Boyd Matheson brings a one-of-a-kind insider perspective to Utah and national politics. Boyd is the former chief-of-staff to Senator Mike Lee, former head of the conservative Sutherland Institute and is current Opinion Editor at the Deseret News.
Many working-class families who depend on public assistance to make ends meet also report feeling stuck in a government system, with little chance to move up the economic ladder. How can we rethink part of the tax code to help lower income families succeed? Angela Rachidi, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has a new piece in The Hill outlining a plan to offer families expanded tax credits that better target relief and allow people to get married without being penalized. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Can The Simpsons help us understand the issues voters on the left care about in this election? Boyd looks at a populist message the cartoon series aired over the weekend, which might explain voter concerns on one side of the aisle, while those on the other side are attracted to another, equally interesting populist message. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What's it going to take for the US to effectively counter China? President Biden announced an Indo-Pacific Economic pact with several nations in the Pacific region yesterday. Christine McDaniel, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Treasury Department and a current senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, breaks down where's it going right and what pitfalls these nations will need to avoid to make this agreement a success. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's Primary Day, and there are some very big races happening in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. What storylines are coming out of these states? And what do they say about President Trump's influence on the Republican Party? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Our culture today seems to have lost all nuance in its thinking...and spurns those who express doubt or uncertainty. A piece in The Atlantic...which was published in 2018...is making the rounds on social media again and got me to thinking about the lost art of nuanced thinking. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
President Biden is touring Asia, where he has been having success building economic alliances to counter China. Boyd looks at where the president is getting it right and how the gaffe alluding to possible military action in Taiwan might complicate his agenda. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Could you soon be feeling the squeeze in your pocketbook even more than you do now? Many economists, including former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, say the US could face stagflation. Dr. Thomas Hoenig from the Mercatus Institute, and former head of the Kansas City Fed, talks with Boyd about the likelihood of that and the real challenges our economy faces in the months ahead. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Scientists from the National Institutes of Health are getting royalty payments from pharmaceutical and other private companies. A Congressional hearing this month even looked into this practice, which has happened for decades. But now there's a new push for more transparency to see who's getting paid for what. Adam Andrzejewski from OpentheBooks.com talks about the hurdles they've faced getting that information from the government. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Utah's Black business community adds so much to our state...but how can they continue to not only excel but also expand? Sidni Shorter, who was just named as President and CEO of the Utah Black Chamber, joins Inside Sources to talk about the challenges and opportunities ahead for this thriving community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Last year, people around the world were souring on the idea of democracy. But new polling shows surging support for this institution of government. Laura Thornton from the Alliance for Securing Democracy discusses the reasons behind the change in perception and how to strengthen democracy here and abroad. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With inflation at home, concerns about China invading Taiwan, and a myriad of other issues plaguing our world, do we still have unity of purpose for Ukraine? Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and some US Senators addressed the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today on this very topic. Boyd looks at what they said and whether it will change the conversation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The evidence is piling up: endorsements don't mean much. Boyd looks at a new analysis in CNN outlining just how much high profile endorsements don't sway voters. But what factors do impact who voters choose to support? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When you think of a fresco, do you expect to see people experiencing homelessness, addiction, or serious illnesses? One church in Asheville, North Carolina commissioned an amazing piece highlighting people who society may have forgotten but who have infinite dignity and worth. Chris Zaluski talks with Boyd about his extraordinary new documentary, Theirs is the Kingdom, which tells the stories of the people seen in this work of art. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
President Biden is on his first trip to Asia since taking office. But with inflation on the rise and war raging in Ukraine, why does this visit matter? And what message does it send to our allies and partners...and most importantly China and North Korea? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month, and there's an event happening in Utah today to honor members of that community. Former California State Assemblyman and MC of the event Floyd Mori joins the show to talk about it and remember the trailblazing former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What will Russia's strategy be now that Sweden and Finland have applied to join NATO? With news that Russia is cutting off natural gas supplies, David Salvo from the Alliance for Securing Democracy joins Boyd to talk about the threats both real and unlikely the two countries could face. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Politicians everywhere are talking about inflation. But Real Clear Politics contributor Myra Adams has a new piece in The Hill showing how ignoring the national debt has lead and will lead to major problems for the U.S. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you think the baby formula shortage is just about baby formula, it's time to think again. Fingers are pointing everywhere as store shelves are bare. But the crisis is an example of government bureaucracy getting in the way of common sense and good policy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While meeting with President Biden today, the Swedish Prime Minister said "During dark times it is great to be among close friends." But what prevents us from linking arms with our friends? And how can friends, whether they're a colleague or a foreign country, help us move forward during adversity? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A lot of the stories coming out of Ukraine have been unimaginably sad and horrific. Cities bombed, millions displaced, or killed. But where there is darkness there is also light. In this case, the light of service and volunteers. Utah Policy Editor and Deseret News columnist Holly Richardson calls from the Ukrainian/Polish border on efforts to help refugees. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Two years after Congressman Chris Stewart's bill was signed into law, states are preparing to launch the new 988 suicide prevention lifeline number this summer. Representative Stewart joins Boyd to discuss the exciting roll out, as well as his latest bill addressing the baby formula shortage. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The President of Finland and the Swedish Prime Minister joined President Biden at the White House today to make their case for joining NATO. What was their message? And what roadblocks lie ahead? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Vice President Kamala Harris wants to get out of DC more. But with a 50-50 Senate, she's cast a record number of tie-breaking votes. Boyd looks at the role of the Vice President and why staying home might be a better idea than traveling abroad. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
President Biden's trip to Asia is a chance for him to refocus on countering China, while strengthening ties with our allies in the Pacific. But this is all happening while North Korea threatens to test fire a long-range missile. Jonathan Bench from World Trade Center Utah discusses what can we expect from the president's trip. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.