There are plenty of talk show hosts who blow hot air for 3 hours a day, act outraged, sell some books and then call it a day. I wanted to use this platform to make changes for the better, to bring those with differing viewpoints together to reach an accord. It doesn't happen every day and there are plenty who oppose compromise but I go for it when the opportunity presents itself. Here are a few examples that make me smile.(photo caption- MC sitting alongside the then Utah Senate President John Valentine during a legislative session)
After years of talking about issues and acting on issues though state government there was still one item I had to address. Me. I wasn't being completely honest with my broadcast audience. Hell, I wasn't being honest with myself. This is the first of three parts of my on air coming out. Why I did it. Why Now. Why it still matters. And my journey to the decision that finally freed my soul.
A Portland television station piece on my on-air coming out.
This is part 2 of 3 in my series on coming out at a later age. Part three is coming soon.
GETTING ONE GOVERNOR TO LISTEN TO ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW
Then Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to told me ( on the Daily Wrap from the Wall St. Journal) that she would call her colleague NJ Gov Christie. Christie vowed to veto any same sex marriage bill that crossed his desk. Here the Governor explains why she is no longer opposed to marriage equality.
and she was true to her word. Here is the letter to Governor Christie
FROM A CALL TO A LAW-CYBERBULLYING
On WRNO-FM I hosted a series of shows on cyber-bullying. This led me to ask for a law addressing the issue in Louisiana schools. After I testified before House and Senate committees the bill passed unanimously. It was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal.
IT IS NOW A FELONY IN UTAH TO TORTURE AN ANIMAL-WHEN RADIO (AND ARM TWISTING WORKS)
In 2008, while in Utah, I pushed for what I called "The Puppy Torture" bill, making animal abuse a felony statewide. I started the battle on the radio in Utah. Then Governor Jon Huntsman delivered on a promise he made to me.
After I left the radio show I headed up to the Capitol to work for the Utah Senate. I was honored and humbled by a standing ovation on the floor of the Utah Senate and a declaration of Outstanding Achievement for my efforts to get the bill passed as well as helping develop what we called Government 2.0. This award winning project is still in place today. It connects citizens with their government through live streaming, videos and various forms of social media. The bill making it a felony to torture an animal in Utah was signed into law by then Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.