The UPC Show – Episode 295 – It’s Redonkulous

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun! In the first half: The inland port continues forward after a judge’s ruling, Governor Herbert says no to Harmons AND condoms, Senator Lee has a terrible anti-abortion bill, and the numbers are in for Utah’s new DUI law. In the second half: One lawmaker wants to require clergy to report child abuse while another is upset about school fees. Should the state take a stance on naming things (or more specifically NOT naming things) after Native Americans? And Utah’s medical cannabis law is starting to look more...

The UPC Show – Episode 294 – Fire Jugglers and Monkeys

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Well, they dun did the thing: The legislature passed sweeping tax reforms that have riled people up to the point where a formal petition process has begun. But UDOT is looking ahead on tax issues related to funding roads by starting a new taxation process for electric vehicles. Oh, and speaking of the wisdom of the legislature – remember how they overturned the will of the people on Medicaid expansion? Well, the grand plan didn’t work, and now the State of Utah basically...

The UPC Show – Episode 293 – Be Cool Honey Bunny

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: No one is watching the oil wells, Herbert calls for a $160 million tax cut (as opposed to the $80 million proposed by the legislature), but, hey, at least he is welcoming immigrants., and a new push to pass the ERA hits Utah In the second half: Strap in, 900 bills have already been filed for the upcoming legislative session, none of them probably deal with the fact that we are out of bar licenses or a carbon tax, which most likely not be on...

The UPC Show – Episode 292 – GET HIM OFF THE STREET!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun! In the first half: Operation Rio Grande may not have been all that great, but don’t worry – homeless people still don’t have a place to stay as winter sets in. The new tax proposal finally received a formal committee hearing, and it is still terrible, another contender is challenging Representative McAdams, and Chris Stewart is a no-show to impeachment hearings. In the second half: Utah’s newest legislator is also its youngest, Mendenhall soundly wins the Salt Lake City Mayor’s race while one city council member may...

The UPC Show – Episode 291 – BING!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Rob Bishop and Aimee Winder Newton come ever-so-close to actually saying they are going to run for governor, the San Juan County Clerk continues to have election shenanigans, and Mendenhall appears to be pulling away in the race for Salt Lake City Mayor. In the second half: Chris Stewart continues his downward spiral down the rabbit hole, we have some solid plans for tax reform in Utah and, surprise, it is basically the worst thing possible for the poor, Governor Herbert wants to give the...

The UPC Show – Episode 290 – John Handcockblockers

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Bob Kubicheck, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Legislative Dems introduce a pro-family agenda, a shady PAC is no more, the Utah Supreme Court explains why it is fine with signature removal, and Mayor Biskupski endorses Escamilla in the final weeks of the campaign. In the second half: Utahns pay fewer taxes than they did in a generation, but the leg has still spent most of its money promoting a tax increase on PR, Senator Romney says that everyone knows it is wrong for a president to ask a foreign power...

The UPC Show – Episode 289 – Stay Out of Laramie Or You Will Die

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: We continue to complain about the vaping crisis, update you on what the new-new medical marijuana law looks like, and give highlights from the recent DOPL hearing regarding a conversion therapy ban. In the second half: The state is looking to update its voter privacy law, possibly bring back vehicle inspections, and, yes, we talk about where the Utah delegation stands on the recent impeachment inquiry against the president. Other talking points include: You can’t peruse the isles when going to the drive-thru liquor store...

The UPC Show – Episode 288 – Beard Shaman

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and, what’s this? Alex Cragun! In the first half: It is time to ban all the vapes (while being ideologically impure), the state Supreme Court gives the okay to partisan school board elections, the legislature takes another crack at medical marijuana, and conservative groups crash a school board meeting because they hate honest discussions about sex. In the second half: the Utah GOP fails to remove a rule that prevents them from showing up on the ballot, Moscow Mike Lee had a private meeting with Russians barred in the US...

The UPC Show – Episode 287 – A Level Three Widget

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Our hot takes on the Salt Lake City Mayor’s race, and Ken Ivory is leaving the legislature to work for a company that (surprised) benefited from state tax dollars. In the second half: Replacing the voter-approved Prop 3 is $2.5 million more expensive each month and does less compared to what voters approved, replacing the voter-approved Prop 2 won’t work and the leg will have to go back to Prop 2 ideas for medical marijuana, the Salt Lake City Council is stuck between...

Lawmakers Looking to Take on E-Cigarettes with 86% Tax in Next Session

In an attempt to quell the increasingly serious vaping epidemic among youth, the Utah Legislature has been exploring their options. The House Health and Human Services Interim Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend a bill that would levy a tax on electronic cigarettes. Sponsored by Representative Paul Ray (Republican – Clearfield), the measure (Electronic Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments) proposes an excise tax of 86% of a manufacturer’s price on the sale of e-cigarettes (whether it contains nicotine or not), prefilled electronic cigarettes, alternative nicotine products, nontherapeutic nicotine device substance, and prefilled nontherapeutic nicotine devices, except for products approved...