Morning Must Reads for Thursday, November 3, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 308th day of the year. There are 58 days left in 2016.

11 Utah legislative races to watch on election day. A British court says lawmakers in that country must vote on Brexit. Donald Trump’s campaign scrambles to lock down Utah.

The clock:

  • Five days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 46 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 78 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 81 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 126 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Here are 11 Utah legislative races you should pay attention to on election day [Utah Policy].
  2. About 30% of Utahns say they’ve argued with friends, families or coworkers about the 2016 election [Utah Policy].
  3. Stunner! A British court rules members of parliament must vote on the Brexit process before it can move forward [CNN Money].
  4. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 points in a new national poll [CBS News]. The reason Trump is surging in the polls? Republican voters are gravitating back to the GOP nominee [The Hill]. State-level polling shows Clinton with a lead in most swing states [Huffington Post].
  5. Despite some recent poll instability, most voters haven’t changed their mind about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump all year [Five Thirty Eight].
  6. Donald Trump‘s campaign is scrambling to lock down normally rock-solid Republican Utah in the campaign’s final days [BuzzFeed].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert has raised more than $2.5 million in campaign cash this year while his Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz has loaned his own campaign $2.7 million [Deseret News].
  8. The white nationalist who targeted Evan McMullin with a homophobic robocall in Utah has apologized [Associated Press, Tribune]. A second round of anti-McMullin robocalls is hitting Utah calling the independent candidate a liar [KSL]. McMullin makes his pitch to younger voters in Utah [Deseret News].
  9. Rep. Paul Ray is drafting legislation that would automatically apply the death penalty to anyone who targets and kills a police officer [Deseret News].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority hired an anti-union consulting firm to help the agency thwart the Teamsters Union’s efforts to unionize some agency supervisors. The final price tag was about $3,000 per day [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 – John Willis Menard of Louisiana became the first African American elected to the United States House of Representatives. Opposition to his election prevented him from ever being seated.
  • 1911 – The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
  • 1957 – The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite; a dog on board named Laika was sacrificed in the experiment.
  • 1986 – A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.