Happy (election day) Tuesday!
The NRA, the nation’s most powerful gun lobby, is in turmoil with the fourth resignation of a board member in two weeks. This follows the ouster earlier this year of lobby president Oliver North and the resignation of chief lobbyist Christopher Cox. [WaPost]
Topping the news: It’s election day — time to take a last look at The Tribune’s special guide on the Salt Lake City mayor’s race. [Trib]
-> Utah County is promising that new election equipment is finally going to help it count votes at a better clip than a snail’s pace. [DailyHerald]
Tweets of the day: @sltrib: “Time is running out
If you haven’t voted yet, here are your options:
• Take your ballot to the post office.
• Drop it off at a drive-up drop box, not a mailbox.
• Vote in-person between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Aug. 13. Voting “centers are listed at
-> @MichelleLQuist: “I don't understand how people want to join carpools but don't expect to help with the driving. That's not a carpool!”
-> @NateSilver538: “This is the podcast where I reveal my opinion that if the Constitution prevents people younger than 35 from running for president, it should also prevent people older than 75 from doing so.”
Happy Birthday: To former Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-North Ogden; Josh Romney, son of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney; and Bridget Roddy.
Also in the news: A study found Salt Lake City International Airport has the shortest security waits among the 25 busiest airports in the nation, averaging just over nine minutes. [Trib]
-> Political analysts suspect if Jon Huntsman seeks a second run for governor, he may have a harder chance at winning than he did in 2004. [Trib]
-> A team of some 40 scientists is trying to come up for strategies to clean Utah’s air in time for the next legislative session. [DNews]
-> A federal appeals court sided against Ron Lafferty, who is on Utah’s death row for the 1984 murders of his sister-in-law and infant niece in American Fork, meaning Lafferty’s last option is to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Trib] [FOX13] [DNews]
-> A Draper City Council candidate was disqualified from the race after submitting his campaign finance disclosure form one minute late. [Trib]
-> The decades-old neon sign atop the Rio Grande Depot is now just a fond memory. [Trib]
-> The Standard Examiner has put together a helpful guide to northern Utah elections Tuesday. [StandEx]
-> Thousands of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling customers responded to a company survey saying they would be willing to pay $1.50 more a month for service, the agency says. [KUTV]
-> A Utah company has manufactured bulletproof shields and backpacks for children heading back to school this month. [Trib]
Nationally: A new policy by the Trump administration targets low-income legal immigrants by making it harder for immigrants who rely on government benefit programs to receive permanent legal status. [NYTimes]
-> The Trump administration announced it will be weakening the Endangered Species Act by making it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and relaxing protections for threatened species. [NYTimes]
-> U.S. Attorney General William Barr said investigators are learning of “serious irregularities” at the New York jail where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend, and pledged to launch a thorough investigation into the matter. [CNN]
-> A mysterious radiation release that resulted in the deaths of seven people apparently happened during the test of a new type of nuclear-powered cruise missile. [NYTimes]
-> Hong Kong nears brink as airport protests enter fifth day. [CNN]
-> Several Democratic presidential candidates have proposed plans to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change — many including legal action. [Politico]