Bernick and Schott on politics

Bernick and Schott on politics

Utah's longest-running political podcast, featuring interviews with Utah newsmakers and insights from longtime political journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick.Winner of "Best Podcast" in the Top of The Rockies excellence in journalism contest in 2018 and 2019.... Show More

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July 1, 2020 32 min

Scott Howell joins Bryan Schott to discuss the initial primary election results.

Spencer Cox is leading over Jon Huntsman.

What went wrong for Greg Hughes and Thomas Wright?

Burgess Owens will take on Ben McAdams in November. Will he be able to unseat Utah's lone Democrat in Congress?

The race for the GOP nod to replace Rob Bishop in Congress is a nail-biter.

Lyle Hillyard gets dumped by voters after 40 years in the Utah legislatu...

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June 26, 2020 55 min

Listen to our Friday Utah political news roundup with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

It's the final weekend before the Utah primary elections and several campaigns are getting nasty in the final days.

The Republicans running for governor have raised and spent millions of dollars on the effort. They are also taking radically different approaches to advertising and media.

You'll have to wait a ...

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June 25, 2020 24 min

Longtime political strategist Steve Schmidt joins the podcast to discuss the 2020 election and where things stand with less than five months to go until election day.

Schmidt also discusses why Utah Republicans haven't fully gotten on board with President Donald Trump, Mitt Romney's place in the Republican party and that poorly attended campaign rally in Tulsa.

If you have a question you'd like answered, you can send it t...

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June 23, 2020 44 min

Let's Tuesday with another breakdown of the top stories in Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

It's one week to election day. Spencer Cox has a small lead in our latest poll in the GOP governor's race, but Jon Huntsman and Greg Hughes have a realistic chance of winning as well. What factor will newly registered Republicans have on the final outcome?

Utah is moving closer to...

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June 19, 2020 46 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick wrap an exhausting week of Utah political news.

We wrap up the best political debate Utah has seen in years as the four Republicans running for governor tangle in primetime.

Utah lawmakers slash millions from the state budget.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Utah as parts of the state transition to the lowest level of restrictions. Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled the la...

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June 16, 2020 48 min

It's time for a Tuesday roundup of the big news in Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

The GOP race for Utah Governor is coming down to the wire. A new poll gives Jon Huntsman a small lead over Spencer Cox, which means the race is probably going to be close. Can Greg Hughes win with a base-only strategy? Can Thomas Wright get any traction?

Lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them...

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Veteran journalist Ray Suarez joins us for a conversation about race relations and the nationwide protests that have broken out following the murder of George Floyd.

Suarez tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott that modern communication tools helped the protests to grow so rapidly and reach all parts of the globe.

He also said America is still grappling with issues of race and inequality, and technology is helping others understand the...

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Time for our Friday look at the stories driving Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

Lawmakers will meet in a special session next week to deal with the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gov. Gary Herbert pushes pause on Utah's efforts to reopen the state's economy, even though it's clear he doesn't want to do that.

We look at some polling ahead of the June pri...

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June 9, 2020 44 min

Listen to the Tuesday edition of our podcast to understand the who, what, when, where, why, how and if of Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

Is Spencer Cox playing it safe with three weeks to go until the primary election? We preview upcoming debates and how Cox was pressured to participate.

Mitt Romney joins a Black Lives Matter march in Washington, D.C. He's also part of a growi...

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June 5, 2020 42 min

Time to take stock of the latest Utah political news with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.

State Auditor John Dougall says he won't be finished with his probe into state spending during the coronavirus pandemic before the June primary election. We look at the political implications.

Wowee! What a debate between the Republican AG candidates! Too bad the event featuring the Republicans running in CD...

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June 2, 2020 53 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick are back to give perspective and context to the top Utah political news from the last few days.

Salt Lake City is hit with violent demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. We discuss the political response and how the media covered the events as they unfolded.

Debate season is here. We look at the Republican primary debate...

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May 29, 2020 50 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick explain a week chock full of Utah political news.

We broke the story that Gov. Gary Herbert tried to get Thomas Wright to drop out of the governor's race. Herbert confirmed our story on Thursday. Wright claims another campaign leaked the story in order to gain a political advantage. We look at what happened, what we still don't know, and how this could affect t...

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May 26, 2020 38 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick dig into the latest Utah political headlines following the Memorial Day weekend.

Our newest poll shows Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by just 3 points in the Beehive State. We discuss why these numbers may not be too far away from reality.

Some Independents and Democrats are registering as Republicans to vote in the June GOP primary for governor. Will this strategy have...

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May 22, 2020 53 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick bring you the only news roundup you need to understand what's going on in Utah politics.

Jon Huntsman and Spencer Cox unveil radically different strategies heading into the homestretch of the campaign.

The attacks on Spencer Cox are going to get more intense in the final month before election day.

We break down our polls in CD1, CD4 and the AG primary races.

Gov. Gary...

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May 19, 2020 43 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick give you their take on the latest Utah political headlines.

We break down our new poll showing Spencer Cox is leading in the GOP race for governor.

Utahns don't much approve of the way President Trump is handling the response to the coronavirus, but they do give good marks to state and local officials.

The latest news from the campaign trail.

Ben McAdams and Chris Ste...

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Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick bring you their take on the top political news.

Most of Utah is moving from "orange" to "yellow" with the state's coronavirus restrictions.

Lawmakers are bracing for a terrible budget year because of COVID-19.

It's "silly season" ahead of the big GOP primary elections.

Romney criticizes the Trump administration's coronavirus testing e...

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May 12, 2020 44 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick break down the top political headlines.

Utah is paying nearly $6 million for a coronavirus tracing app they could have had for free.

How will the coronavirus spending affect the GOP race for governor?

The GOP primary for Attorney General is an important race you should pay attention to.

Nancy Workman passes away.

President Trump can't explain what "Obamagate"...

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May 8, 2020 54 min

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the hot political topics in the Friday edition of our podcast.

Republican candidates for governor debate.

Governor Herbert's curious press conference timing.

Coronavirus spending comes under scrutiny.

Utah's economy and coronavirus.

A theory why President Trump won't wear a mask.

Plus, political mercenaries!

If you have a question you'd like answered,...

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Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the important Utah political headlines from the past few days in the Tuesday edition of our podcast.

State spending during the coronavirus pandemic is coming under scrutiny.

Lawmakers eyeing more special sessions.

Most of the legal challenges from candidates seeking to get on the primary ballot are over, but one House candidate is still trying to secure a spot, but a crazy rule from the Weber C...

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May 1, 2020 55 min

Although time has no meaning anymore, Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick bring you the Friday edition of our Utah political news roundup.

  • Utah allows some businesses to re-open as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.
  • Will the hydroxychloroquine scandal impact the June primary?
  • Jeff Burningham and Jan Garbett sue to get on the primary ballot.
  • Mitt Romney is critical of the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Republican ...
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