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Last Updated Apr 17, 2015 05:30PM

Two stories in the Salt Lake Tribune this week send the disturbing message that politics in the United States has become so cynical, so special-interest driven that accomplishments in office have nothing to do with the ability to get reelected. The first story was about Mike Lee and his seeming lock on winning a second term in 2016 despite his low approval rating among all Utah voters and his record of getting basically nothing done except carp about President Obama. The second story was about Congresswoman Mia Love’s amassing an …

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  • Rolly: Mormon critic wins JFK Profile in Courage Award
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    Updated Apr 16 2015 08:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  l  Tribune file photo)  
Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter (right) describes some of the Commision's findings as current Utah Governor Gary Herbert listens at left. The Commission to Optimize State Government members presented Utah Gov. Gary Herbert with its report – the result of a nearly yearlong effort to identify areas for increased efficiency within state government  in Salt Lake City on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Rolly: My long train ride with Bangerter and what made him a great guv
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    Updated Apr 18 2015 03:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Senator Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, hugs Executive Director of Equality Utah, Troy Williams following the passing by the Senate of SB296, the nondiscrimination religious liberties bill on Friday, March 6, 2015. Rolly: Minus Mia’s help, this couple got little Love on Arches hiking tour
    In the wake of Friday’s column about the large group of hikers at Arches National Park who were placed in a ranger-led tour of the restricted Fiery Fu...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 07:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Late funding for Orem school, delayed wine order for Salt Lake deli
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    Updated Apr 13 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share


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