Morning Must Reads for Thursday, October 6, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 280th day of the year. There are 86 days left in 2016.

Utahns favor term limits for elected officials. Barack Obama’s approval ratings hit the highest point of his second term. Donald Trump takes credit for Mike Pence’s strong debate performance.

The clock:

  • Three days to the second presidential debate at Washington University (10/9/2016)
  • Four days to the 4th Congressional District debate at Salt Lake Community College (10/10/2016)
  • Six days to the U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University (10/12/2016)
  • 11 days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • 13 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • 13 days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 33 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 109 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 154 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. A significant majority of Utahns wants term limits for elected officials [Utah Policy].
  2. President Barack Obama‘s approval ratings now stand at 55%, the highest they’ve been at any time during his second term in office [CNN].
  3. Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld says his primary focus right now is attacking Donald Trump because he thinks it will make it easier to pull voters to the Libertarian ticket [USA Today].
  4. Donald Trump is taking credit for Mike Pence‘s strong performance in Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate [Politico].
  5. Newly surfaced records from New Jersey show Donald Trump‘s business empire faced collapse in the early 1980’s if it had not been for a cash infusion from his father [Newsweek]. There’s also very little evidence that 
  6. For only the third time since its founding in 1857, the editors of The Atlantic magazine have made an endorsement in the presidential race, coming out strongly against Donald Trump. In their scathing anti-endorsement they say, in part, “Trump is not a man of ideas. He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters—the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box—should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent” [The Atlantic].
  7. Two state investigations into whether Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott is suffering from health problems that keep him from running his office are underway [Deseret News].
  8. Misty Snow, the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, is criticizing Sen. Mike Lee‘s religious liberty proposal legalizes “discrimination in the name of religion” [Tribune].
  9. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to a large crowd of supporters in Provo [Tribune].
  10. A paperwork error has cost the venerable Lamb’s Grill in downtown Salt Lake City has lost its liquor license temporarily [Salt Lake Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1889 – Thomas Edison debuts his first motion picture.
  • 1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
  • 1981 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by Islamic militants while reviewing a military parade.
  • 1987 – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 against the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.