Happy Monday! A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week. In one scene, the president holds Sen. Mitt Romney hostage before throwing him to the ground. Trump’s campaign says he knew nothing about the video. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Next year, the University of Utah will host the vice presidential debate, which is “kind of a big deal” according to U. President Ruth Watkins. [Trib]
-> This weekend, The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News profiled Salt Lake City mayoral candidates: state Sen. Luz Escamilla and City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall. Escamilla: [Trib] [DNews] Mendenhall: [Trib] [DNews].
-> The Deseret News breaks down how Erin Mendenhall and Luz Escamilla approach the big issues facing Salt Lake City. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City mayoral candidates Erin Mendenhall and Luz Escamilla are both opposed to the inland port, but both attacked each other’s records on the matter at a debate on Thursday. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @kylegriffin1: “According to the pool report, Trump has arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA. This is Trump’s 237th day at a Trump golf club and 310th day at a Trump property as president.”
-> From @jfritze: “‘Trump is recounting to the Values Voter Summit how he wanted to sue Schiff and Pelosi but was told by aides they have ‘immunity.’” This follows his Oct. 2 press conference where he threatened to bring ‘a lot of litigation against a lot of people.’"
Happy Birthday: Parker Lester and belatedly to former House Speaker Greg Hughes.
Also in the news: Utah’s Kurdish community is rallying against Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. [DNews]
-> A new public engagement report shows how much power the Inland Port Authority has over land development. [KUER]
-> In Ogden, a high school program seeks to help teen moms finish their education and spend more time with their children. [Trib]
-> Utah doctors and government leaders are serving strict warnings to the public to be mindful of symptoms as flu season approaches, particularly if they use e-cigarettes and other vaping products. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake metro area drivers are improving, yet still placed sixth-worst in the nation among its 75 largest metro areas. [Trib]
-> Rep. Ben McAdams wants to know what’s up with the worsening ozone problem in Salt Lake City despite air cleanup efforts. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley’s latest shows the dark side of forgetfulness. [Trib]
-> Hunder Biden’s lawyers announced his plans to resign from the BHR board of directors following attacks from President Trump. [NYTimes]
-> Trump is threatening to sue Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the House impeachment inquiry into the President. [CNN]
-> Sen. Ted Cruz denounced President Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Cruz is now one of only a few Republican senators to openly criticize the president’s request. [Politico]
-> The whistleblower at the epicenter of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump may not testify over concerns of his personal safety. [Politico]
-> As the impeachment inquiry into the president gains traction, voters show their concern for added investigations. [AP]
-> The blackouts in California are highlighting who has solar panels and batteries installed in their home and who does not: a factor economic disparities in the state. [AP]