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Washingtown Podcast

Can a former mayor who built his career on bipartisan successes navigate one of the most toxic political landscapes in modern American history? Can a moderate Democrat from a red state accomplish anything of significance in a deeply partisan environment?
This podcast follows freshman Rep. Ben McAdams, D-UT as he tries to navigate - and legislate - in a winner-take-all political environment. Rep. McAdams interviews the people he works with, for, and sometimes fights against in this insider’s view of national politics. This is WashingTown.

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How does the federal government support local justice?

In this episode of WashingTown, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill about how the federal government supports local efforts to solve crimes and support victims.   Mr. Gill discusses how federal money means better investigative techniques, more training and less trauma for victims of sexual assault, especially children. They…

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The Voices of Dreamers

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with Luis Garza, executive director of Comunidades Unidas and several Utah students, who discuss how they feel about the House of Representatives passing the Dream and Promise Act. The Act gives those who were brought to the U.S. as children legal status and opportunities for permanent legal status…

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Why does the federal deficit matter?

In this episode Congressman Ben McAdams talks with Phil Smith from the Concord Coalition about a budget workshop they held with some of McAdams’ constituents. The nonpartisan group advocates for fiscal responsibility and raises awareness about how federal money is actually being spent. In the workshop, about 40 people were divided into seven different committees that…

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Lessons from an Olympic athlete

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams has a wide-ranging conversation that includes, building Olympians through youth programs, the mindset of a gold medalist, and how the lessons of sports and teamwork apply to the job we ask of our federal representatives.  Congressman McAdams shares his frustration with the partisan language that undermines the spirit of…

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Across the Aisle with John Curtis

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with another member of Utah’s Congressional delegation – Republican Rep. John Curtis. They discuss working together on Utah issues, and what gets in the way when they try to work across party lines at the federal level. They also discuss successes and current issues in this unique public…

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The 150-year wait: An immigrant’s quest

This is a conversation with Ashish Patel, who came to the U.S. on an H1B Visa, a visa that allows companies to hire highly skilled, specialized workers from around the world. He was granted status as an immigrant in 2011, but will wait decades for a green card without changes to the current immigration laws….

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WashingTown Live, Part 2

This episode is part two of a WashingTown live event. Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics discusses the Mueller report, trying to accomplish legislative goals in the wake of the report and future hearings, the reasons he feels a constitutional amendment is necessary to balance the federal budget, and how he deals…

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WashingTown Live, Part 1 of 2

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams discusse shis first 100 days in office with Hinckley Institute of Politics director Jason Perry in front of an audience at KSL Broadcast House. Mr. Perry talks about the class that changed the congressman’s career path, his bipartisan roots and how difficult it has been to take the philosophy…

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Transportation – Troubles and Solutions

In this issue of WashingTown, Congressman Ben McAdams talks about being in Utah for a couple of weeks to discuss issues that require cooperation between local governments and federal lawmakers. In this episode, he talks transportation – infrastructure and issues – with Utah Transit Board of Trustees Carton Christensen, board chair; Beth Holbrook, and Kent…

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The Art of Testifying Before Congress

Attorney Mehrsa Baradaran discusses what it’s like to testifying in front of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, a subcommittee on which McAdams serves. Her testimony came during discussions about the Community Reinvestment Act and what possible updates or changes might be necessary, especially if financial institutions don’t have incentives to help with…

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