Morning Must Reads for Monday, September 12, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 256th day of the year. There are 110 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 15-points in Utah. Clinton collapses at a public event, and her campaign reveals she is suffering from pneumonia. The Mia Love/Doug Owens race is trending toward Love’s re-election now.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Donald Trump has a 15-point lead over Hillary Clinton in Utah according to our latest poll. Gary Johnson is stalled at 13% while independent candidate Evan McMullin checks in at 9% [Utah Policy].
  2. Hillary Clinton collapses at a 9/11 memorial service. Her campaign reveals she has pneumonia as she cancels a campaign swing through California because of the illness [Bloomberg].
  3. Republicans are fuming after Hillary Clinton called some of Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” [Talking Points Memo]. Meanwhile, in defending Trump’s supporters, one of Trump’s sons posted a picture to social media that included a famous white nationalist symbol [NBC News].
  4. Gary Johnson needs to average 25% in the next two national polls to qualify for the presidential debates [Reason].
  5. A national election handicapper says Mia Love now has the edge over Democrat Doug Owens in Utah’s 4th Congressional District after initially rating the race as a “toss-up” [Deseret News].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert‘s spokesman, Jon Cox, is leaving government service to head up Rocky Mountain Power’s government affairs efforts in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming [Tribune].
  7. The results of an audit into the office of embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott are expected this week [Deseret News].
  8. Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is still seeking to fund his wide-ranging probe into public corruption stemming from the John Swallow scandal [Tribune]. 
  9. Boring but important. Retired federal prosecutor Brent Ward, who prosecuted St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, allegedly had close ties with John Swallow that may have affected his job performance [Tribune]. Ward responded to the allegations, saying they were not truthful [Tribune].
  10. A labor union alleges the Utah Transit Authority is spending taxpayer funds to keep employees from unionizing [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 – Henry Hudson discovered what is now known as the Hudson River.
  • 1958 – Little Rock High School in Arkansas was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to admit black students.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush labeled the previous day’s attacks “acts of war” and asked Congress for $20 million to rebuild and recover.