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Last Updated Jun 26, 2016 08:00PM

Tuesday’s primary election has some intrigue — perhaps more than the typical ho-hum runoffs in Utah where Republican incumbents usually face no primary foes and Democrats are an afterthought. This year features a hotly contested and expensive campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination between Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson. Another noteworthy question is who will emerge among nine contenders as the top two vote-getters for mayor of soon-to-be Millcreek City. And, of course, which Democrat — Misty Snow or Jonathan Swinton — will earn the right to be …

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  • This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree,D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP) Rolly: Democrats’ sit-in exposes GOP’s smoke-and-mirrors games
    The day-long sit-in by congressional Democrats to protest the House’s lack of action on gun control measures highlighted a trend that undermines the i...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 08:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah fed fighter’s vanishing act from federalism group a mystery
    Where, oh where did Ken Ivory go? The Republican legislator from West Jordan has disappeared from the website of Federalism in Action (FIA), a South ...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Game over for sports arena tax hike? No, the show must go on
    I wrote Monday about the double standard of the Larry H. Miller Group, which will get about $22.7 million in tax incentives for its $125 million makeo...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 7, 2016 file photo, a sign separates members of the media from invited guests at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a whole menu of takedowns for individual reporters and news organizations. In recent weeks, he’s used his microphone and his tweets to label them “third-rate,” “not nice,” phony,” “disgraceful,“ “low-life,” “very unprofessional” and “bad people.” Or, for extra emphasis in a tweet, “BAD. (Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) Rolly: What if Trump had a press conference and nobody came?
    As we continue to watch presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s increasingly outrageous attempts to control how the press covers ...
    Updated Jun 18 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share


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    Updated Jun 16 2016 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 07 2016 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 06 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 03 2016 06:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 31 2016 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 31 2016 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 30 2016 09:46 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 27 2016 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 27 2016 11:13 am   |     |   Share
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    Two recent developments in Garfield County highlight tensions between law enforcement jurisdictions about who has control in Utah’s majestic rural out...
    Updated May 17 2016 10:35 pm   |     |   Share