Morning Must Reads for Friday, October 7, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 281st day of the year. There are 85 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for Sunday’s second presidential debate. Evan McMullin is set to name his running mate. Hurricane Matthew could disrupt the 2016 election in Florida.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Bob Bernick argues that a group of wealthy Utahns should step up and put forward citizen initiatives on many issues that Utah lawmakers refuse to address [Utah Policy]. 
  2. What happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our video week-in-review [Utah Policy].
  3. The second presidential debate is Sunday. The town hall format could be a minefield for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump [CBS News]. Here’s what Trump needs to do to win [The Hill].
  4. Donald Trump urges terminally ill voters to hang on until after the election is over so they can vote for him [Washington Times].
  5. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is set to name businesswoman Mindy Finn as his running mate [Politico].
  6. Hurricane Matthew could cause significant problems for the 2016 election [Bloomberg].
  7. 30 former GOP lawmakers sign a letter saying Donald Trump “makes a mockery” of conservative principles and lacks the “intelligence” to be president [Vanity Fair].
  8. A way, way-too-early poll shows Mike Pence leading the possible 2020 Republican presidential field [Politico].
  9. Salt Lake County Council candidate Catherine Kanter accuses Republican incumbent Richard Snelgrove is ducking debates [Deseret NewsTribune].
  10. A lawsuit claims officials with the Mountain Accord violated open meetings law [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
  • 1949 – Less than five months after Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany, the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) was proclaimed within the Soviet occupation zone.
  • 1963 – President John F. Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
  • 1996 – Fox News Channel made its debut.
  • 2001 – The United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan; bin Laden praised God for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a videotaped statement aired on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera.