Take 2: Cox on COVID response, inauguration and executive orders

Take 2 Host Heidi Hatch welcomes former Utah lawmakers Jim Dabakis (D) and Greg Hughes (R) to talk about recent historical state and national events.

The trio discusses Gov. Spencer Cox’s first State of the State address where he said, “If we want smaller government we need bigger people.” Additional topics haggled over include:

  • COVID-19 response
  • Education funding: Will the legislature agree? “They deserve our respect and they deserve a raise,” Cox said in his Thursday address.

Hatch and the former lawmakers also talked about Pres. Joe Biden’s call for unity following his inauguration.

Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration’s downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in the American Southwest, including one on lands considered sacred to Native Americans who joined environmental groups in suing when the boundaries were redrawn in 2017. The land monuments Biden will reassess are the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in southern Utah.

Where do Dabakis and Hughes land on Biden’s executive orders? Find out by listening to the podcast here.

Plus, Jim Dabakis says goodbye to a life of politics and social media. This will be his final Take 2 podcast.