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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

The LDS Church on Capitol Hill

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There have always been questions about the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah politics. Many say the Church’s influence is indirect, but former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer is questioning whether Church lobbyists on Capitol Hill go too far. Last month, he wrote that he was bullied when his stance on immigration diverged from his then Church’s position. Monday, we’re asking Wimmer and others how lawmakers decide whether to vote with their politics or with their faith.


  • Carl Wimmer served as the Republican from Herriman's District 52 in the Utah House from 2007 to 2012. He and his wife Sherry blog at AmericanDreamRevealed.com
  • Matt Canham is a reporter with The Salt Lake Tribune. Read his article on the LDS Church and lobbyists, written with Lee Davidson.
  • Quin Monson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, and a senior scholar for the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. With David Campbell, he's the author of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics [Indiebound|Amazon]
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.