Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 321st day of the year. There are 45 days left in 2016.

Officials are investigating the well-being of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott. Most Utahns get their political news from television. Donald Trump’s transition team is reportedly in disarray.

The clock:

  • 33 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 65 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 68 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 113 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 356 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 720 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Officials are investigating the well-being of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott after a complaint of elder abuse [Utah Policy].
  2. Most Utahns get their political news from television with internet news sites in second. Social media and newspapers lag far behind [Utah Policy].
  3. A legislative audit of the University of Utah athletic program finds the school needs more controls on spending [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Trouble in Trumpland. Donald Trump‘s transition team is wracked with controversy following what some are describing a “Stalinesque purge” of staffers close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who left the team on Friday [NBC News]. Trump’s transition team is falling behind on many issues that should be resolved already, which is causing some panic in Washington [Huffington Post].
  5. Donald Trump is reportedly considering Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for Attorney General [Bloomberg].
  6. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could be in trouble as House Democrats delay leadership elections, which would give rivals more time to mount a challenge [CNN]. House Republicans unanimously give Paul Ryan another term as Speaker [The Hill].
  7. Sen. Barbara Boxer is introducing legislation to get rid of the Electoral College [CNN]. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton‘s lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote has grown to over 1 million votes [Politico]. Idaho’s Secretary of State tells people who are mounting a last-ditch effort to deny Trump the White House to leave the state’s electors alone [Politico].
  8. Taylorsville Mayor Larry Johnson vetoes a proposed campaign finance ordinance that would increase reporting of campaign spending, a move which is raising some eyebrows [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake County may stop contributing money to the state’s economic development arm in favor of doing their own economic development work [Tribune].
  10. Utah prison populations are declining after the state changes the way they punish drug offenders [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 – Intended to serve as a “lender of last resort,” the New York Fed opened for business.
  • 1933 – The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon authorized the construction of the Alaska Pipeline with the signing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law.