President Theodore Roosevelt’s “bully pulpit” doesn’t exist in the same way for modern presidents. That’s part of the message Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver this Saturday in Salt Lake City. Jeff Robinson spoke with her about politics and the media for a preview of the event.
Today on the show, Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonsen talked about his bid for Congress, running against incumbent Jason Chaffetz, while Democratic Representative Janice Fisher of West Valley City discussed her time in the Utah Legislature as she runs for re-election.
With the election just two-and-a-half weeks away, having money to spend is going to be important for Utah’s Congressional candidates, especially in one key area: advertising. And while Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson had his most successful quarter yet, raising $471,000 since July, his GOP opponent Mia Love took in more than a million. Every Friday, we talk with Thomas Burr, Washington Correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, a daily, online round-up of Utah politics.
Five independent and third-party candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate offered their thoughts about the U.S. political system and how to change it Monday night at the Salt Lake City Main Library’s Tessman Auditorium.
We talk with Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Peter Cooke, who just wrapped up his final debate with Republican Governor Gary Herbert. Then we talk with State Representative Derek Brown, who’s been an attorney, professor, and professional pianist. The freshman Republican from Sandy is running for another term.
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz became the face of the Republican Party on national security issues this week as he sparred with the State Department while conducting a hearing into last month’s deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At the same time, the lawmaker happens to be a major surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
“We cannot have the best school system in the country and be the lowest in the country in funding.” State Superintendent Larry Shumway had that blunt message for the Utah Legislature as he delivered his final State of Utah Education Address last night at The Open Classroom, a public charter school in Salt Lake City.
Following the deadly September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is among those in the House who believe the Obama Administration failed to respond to security threats in the weeks and months before. After a recent trip to Libya, the lawmaker, who is chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, will help lead a Congressional hearing on the issue tomorrow.
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is concerned about the “fiscal cliff” the nation could face after the election. And independent U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Barron tells us about his 1,200-mile tour of the state on his bicycle.
While presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed what most pundits consider to be a superior debate performance this week, former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt is coordinating the complicated effort to have a team in place should Romney’s campaign successfully lead him to the White House. And he’s certainly got his work cut out for him. Every Friday, we talk with Thomas Burr, Washington Correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, a daily, online round-up of Utah politics.