Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 258th day of the year. There are 108 days left in 2016.

Utahns are considering minor-party candidates because of Donald Trump. Mia Love launches an attack ad against Doug Owens. Donald Trump unveils his childcare proposal.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. A majority of Utahns say they are considering voting for third-party candidates because of Donald Trump‘s presence on the ballot [Utah Policy].
  2. Mia Love launches a new ad hitting her Democratic opponent Doug Owens for his work to stop the Legacy Highway [Utah Policy].
  3. Donald Trump unveils a proposal to make childcare more affordable by allowing childcare expenses to be deductible [CBS News].
  4. Donald Trump‘s business empire is so expansive that almost every decision he would make as president would involve a serious conflict of interest [Newsweek].
  5. The New York Attorney General has launched a probe into Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation [Bloomberg].
  6. Gary Johnson takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for his inclusion in the first debate [Politico].
  7. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell calls Donald Trump a “national disgrace” in an email exchange that was released by hackers [NBC News].
  8. A new study says fewer Mormons are identifying as Republicans because of their distaste for Donald Trump [Tribune].
  9. Independent candidate Evan McMullin campaigns at the Utah State Fair [Tribune].
  10. Latino activist Tony Yapias talks to the media about the rape allegations that have been leveled against him [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1901 – President William McKinley died of wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. He was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • 1959 – The Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-launched space vehicle to land on the moon.
  • 2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; President George W. Bush toured the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers over a bullhorn.