Political Cornflakes: Trump campaign tries to rally the Latino vote

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Republican then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico law enforcement agencies are prepping for an upcoming Trump rally in Rio Rancho, N.M. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, three years after previous ones turned violent in Albuquerque.

President Donald Trump, whose crackdown on illegal immigration and incendiary rhetoric about Latinos have been hallmarks of his first term, made a direct appeal to the demographic at a campaign rally in New Mexico on Monday to secure his re-election. “The Hispanic Americans understand they don’t want criminals going across the border, they don’t want people taking their jobs, they want security, and they want the wall,” he said at the rally. “They want the wall.” [WaPost]

Happy Tuesday!

Topping the news: During a special legislative session Monday, Utah lawmakers voted in favor of a 122-page package of amendments to the state’s medical cannabis law that will leave distribution of the substance to private businesses. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The Utah Legislature voted in favor of a bill that will permit retailers to purchase and store higher-strength beers beginning Oct. 24, in anticipation of the state’s lifting the alcohol by weight limit from 3.2% in November. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers also approved a $1.5 million settlement reimbursing former Attorney General John Swallow for his legal fees, ending a yearslong corruption scandal and ongoing litigation stemming from his acquittal in 2017. [Trib] [DNews]

-> One of every eight Utah voters now uses a law to prevent public release of voter registration data — a reality that’s making it harder for Utah political parties to find and contact voters. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @bjaminwood: “Rep. Moss (Utah county) just referred to Rep. Karen Kwan (Salt Lake County) as representing “up north.” As a Weber County native and USU alumnus, I’m offended.”

-> From @RobertGehrke: “Hey Twitter. Help us come up with a more appropriate name than “special session.” I don’t think there’s all that much that’s special about them.”

-> From @NikkiSchwab: “They are indeed playing “Enter Sandman” at the @WhiteHouse today for Mariano Rivera’s Medal of Freedom.”

Also in the news: All income tax revenue in Utah has historically been spent on education, but lawmakers’ efforts at tax reform could target that funding. [Trib]

-> Mayor Jackie Biskupski said Salt Lake City is a welcome refuge for all — except President Donald Trump and his immigration policies. [Trib]

-> Cory Green, a Syracuse resident, political newcomer and veteran who served in both the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Navy, is running for Utah’s 1st Congressional District. [Trib]

-> An atmospheric sciences professor with the University of Utah spent more than 125 days cycling 2,300 miles on a one-man data-gathering mission around the depleted Great Salt Lake. [Trib]

-> An Ogden family whose son was shot and killed by police last month is seeking a settlement from the city that would include new training for officers. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Steve Christiansen, a West Jordan man employed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, took the oath of office Monday to fill the seat left vacant by the recent departure of former Rep. Ken Ivory. [Trib]

-> Pointing to reductions in violent crime numbers, U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber says Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program targeting repeat offenders, is working in Ogden. [StandEx]

-> The families of those who lost loved ones in fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of marijuana have recruited an Eden lawmaker to seek tougher Utah laws against pot-using drivers. [StandEx]

-> Utah Senator Mitt Romney thinks it would be a “grave mistake” for U.S. forces to respond to Iran’s alleged attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field. [DNews]

-> Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will lead a trade mission to Japan this week to meet with investors, business leaders, trade associations and government officials in an effort to attract more Japanese investment to the state. [Trib]

-> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke argues that politicians should stick to the facts when making decisions on how to police vaping. [Trib]

-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley draws connections between a voter-approved Medicaid expansion and the new state prison. [Trib]

Nationally: A Democratic Senator tried to share allegations against then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh with the F.B.I. during inquiries last year. Now, that information is out. [NYTimes]

-> Trump alleges Iran is responsible for attacking an oil field in Saudi Arabia. [NYTimes]

-> The United Automobile Workers union is on strike at General Motors. Nearly 50,000 members are walking out of factories to picket lines, starting Monday morning. [NYTimes]

-> Prosecutors are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for Jeffrey Yohai, the ex-son-in-law and real estate partner of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman. [Politico]

-> Founders of the Women’s March are leaving the organization’s board after facing allegations of anti-Semitism, which they have denied. [CNN]

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- Taylor Stevens and Clara Hatcher

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