Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 293rd day of the year. There are 73 days left in 2016.

Utah lawmakers have $1 billion in cash in various state accounts. The third presidential debate in Las Vegas could be extremely nasty. Donald Trump calls for term limits for Congress. 

The clock:

  • The 3rd Congressional District debate at Utah Valley University is tonight (10/19/2016)
  • The third presidential debate at UNLV is tonight (10/19/2016)
  • 13 days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 20 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 96 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 141 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Utah lawmakers have nearly $1 billion cash sitting in various state accounts [Utah Policy].
  2. Rep. Chris Stewart has a big campaign cash advantage over Democrat Charlene Albarran. Most of Stewart’s donations this cycle have come from PACs while nearly 90% of Albarran’s money is donations to herself [Utah Policy].
  3. There are quite a few indications that the race between Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is tightening up [Utah Policy].
  4. The third and final presidential debate is Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton promises to be the nastiest one yet [Politico]. Trump has asked Barack Obama‘s half-brother to be his guest at the event, while billionaire Trump provocateur Mark Cuban will be Clinton’s guest [CNN]. 
  5. Donald Trump says he will push for a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of congress [NBC News].
  6. President Barack Obama tells Donald Trump to “stop whining” about a rigged election [Huffington Post]. Experts say it’s nearly impossible to actually rig a presidential election [Washington Post]. Utah election officials push back against Trump’s assertions that the election is rigged against him [Tribune]. However, a number of top GOP officials are fearful widespread voter fraud could steal the election from Trump [Politico].
  7. Salt Lake City sets aside nearly $30 million to boost the amount of affordable housing and to purchase sites for new homeless facilities [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz makes an emotional appeal for the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah after his wife pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession charges [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Derrin Owens is proposing a statewide registry for convicted child abusers [Deseret News].
  10. A coalition that includes the Salt Lake NAACP, Democratic legislators, and GOP Chairman James Evans are calling for an audit of the Salt Lake City School District. The group alleges among other things that the school board is under serving minority students on Salt Lake’s west side [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, adopted a declaration of rights and liberties which the British Parliament ignored.
  • 1781 – Britain’s Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American Revolution.
  • 1987 – the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.