Washington, D.C. – In the wake of lobbying and bribery scandals, lawmakers in Washington are clamoring to tackle lobbying reform. Democrats are hammering Republicans over corruption charges as a political strategy going into mid-term elections next fall. And Republicans are eager to dodge the culture of corruption rap. Both parties want to curb lawmaker travel. Laura Strickler looks at trips taken by some Utah members of Congress.
Salt Lake City, UT – Abraham Lincoln is often portrayed as a moderate whose main mission was to keep the country united. Biographer Richard Striner sees him not as a politician who only pragmatically freed the slaves though, but rather as a visionary political ethicist who from the beginning of his career strove for justice and human equality. Doug Fabrizio talks to Striner about his interpretations of Lincoln's speeches and writings.
Salt Lake City, UT – Assembling Utah's 9.7 billion dollar state budget is a complex operation, beginning with last year's budget and the governor's proposals and ending with last-minute maneuvering to get funding for various programs and priorities. It's even more complex this year, when the legislature has a huge revenue surplus to account for. Dan Bammes hosts RadioWest as we examine how the state budget is actually put together and what influences legislators as they make the final decisions.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature weighed bills yesterday on education, executive power and the expansion of hazardous waste sites. KUER's Tasha Cook reports on these highlights from the state's Capitol.
Salt Lake City, UT – Calling all fans of Spam, dead parrots, upper-class twits and lumberjacks! Thursday on RadioWest, Doug Fabrizio is joined by Monty Python Producer John Goldstone and Jeffrey Miller, a specialist on British Television and American Culture. Beginning next week, KUED will air "Monty Python's Personal Best" series, and we're using it as an excuse to talk about "something completely different."
Salt Lake City, UT – The balance of power between the governor and the legislature, stopping head-on collisions on Highway 6, and banning lobbyists gifts to lawmakers - it was a full agenda on Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday. But KUER's Jenny Brundin starts her report from Capitol Hill with a look at one of the top issues this legislative session - whether Governor Jon Huntsman will get the tax reform he believes Utah needs for a stable future.
Salt Lake City, UT – Conspiracy, betrayals and assasination -- William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar explores the interesection of personal morality and public ethics, issues very familiar to observers of Elizabethan politics. Pioneer Theatre Company's Chuck Morey, Mark Elliot Wilson (Cassius) and Kurt Zischke (Brutus) join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the company's new production and about the bard's late 16th century comments on issues that are still current today.
Salt Lake City, UT – Revenue projections released Monday show Utah's economy is getting even stronger. As the legislature moves into the final weeks of its general session, demands on the huge revenue surplus are piling up. KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at the surplus and Dan Bammes follows other action on Utah's Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – For weeks, KUER listeners have been participating in the Your Money, Your Choice project with KUED and the Salt Lake Tribune. About two-thirds of the respondents favor dramatically increased spending on Utah's public schools, but transportation and tax cuts are also high on their priority list. KUER's Dan Bammes has been listening to your phone calls.
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is Caldwell's journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. She will be in Salt Lake City later this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all.