Many House Republicans initially welcomed President Donald Trump’s talk about the migrant caravan and border security, hoping it would fire up the GOP base in some at-risk, Republican-held districts. But now, they’re worried Trump’s obsession with all things immigration went overboard and will exacerbate their losses in the chamber. “Trump has hijacked the election,” said one senior House Republican aide of Trump’s focus on immigration. “This is not what we expected the final weeks of the election to focus on.” [Politico]

Happy Monday.

Topping the news: North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was temporarily on hiatus from his elected position for a deployment to Afghanistan, was killed during an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Saturday, leaving behind his wife and seven children. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Republican candidate for Salt Lake County Clerk has filed a lawsuit against her Democratic opponent and boss, contending that an unknown number of by-mail ballots did not made it to residents in a timely manner. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> With a long list of candidates, judges, tax increases, amendments and propositions, here’s what to expect on your 2018 ballot. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @dubbucket07: “I am ready to swear my life-long allegiance to any party that makes abolishing “daylight saving time” part of its platform. #utpol @UtahGOP @UtahDemocrats @YDUtah

-> From @elforesto: “Fun fact: youth voter turnout rates are lower in presidential election years than for voters 45+ years old in midterms. This is why nobody listens to you young people spreading memes on Tumblr. Want a voice? Actually show up. #utpol

In other news: An unaffiliated candidate for the Utah House is suing to change the wording on ballots about independent or unaffiliated candidates, which she alleges is biased to make them seem unfit for office. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Statistics show numbers of homeless veterans in the state have increased slightly, despite efforts in Utah to ensure that all military veterans would have a place to live. [Trib]

-> The Utah County Commission is suing Gov. Gary Herbert, who has not appointed any of its nominees to the new Utah Transit Authority board. The commission alleges that state law says he has to select from their initial pool of names. [Trib]

-> The Utah Supreme Court still hasn’t decided if Holladay voters can decide the fate of a massive planned housing, office tower and retail project at the old Cottonwood Mall site — meaning voters will likely weigh in on a ballot initiative to overturn the city’s approval without knowing for sure if their votes will be counted or mean anything. [Trib]

-> James Singer, the Democratic candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, has been cited by the Federal Elections Commission for failing to file a financial disclosure report by a federally mandated deadline. [Trib]

-> Legendary Utahn and political pollster Dan Jones died Friday at age 84 after a prolonged illness. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]

-> Draper’s City Council voted to begin the process of restricting future mining on the Draper side of the Point of the Mountain following a number of complaints from residents concerned about air quality. [Trib]

-> Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Ed Helms are starring in newly-released videos that urge Utahns to vote for Prop 4, an anti-gerrymandering initiative. [Trib]

-> The Utah Department of Transportation estimates that up to one third of drivers in the carpool lane aren’t supposed to be there, so it’s funding quarterly “blitzes” to have Highway Patrol troopers monitor the express lane and catch violators. [Trib]

-> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke argues for more transparency in the prison system after multiple inmates have died from treatable medical problems. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley illustrated how propaganda can promote fear and hate to divide the country. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli hedge their bets for Tuesday’s elections, but look at national demographic changes and the circumstances that drive turnout to make their predictions. [DNews]

Nationally: The Trump administration announced it is planning to reinstate sanctions on Iran on Monday that had previously been removed under the 2015 nuclear deal. [BBC] [Fox] [WSJ]

-> Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked trade on Thursday, and the president said the talks went very well — but the suddenly soothing tone might be motivated by a desire to ease fears in trade-dependent states in the U.S. ahead of the midterms. [NYTimes]

-> A lawsuit over the Trump administration’s efforts to add a new citizenship question to the U.S. Census goes to trial on Monday and could have profound consequences. Critics say the question could deter an estimated 630,000 households from filling out the form, preventing it from being an accurate measure for determining how hundreds of millions of federal dollars are spent and how political districts are mapped. [NYTimes]

-> Trump reversed his statements that the U.S. troops dispatched to the Mexico border could shoot at someone in the migrant caravan if the person threw rocks at them, saying he doesn’t want the military to actually shoot in response. [CNN]

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-- Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald