Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 286th day of the year. There are 80 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump’s support in Utah collapses in a new poll. Wayne Niederhauser calls for Trump to leave the GOP ticket. Trump declares war on the GOP establishment.

The clock:

  • The U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University is tonight (10/12/2016)
  • Five days to the 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University (10/17/2016)
  • Seven days to the 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University (10/19/2016)
  • Seven days to the third presidential debate at UNLV (10/19/2016)
  • 20 days to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 27 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 103 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 148 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Woah! A new Utah poll shows Donald Trump‘s support is collapsing in Utah as he is tied with Hillary Clinton following the release of a 2005 video tape which shows him bragging about groping and making advances on a married woman. Independent candidate Evan McMullin is statistically tied with the two major party candidates in the poll [Utah Policy].
  2. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has joined the chorus of Utah Republicans calling for Donald Trump to step down as the head of the GOP ticket [Utah Policy].
  3. Trump unchained! Donald Trump has apparently declared war on the rest of the GOP after House Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned his support for the Republican nominee [Politico]. Republicans up and down the ballot are beginning to fear they’ll get caught in the crossfire, which could endanger their Congressional majorities [Bloomberg]. Meanwhile, some big GOP donors are asking Trump for their money back [NBC News].
  4. President Barack Obama sets an ambitious goal for humanity, sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them to Earth [CNN].
  5. Hillary Clinton‘s campaign chairman, John Podesta, alleges that Donald Trump‘s campaign may have been “tipped off” about cyber attacks against the Democratic nominee [Washington Post].
  6. Republicans are telling Donald Trump to knock it off with the talk about a “rigged” election [Politico].
  7. Hillary Clinton‘s campaign continues to target Utah, releasing a “Mormons for Hillary” video [Deseret News].
  8. Federal prosecutors have dropped an investigation targeting Donna Weinholtz, the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz, for her use of medical marijuana [Tribune].
  9. Utah Republicans say House Democrats are violating legislative fundraising rules by using their office at the Capitol as the address where donors can send checks [Tribune].
  10. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for not doing enough to support women in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus made his first landing in the New World.
  • 1960 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding a shoe on his desk.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald Ford of Michigan for the vice presidency to replace Spiro Agnew.