Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 351 – The search for ‘Mr. 82’

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the big news from the last week in Utah politics.

President Trump is coming to Utah to announce big reductions in the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Our polling shows a slight majority of Utahns support those reductions.

Congress is working a tax reform package. Republicans say tax reform will make the system simpler and more fair, while Democrats say the effort will mostly benefit the wealthy. Our polling shows Utahns mostly believe Republican claims. 

A new poll finds both Republicans Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney would beat Democrat Jenny Wilson in a head-to-head Senate matchup in 2018. Hatch still hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for another term next year.

The search for “Mr. 82” continues on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Rep. Dan McCay wants to get rid of protected bills, which would actually improve the process in the Utah Legislature.

President Trump uses a racial slur to refer to Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo military veterans. To add insult to injury, he did it while standing in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson.

NBC fires Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Democrats are trying to push Rep. John Conyers out the door after multiple women have accused him of sexual misconduct, but Sen. Al Franken is still hanging on.

A right wing group tried to discredit the Washington Post, but failed spectacularly.

Congress is trying to avoid a government shutdown, but President Trump is doing his best to sabotage any deal.

Sean Reyes is still refusing to release his opinion on the 3rd District special election process. Lawmakers may enact a measure of revenge on Reyes during the 2018 session.