Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 299th day of the year. There are 67 days left in 2016.

Davis County Republicans could punish party officers who don’t support the GOP presidential nominee. Mia Love has a consistent lead over Doug Owens. Gov. Gary Herbert appears headed toward a big win on election day.

The clock:

  • Seven days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
  • 14 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 55 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president [12/19/2016)
  • 87 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 90 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 135 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. The Davis County GOP could oust a party officer for supporting independent candidate Evan McMullin over GOP nominee Donald Trump [Utah Policy].
  2. Mia Love has a 13-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert appears headed for an easy victory over Democrat Mike Weinholtz in November [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah Democrats are outperforming Republicans in returning their mail-in ballots so far, but GOP officials aren’t worried [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Premiums for some popular plans sold through the Affordable Care Act are set to jump by 25 percent next year [Washington Post].
  6. Donald Trump is launching a nightly live campaign broadcast on Facebook [Bloomberg].
  7. As part of his narrative that the election is “rigged” against him, Donald Trump has not said whether he will concede if he loses to Hillary Clinton. However, it won’t matter much if he does or doesn’t [CNN].
  8. Some Republican candidates are threatening to sue television stations if they run campaign ads linking them to Donald Trump [Huffington Post].
  9. GOP VP nominee Mike Pence is set to make a campaign stop in Utah on Wednesday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Most of the ballots in Morgan County are erroneous, asking voters to cast ballots in a Senate district they don’t live in [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1854 – Known as the Charge of the Light Brigade, 670 British cavalrymen fighting in the Crimean War attacked a heavily fortified Russian position and were killed.
  • 1929 – During the Teapot Dome Scandal, Albert B. Fall, who served as U.S. President Warren Harding’s interior secretary, was found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office. He was the first presidential Cabinet member convicted of a crime.
  • 1962 – U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.
  • 1983 – U.S. troops invaded the tiny, leftist-ruled island in Grenada, rescuing 1,000 American students and restoring order to the country.