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Robert Gehrke

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801-257-8730, gehrke@sltrib.com


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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: The money-making business of sending state inmates to county jails has failed and should be revamped
    After a monthslong state investigation, an ex-sheriff in Daggett County and four deputies were charged in May with sadistically abusing inmates. The ...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Those who care for Gary Ott need to help him step away from recorder’s office and the public spotlight
    Dementia is a terrible thing. For anyone who has watched someone go through it, there’s a sense of helplessness as you watch a loved one vanish. And,...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Katie Matheson, holding her 9-month-old son Abraham, watches Sen. Mike Lee’s health care tele-town hall in South Jordan, Wednesday July 12, 2017. Gehrke: Hey, Sen. Lee, are you listening to your constituents on repealing Obamacare?
    Betsy Bivin called in to Sen. Mike Lee’s health care tele-town hall Wednesday night to share the story of her ex-husband, Roy, who worked construction...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Trump Jr. bombshell means dad now has some explaining to do on Russian connections
    Each time another Russian boot has dropped, President Donald Trump has had the luxury of plausible deniability. Well, maybe there were meetings with ...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Gerrymandered districts have stolen Utah voters’ voice — This ballot initiative could restore it
    In the heat of the 2011 battle to redraw Utah’s congressional and legislative boundaries, the Democratic and Republican parties’ headquarters became h...
    Updated Jul 05 2017 12:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Coal exec Bob Murray’s attacks on John Oliver shouldn’t silence critical voices
    What, you might ask, could I possibly have in common with John Oliver? Well, aside from both of us looking like we could have been hatched from eggs ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 08:13 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune file photo)   Forrest Shaw speaks in favor of Sen. Mark Madsen’s bill, SB259 - Medical Cannabis Amendments - prior to it passing out of committee, Thursday, February 26, 2015. Shaw said that he found that medical marijuana has allowed some peace and sleep as he deals with the progression of his terminal prostate cancer. Gehrke: Marijuana initiative offers hope in face of legislative apathy — just ask my friend Forrest
    My friend Forrest Shaw is dying. He and I first met playing Junior Jazz basketball in elementary school, but I got to know him better in high school,...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Michael Fox was on a search team on Sept. 11 and now has developed lymphoma as a result. Gehrke: The lingering legacy of Sept. 11 hangs heavy over some Utah firefighters
    Michael Fox carries the aftermath of 9/11 with him, in his mind and in his body. After the towers fell, search and rescue teams from across the count...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Senate’s backroom Obamacare-repeal bill needs to be debated in the open
    Sen. Orrin Hatch dispatched with the pretense this week when he admitted that he doesn’t much care if the public has an opportunity to see the bill he...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Trump unveils plans for massive hotel and golf resort in Bears Ears
    Editor’s Note: This is a satirical look at the Bears Ears controversy. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended drastically shrinking the ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune   Scott Person, 11, of Midvale, climbs a line Saturday in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Army veteran Geoff Bippes belaying from below. Operation Climb On focuses on engaging veterans in the outdoors and hosts climbing events once a month. Gehrke: When Iraq vet with PTSD reached the bottom, climbing brought him back to the top
    Editor’s Note • This is the first in a periodic installment hoping to highlight average people doing under-appreciated work in our communities. If you...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Some simple steps to improve the Our Schools Now initiative
    Leaders of the Our Schools Now initiative kicked off their effort Tuesday to ask voters to raise their own taxes — both sales and income — to generate...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)   Rob Anderson, chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said that a registration fee to attend the special convention later this month is not mandatory but is ’highly encourages.’ Gehrke: Utah GOP softens on delegate fee at convention to replace Chaffetz
    The Utah Republican Party is softening its requirement that delegates voting on a replacement for Rep. Jason Chaffetz pay $20 to attend the special co...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: GOP’s plan to charge delegates $20 harkens back to days of poll taxes
    When Republican delegates from the 3rd Congressional District gather in a few weeks to whittle down the field for a candidate to replace Rep. Jason Ch...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Looming changes on beer laws should force Utah to re-evaluate its own policies
    “Enjoy it while it lasts.” That was the advice a bartender gave a friend of mine recently. It wasn’t an existential commentary on life. Rather, it was...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Justin Townes Earle. Joshua Black Wilkins  | Courtesy Justin Townes Earle finally makes good in SLC live show
    In the half-dozen or so times I’ve seen Justin Townes Earle, he always seemed to be right on the brink of nailing it, but just missing it — either the...
    Updated May 29 2017 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
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