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Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 07:00AM

A Logan-based think tank hired by the Utah Legislature to promote the state’s legal efforts to wrest control of 32 million acres of public land from the federal government has strong ties to the billionaire Koch brothers, the petrochemical giants who spend millions to fight green-based energy programs and to elect candidates who favor their causes. Randy Simmons, who runs Strata Policy, which landed the public-relations contract, was the Charles G. Koch professor of political economy at Utah State University from 2008 to 2013 and a senior fellow at the …

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  • Rolly: Lyman backer Mike Noel lives in an alternative universe
    In the Utah political landscape, there is the real world and then there is the Mike Noel world. The two exist in completely different dimensions. As ...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)  
Newly elected Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, right, reflects on the campaign at his Salt Lake City headquarters with his then campaign manager, Justin Miller, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2014. Rolly: Salt Lake City police pull out of Justin Miller probe, leave it to the FBI
    It seems that frustrations and disagreements between investigative agencies in high-profile Utah cases are becoming an epidemic. While Salt Lake Coun...
    Updated Jun 25 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank speaks to reporters about his departure in front of the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City Thursday June 11, 2015. Rolly: Becker’s office adds insult to injury, denies Burbank’s sick-leave pay
    Not only was former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank forced to resign earlier this month, but now he is being punished even further. Burbank ...
    Updated Jun 23 2015 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah's Herriman Days parade features honored black guests and in between — a tribute to Confederate soldiers
    Saturday’s Herriman Days parade featured floats carrying royalty from neighboring cities, including Miss Bluffdale — a young African-American woman, w...
    Updated Jun 22 2015 09:47 am   |     |   Share


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  • Rolly: Big debt has some Utah Republicans grumbling
    The Utah Republican Party seems at first blush to be basking in its success and popularity. After all, Republicans hold 24 of the 29 seats in the stat...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
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Sandstone foundations can be seen in the bottom of a trench that was being dug for electrical lines at Fort Douglas on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Thursday, June 18, 2015.  The old foundations were the barracks for the fort in the 1800s. For a time, crews were tossing artifacts found during the construction. Rolly: Treasured history bites the dust as U. mistakenly digs up, destroys Fort Douglas artifacts
    The University of Utah may be doing penance Saturday during Fort Douglas Day for a boneheaded mistake in its stewardship of protecting this national a...
    Updated Jun 18 2015 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announces his candidacy for a third term for mayor at the Mestizo Coffeehouse on the city's west side Monday December 1, 2014. Rolly: Becker’s bravado — Burbank and golfers and water, oh my!
    Last week was not one of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s best. When he handed Police Chief Chris Burbank a letter to publicly read that placed bl...
    Updated Jun 18 2015 06:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Democrats working hard to ensure everlasting defeat
    Can a Democrat ever again win a major political office in Utah besides a few Salt Lake County spots and Salt Lake City mayor, which is technically non...
    Updated Jun 12 2015 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Salt Lake City police department Chief of Police, Chris Burbank answers questions from the media during a press conference outside of the City County Building the day after the deadly shootings at Trolley Square. Rolly: Why Salt Lake City is going to miss Chief Burbank
    Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank’s forced resignation smacks of desperation politics by Mayor Ralph Becker, whose administration potentially ...
    Updated Jun 14 2015 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Photo courtesy Tammy Calder via KUTV)

Rescuers conduct a search on Bear Lake to look for a capsized boat. Four people, including three children, were killed in the accident on Monday, June 1, 2015. Paul Rolly: Utah officials left Idaho in the dark during Bear Lake tragedy
    The tragic Bear Lake boating accident on June 1 that left four dead and three injured apparently occurred on the Idaho side of the lake, but while Uta...
    Updated Jun 12 2015 09:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Police group took aim at D.A. Sim Gill, but was politics the real trigger?
    Now that Shaun Cowley, the West Valley City narcotics detective who shot and killed drug suspect Danielle Willard about 2½ years ago, has resigned fro...
    Updated Jun 09 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: A shoutout to Red Cross volunteers who let their service do the talking
    Some self-promoters on the fringe right have used the several weeks of devastating rains and floods in Texas to advance their anti-gay paranoia and bl...
    Updated Jun 08 2015 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: GOP is not out of the Count-My-Vote woods yet
    The Utah Republican Party has been touting its new unification moment when the State Central Committee last month voted to endorse the changes GOP Cha...
    Updated Jun 05 2015 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Called to serve and seek election? Utah party sees way to get Mormons in office
    Three years ago, Rep. Chris Stewart won the Republican nod for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District in a bizarre series of events at the GOP convention. ...
    Updated Jun 05 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Police group took aim at D.A. Sim Gill, but was politics the real trigger?
    Now that Shaun Cowley, the West Valley City narcotics detective who shot and killed drug suspect Danielle Willard about 2½ years ago, has resigned fro...
    Updated Jun 09 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: A shoutout to Red Cross volunteers who let their service do the talking
    Some self-promoters on the fringe right have used the several weeks of devastating rains and floods in Texas to advance their anti-gay paranoia and bl...
    Updated Jun 08 2015 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: GOP is not out of the Count-My-Vote woods yet
    The Utah Republican Party has been touting its new unification moment when the State Central Committee last month voted to endorse the changes GOP Cha...
    Updated Jun 05 2015 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Called to serve and seek election? Utah party sees way to get Mormons in office
    Three years ago, Rep. Chris Stewart won the Republican nod for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District in a bizarre series of events at the GOP convention. ...
    Updated Jun 05 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan speaks in the House Government Operations Standing Committee Monday March 3 on SB005401, Elections Amendments.  Rep. Jack Draxler, R-North Logan, chairman of the committee, left.   The amended bill passed unananimously in the committee to bring it to the house floor.  Many on the committee, like Ivory had reservations but voted for the so-called Rolly: Land sakes — complaints against Rep. Ken Ivory keep piling up
    It’s been a rocky year so far for the American Lands Council (ALC), headed by Utah’s loudest land-grab advocate, Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan. The S...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah House speaker gets a close-up look at violence the homeless face
    Lawmakers and other state leaders who influence policies and budgets spend a good part of their public lives sitting in committee meetings, listening ...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 11:08 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Government critics are quick to ask for government handouts
    San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and some of his fellow yahoos in rural Utah now want you and me to pay for his legal expenses so he can appeal...
    Updated May 29 2015 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Salt Lake City’s new parking kiosks are legal — at last
    Thanks to a reader, Salt Lake City is no longer violating federal law. After much fanfare from Mayor Ralph Becker about the new parking-kiosk system ...
    Updated May 28 2015 08:20 pm   |     |   Share
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Eric Moutsos, Derek Kitchen, Andrew lotcovici, Moudi Sbeity. Rolly: Cop who bucked Salt Lake Pride Parade attends historic gay wedding
    Eric Moutsos is fast becoming the “Where’s Waldo?” of Utah news. You remember Moutsos. He is the former Salt Lake City police officer who resigned fr...
    Updated May 26 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Kitchen-Sbeity wedding means a lot to us, even more to them
    Sunday’s marriage at the Gallivan Center capped a decades-long struggle for equality in this land of opportunity and was celebrated as a political vic...
    Updated May 26 2015 03:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: GOP Count My Vote foes lost big at Davis Convention
    The adage “What goes around comes around” seems to apply to the ousting that Davis County Republican delegates applied to their party chairman, Phill ...
    Updated May 22 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Investors shun the gun, but Utah legislators love it
    If a Wall Street hedge fund worries about scaring off investors by owning the manufacturer of a gun used in mass murders, the gun should come to Utah,...
    Updated May 21 2015 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
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