Take 2 Podcast: Lingering COVID-19 restrictions, transgender ruling in the Utah Supreme Court and the booing of Mitt Romney

Host Heidi Hatch welcome guests Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello, from different sides of the political spectrum to talk about the top issues.

This week on the Take 2 Podcast, they did into Utah’s COVID-19 restrictions that are largely gone, except masks in K – 12 schools with a look at parents protesting at a school board meeting demanding an end to the mandate in schools.

As part of the discussion, Utah businesses are deciding the next best step. Hale Centre Theater welcomes masks but does not require them while the Bayou Bar won’t let you in unless you have a vaccine card. A bar across the street is going the opposite direction. No masks, everyone welcome.

Also part of the discussion:

  • Utah Supreme Court Ruling: The Utah Supreme Court has issued a ruling about transgender rights. In a 4-1 decision, the Court ordered judges statewide to grant “gender marker” changes to transgender individuals.
  • FLOTUS visits Utah: Dr. Jill Biden stopped in Utah Wednesday to push the President’s education goals.
  • GOP Convention is history: Romney was booed but not censured. “You can boo all you like,” Romney said. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”
  • 798-711 Censure vote fails
  • New leadership: Carson Jorgensen and Jordan Hess were elected by state delegates as chair and vice chair of the Utah GOP. Jorgensen is a sixth-generation sheep rancher from Mount Pleasant- who also runs a bridle business and farms crops.
  • “I don’t think we should make it about people. Too often politics becomes about one person, we don’t like that person, we don’t like their attitude, and then we’re turned off towards them. I’m more looking towards policy right now. We need to rally around policy, because that’s something we can all get behind regardless of personality. And that is a big problem inside of the party right now.”
  • Former Gov. Gary Herbert has a new job: Herbert announced he’s joining the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce as its new executive chairman.

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