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Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 11:25PM

What do the Utah Transit Authority, the Economic Development Corp. of Utah, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, the Utah Communications Authority, the Utah College of Applied Technology, the Utah Dairy Commission, the Utah Local Governments Trust, the Unified Fire Authority and the Utah League of Cities and Towns have in common? They are all quasi-government institutions overseen by independent boards while receiving public money, and they all have been scandalized by scathing audits from either the state auditor or the legislative auditor. Their sins have included embezzlement, misuse …

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  • Rolly: We shall overcome — eventually. For years, that was the cry of Utah’s MLK Day backers
    While Utahns commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, few may remember the struggles that eventually dragged the Legislature into officially...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Is Salt Lake County too big for its britches? Some talk about splitting it up
    Whether it be a lingering anger toward Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams or a quest for better government, some Utah lawmakers have discussed splitti...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Private land grab in rural Utah may be a sign of things to come
    A recent Salt Lake Tribune story about a private company buying state land — then gating off a county road intersecting the property — should raise al...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah legislator sees a softer side to Middle East conflict
    As right-wing politicians scold the Obama administration for not siding with Israel over the United Nations’ condemnation of its West Bank settlements...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A group of people listened to San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in Blanding’s Centennial Park Saturday May 10, 2014, prior to an ATV ride into Recapture Canyon, closed to motorized use since 2007 to protect the seven-mile long canyon’s archeological sites. Paul Rolly: Utah officials say they can manage lands better, but look at their record
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  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Legendary coaches Ron McBride and Lavell Edwards have a laugh as they do a special holiday reading during the 27th annual Christmas Singalong at EnergySolutions Center, Monday, December 17, 2012. Rolly: LaVell Edwards had a heart big enough for everyone — even the likes of me
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    Updated Dec 29 2016 08:50 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 28 2016 11:17 am   |     |   Share
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    Here’s a nice Christmas story. A reader sent me a copy of a beautiful Christmas message he received in an email from Utah Republican Party Chairman J...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 09:53 am   |     |   Share
  • President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Paul Rolly: Rolly’s annual Christmas poem; The Grinch, The Grouse and the spoils
    ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House Not a creature was stirring, except the Great Grouse; The stockings were hung on the Hous...
    Updated Dec 24 2016 04:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 23 2016 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes visits The Salt Lake Tribune)   Editorial Board, Friday, September 23, 2016. Rolly: Utah A.G. Sean Reyes complicated child-porn case, investigator says
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has made his war against the exploitation of children a centerpiece of his political profile, but his zeal to be at a...
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  • Rolly: Shelter locations may change, but need for this week’s fundraiser doesn’t
    It was Jan. 6, 1992, when Jon Huntsman Sr. stopped by the Travelers Aid Society and dropped off a $1 million check for homeless programs. He then wen...
    Updated Dec 18 2016 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Representative Mike Noel, R-Kanab, works on the House floor at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Paul Rolly: Mike Noel as BLM director? With this administration, why not?
    Whether it is realistic or not, the scuttlebutt continues throughout legislative circles that Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, has a shot at being appointed d...
    Updated Dec 17 2016 10:51 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 18 2016 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 17 2016 10:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah County GOP legislators try to stay ahead of own party in dash for cash
    In another slap to the financially strapped Utah Republican Party, GOP legislators are having their own fundraising banquet Jan. 7, about a month befo...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 13 2016 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 08 2016 08:54 pm   |     |   Share
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