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Past articles by Paul:

Jim Hansen, who served longer in the U.S. House than any Utahn, dies at age 86

Farmington • The first thing one would notice when entering Jim Hansen’s Farmington cabin located east of the Lagoon amusement park was the wall filled with framed political cartoons, many poking fun of him. → Read More

Rolly: So much for democracy — GOP gerrymandering mutes the influence of Utah’s most populous county as Stewart’s raucous town hall shows

Many years ago, when I was young, single and adventurous, I took a road trip with a couple of buddies to the California coast. → Read More

Rolly: No Utah Republican Party on the ballot? Here’s how it could happen and how the GOP itself would be to blame.

Imagine, if you can, the Utah GOP, the state’s predominant political party, vanishing from the ballot. → Read More

Rolly: When narcissist Noel puts self-interest before the public interest, even rural Utahns sometimes lose

I’ve written more than I wish I had to about the narcissism of Rep. Mike Noel. But somebody has to do it. → Read More

Rolly: No, Utah Republicans, now is precisely the time to talk about gun limits

Several days after 20 grade schoolers and six adults were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, Rep. Greg Hughes said he was sick of the anti-gun rhetoric. → Read More

Huntsman’s legacy now in the hands of his eight children

Children often carry within them pieces of their parents. The same goes for Jon Huntsman Sr.’s offspring. → Read More

Rolly: Another day, another demand for Utah GOP purists. Now they want party’s No. 2 leader to quit

The civil war inside the Utah Republican Party is getting nastier as the runaway group that called its own special State Central Committee meeting to defy Chairman Rob Anderson is now urging Vice Chairwoman Joni Crane to resign. → Read More

Rolly: Don’t count on Utah’s delegation to stand up to Trump

David Irvine’s insightful op-ed in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune about the incompetence, instability and self-delusion of President Donald Trump issued a challenge to Republican candidates for Congress. → Read More

Rolly: Utah GOP insiders call a rushed meeting without their leader to consider a $400K bailout

Havoc within the Utah Republican Party seems to be the new normal with the latest dust-up centered on whether a small group of insiders is attempting a coup against the GOP chairman or instead has found a knight to save the party from itself. → Read More

Utah attorney general’s attempts to keep secret what the public should know are getting silly

So the Utah attorney general’s office has asked a judge to overturn a unanimous State Records Committee order that it release its opinion on Gov. Gary Herbert’s process for a special congressional election to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. → Read More

Rolly: Hatch a champion of the little guy? Give me a break, senator

Sen. Orrin Hatch got angry last week when Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio had the temerity to suggest the Republican tax bill was a giveaway to the rich that eventually would hurt the poor and middle class. → Read More

Forget the handicap of being Democrats, McAdams and Wilson may face an even a bigger jinx: They’re Salt Lake County officials

Whether Sen. Orrin Hatch runs for an eighth term next year or retires at age 84 and is replaced on the Republican ticket by Mitt Romney, presumptive Democratic opponent Jenny Wilson’s candidacy probably is toast. → Read More

Ott saga grows political as Republicans urge Gill to resign and Dems point at GOP hypocrisy

The death of former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott has careened into a political firestorm as Republicans call on Democratic District Attorney Sim Gill to resign for failing to protect Ott, and Democrats counter with cries of GOP hypocrisy. → Read More

30 years ago today, Utah’s Alta Club admitted its first female member, and she’ll ‘always be remembered’ for that historic moment

Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of a significant event affecting the Salt Lake City business community. → Read More

D.A. Sim Gill, under fire for justifying Harmon shooting, says there’s a disconnect between police and public — but he’s always eager to listen

Our society has become as divided as any time in history, largely due to the political climate on the national level and the distrust that has grown between law enforcement and the public on the local level. → Read More

All these ballot pushes offer more evidence that Utah lawmakers aren’t doing what Utah voters want

Here’s the latest example of Congress’ disconnect from the public: Polls show that upward of 90 percent of Democrats and Republicans want better background checks for gun purchases even as GOP lawmakers recite the party line that now is not the time to “politicize” the shootings in Las Vegas. → Read More

Who exactly is the spoiled brat? Donald Trump or that kneeling NFL player?

So what exactly constitutes being a spoiled brat? → Read More

Coziness between the Mormon church and the Legislature? Why does this song sound so familiar?

Former state Sen. Steve Urquhart’s recent revelation on his Facebook page about the secretive lobbying nature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revived an old controversy but it still rings a familiar tune. → Read More

Rolly: Vietnam series is a reminder of the war that defined a generation and tore us apart

While watching the Utah-San Jose State football game in my basement with two of my closest friends Saturday, my high school chum Tim turned to our pal Mike and, out of the blue, asked if he had any feelings about the fact that Mike had gone to Vietnam and Tim and I hadn’t. → Read More

Republicans might hate Count My Vote, but it will save Orrin Hatch a bundle

Say what you want about controversial SB54, the compromise legislation passed a few years ago that provides alternative paths to the primary election ballot. → Read More