Washington, D.C. – Republican congressional leaders on Capitol Hill have decided against awarding Utah another seat in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers mulled the idea of increasing the size of the House by two seats. To accomplish that, they would grant the District of Columbia representation...and balance it with a seat in Utah. Chad Pergram has this report from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – When the Utah Jazz and EnergySolutions announced the name change for The Delta Center, it didn't take long for the public to invent their own monikers. EnergySolutions is best known for its nuclear waste disposal, reflected in nicknames for The EnergySolutions Arena like The Radium Stadium, The Glow Dome or The Waste Basket. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll talk about the deal, and about what part naming rights play in a corporation's strategy to create an image.
Washington DC – RadioWest will not be heard today. KUER and NPR will bring you live anchored coverage of the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings to consider the nomination of Robert M. Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with a wrap up at 7:00 p.m. During the committee's lunch break, The Diane Rehm Show will look at some of the challenges Gates will face if confirmed as expected.
Salt Lake City – The non-partisan research group Utah Foundation released a report this week analyzing five options for health care reform. The ideas are focused on controlling the costs of health coverage, something that's at the top of many business leaders' list of concerns. The Salt Lake Chamber's Employer's Healthcare Coalition helped to set the agenda for the study. Greg Fredde, a vice-president of Merit Medical, served on that committee. Steve Kroes is the executive director of the Utah Foundation. They spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – When comedian Larry Miller says Americans are spoiled, he isn't saying we're awful people. "It just means that we're a little on the softside." But like many cultural observers before him, he thinks that as long as we can laugh at ourselves, we'll be alright. Miller is known for his roles in movies like Best in Show, but he is also a commentator with a regular humor column for The Weekly Standard. He's in Salt Lake City and joins Doug to talk about satire and about being "Spoiled Rotten in America."
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Jenni Jackson, who earlier in her life was man - a Sandy city councilman and a leader in his LDS community. Jackson is now a woman, and despite all the change in her life she's still outgoing and ambitious. Jackson joined Doug last March - along with others in the transgendered community - to talk about their journey of transformation, the choices they've made, and the deepest meaning of identity. (Rebroadcast)
Park City, UT – A Utah legislative committee heard public comment yesterday in Park City on the proposed maps for an added 4th Congressional District. The committee members gathered at Miner's Hospital Community Center to hear concerns from residents. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – With Utah considering plans to create a fourth congressional seat, many questions come into play. It's not just about what that district should look like. Critics are also asking about the process itself. Thursday on RadioWest, we'll look at how redistricting is playing out in the state, and at the broader implications for a representative democracy.
Park City, UT – A Utah legislative committee heard public comment yesterday in Park City on the proposed maps for an added fourth congressional district. The committee members gathered at Miner's Hospital Community Center to hear concerns from residents. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.