Welcome to the UPC Show!
This week Curtis is joined by UPC writer Alex Cragun.
First, a programming note: The UPC show will be off until January 19 due to the holidays and a move of UPC headquarters – so sit tight, new episodes will be coming in the new year.
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This week: Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan was formally rejected by lawmakers, making health care expansion for those most in need unlikely.
Did you hear that new school grades came out? Surprisingly, the richer districts that complained saw improved scores while those schools with high populations of students requiring subsidized school lunches continue to struggle.
There is also a lot of moving and shaking in the Attorney General’s office. A relic of the Swallow scandal was finally let go, and Attorney General Reyes had to remove himself from the Count My Vote lawsuit currently moving through our courts.
Also, did you know it has been one year since same-sex marriage became a thing? It’s true! We recap the fact that the republic still stands and speculate on what may happen during the upcoming legislative session.
We close the show with a discussion of Representative Paul Ray’s (Republican – Clearfield) legislation that would allow firing squad to be used as a form of execution in the event that the drugs necessary for a lethal injection can not be found. This, naturally, balloons into a broader discussion about the death penalty in general.
Today’s closing song: Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney