Political Cornflakes

News roundup: How Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton

First Published      Last Updated Jan 20 2016 11:47 am

How Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton. Bishop to unveil Public Lands Initiative today. Lt. Guv says Utah GOP can’t ban signature seekers from primary.

Happy Wednesday. Think Hillary Clinton would trounce Donald Trump in a general election? Well, there are several scenarios in which Trump wins and takes the White House. News of small-scale terror plots on American soil, foiled or successful, keep voters in a state of anxiety. Spanish-language ads highlighting his support for a strong military bolster Trump. He draws the starkest possible outsider-insider contrast with Hillary Clinton and successfully tars her with her husband’s sexual history. Yup, it’s possible. [Politico]

Topping the news: Today, after a three year wait, Rep. Rob Bishop will unveil the details of his Public Lands Initiative that would affect 18 million acres in eight eastern Utah counties. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the Utah GOP can’t exclude candidates who get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures. [Trib] [FOX13] [KUER]

->  A new poll shows that a majority of Utahns approve of the job Gov. Gary Herbert is doing, but they disapprove of the state Legislature. [Trib][Fox13]

-> Utahns are overwhelmingly positive about the state’s economy and half of Utah workers say they got a raise last year, according to another poll. [Trib]

-> Meanwhile, the Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll found 55 percent of Utahns support spending money to expand services for the homeless. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @KellyO: "Morning duty at White House. One year from today @potus hands the keys to a new president."

From @Nate_McDermott:  "Former governor and vice-presidential candidate endorses Manhattan billionaire as they vow to take on the establishment."

Happy Birthday: To Matt Sanderson and former state Rep. Patrick Painter.

Tune in: Salt Lake City Council Chairman James Rogers and new District 2 Councilman Andrew Johnston join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss homelessness, redevelopment, Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city’s strategy for getting ahead on Capitol Hill. Watch Trib Talk live at12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.

In other news: The number of people killed on Utah’s roads has risen 7 percent in the last year and 25 percent in the last two. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]


-> The Tribune wants to know if you think Utahns should pay more for water if they use more. [Trib]

-> A judge will take a couple of weeks to decide whether the mother of Darrien Hunt, a 22-year-old killed in an officer-involved shooting, will be forced to accept a settlement she says she never agreed to. [Trib] [KUER] [ABC4] [Fox13]

-> New Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has decided not to retain Redevelopment Agency head D.J. Baxter, even though he has several projects underway. [Trib]

-> State Sen. Jim Dabakis is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would end the sharing of income tax revenue between K-12 schools and higher education. [Trib]

-> A nuclear powered submarine set to be delivered in 2022 will be named the "USS Utah." [Trib]

-> Carol Gnade is interim no longer. She now the permanent director of the Utah Pride Center. [Trib]

-> The memorial service for Unified Police Officer Doug Barney, who was killed in the line of duty last weekend, will take place Monday. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] The judge who paroled Cory Henderson, the alleged shooter, is drawing criticism from some law enforcement agents. [KUTV] A recording of Henderson’s parole hearing reveals the judge agreed to allow him to stay in a halfway house while awaiting a new gun charge. [ABC4]

-> Lawyers have selected the jury that will hear the discrimination case against the polygamist communities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. [APviaTrib] [KUTV]

-> A second defendant in the Jeremy Johnson bank fraud case has opted to act as his own attorney. [Trib]

->  State Rep. Jeremy Peterson unveiled a bill to scrap tax credits given to companies that film movies in Utah. [FOX13]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the backlash against Sen. Ted Cruz. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the Utah GOP getting legal advice from an Idaho attorney in the court fight over "Count My Vote" and the path to nomination. [Trib]

Nationally:  The Supreme Court will hear a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive order that would guarantee that as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants wouldn’t be deported and could work legally.  [NYTimes] [CNN] [TheHill]

->  A new report from the Intelligence Community Inspector General says Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server contained "highly" classified information. [CNN] [Politico]

-> A new poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of Clinton by 24 points in New Hampshire. [CNN] [TheHill]

->  Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in a raucous event in Iowa. [WaPost] [CNN] [TheHill] 

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz  attends a morning press conference with Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Rob Bishop to discuss the Public Lands Initiative. He will then conduct town hall meetings in Draper and American Fork.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends a Utah Economic Review then holds a press conference on the Public Lands Initiative. Then he sits down with the Wasatch Front County Commissioners before he heads to the 10 year anniversary event for the World Trade Center Utah. He receives an annual report from the Utah Clean Air Partnership.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the Wasatch Front County Commissioners meeting, then talks with the Women’s Legislative Council.
  • Utah State Auditor John Dougall hosts a roundtable with local government auditors, then visits with officials from Utah County.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits a Utah Association of Counties’ Large Urban Caucus meeting, then chats with Sheriff Jim Winder and District Attorney Sim Gill.
  • President Barack Obama flies to Detroit and visits the North American Auto Show, then delivers a speech at the Union of Automobile Workers-GM Center for Human Resources before flying back to Washington.

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-- Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/mkrusenews