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Last Updated Mar 26, 2015 07:23PM

Utah legislators who strike back at those who run counter to the Republican caucus echo chamber sometimes dig themselves into even deeper messes. For instance, Rep. Paul Ray, sponsor of the controversial bill to revive the firing squad, answered a …

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  • Rolly: Utah turns to award-winning comedy to boost voter registration
    Utah remains one of the worst states in the nation in percentage of eligible voters who go to the polls, thanks largely to the cumbersome caucus-conve...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: A ticked Dabakis may run for mayor over last-minute sales-tax deal
    State Sen. Jim Dabakis was so upset about the last-minute amendment to the prison-relocation bill allowing Salt Lake City to impose a half-cent sales-...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 11:04 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Legislature creates transparency, then takes it away
    Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, when he was majority whip two years ago, was so disgusted with the dishonest campaign run with dark money against his ...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker waves to the crowd during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at The Gateway mall Saturday March 14, 2015. The mayor and his campaign workers ó many of whom donned some green ó raised eyebrows with their orange shirts at the procession. Rolly: Memo to Becker: Orange doesn’t go well with green on St. Pat’s Day
    The push to re-elect Ralph Becker didn’t make many friends at Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade — what with campaign workers surrounding the mayor d...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share


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    Updated Mar 13 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Veteran Utah Republican strategist Dave Hansen is coming off two impressive victories in a row. In 2012, he orchestrated Sen. Orrin Hatch’s win agains...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 04:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Legislative hypocrisy on medical marijuana?
    There is an interesting back story to the medical marijuana bill sponsored by conservative Republican Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, who said h...
    Updated Mar 11 2015 07:30 am   |     |   Share
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    The Utah House continued its tendency toward unorthodoxy when it narrowly passed a resolution to study the use of bitcoin, or digital currency, for tr...
    Updated Mar 09 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: The Utah tea partyer who's all about local control, except when he isn’t
    Rep. Mike Noel is Utah’s tea party representative extraordinaire. No federal government official is too big for this guy to hate. No federal agency is...
    Updated Mar 06 2015 05:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Oops! Herbert aide disses House leaders — by mistake
    Relations between Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah House leaders have been tense at times, their squabbles spilling into the public arena. When House Speak...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly, right, is invited to speak at Mayor Ralph Becker's announcement of the new, upgraded parking system that replaces the one many hate during a press announcement at City Hall on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Rolly has written extensively on the challenges people have faced with the old system. Jason Mathis, left, Executive Director at Downtown Alliance was one of the people that was instrumental in getting the parking machines in the first place. Rolly: I’m Salt Lake City’s new parking adviser — let’s hope the new kiosks work better
    Rarely do I get invited to participate in a news conference with government officials I’ve made fun of, but it happened Tuesday. Salt Lake City Mayor ...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 07:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Maybe lawmakers who oppose Healthy Utah should give up their taxpayer-funded insurance
    Renowned 20th-century theologian and philosopher Thomas Merton wrote a passage in one of his 70-plus books that seems relevant to what is happening in...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: The Utah tea partyer who's all about local control, except when he isn’t
    Rep. Mike Noel is Utah’s tea party representative extraordinaire. No federal government official is too big for this guy to hate. No federal agency is...
    Updated Mar 06 2015 05:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Oops! Herbert aide disses House leaders — by mistake
    Relations between Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah House leaders have been tense at times, their squabbles spilling into the public arena. When House Speak...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly, right, is invited to speak at Mayor Ralph Becker's announcement of the new, upgraded parking system that replaces the one many hate during a press announcement at City Hall on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Rolly has written extensively on the challenges people have faced with the old system. Jason Mathis, left, Executive Director at Downtown Alliance was one of the people that was instrumental in getting the parking machines in the first place. Rolly: I’m Salt Lake City’s new parking adviser — let’s hope the new kiosks work better
    Rarely do I get invited to participate in a news conference with government officials I’ve made fun of, but it happened Tuesday. Salt Lake City Mayor ...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 07:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Maybe lawmakers who oppose Healthy Utah should give up their taxpayer-funded insurance
    Renowned 20th-century theologian and philosopher Thomas Merton wrote a passage in one of his 70-plus books that seems relevant to what is happening in...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: House punts on Healthy Utah, protects GOP members
    The Utah House of Representatives showed this week that the body’s name is a misnomer. It is not a body of actual representatives. House Speaker Greg ...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 06:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rep. Brian M. Greene (R-Pleasant Grove) during the morning session at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday February 4, 2015. Rolly: Like Yogi Berra, this Utah lawmaker didn’t always say what he said
    New Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes has added a communications director to his staff. The post has been filled by veteran newspaper reporter and editor...
    Updated Feb 26 2015 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Heavy-handed government? It takes one to know one, Utah Legislature
    I couldn’t help musing over the debate in the Utah Legislature over House Bill 160, the bill lawmakers passed last week that overturned Salt Lake City...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 07:38 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah GOP clout surfaces in Bear Lake battle
    In one corner is Sen. Jani Iwamoto, a Democrat who represents Holladay in Salt Lake County. In the other is Rep. Curt Webb, a Republican who represen...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 07:34 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: GOP’s anti-Count My Vote efforts in death throes
    One of my simple pleasures is to watch a nature show on cable and study the interaction between all the species in the wild that forms the continuing ...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: ‘White Section’ at Utah Capitol? It’s not what you think
    Even the best intentions and grand ideas can have unintended consequences or, as the Scottish poet Robert Burns said, “The best-laid plans of mice and...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 11:38 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Hey, contact-lens wearers, here’s a Utah bill to keep your eye on
    A 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision has legalized a price-fixing arrangement that threatens to sink a Utah company, which enjoys $500 million in annual...
    Updated Feb 17 2015 09:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: LaVar Christensen could be Utah LGBT community’s best friend
    Gay and lesbian groups ought to get behind efforts to re-elect Rep. LaVar Christensen. They should contribute to his campaigns. They might even consid...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 10:35 pm   |     |   Share