Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 300th day of the year. There are 66 days left in 2016.
Sen. Mike Lee has a whopping 39-point lead over Misty Snow. A Democratic PAC launches a hard-hitting attack ad against Mia Love. The 2016 presidential campaign could be the costliest in history.
- Six days left to register to vote online in Utah (11/1/2016)
- 13 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
- 54 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president [12/19/2016)
- 86 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
- 89 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
- 134 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)
Ten talking points for Wednesday:
- Sen. Mike Lee is virtually assured of winning re-election this year as our latest poll shows he has a 39-point lead over Misty Snow [Utah Policy].
- Utahns say Hillary Clinton will most likely win the presidential election in November, but they think either Donald Trump or Evan McMullin will carry Utah’s six electoral votes [Utah Policy].
- A Democratic PAC launches a brutal attack ad against Rep. Mia Love [Utah Policy]. Love’s campaign has sent a “cease and desist” letter to local TV stations, warning them to pull the ad because it contains inaccuracies [Utah Policy].
- Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, heads to Utah today to try and shore up what has become 2016’s most surprising battleground state [Time, Deseret News]. The fact that Pence is making a campaign stop in Utah is a sure sign that Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign is in panic mode [Utah Policy].
- Here’s the latest sign of a big rift between Donald Trump‘s campaign and the Republican Party. Trump will no longer hold high-dollar fundraisers to benefit the GOP. Those fundraisers help the party with their GOTV efforts and aid down-ballot Republican candidates [Washington Post].
- Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton‘s policy on Syria would “lead to World War Three” [Reuters].
- The 2016 presidential election could be the costliest in history. The candidates, political parties, and outside groups are on track to spend a combined $6.6 billion [Newsweek].
- The Utah gubernatorial race could set a record for campaign spending in the Beehive State. Democrat Mike Weinholtz is spending nearly $250,000 on TV ads alone [Tribune].
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils his budget for 2017. The $1.2 billion proposal includes no new taxes and a modest $6.8 million increase from property and sales taxes [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
- The one-year freeze on impact fees has cost Salt Lake City more than $7 million in revenue [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1774 – The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
- 1825 – The Erie Canal, America’s first man-made waterway, was opened, linking the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River.
- 1881 – The gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in Tombstone, Ariz.
- 1972 – National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared “peace is at hand” in Vietnam.
- 2001 – President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.