Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 278th day of the year. There are 88 days left in 2016.

Utahns are split on whether new teacher licensing guidelines are a good idea. The vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday night. New York authorities shut down Donald Trump’s foundation.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Utahns are divided over new guidelines that make it easier for non-educators to become teachers in Utah’s public schools [Utah Policy].
  2. It is entirely possible for groups gathering signatures to get an initiative on the ballot to meet the requirements while basically ignoring rural areas [Utah Policy].
  3. Proxy fight! The vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine is tonight at Longwood University [Bloomberg]. Here’s what to watch for [The Hill].
  4. Donald Trump‘s foundation is ordered to stop fundraising by the New York AG [NBC News].
  5. Donald Trump appears to suggest that military veterans who are suffering from PTSD are weak [Politico]. Vice President Joe Biden pounced on the comments saying Trump’s “ignorance is so profound” [CNN].
  6. Utah lawmakers discuss their Mormon faith and politics [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  7. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is fundraising using Mitt Romney’s email list he purchased from Mitt Romney [Deseret News].
  8. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz says he hasn’t gotten much fallout from a campaign mailer linking Gov. Gary Herbert to Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin [Deseret News].
  9. Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah political leaders open a 100-year old time capsule from the capitol building [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Latino activist Tony Yapias makes his first court appearance following being charged with rape [Deseret News]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1927 – Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore. It would take 14 years to complete, with work finishing in 1941.
  • 1957 – The Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1.
  • 1990 – German lawmakers held the first meeting of the reunified country’s parliament in the Reichstag in Berlin.