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Paul Rolly

Last Updated Jul 30, 2016 03:19PM

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is, admittedly, a worn out cliché, especially when it refers to the Democratic Party. But it remains to be seen whether that phrase applies to the 2016 election, especially when it comes to the Democratic Party. The Democrats, after a disastrous 2014 midterm election that gave their GOP adversaries strong majorities in the Senate and House, assuring four more years of government gridlock, seemed ready to capture the presidency once again — at least until the last two weeks when the two major …

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  • Rolly: A tale of two conventions — Utah Dems outscored their GOP counterparts
    Both Utah delegations walked away from their respective Republican and Democratic conventions disappointed that their favored candidates fell short, b...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Thomas Burr  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sophia Hawes-Tingey, a Utah delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says it’s important that transgender people be represented at the gathering. Hawes-Tingey is one of 28 transgender delegates in Philadelphia. Utahn helps craft Dems’ historic LGBT platform provisions
    Although Utah’s LGBT individuals have been frustrated at times with the Legislature’s reluctance to advance civil protections for their community, the...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 09:44 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: With 10 LGBT members, Utah’s Dem delegation sure looks different than its GOP one
    The Utah delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week will look far different than the Republican contingent at the GOP ...
    Updated Jul 24 2016 09:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Phil Wright and Senator Mike Lee, during a dispute over the adoption of rules at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, Monday July 18, 2016. Lee’s wife Sharon is at right. Paul Rolly: Utah Republicans are coming home from convention with new label: Flip-flops
    It’s no secret the Utah delegation made more enemies than friends for itself during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. But it ...
    Updated Jul 23 2016 06:33 am   |     |   Share


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    Updated Jul 18 2016 09:35 am   |     |   Share
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    I wrote in Friday’s column about a pending crisis in Utah law enforcement, caused partially by the Utah Legislature’s action six years ago that reduce...
    Updated Jul 16 2016 06:08 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 14 2016 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 13 2016 01:13 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 08 2016 06:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    After I watched the disturbing police body-cam video recently posted on The Salt Lake Tribune website, my first reaction was anger. My second was appr...
    Updated Jul 10 2016 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Where were critics during the Bush scandals?
    Doug Wright, the popular talk show host on KSL Radio, noted that he was shocked, SHOCKED, during Tuesday’s program over the fact that Hillary Clinton ...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah government seems to have a double standard when it comes to allowing access to sensitive public lands. When San Juan County Commissioner Phil Ly...
    Updated Jul 05 2016 08:17 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 08 2016 06:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 10 2016 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jul 07 2016 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    There are all sorts of angles one could take when covering politics in Utah County. You could talk about the bankruptcies filed by some elected offici...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
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    Legislative action in Colorado and Oklahoma could drastically reduce the availability of 3.2 percent beer in Utah, a consumer nightmare that would put...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    When a Salt Lake City attorney praised GOP gubernatorial challenger Jonathan Johnson on a popular outdoors internet site, his partners received what t...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 02:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: The hidden question on Tuesday’s primary ballot: Will Utah GOP flock follow their shepherds — or stray?
    Tuesday’s primary election has some intrigue — perhaps more than the typical ho-hum runoffs in Utah where Republican incumbents usually face no primar...
    Updated Jun 26 2016 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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
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    Updated Jun 24 2016 08:01 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 24 2016 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 22 2016 09:26 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 18 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share