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(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, drops the gavel for the start of the 2022 legislative session in the Senate chamber at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

House leaders bullied two Salt Lake County Council Republicans to change their votes on the COVID mask mandate. They didn’t budge.

By Robert Gehrke | January 22, 2022, 12:52 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Lincoln Beach at the southern end of Utah Lake has been closed because of a toxic algal bloom on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Draft bill would create a Utah Lake ‘authority’ similar to Inland Port Authority

By Robert Gehrke | Brian Maffly | January 21, 2022, 9:20 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Utah’s omicron response is a failure with plenty of blame to go around, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | January 19, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Gerrit W. Gong, one of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shakes hands with Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, after giving the opening prayer for the start of the legislative session at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID twice Tuesday before publicly announcing he was negative

By Robert Gehrke | January 19, 2022, 12:40 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox steps into the House chamber following Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, motion Friday night that the Legislature hear from “Gov. Gary Herbert.” House Speaker Brad Wilson noted that the motion paper apparently had the name of the former executive branch leader, a mix up that drew laughter from the body. at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session.

The Utah Legislature crowned itself king. Can anything rein it in?

By Robert Gehrke | January 18, 2022, 4:11 p.m.

(Ng Han Guan | AP) A visitor to the Shougang Park walks past the a sculpture for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. China on Monday threatened to take "firm countermeasures" if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February's Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Should the U.S. boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing? Robert Gehrke explains why it’s a bad idea.

By Robert Gehrke | January 12, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Gov. Spencer Cox wades into gubernatorial malpractice as the tide of omicron overtakes Utah, Robert Gerke writes

By Robert Gehrke | January 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) 	
Dave Bateman, Entrata, CEO speaks in the opening session to over 14,000 at the 2018 Silicon Slopes Tech Summit at the Salt Lake Convention Center Thursday Jan. 18.

After Entrata founder’s departure, Utah’s tech sector has an opportunity to lead, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | January 8, 2022, 6:29 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Governor Spencer Cox speaks during The PBS Utah Governor's Monthly News Conference, Dec. 16, 2021 at the Eccles Broadcast Center in Salt Lake City.

Governor gives himself an ‘Incomplete’ grade for 2021. Here’s how Robert Gehrke scored Cox’s freshman year

By Robert Gehrke | January 4, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Gerrymandering Utah’s non-LDS voters into quarters virtually guarantees all-LDS representation, Robert Gehrke contends

By Robert Gehrke | January 2, 2022, 7:31 p.m.

(AP Photo | Jae C. Hong) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivers a speech at the YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas on June 10, 2006.

Sen. Harry Reid did Utah a big favor, but there were strings attached

By Robert Gehrke | December 29, 2021, 6:40 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke looked into Utah’s future for 2022, here’s what he saw

By Robert Gehrke | December 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Omicron is the Christmas surprise nobody wanted, but we can get through this together, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | December 24, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

This new state office was created to keep government from snooping on citizens. Robert Gehrke explains why.

By Robert Gehrke | December 21, 2021, 4:01 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Utah needs to disband college police departments now. Robert Gehrke explains why

By Robert Gehrke | December 17, 2021, 2:47 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Tribune news columnist Robert Gehrke learns the ropes while working a shift at the Wine Store in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.

What’s it like working at a Utah liquor store during the holidays? Robert Gehrke gets a taste.

By Robert Gehrke | December 15, 2021, 5:04 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke tells the tale of Detective Mike Schultz and the crime that wasn’t

By Robert Gehrke | December 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

An Ogden firefighter is suspended for having a medical marijuana card. Robert Gehrke says the city, and Legislature, need to right that wrong

By Robert Gehrke | December 10, 2021, 8:04 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Gov. Cox’s affordable housing proposal could be the $228M fix to homelessness, writes Robert Gehrke

By Robert Gehrke | December 8, 2021, 2:46 p.m.

(Andrew Harnik | AP) Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the complex issue of abortion will likely be decided based on politics, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | December 5, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

The Utah State Hospital is stretched to the breaking point by staffing shortages. Robert Gehrke explains why

By Robert Gehrke | December 10, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Parents trying to get books yanked from school libraries deserve to be heard, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | November 29, 2021, 9:17 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Gondola would be corporate welfare for Little Cottonwood resorts, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | November 30, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |   The Salt Lake Tribune) The setting sun lights Antelope Island in the distance from the receding shore of the Great Salt Lake on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.

The Great Salt Lake is disappearing. If we don’t fix it, we’ll pay the cost with our health and economy, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | November 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Survivors of sexual assault deserve a better justice system, Robert Gehrke explains

By Robert Gehrke | November 17, 2021, 2:01 p.m.