Morning Must Reads for Monday, October 24, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 298th day of the year. There are 68 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump would lead Hillary Clinton by 11-points if Utah had a two-way race this year. Clinton’s campaign is adding paid staffers to their Utah operations. Clinton’s national lead over Trump widens.

The clock:

  • Eight days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 15 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 56 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president [12/19/2016)
  • 88 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 91 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 136 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. If it were just a two-way presidential race in Utah, Donald Trump would lead Hillary Clinton by just 11-points according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  2. Marty Carpenter, Gov. Gary Herbert‘s campaign manager, talks about his journey from TV reporter to political operative [Utah Policy].
  3. Hillary Clinton‘s campaign is adding five paid staffers to their team in Utah and buying advertising in the 2016’s elections’ most surprising battleground state [BuzzFeed].
  4. Hillary Clinton has opened up a 12-point lead over Donald Trump nationally, and she is close to winning an outright majority in the popular vote [Politico].
  5. President Barack Obama is trying to get more Congressional Democrats elected, jumping into some down-ballot races ahead of Election Day [Politico]. Hillary Clinton is also targeting more down-ballot races as her lead over Donald Trump grows [CBS News]. Republicans are becoming increasingly worried Trump could coast the party seats in Congress [ABC News].
  6. A newly surfaced interview from 2012 shows Donald Trump opposed deporting illegal immigrants before he made the issue a central part of his campaign [CNN].
  7. Evan McMullin could ride a wave of support from Mormon voters to a win in Utah [Bloomberg]. McMullin pitches a “new conservative movement” to supporters in the Beehive State [Tribune]. McMullin says if he were to win Utah, it would “send a message” about America’s political environment [Politico].
  8. Equality Utah has filed suit over Utah laws that prevent teachers and students from having “positive” discussions about homosexuality. The lawsuit says the policies violate the First and 14th Amendments [Tribune, Deseret News]. 
  9. Property tax bills have started hitting Utah mailboxes. 52 local governments and entities are hiking taxes this year [Tribune].
  10. AT&T is buying Time Warner for more than $85 billion [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 – The first telegram was transmitted across the United States from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.
  • 1929 – $5 billion in market values were swept away in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which marked the beginning of the Great Depression.
  • 1940 – The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
  • 1962 – The U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.