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Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 12:37PM

It’s fitting that a historic figure in Salt Lake City government be the one to recognize a forerunner who himself stands out in history. On Thursday, Jackie Biskupski, the city’s first openly gay mayor, honored Jake Garn, the city’s last …

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  • Rolly: Chaffetz’s town-hall protesters have no voice. What’s the NRA’s excuse?
    Several commentaries have suggested that the hostile crowd at Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s town hall meeting last week defeated its own purpose and made Chaf...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 11:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Paul Rolly: Lawmakers just can’t make things up.
    During a legislative review Monday of an audit released earlier of the University of Utah athletic department, Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, bla...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 07:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: When Mayor Biskupski speaks, I’d like to listen — if I could just get in
    On Monday, I was invited by a member of Salt Lake City’s Rotary Club to the group’s Tuesday luncheon at a downtown hotel. I was told that Mayor Jacki...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 10:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Columnist in blunder-land? Deseret News goes down rabbit hole
    At the risk of fueling a minor newspaper skirmish in the cultural serenity of the Salt Lake Valley, a Deseret News columnist hit the Kool-Aid so hard ...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:03 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with news media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Rolly: What do Chaffetz and a disgraced deputy fuhrer have in common? Think suck-up, not Nazi
    In 1941, Germany’s Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess commandeered a small plane without permission and flew to Scotland, where he hoped to negotiate a peace s...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: The latest audits of quasi-government agencies fit a growing trend
    What do the Utah Transit Authority, the Economic Development Corp. of Utah, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, the Utah Communicatio...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 12:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: We shall overcome — eventually. For years, that was the cry of Utah’s MLK Day backers
    While Utahns commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, few may remember the struggles that eventually dragged the Legislature into officially...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Is Salt Lake County too big for its britches? Some talk about splitting it up
    Whether it be a lingering anger toward Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams or a quest for better government, some Utah lawmakers have discussed splitti...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Private land grab in rural Utah may be a sign of things to come
    A recent Salt Lake Tribune story about a private company buying state land — then gating off a county road intersecting the property — should raise al...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah legislator sees a softer side to Middle East conflict
    As right-wing politicians scold the Obama administration for not siding with Israel over the United Nations’ condemnation of its West Bank settlements...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jan 16 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jan 09 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    As right-wing politicians scold the Obama administration for not siding with Israel over the United Nations’ condemnation of its West Bank settlements...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • Frank J Bott  |  Special to the Tribune   Tooele County Commissioner Myron E. Bateman, right, listens to Commission Chairman Wade B. Bitner talk about the salary increase for county employees during the public comment period. Rolly: Tooele County commissioners play Santa Claus — for themselves
    The Tooele County Commission came up with its own version of a classic Christmas song as the holidays approached last month, with the new lyrics going...
    Updated Jan 03 2017 02:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A group of people listened to San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in Blanding’s Centennial Park Saturday May 10, 2014, prior to an ATV ride into Recapture Canyon, closed to motorized use since 2007 to protect the seven-mile long canyon’s archeological sites. Paul Rolly: Utah officials say they can manage lands better, but look at their record
    President Barack Obama’s designation Wednesday of the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County elicited the expected response...
    Updated Dec 30 2016 06:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Legendary coaches Ron McBride and Lavell Edwards have a laugh as they do a special holiday reading during the 27th annual Christmas Singalong at EnergySolutions Center, Monday, December 17, 2012. Rolly: LaVell Edwards had a heart big enough for everyone — even the likes of me
    Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, I wrote a column in partnership with JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells called Rolly & Wells. I went solo when JoAnn retired ...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 08:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Ex-mayor’s bid to clear snow from his street hits a roadblock: the city crews he used to oversee
    Former Murray Mayor Dan Snarr was brimming with holiday spirit Sunday morning when he noticed the city’s snowplows, inundated by the heaviest Christma...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 11:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: GOP sends Christmas message about giving, but what about paying its bills?
    Here’s a nice Christmas story. A reader sent me a copy of a beautiful Christmas message he received in an email from Utah Republican Party Chairman J...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 09:53 am   |     |   Share
  • President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Paul Rolly: Rolly’s annual Christmas poem; The Grinch, The Grouse and the spoils
    ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House Not a creature was stirring, except the Great Grouse; The stockings were hung on the Hous...
    Updated Dec 24 2016 04:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)    Late radio talk show commentator Mills Crenshaw speaks to a receptive crowd in 2011 in support of putting a measure on the 2012 ballot to penalize companies for hiring undocumented workers and to get rid of HB 116. Merrill Cook, left, signs a petition to file at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office. Remembering Mills Crenshaw, the voice behind a massive Utah anti-tax protest rally
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    Updated Dec 23 2016 10:54 am   |     |   Share