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Robert Gehrke

Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 11:21AM

Despite reservations, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that will give Utah the lowest drunken-driving threshold in the nation. While there may be problems with the law, the governor said, it doesn’t take effect until the very end …

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  • (Tyler Cobb  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s team of test drinkers prepare for an evening of drinking and field-sobriety exercises to test out Utah’s proposed 0.05 BAC limit. Gehrke: New DUI standard is an unworkable, unnecessary step for the state
    Hospitality and tourism groups are staging a frenzied push to try to persuade Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill on his desk that would drop Utah’s lega...
    Updated Mar 25 2017 08:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 2, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations. The president will sign an executive order Friday that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Gehrke: Fake Tweets! What President Trump might have tweeted after damning FBI testimony
    In the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, President Donald Trump’s Twitter...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo)    Former Rep. Brad Dee, newly minted Utah Communications Authority lobbyist, right, confers with UCA executive director David Edmunds, during a legislative budget committee, Feb. 2, 2017. Dee was sponsor of legislation banning lawmakers from immediately going to work as a lobbyist, but the law has a loophole that he used. Gehrke: Lawmaker-turned-lobbyist helped 911 agency sell $18 million hike
    As the state’s 911 services were lobbying for a new fee that would bring them millions of dollars, they had a face familiar at the Capitol by their si...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 12:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Parents Jennifer and Stan Summers and their son Talan Summers (center), Feb. 26, 2015. Talan Summers, then 23, has a rare disease called IGg4 systemic sclerosing disease, which is turning his tissues and organs hard inside. There is no cure, and the disease eventually will kill him. Stan Summers recently attended a White House event with President Trump that was touted as a panel of ’Obamacare victims.’ He blamed the Affordable Care Act for high costs for drugs and out-of-pocket expenses. Gehrke: Team Trump is using a tragic Utah story to gut a law helping millions
    Donald Trump is a salesman, and as the president set about trying to sell his idea of health care reform to the American people this week, he turned t...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 10:21 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Henry lever-action .45-.70 rifle is this year’s commemorative legislative firearm. Gehrke: This year Utah lawmakers are buying up ‘the gun that won the West’
    One thing is certain: Utah lawmakers really, really like their guns. So it’s not too surprising that, after a year hiatus, the Legislature is bringing...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: McAdams’ whiff on transparency adds to odor of shelter selection
    To say that the rollout of Salt Lake’s new homeless shelters has suffered its share of setbacks would be a major understatement. From the closed-door ...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 11:43 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: What Gov. Gary Herbert would have said if I were his speechwriter
    Editors note: On the final night of the legislative session, it is customary for the governor to thank lawmakers for their work during the session. Wh...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 05:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Utah lawmakers prioritize pet projects over people
    For a decade a rape kit in a Cache Valley attack went untested, gathering dust, one of hundreds of kits from similar crimes around the state. It wasn...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 01:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Swallow acquittal doesn’t mean we should ignore corruption
    I got a text message Thursday night from a good source — the first person, in fact, to tip me off to what eventually evolved into the scandal that dro...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 11:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth |  Tribune file photo)    Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, speaks in mid-February before the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee to push for HB23, which would allow people to carry concealed guns in Utah without a permit. Gehrke: NRA went too far opposing domestic violence provisions of Utah gun bill — so its sponsors are killing it
    Utah gun lovers won’t get to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, and they can thank the National Rifle Association for the demise of the bill....
    Updated Mar 17 2017 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune  file photo Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, listens to debate in the 2016 Legislature on HB107 - Hate Crimes - in the Utah Senate, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The bill failed 11-17. Gehrke: Utah lawmakers squandered their chance to take a stand against rising tide of hate
    In January, about 300 people had to be evacuated from the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center because of a bomb threat — one of 90 such thr...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Paul Fraughton  |  Tribune file photo)    Moshen Asgari, right, supervises the removal of the ’Zion curtain’ from the bar at his Vuda Bar and Winery in Draper in 2011. A bill was introduced in the 2017 legislative session would get rid of the barriers and make other changes to Utah’s liquor law. Gehrke: Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really.
    Sometimes Utah liquor laws are enough to drive someone to drink. That’s the case, at least, as lawmakers have gone from trying to finally get rid of ...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 11:44 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   A frosted glass curtain hides a portion of the bar at Brio Tuscan Grille at Fashion Place Mall. Gehrke: What’s bogging down Utah’s liquor law overhaul? Too many cocktail chefs behind the Zion Curtain
    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 legis...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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 Mar 21 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune  file photo Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, listens to debate in the 2016 Legislature on HB107 - Hate Crimes - in the Utah Senate, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The bill failed 11-17. Gehrke: Utah lawmakers squandered their chance to take a stand against rising tide of hate
    In January, about 300 people had to be evacuated from the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center because of a bomb threat — one of 90 such thr...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Paul Fraughton  |  Tribune file photo)    Moshen Asgari, right, supervises the removal of the ’Zion curtain’ from the bar at his Vuda Bar and Winery in Draper in 2011. A bill was introduced in the 2017 legislative session would get rid of the barriers and make other changes to Utah’s liquor law. Gehrke: Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really.
    Sometimes Utah liquor laws are enough to drive someone to drink. That’s the case, at least, as lawmakers have gone from trying to finally get rid of ...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 11:44 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   A frosted glass curtain hides a portion of the bar at Brio Tuscan Grille at Fashion Place Mall. Gehrke: What’s bogging down Utah’s liquor law overhaul? Too many cocktail chefs behind the Zion Curtain
    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 legis...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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 Mar 21 2017 09:21 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
  • Gehrke: More daylight is what’s needed to clear up cloud over canyons plan
    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