Morning Must Reads for Monday, September 26, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 276th day of the year. There are 96 days left in 2016.

The Great Debate day has arrived. Utah Genius Panel makes predictions about the debate outcome. Utahns believe Clinton will win presidency, despite supporting Trump more.

The clock:

  • The Utah Gubernatorial debate at Utah State University is tonight.
  • The first presidential debate at Hofstra University is tonight.
  • 8 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate at the University of Utah (10/4/2016)
  • 8 days to the vice presidential debate at Longwood University (10/4/2016)
  • 13 days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • 14 days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • 16 days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 21 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 23 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 23 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 43 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 119 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 164 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Talking points for Monday:

  1. Well, the Big Night in politics is nearly here (Washington Post). The hyper-hyped presidential debate is on at 7 p.m. on most all news networks.  You can get warmed up for it by watching at 6 p.m. the Utah Debate Commission-sponsored gubernatorial debate at Utah State University. Or, you can blow them both off and watch Monday Night Football.
  2. Polls show presidential race is very close on debate day (Washington Post).
  3. Genius panel: Variety of Utah leaders discuss what will happen in tonight’s debate. (Utah Policy). Pignanelli & Webb offer guide to presidential debate (Deseret News).
  4. Utah Policy Poll: More Utahns will vote for Trump than for Clinton; but more Utahns believe Clinton will ultimately win than believe Trump will win. (Utah Policy).
  5. Democrats may have a harder time winning control of the U.S. Senate than expected (Washington Post).
  6. Homeless situation in downtown SLC has reached crisis level. Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis weighs in (Tribune) along with Downtown Community Council Chairman Christian Harrison (Tribune).

On this day in history:

  • 1580 – Frances Drake completed circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind.
  • 1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine.
  • 1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed first U.S. Secretary of State. John Jay becomes first U.S. Chief Justice. Edmund J. Randolph becomes first Attorney General.
  • 1890 – U.S. stops minting $1 and $3 gold coin and 3 cent piece.
  • 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce.
  • 1918 – World War I: Battle of the Argonne, final major battle of the war.