Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 278th day of the year. There are 94 days left in 2016.

Debate fallout continues at the national level. Salt Lake County Auditor releases audit of Recorder Gary Ott’s office. U.S. Senate struggles to vote on bill to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. 

The clock:

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

Talking points for Wednesday:

1-Utahns have strong confidence that their election ballot will be counted accurately, a new Utah Policy poll shows (Utah Policy).

2-Government shutdown looms as Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate bicker regarding “simple” bill to fund the federal government (New York Times) (The Hill).

3-Sen. Orrin Hatch participates in the Beehive Podcast, discussing education for high-tech careers and other technology topics. He is bringing Apple CEO Tim Cook to Utah on Friday for the Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame dinner (Beehive Podcast).

4-Political Guru Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball colleagues analyse the election as it stands, including the Electoral College ratings and the chances of the Democrats taking over the Senate (Rasmussen Reports).

5-Violent crime rose in 2015 in the United States, and the murder rate jumped by double digits, the FBI reported. Murders jumped by 16 percent in Chicago (Fox News) (Wall Street Journal).

6-SL County Recorder Gary Ott doesn’t show up to respond to county auditor’s evaluation of his office’s performance (Deseret News) (Tribune) (Deseret News editorial).

7- UTA addresses closed meetings issues before Salt Lake County Council (Tribune).

8-Will Monday’s presidential debate move the needle in the race? (The Hill). GOP lawmakers give Trump bad reviews (The Hill).

On this day in history:

  • 1066 – William the Conqueror invades England, landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex.
  • 1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California at San Diego Bay.
  • 1779 – Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
  • 1781 – 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown.
  • 1787 – Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval.
  • 1850 – U.S. Navy abolishes flogging as punishment.
  • 1887 – Yellow River floods in China, killing an estimated 1.5 million people.