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Veteran political journalist Bryan Schott brings you conversations with Utah newsmakers, national political experts and authors. He also discusses the latest Utah political news with local reporters and other political figures.

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Veteran political journalist Bryan Schott brings you conversations with Utah newsmakers, national political experts and authors. He also discusses the latest Utah political news with local reporters and other political figures.

    Episode 66: Drawing the line(s) with Rex Facer

    Episode 66: Drawing the line(s) with Rex Facer

    Utah’s once-a-decade redistricting process is barreling to a close with both the legislative and independent redistricting committees are finishing up public meetings around the state. 
    The independent group already has several map proposals online. They will present their final proposals to lawmakers on November 1. 
    Chairman Rex Facer says they have to take a number of things into consideration as they draw their maps. 
    “Part of what was going on in our mind was trying to think about the logistics of being a representative. One of the challenges we have is the rural parts of the state are sparsely populated, so those districts have to be really big, and the logistics of managing that size is really, really difficult,” Facer says. 




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    Episode 65: GOP 2.0 with Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan

    Episode 65: GOP 2.0 with Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan

    Given the strength of former President Donald Trump’s hold on the GOP, it’s reasonable to believe the party’s future is leaning harder into the MAGA agenda. But Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan thinks that’s the wrong path.
    Duncan says Trump gave his supporters and other Republicans a “short-term sugar high” with his bombastic and combative style. But, that rush also turned off a lot of voters and caused him to lose an election that should have been an easy layup.
    “We forgot to remind America of the policies conservatives are really good at. We need to own the economy and the best vision for people’s next job and their career advancement. We forgot to do it,” Duncan says. “We need to own the policy lanes to get back to the kitchen tables and boardrooms across America to start winning elections again.”
    Duncan lays out his vision for the future of the GOP in his new book “GOP 2.0. How the 2020 Election Can Lead to a Better Way Forward for America’s Conservative Party.”
    Duncan also talks about his experience in the aftermath of the 2020 election as Trump and his allies furiously worked to overturn his loss to Joe Biden. Duncan’s refusal to go along with Trump’s falsehoods about election fraud led to threats of violence against him and his family.
    “I was down in my office at the Capitol looking out my window. There were guys with AR-15s and body armor protecting me from potentially other Republicans, not terrorists,” Duncan said. “We had state troopers outside watching us while I was playing catch with my kids.”
    Geoff Duncan on Twitter: @GeoffDuncanGA




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    Episode 64: Rep. Suzanne Harrison

    Episode 64: Rep. Suzanne Harrison

    Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper, has a unique perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is she a Utah Legislator, but she also works in a busy operating room as an anesthesiologist.
    “As someone who’s been working in our hospitals during this fourth wave, this is a huge problem,” Harrison says. “Our staff is exhausted and we’re having a hard time finding beds for the people that need care.”
    She thinks her Republican colleagues in the Legislature have needlessly politicized the public response to the pandemic, which has harmed the state’s effort to respond.
    “In some ways, legislative leaders are talking out of both sides of their mouth. On one side they’re saying getting the vaccine is important, but on the other side, they give credibility to anti-vaccine groups by giving them time to present at a legislative hearing. It undermines the work our doctors and nurses are doing to save lives,” Harrison says.
    Listen to the full conversation below.
    Rep. Suzanne Harrison on Twitter: @VoteSuz


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    Episode 63: Grant Burningham and Ben Mezrich

    Episode 63: Grant Burningham and Ben Mezrich

    On this week’s show, we chat with Grant Burningham. He’s the new Statewatch Editor for The Tribune and will lead our government and politics reporting team. He discusses the importance of holding public officials accountable, and providing context to political news.
    Author Ben Mezrich also joins the podcast this week. His book, “The Accidental Billionaires” about the founding of Facebook was turned into the Academy Award-winning film “The Social Network.”
    His new book, “The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to its Knees” tells the crazy story about how a group of Reddit users were able to beat Wall Street. He also discusses what happens when sentiment drives trading rather than the intrinsic value of a thing. 
    Grant Burningham on Twitter: @Granteb
    Ben Mezrich on Twitter: @Benmezrich


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    Episode 62: Democracy dies in boredom with Tom Nichols

    Episode 62: Democracy dies in boredom with Tom Nichols

    Author Tom Nichols says democracy across the globe is under threat, but not for the reason you may think.
    Nichols, who is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, argues technologically advanced societies have increased their standard of living so rapidly, citizens are becoming bored, and care less about their fellow citizens.
    “People just got used to the idea that if things didn’t go the way they wanted or things didn’t happen in ways they approved of, it wasn’t the fault of some government policy, it was the fault of democracy, and they wanted to overhaul the whole system and replace it with something more rigid,” Nichols said.
    He says in his new book Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assult from within on Modern Democracy that this is happening across the globe as once democratic nations are abandoning protections for free speech and religion and other important institutions.
    Nichols says nowhere is it more evident that Americans don’t care about their fellow citizens than in our elections.
    “Our politics has become all about hurting other people, instead of trying to create something positive. We used to go to the polls and say, here’s what I’m voting for. Now we go to the polls to vote against something and we hope it makes others really mad. The idea that we could all work together toward something has become alien to millions of people,” Nichols said.
    Listen to the full conversation with Nichols below.
    Tom Nichols on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom


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    Episode 61: Cathy McKitrick

    Episode 61: Cathy McKitrick

    In 2017, then-Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson was the subject of a criminal investigation. After several months, prosecutors declined to file charges against Gibson because they said there was not enough evidence to charge him with the crime of misusing public money. 
    The report on the investigation, and what prosecutors found, remained out of the public eye. Longtime local journalist Cathy McKitrick filed an open records request to make those findings public, but Gibson fought hard to keep it under wraps. 
    “Gibson kept claiming the release of the documents would embarrass his family and tarnish his reputation. But, as a public official, he is subject to a higher level of scrutiny,” McKitrick says. 
    After a three-year court battle, the Utah Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Utah’s open records laws do apply, and McKitrick won access to the documents. 
    She joins the podcast to discuss her fight to get the report, and why it’s important to hold public officials accountable. 


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FigoTen ,

Utah Politics lives here

Love listening to the podcast. Thanks for sharing your insights to the Utah Political scene

GPHales ,

Great podcast

I like to keep up with local politics and happenings and this podcast does a great job of covering utah issues. Interviewer does a great job. Guests are almost always excellent.

CWinUT ,

Boring

Not quite what it used to be. Sad.

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