Category Archives: Take 2

Take 2: Firework restrictions, federal unemployment and infrastructure

Heidi Hatch hosts Maura Carabello and Greg Hughes to talk about the week of politics in Utah.


Gov. Spencer Cox said he doesn’t have the authority to ban the, the Republican lawmakers will not call a session to tackle the problem, Salt Lake County can’t ban them but Salt Lake City did ban them. Whose problem is this anyway?


Federal bonuses end today. Will job vacancies be filled or has the working situation changed?


Sen. Mitt Romney was part of a bipartisan group that met and worked with the White House on the framework of a deal. There are still details to be worked out but Democrats said they are working on a further $6 trillion spending package on what they call “human infrastructure.”

Meanwhile Rep. John Curtis is working on a climaye change committee for GOP. The three also talk about voting, crime bill COVID-19 cases and vaccinations.


Take 2 Podcast: A conversation with Rep. Chris Stewart

Host Heidi Hatch is joined by Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican representing Utah’s Second Congressional District.

Stewart talks about Utah’s drought and wildlands fires, the the newly formed Juneteenth federal holiday.

Stewart also discusses the Utah delegation that he was part of meeting with President Joe Biden over the designation of national monuments on Utah lands. Another topic is the vote to repeal authorization for use of military force against Iraq and Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Next time we return to our usual format with Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello.

Take 2 Podcast: Fire season, fireworks, drought and where former Gov. Herbert might run

Heidi Hatch hosts Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello to talk politics and the state of Utah.

Topics include former Gov. Gary Herbert. He is joining Teton Sports, his official painting is unveiled and could he be planning a run against Sen. Mike Lee?

It’s fire season in Utah and combined with a drought could make for a scary fire year. Gov. Spencer Cox banned fireworks on state land but is an all-out ban needed this year? Salt Lake County council woman Aimee Winder Newton suggests banning all personal fireworks at the very least.

Other topics include concern over possible voter suppression

The Dixie College name change moving forward to focus on the words “Utah” and “polytech.” After a vote Dixie will be dumped, Deseret and Red Rock have been ruled out.


  • No charges for a U of U police chief
  • Sen. Mitt Romney in infrasturcture talks
  •  Utah delegation requests meeting with President Biden to talk Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante 


Take 2 podcast: Pride, QAnon, unemployment, and the Fauci emails

Heidi Hatch, Greg Hughes, and Maura Carabello are back this week to review the political news you might’ve missed — and they’ve got a few things on their minds.

TAKE 2: Utah senators split on riot commission, Wuhan lab buzz, Mike Lee’s challenger

Utah’s two senators cast opposing votes on Friday regarding a proposed commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The first Republican challenger, Becky Edwards, has announced a run to unseat Sen. Mike Lee. And President Joe Biden wants to know whether COVID-19 could have started in a lab in Wuhan.

Heidi Hatch is joined by Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello to discuss these developments and other Utah political news you might have missed this week.

Take2 Podcast: Utah lawmakers ignore the governor and tackle forbidden topics

Heidi Hatch hosts guests Maura Carabello and Greg Hughes to talk politics and events with viewpoints from both sides including:

Special Session:
  • $1.6 billion in Federal funds allocation
  • Masks can no longer be mandated by school districts.
Utah Lawmakers ignore the Governor and tackle forbidden topics
  • 2nd Amendment Sanctuary
  • Critical Race Theory
  • House Democrats walk off the floor
  • When you ban CRT does it become a slippery slope of what gets banned next?
  • Why are these two topics now trending nationally? We went from 0-90 FAST
Governor today said he’s ok with CRT in college not K-12

Utah Board of Education has been tasked with looking at CRT


First ever joint interview with Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney:

You can now watch the full 42 minute interview online.

Take 2: Masks, lotteries, and Liz Cheney

Heidi Hatch, Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello are ready to de-brief after another week of news.

Gov. Spencer Cox: Masks can be ditched the last week of school: He said schools will still have the option to require masks during the last week, but the state will no longer mandate the rule.

Cox wants to give away millions to encourage more Utahns to get vaccinated: Is this legal and is it a good idea? The announcement comes a day after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine established a lottery system to give five people $1 million each as a vaccination incentive.

“There is no amount of money that is too much to help us get an extra 5% or 10% of people vaccinated,” Cox said.

CDC says vaccinated can toss the mask: Why Now? In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Liz Cheney voted out of House leadership: Rep. Blake Moore voted to keep her, Owens did not vote, Curtis and Stewart voted for change.

Sen. Mitt Romney backed Cheney, Lee would not weigh in on the issue because it was in the House.

Plus, Heidi’s whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. for an exclusive sit down with Utah’s Senators, in the same room at the same time. Watch 2 News at 10 on Thursday, May 20.

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.

Take 2: Censuring Romney, Utah’s crazy growth, and ‘Show Up Utah’

What Utah political news did you miss this week? Heidi Hatch, Greg Hughes, and Maura Carabello are back to fill you in.
The rundown:
Utah Republican Party convention this Saturday includes a vote to censure Mitt Romney.
Where is Utah at with redistricting?
Utah is the fastest-growing state, according to 2020 Census data. What does that mean for the future?
First Lady Abby Cox launches her “Show Up Utah” initiative to combat what she’s calling an “empathy crisis.”
Joe Biden celebrates 100 days in office, but Utah Republicans don’t appear to be celebrating with him.

Take 2 Podcast: Utah vaccines and herd immunity, ranked choice voting and free speech on social media

Host Heidi Hatch hosts guests Maura Carabello from the Exoro Group and state auditor John Dougal to talk about a wide range of political news this week including the trail of Derek Chauvin, the former officer now convicted of killing George Floyd.


With the demand for vaccines against COVID-19 in Utah now slowing or falling behind supply, some have wondered if the state can reach herd immunity, especially in a state with so many children. Are people vaccine hesitant? Is the pause in Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine making people nervous?

There has been no link made but a woman in Oregon died this week after getting a vaccine. Should herd immunity include those who have already tested positive, along with those who had the virus but were never tested?


Salt Lake City voted 6 to 1 in favor of ranked choice voting during the November municipal election and North Logan is considering it too while Draper will move to it this fall.


Utah Senate President Stuart Adams wants to rein in the power of social media companies to decide what can or cannot be posted. He is the newly elected president of the American Legislative Exchange Council, called ALEC. It is a conservative group that proposes legislation.


The Utah Legislature created a privacy commission but what do the new privacy officers do? MORE: