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Last Updated May 2, 2016 07:32AM

Jonathan Johnson bested Gov. Gary Herbert at the Utah Republican Convention in the delegate tally by running to the right of the incumbent on issues such as taxes, public lands and education. To bolster his conservative bona fides, he selected as his lieutenant-governor running mate Robyn Bagley, a star in the alternative-education movement that has shifted some resources from traditional public schools to charters and other nontraditional options. Bagley has been a leader for years in Parents for Choice in Education, a primary supporter of the voucher system that would …

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  • Rolly: Right wing stood strong in convention, but wait until the primary
    The right wing of the Republican Party flexed its muscles at the GOP state convention last week, showing those feeble party members who dare sway from...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic and revolver? Utah teacher finds gun on school playground
    A 75-year-old concealed-weapon-permit holder was walking his dog recently when he dropped his loaded .22-caliber Beretta on the playground of Oakdale ...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Gov. Herbert got tag-teamed at Utah’s GOP convention
    Gov. Gary Herbert’s failure to lock up the Republican nomination at the state convention without having a primary may have been the result of a tag-te...
    Updated Apr 26 2016 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune file photo)   Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a handful of vetoes late Wednesday as he faced the deadline for action on some 453 bill passed during the recent legislative session. Rolly: Sticking it to Herbert? Guv’s campaign slowed by Super Glue
    Gov. Gary Herbert’s campaign left a U-Haul trailer on the street in front of the Salt Palace on Friday night that contained all of his campaign signs ...
    Updated Apr 24 2016 08:42 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Rolly: Utah’s crown jewels of tourism could be threatened by the state’s shortsightedness
    The recent proposal to build a large sand and gravel operation at the doorstep of Utah’s spectacular Capitol Reef National Park provides a glimpse of ...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 07:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Signature-gathering firm goes from villain to hero for Utah GOP
    Gather, a firm formed by entrepreneur Tanner Leatham to collect petition signatures for candidates to qualify for their party’s primary ballot, has re...
    Updated Apr 21 2016 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Are Utah legislators getting dumber faster than most?
    I recently came across two shared items from Facebook friends that, since they were in sequence, seemed to be sending a message. The first concerned ...
    Updated Apr 19 2016 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Women get snubbed in Salt Lake County Democratic caucus vote
    Much has been written about the Utah Republican Party’s resistance to the law allowing candidates to get on the primary ballot through petition gather...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Could Ted Cruz be a Trojan horse for Mormons?
    Let’s add another twist to the bizarre nature of the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s not enough that a socialist could lead the Democratic ticket thi...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 09:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, has introduced a Utah bill that would ban most types of abortion that take place in the first trimester. Rolly: The fix is in — how a Utah legislator cleared the way for his successor
    The Utah Republican Party remains adamant that the best way to nominate candidates is through a convention by delegates chosen at neighborhood caucuse...
    Updated Apr 14 2016 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: My 50-year reunion: What a generation we’ve become
    Fifty years ago, I was fretting about whether I would graduate from Skyline High School. My grades were barely passing and my attendance record was, ...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah County GOP is like stepping through the looking glass
    Utah County GOP leaders seem to have a strange set of values. If you want to run for public office as a Republican and you don’t fill out a five-page...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Outdoor recreation industry debunking the myths of land transfer advocates
    The Outdoor Alliance, representing the outdoor recreation industry, released a statement this week warning of the threat to public recreation lands th...
    Updated Apr 08 2016 06:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah County GOP boss is a lobbyist with special sway over legislators, thanks to fitness test
    There is an interesting twist to the story of Utah County Republican Party Chairman Craig Frank withholding delegate lists from certain legislators fo...
    Updated Apr 07 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: My 50-year reunion: What a generation we’ve become
    Fifty years ago, I was fretting about whether I would graduate from Skyline High School. My grades were barely passing and my attendance record was, ...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah County GOP is like stepping through the looking glass
    Utah County GOP leaders seem to have a strange set of values. If you want to run for public office as a Republican and you don’t fill out a five-page...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Outdoor recreation industry debunking the myths of land transfer advocates
    The Outdoor Alliance, representing the outdoor recreation industry, released a statement this week warning of the threat to public recreation lands th...
    Updated Apr 08 2016 06:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah County GOP boss is a lobbyist with special sway over legislators, thanks to fitness test
    There is an interesting twist to the story of Utah County Republican Party Chairman Craig Frank withholding delegate lists from certain legislators fo...
    Updated Apr 07 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Longtime Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly accepts the Making Democracy Work Award from the League of Women Voters, presented during ceremonies at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Former U.S. ambassador speaks to Utah women’s group
    When the new president of the United States takes office in January, he or she will have an inbox full of problems that need addressing. Former U.S. a...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 10:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Remembering Art Brothers, the bane of Ma Bell, the FCC and rural sheriffs
    One of Utah’s more colorful characters was a gregarious entrepreneur named Art Brothers, who drove local, state and federal regulators crazy. He died...
    Updated Apr 04 2016 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Decades of gerrymandering bear fruit: Utah’s Legislature is wacko
    With a $53 million commitment to build a deep-water port in Oakland to ship Utah coal to China, $4.5 million in seed money to sue the feds for public ...
    Updated May 02 2016 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)    Veteran Tribune sportswriter Tom Wharton goes through 30-plus years of accumulated stuff as he, as well as the other less senior members of The Tribune staff, pack up for their move to their new building at The Gateway in 2005. Rolly: Goodbye to Tribune’s Tom Wharton, who took us to high school gyms, Utah’s outback and more
    Granite High sophomore Tom Wharton had just made the staff of the Granitian, the school’s student newspaper. That allowed him to attend a daylong hig...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 10:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tom Wharton in 2008. Rolly: Chaffetz’s congressional style: Ready, fire, aim
    Utah’s superpartisan, headline-seeking Jason Chaffetz just keeps stepping in it. The “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi” Republican congressman already ha...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Forget Mayberry — Some rural Utah cops more like bullies with a badge
    Rural Utah legislators and some members of the state’s congressional delegation have waged a campaign against federal agents in charge of patrolling B...
    Updated Mar 28 2016 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah Democrats should be careful what they wish for
    Utah Democrats should be thrilled at the turnout Tuesday to the party’s caucuses since, let’s face it, the party has almost become the forgotten stepc...
    Updated Mar 25 2016 07:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Northern Utah city doing GOP’s bidding?
    Residents of the northern Utah community of Wellsville received an interesting insert with their utility bills this month. Inside the envelope, sent ...
    Updated Mar 26 2016 12:10 pm   |     |   Share