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Robert Gehrke

Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 07:59PM

The Jell-O shots that are Utah liquor policy are beginning to firm up some, but skepticism is growing that there will be enough time left in the legislative session to get a comprehensive liquor bill done. Negotiations have been going …

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  • Gehrke: Rush to reform taxes has lawmakers hurtling toward bad policy
    With the 2017 Legislature thundering down the homestretch, Republican leaders are scrambling to cobble together a sweeping tax plan they can get to Go...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     From left to right: Thikra Thanon, Yaseen Salih, 11, Nouran Salih, 14, and Ihsan Hamoosh in their apartment in Salt Lake City, Sunday, February 12, 2017. The family was able to escape mosul Iraq, and avoid ISIS, but now fears for their status in America with new immigration restrictions. Gehrke: A family’s journey challenges our notion of who we are
    Ihsan Hamoosh feared for his life. Two of his friends had been snatched by militant Shia Muslims in Iraq and murdered and he wondered if he could be n...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 11:20 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Attendees file in to to the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Gehrke: Stubborn ‘drill-baby-drill’ rhetoric, philosophy costs all of us — more than we knew
    It turns out that losing the Outdoor Retailer trade show is going to cost the state a lot more than anyone realized — with a half-billion dollars goin...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Legislature may exact a toll for Facebook failure, but the poor get stung again
    Revenge — The Big Payback, as James Brown called it — is a bit of a sport at Utah’s Capitol, as Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is discovering. McA...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:04 pm   |     |   Share


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    For more than three years, various stakeholders in the Wasatch canyons huddled to try to plan out a future for management of various resources and bal...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Just when you thought sanity had been restored to the Utah GOP ...
    The battle for the heart of the Utah Republican Party continues, even if it looks like the combatants already lost their minds. On Feb. 4, after years...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Teacher Chelsie Acosta asks a question during the town-hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Gehrke: Town hall anger didn’t singe Chaffetz, needs direction before it burns down the house
    As a former kicker at Brigham Young, Jason Chaffetz is used to people trying to rattle him. Sorry, Utes fans, you don’t compare to what he faced at a...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Utah Republicans shooting themselves in the foot with latest move to disqualify candidates
    After two years of warfare in the courts over reforms to Utah’s nominating process, the Utah Republican Party has waved the white flag — or so it seem...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Lawmaker’s crusade against diversity threatens the legitimacy of Utah courts
    In its 121-year history Utah has had one black judge. Nearly 70 percent of all state judges in Utah are white males and a quarter are white females. S...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 08:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Jan. 7, 2013 file photo shows Utah Attorney General John Swallow, left, being sworn in by Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, right, at the Utah Sate Capitol Rotunda, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Gehrke: After a twisted road, it’s time for the court to bring Swallow scandal to a close
    Forty-nine months ago, watching Utah Chief Justice Matthew Durrant administer the oath of office to newly minted Attorney General John Swallow, I reme...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:01 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Members of Utah’s Clean Air Caucus hold a press conference in the Hall of Governor’s at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 2, 2017. Both Democrats and Republicans form the membership of the caucus and all are pushing for new bills to help Utah’s air quality. Gehrke: Groundhog Day means lousy air and the Legislature all over again
    When Gov. Gary Herbert walked out on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, he couldn’t see his shadow, which means we have five more weeks of the Legi...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Perry bill takes solid steps on domestic violence, but trips on concealed-gun issue
    On Dec. 4, Sue Ann Sands joined a list of Utahns gunned down, victims of domestic violence. Her attacker, an ex-boyfriend named James Dean Smith, had...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 07:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   A frosted glass curtain hides a portion of the bar at Brio Tuscan Grille at Fashion Place Mall. Gehrke: It may not make sense, but the ‘Zion Curtain’ still has some powerful supporters
    Cancel the wrecking balls. The push to tear down the “Zion Curtain” that has plagued Utah restaurants for years is running into some opposition. On W...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 12:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: There may be hope that Utah will finally get serious about hate crimes
    After years of being shut down, 2017 could finally be the year that Utah gets a workable hate-crimes law. Prosecutors are backing legislation that wo...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Members of Utah’s Clean Air Caucus hold a press conference in the Hall of Governor’s at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 2, 2017. Both Democrats and Republicans form the membership of the caucus and all are pushing for new bills to help Utah’s air quality. Gehrke: Groundhog Day means lousy air and the Legislature all over again
    When Gov. Gary Herbert walked out on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, he couldn’t see his shadow, which means we have five more weeks of the Legi...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Perry bill takes solid steps on domestic violence, but trips on concealed-gun issue
    On Dec. 4, Sue Ann Sands joined a list of Utahns gunned down, victims of domestic violence. Her attacker, an ex-boyfriend named James Dean Smith, had...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 07:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   A frosted glass curtain hides a portion of the bar at Brio Tuscan Grille at Fashion Place Mall. Gehrke: It may not make sense, but the ‘Zion Curtain’ still has some powerful supporters
    Cancel the wrecking balls. The push to tear down the “Zion Curtain” that has plagued Utah restaurants for years is running into some opposition. On W...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 12:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: There may be hope that Utah will finally get serious about hate crimes
    After years of being shut down, 2017 could finally be the year that Utah gets a workable hate-crimes law. Prosecutors are backing legislation that wo...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Utah lawmakers should heed remarkable women’s march as call to action
    Capt. Barton Blair, who is in charge of security at the Utah Capitol, said he’s never seen anything like it, and in my 15 years covering the Legislatu...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Speaker of the House Greg Hughes uses the gavel to officially start the 2016 Legislative session on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at the Utah Capitol. Gehrke: This might as well be Greg Hughes' speech opening the Utah Legislature
    Each year, at the beginning of the Utah Legislature, it is tradition for the House Speaker to address the body and establish priorities for the upcomi...

    Updated Jan 23 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Trump’s dark message belies a nation’s goodness
    Facing the prospect of a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln used his first inaugural to address Southern states in a bid to preserve the Union. “We are...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 10:19 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Big Cottonwood Creek flows through Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City Tuesday December 20, 2016. Gehrke: Water war between landowners and Salt Lake City flows into Utah Capitol
    Turns out, water isn’t the only thing that flows downhill out of the Cottonwood canyons. For years, a group of landowners in Big Cottonwood Canyon h...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 11:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Barack Obama arrives at Hill Air Force Base Thursday April 2, 2015.  Gehrke: Obama’s legacy could be wiped away with real Utahns in the balance
    The legacy of President Barack Obama in Utah is one that remains written in pencil and the state’s Republican elected leaders are hoping they hold the...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • President-elect Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Gehrke: A more tempered Trump a no-show at president-elect’s news conference
    There has been some speculation among the speculating class that the mantle of president would chasten Donald Trump and he would, as his inauguration ...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 11:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Once again, the mayor’s tin ear and closed door have her in trouble with the public
    The wailing and gnashing of teeth that has followed the announcement of Salt Lake City’s four new homeless resource centers is probably about the most...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 11:44 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Time to test your knowledge of the wild year that was 2016
    There’s no denying that 2016 was truly a wild year, from Jackie Biskupski’s purge of City Hall to Barack Obama’s creation of the Bears Ears National M...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 11:55 am   |     |   Share