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Robert Gehrke

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: For all the hoopla, signature path to the ballot is a long shot
    Provo Mayor John Curtis' decision to gather signatures to get on the party ballot as well as go to convention is not surprising ­— conventional wisdom...
    Updated May 25 2017 04:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • Justin Townes Earle. Joshua Black Wilkins  | Courtesy Concert preview: Justin Townes Earle back in Utah with new ‘Kids In The Street’
    The first time I caught Justin Townes Earle was at Snowbird’s Mountain Music Festival in 2009, when he played his normal set and then ventured downsta...
    Updated May 25 2017 01:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Senator Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross) Gehrke: I’m with you Todd Weiler, we deserve more questions about the murder of Sean Hannity
    Are you like me? Don’t you think it’s about time that we get to the bottom of the slaying of Sean Hannity? I understand that some believe Mr. Hannity’...
    Updated May 24 2017 12:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The two buttes that make up the namesake for the Bears Ears National Monument reveal the vast landscape surrounding them as part of the 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah protected by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016. Utah Republicans in Congress are advocating for Trump to jettison Utahís national monument designation. Gehrke: While wrangling over undoing Bears Ears continues, treasures go unprotected
    Utah’s senators are not seeing eye to eye on what steps President Donald Trump should take when it comes to Bears Ears National Monument. While Sen. ...
    Updated May 24 2017 12:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Herbert standing up for voters in Chaffetz replacement
    So now what? Rep. Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he would resign his House seat effective June 30 essentially ends the argument between Gov. Gary ...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: For the sake of Trump investigation, Chaffetz should give up Oversight chairmanship
    The tornado that has engulfed President Donald Trump’s administration over the last two weeks shows no sign of letting up. It has also pulled Rep. Ja...
    Updated May 19 2017 09:49 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: GOP lawsuit has left a party saddled with debt, scraping for donors
    On Saturday, Republican delegates will elect a person to lead their party — a party that controls every major elected office in the state yet is deepl...
    Updated May 17 2017 12:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • Concert review: Son Volt delivers musically, but far from engaging
    In the span of a little over an hour-and-a-half at The State Room on Wednesday night, Jay Farrar and his band Son Volt tore through nearly two dozen s...
    Updated May 11 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Gehrke: Utah reps need to recognize Trump has tainted FBI probe
    It is, without a doubt, the most surreal episode of “The Apprentice “ in history. When President Donald Trump dropped his signature “You’re fired!” l...
    Updated May 16 2017 06:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke thanks Heidi Redd during a visit to her historic Dugout Ranch along Indian Creek,  where she runs it under a conservation easement with the Nature Conservancy. Secretary Zinke is continuing his four-day Utah tour on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Gehrke: What Zinke isn’t hearing, seeing during his trip to Utah
    Blake Spalding and Jen Castle opened the doors of Hell’s Backbone Grill in 1999, drawn to the remote town of Boulder by their love of wilderness and t...
    Updated May 18 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • David McClister  |  Courtesy  Son Volt  will play The State Room on Wednesday May 10, 2017. Concert preview: Son Volt exploring musical roots as they return to Salt Lake
    After more than two decades of making music with Son Volt, Jay Farrar wanted to get back to the roots— not just the roots of his own band, but the blu...
    Updated May 09 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, fresh off a foot surgery, makes his way through Statuary Hall on his way to the House floor in the Capitol for the vote on repeal and replace of Obamacare (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Gehrke: Why the House health care bill, like a hobbled Chaffetz, can’t be allowed to stand
    Jason Chaffetz learned how abruptly one’s health can take a turn when he slipped and tumbled off a ladder about 12 years ago, shattering several bones...
    Updated May 09 2017 06:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Tale of mother facing deportation should be a wake-up call for Utah
    “Where is mama? Where is mama?" If you weren't moved by Carlos Juarez telling of his children's anguish at the prospect their mother could be deporte...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: Herbert is right to not let Chaffetz’s replacement turn into a political game
    You can’t take politics out of politics, as we’re witnessing in the maneuvering over how to pick a likely replacement to Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The con...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: Trump’s review of monuments a cynical charade to exploit Utah treasures
    Everyone, according to Gov. Gary Herbert, wants to protect the natural and historic treasures of Bears Ears. Nonetheless, there he was, along with Ut...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, listens to a question during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Gehrke: What would Jason Chaffetz’s resume look like?
    What would Jason Chaffetz’s resume look like?...

    Updated Apr 26 2017 09:09 am   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: With Chaffetz’s first move, the 2020 governor’s race starts now
    Did Donald Trump’s unpopularity claim its first congressional victim in Jason Chaffetz? The congressman’s announcement Wednesday that he wouldn't see...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 07:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Judge Thomas Low is seen here in a December 13, 2011, file photo. Gehrke: After calling sex offender a great man, Utah judge should resign from the bench or be stripped of his position
    We are fortunate to live in a country that has had its share of extraordinary and great men. No matter what 4th District Judge Thomas Low thinks, Kei...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 05:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |   Tribune file photo)    Attorney General Sean Reyes high fives his son Kai after delivering his victory speech during the GOP election night party at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City, Tuesday November 4, 2014. Gehrke: Rumors about FTC chairmanship may explain Reyes’ recent fundraising surge
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is still waiting to hear if he’ll be the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, but it looks like companies t...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:31 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, left, tours a Tesla Model S in front of the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, March, 10, 2015, the day after the House of Representatives rejected her legislation HB394 to eliminate the current prohibition against manufacturers owning a dealership in the state. Currently they have to go through third-party franchises. Gehrke: Utah loves the free market, except when it comes to car sales
    Two things got in the way of my plan to walk out of the Tesla showroom in South Salt Lake with my new Model X, preferably in red with heated seats, su...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: Don’t count Hatch out, even if Huntsman did decide to take him on
    When Orrin Hatch was just a young lawyer from Pittsburgh, he knocked out Democratic Sen. Frank Moss using his clever quip, “What do you call a senator...
    Updated Apr 10 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • File photo courtesy of Con Brio | The State Room in Salt Lake City presented dance-heavy funk band Con Brio on April 6, 2017. Con Brio’s soul-funk energy could have them on the verge of a breakthrough
    The snippets of audio from old rocket launches and sci-fi samples that filled The State Room before Con Brio took the stage Thursday night felt like t...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 04:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this March 21, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A divided Senate Judiciary Committee backed Gorsuch, Monday, April 3, 2017. GOP likely to change Senate rules to confirm him. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Gehrke: Democrats wasted their best tool to stop ‘Judge Awful’ down the road
    Arguing for doing away with the filibuster of Supreme Court judges this week, Sen. Orrin Hatch made clear enough was enough and the system needed to c...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: It may be intriguing, but don’t bet on a Romney run for U.S. Senate
    When Sen. Orrin Hatch floated the prospect that he would step aside and not run for re-election if another top-notch candidate emerged — say, Mitt Rom...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • File photo courtesy of Con Brio | The State Room in Salt Lake City presented dance-heavy funk band Con Brio on April 6, 2017. Con Brio brings back the groove to Salt Lake City
    I got my first taste of Con Brio last summer when the San Francisco group opened for Grace Potter at Red Butte Garden and their groove left me wanting...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    University of Utah student, Patricio has been in the USA since he was 6-years-old, but his future is uncertain because the deferred deportation program suspended by the Trump administration.  Monday, April 3, 2017. Gehrke: Dreaming of politicians with the courage to back Patricio and others like him
    In August 2001, Sen. Orrin Hatch rolled out a bill, The Dream Act, to allow children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and cre...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 05:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • Gehrke: What would the guy who couldn’t find room at the inn think of our response to homeless shelters?
    Thousands of residents have mobilized in opposition to nine proposed locations for new homeless shelters, pitting communities against one another. Th...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)   Grammy Award-winner Leo Kottke performs with Keller Williams on Thursday at The State Room in Salt Lake City. Keller Williams and Leo Kottke invite Salt Lake fans to ‘Shut The Folk Up and Listen’
    Over the years, Keller Williams’ live show earned a reputation as something to see, a one-man jam band with looped tracks and trippy, winding tunes an...
    Updated Mar 29 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share