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Last Updated Dec 10, 2016 10:05AM

Eyebrows were raised when President-elect Donald Trump added to his growing list of secretary of state candidates Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and ambassador to China and a rival of Mitt Romney for the honor of being state’s most …

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  • Memo to Utah GOP: Forget passing bills; try paying them
    My Wednesday column about Bountiful-based Redstone Design’s lawsuit against the Utah Republican Party alleging nonpayment for services prompted anothe...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 08:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s most prominent deadbeat: the state GOP
    Financial woes keep piling up for the Utah Republican Party, despite the GOP’s dominance in state elections. I wrote earlier about bill collectors co...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:49 am   |     |   Share
  • Crystal Young-Otterstrom was a guest on Trib Talk on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Some Mormon women ask: How could my fellow saints support Trump?
    Since Donald Trump’s election, I know of a few Mormon women who have stopped going to church, at least temporarily, because of the support their fello...
    Updated Dec 04 2016 08:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Paul Rolly: One state school board race is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
    It’s a mystery that would make Agatha Christie proud. The Utah Republican Party inadvertently seemed to endorse a campaign flier that blasted a Republ...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 09:07 pm   |     |   Share


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  • In this image made from a video provided by Hamilton LLC, actor Brandon Victor Dixon who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president, in ’Hamilton’ speaks from the stage after the curtain call in New York, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the latest celebrity to attend the Broadway hit ’Hamilton,’ but the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage. (Hamilton LLC via AP) Rolly: ‘Hamilton’ cast missed point of play? Maybe Utah lawmaker isn’t familiar with freedom of speech
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    Updated Nov 25 2016 02:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Nov 22 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Nov 19 2016 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah newspaper donating to a political campaign? What is this, Fox News?
    A funny thing popped up in financial disclosures just before Election Day: A newspaper gave a sizable in-kind contribution to a legislative candidate....
    Updated Nov 17 2016 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah girl shunned by some in Mormon ward. Why? Her parents had a Clinton sign
    When Gov. Gary Herbert and Superintendent Sydnee Dickson issued a joint statement last week condemning harassment and bullying in schools after Donald...
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    A funny thing popped up in financial disclosures just before Election Day: A newspaper gave a sizable in-kind contribution to a legislative candidate....
    Updated Nov 17 2016 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah radio host remembered as a kind gentleman in a sometimes-mean industry
    There is some irony in the passing of Jim Kirkwood, one of Salt Lake City’s best-known and most-enduring radio talk show hosts, just two days before t...
    Updated Nov 13 2016 09:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Soon to become Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, left, chats with Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox at the back door of the House of Representatives before taking take the oath of office at the start of the 2015 legislative session Monday Jan 26, 2015. Paul Rolly: GOP rising stars took opposite stands on Trump, but who will look smart in the end?
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  • |  Courtesy  Ally Isom Rolly: Herbert’s former spokeswoman quits the GOP
    The day after Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States, Gov. Gary Herbert’s former spokeswoman announced on Facebook that she was ...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 09:44 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Long-time Salt Lake County Clerk, Sherrie Swensen speaks to gathered at the Salt Lake County Council chamber Monday January 5 after being administered the oath of office. Rolly: Utah’s moral crusader urges patriots to swarm vote-counting locations
    The polls had barely opened Tuesday morning when one of Utah’s moral crusaders sent out a call to arms, urging fellow patriots to swarm clerks’ office...
    Updated Nov 08 2016 10:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: It might get lonely at the Utah GOP’s election night victory party
    The fact that most major candidates, all expected to easily win their races, won’t be at the Utah Republican Party victory celebration Tuesday night i...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Aadvocate Pamela Atkinson welcomes people as she and other community leaders served a Christmas dinner to more than 800 homeless Utahns in 2015 at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in downtown Salt Lake City. Rolly: Champion for Utah’s less fortunate becomes a victim herself
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