. Donald Trump has a big lead among non-college educated white voters.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he won’t include a tax hike for public education in his 2017 budget proposal [Utah Policy]. 
  2. In a last-ditch effort to stop a Bears Ears national monument, Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s planning to pitch a compromise to the Obama administration [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Mitt Romney says he wants to see Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson get a spot on the debate stage later this month [Politico].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert is still trying to dodge questions about whether he supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton discuss military and national security issues during a “Commander in Chief” forum on Wednesday night. Trump spent a lot of time praising Vladimir Putin during the event while Clinton tried to downplay the email scandal that is still dogging her campaign [NBC News].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Hillary Clinton created a security problem when she purchased used Blackberry phones off of EBay [NewsMax].
  7. A new poll shows Donald Trump has a decisive lead over Hillary Clinton among non-college educated white voters [Bloomberg].
  8. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michael Weinholtz is pushing back against allegations that his fundraiser at a performance of “Saturday’s Voyeur” is offensive to Mormon voters [Tribune].
  9. National Democrats announce an effort to mobilize voters in Utah ahead of November’s election [Tribune].
  10. Sen. Steve Urquhart resigns his seat ahead of the election to take a job with the University of Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1565 – The first permanent European settlement in what is now the Continental United States was founded on the site of the present St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1664 – The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
  • 1941 – A 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
  • 1974 – President Gerald Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard M. Nixon.