Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 264th day of the year. There are 102 days left in 2016.
Mike Lee has a massive 37-point lead over Misty Snow. Former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly vote for Hillary Clinton. Sen. Jim Dabakis may have caused an international incident with his trip to Iran.
- The Utah Attorney General debate at Dixie State University is tomorrow (9/21/2016)
- Six days to the Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University (9/26/2016)
- Six days to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University (9/26/2016)
- 14 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
- 14 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
- 20 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
- 22 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
- 19 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
- 27 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
- 29 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
- 29 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
- 49 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
- 125 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
- 170 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Tuesday:
- Mike Lee has a whopping 37-point lead over Democrat Misty Snow according to our newest poll [Utah Policy].
- Former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly vote for Hillary Clinton in November [Politico].
- Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey, was captured following a manhunt and shootout [CNN]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz took New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for not initially saying the incident had a possible terrorist link [Newsmax].
- The Senate is nearing a deal to fund the federal government until December 9, thus avoiding a government shutdown [The Hill].
- Lester Holt, the moderator for the first presidential debate, has selected the topics he wishes to discuss. They are “America’s Direction,” “Achieve Prosperity,” and “Securing America” [Politico].
- Donald Trump, Jr., who is scheduled to make a fundraising stop in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, is catching some heat for a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to tainted Skittles [CBS News].
- Some Iranian officials are accusing Sen. Jim Dabakis of spying after he made a “secret” trip to that country [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The Salt Lake Catholic Diocese is urging church members to pressure legislators to abolish the death penalty [Deseret News].
- The Utah Transit Authority has figured out a way to get around opening some meetings to the public. According to a board member, some meetings aren’t really meetings. Instead, they’re just some committee members “having an informal discussion” [Tribune].
- Designs for the new Utah State Prison already include room for a 1,000-bed expansion beyond the 4,000 beds already slated for the facility [Deseret News, Associated Press].
On this day in history:
- 1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain.
- 1962 – James Meridith, a black man, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross Barnett.
- 2011 – The “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on openly gay U.S. service members was officially repealed.