Salt Lake City, UT – After months of political wrangling, Utah lawmakers signed off on a bill yesterday to change the way Utahns pay their income taxes and another allowing counties to place a sales tax increase before voters to pay for transportation projects including light rail, commuter rail and roads. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, DC – Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon has an indirect connection to Jack Abramoff - his former chief of staff David Safavian worked with the disgraced lobbyist. Safavian was later charged with obstructing justice. But what's currently raising eyebrows are Cannon's ties to another lobbyist - his brother Joe Cannon. The Congressman defended the relationship, in a Capitol Hill interview with Benjamin Shaw.
Salt Lake City, UT – Democrat Pete Ashdown is a lot things: a Bountiful native, a high-tech entrepreneur, a father of three, and an optimist. He's running an uphill campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch, relying on grassroots support and touting a platform of open and honest leadership, fiscal responsibility and no nuclear testing. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug kicks off a series of candidate interviews with Pete Ashdown, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Washington, DC – 2nd District Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is sponsoring a bill he says will balance the growth and conservation needs of lands in Utah's fastest-growing county. But at a House subcommittee hearing yesterday, an alliance of conservation groups challenged the motives behind the measure. KUER's congressional correspondent Evelyn Lombardo reports.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday they will upgrade the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE field office in Salt Lake City. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch played a key role in the decision. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to a man on Louisiana's Death Row and turned the experience into "Dead Man Walking," a best-selling book on morality, justice and the human and spiritual consequences of capital punishment on the accused and society at large. On Monday, Doug talks with Prejean about the death penalty and her life's work to abolish the practice.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early '90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. On Friday, Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – A U.S. House committee is considering a bill that would give Utah an additional representative in the House, one state officials say it should have earned in the last U-S census. But, as our Capitol Hill Bureau reporter Bob Costantini reports, the bill's other motive - to win a congressional vote for the District of Columbia - may be the bill's downfall.