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...

The UPC Show – Episode 286 – Everything’s Commin’ up Daisies

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Things get fisty at a recent town hall meeting with Chris Stewart, is Huntsman going to run for governor again? A ballot initiative is launched to help prevent the gutting of…other…initiaties, and Utah has a budget surplus, sort of. In the second half: All things Salt Lake City Mayors race: polls, predictions, and personalities. Also, Utah has a voter fraud problem and the GOP is struggling to reach out to the kids. Other talking points include: Defining racism Half is a decent ratio Paper mache...

The UPC Show – Episode 285 – 100% Raw Dylan

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Turns out the legislature was wrong about that whole “the feds will support a watered-down Medicaid expansion so we can ignore the people” thing, the United Utah Party is gathering signatures for a term limit law, one lawmaker was the largest opioid dealer in the areas he served (and also happened to fight against medical marijuana, and Mike Lee is a turd (need we say more?). In the second half: A listener is clearly running for governor, McAdams is the most popular of...

The UPC Show – Episode 284 – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Protesters make a scene at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the FBI and ICE may be using drivers license photos and lawmakers want answers, and is Mia Love going to make another run for Congress? In the second half: Our first dataset of numbers comes out post 0.05, shenanigans in the Utah County Commission (again), and Kamala Harris is not, in fact, coming to Utah. Other talking points include: Disengenious anger The Greater Millcreek Area Bountifonian Metaphorical Tin-Can Eating You are crazy if you don’t think...

The UPC Show – Episode 283 – The Harlem Globetrotters are Big Fat Cheaters

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Chatter about the Democratic debates and Governor Herbert tackles conversion therapy through the Executive Branch. In the second half: The Supreme Court rules on gerrymandering, 2 Republicans have announced that they are running against Representative McAdams, and it is the same ol’ same ol’ when it comes to tax reform Other talking points include: SHUT UP, HEART! Unscripted zombies The Cold Hammer of Kamala You cried because we all cried! Dylan is a grown-up The worse hype man ever. Small government – except for when...

Governor Herbert Takes on Stalemate Over Conversion Therapy

Utah Governor Gary Herbert took unresolved matters into his own hands in a move that surprised many in the state’s legislature as well as it’s clinical psychology and LGBTQ communities when he announced that he had directed the state’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to “provide additional guidance for the development of rules on the ethical and professional practice of psychology in Utah.” This, as a response to failed attempts by the state’s lawmakers to adequately develop ethical regulations on psychological interventions for minor children regarding their sexual orientation and gender identity.   During the state’s 2019 legislative session a bill to...

The UPC Show – Episode 282 – So Much Horse Time

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: We get stuck, again, on one topic. This time it is the Utah Democratic Party Chair election. In the second half: Riverton passes another resolution with no teeth – this time it is about porn! Sen. McCay wants an abortion ban, even if they have inconvenient problems such as, you know, rape or incest. A PAC is doing a great job at raising funds, but spending? Not so much. Meanwhile, Representative Stewart continues to say stupid things. Other talking points include: Chromebook talk Fantastic Crab...

The UPC Show – Episode 281 – The Most Utahn Utahn to Ever Utah

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: We get stuck on the core item it takes to be Governor of Utah In the second half: The State School Board approves new science standards and, surprise, they actually were not crazy despite attempts from some, the Utah Democratic Party held a debate to choose its new chair, and the Salt Lake Chamber backs away from a…questionable meeting with lawmakers. Other talking points include: Niche religious denominations The Landslide Difference The First Totalitarian State in the Nation Looking out from the Eagle’s Nest But...