Morning Must Reads for Thursday, September 15, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 259th day of the year. There are 107 days left in 2016.

Utah GOP leaders are wading into some state school board races. Donald Trump, Jr. will attend a fundraiser in Salt Lake City next week. Facebook selects New Mexico for a new data center instead of Utah.

The clock:

  • 11 days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
  • 19 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 24 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 34 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 54 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 130 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 175 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Utah GOP leaders are stepping into some state school board races to oppose candidates backed by the Utah Education Association [Utah Policy].
  2. Donald Trump, Jr. will attend a high-dollar fundraiser for his father’s campaign in Salt Lake City next week [Utah Policy].
  3. Facebook selects New Mexico instead of West Jordan for their new data center. West Jordan officials lash out at Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams for opposing the project [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Rep. Rob Bishop‘s Public Lands Initiative gets a public hearing with the ultimate goal of heading off a national monument designation for Bears Ears [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump release more information about their health records [Politico].
  6. A new national poll shows the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is virtually tied [CBS News].
  7. Donald Trump visited Flint, Michigan. During a speech at a local church, Trump started his stump attacks on Hillary Clinton but was cut off by the church’s pastor [NBC News].
  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says it’s very likely that Hillary Clinton‘s private email server was hacked, making it highly probable that her emails will eventually be leaked online [Town Hall].
  9. The Utah Education Association endorses Gov. Gary Herbert over Democrat Mike Wineholtz [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert says a “scheduling conflict” will prevent him from debating Mike Weinholtz at the Utah League of Cities and Towns convention. The gubernatorial debate at that event has been a tradition for nearly three decades [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
  • 1942 – The armies of Nazi Germany began their siege of the Russian city of Stalingrad.
  • 1963 – Four black girls were killed in the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 1982 – The first edition of the USA Today newspaper was published.