Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune

Robert Gehrke

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Robert:

Robert Gehrke: Sen. Mike Lee and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers share a faith, but not values

Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers are members of the same party and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both believe the Constitution is divinely inspired. Both swore an oath to protect it. Only one violated that oath and their values to try to keep Donald Trump in office. → Read More

Robert Gehrke sorts out the calculated political hit happening in the Utah County attorney race

The wild allegations of cannibalism and ritualistic sex abuse have made the Utah County Attorney's race a political circus and voters deserve better. → Read More

President Biden should cancel some college loan debt, but not for everyone. Robert Gehrke explains why.

President Joe Biden is reportedly preparing to make a decision on canceling student loan debt or not. Robert Gehrke explains how forgiving some student debt could help those who need it most, but the relief should be for everyone. → Read More

Utah’s regulatory ‘sandbox’ is more like a black box, Robert Gehrke writes

Utah garnered national headlines for establishing the nation's first "Regulatory Sandbox," but so far there is no way for the public to know which companies are asking to be exempted from state rules. → Read More

What Phil Lyman got right and other things lawmakers didn’t screw up. Robert Gehrke looks back at Week 2 on Capitol hill.

Robert Gehrke takes a look back at a couple of the lows and highs from Week 2 of the 2022 legislative session. → Read More

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

Utah, like other states before it, is crushing records for hospitalizations due to omicron and deaths may not be far behind. Utah's supposed leaders, meanwhile, have failed to offer any response → Read More

Breaking election news: Utah and Salt Lake County voter turnout expected to be low, clerks say

The Salt Lake Tribune is following and reporting on statewide elections across Utah. The latest and breaking Nov. 2 Election Day news can be found on this blog throughout Election Day. → Read More

Lee should tell the political attack dogs to stay out of Utah, but he won’t, Robert Gehrke says

Before Ally Isom even got into the race against Sen. Mike Lee, she was already under attack by ultra-conservative outside groups. Utahns deserve elections based on issues, not dark money. → Read More

Cox is eager for a nuclear future. Utahns should tell him why we’re not, says Robert Gehrke

Gov. Cox's cheerleading for a new nuke plant in Wyoming fails to capture nagging issues regarding the cost and safety of nuclear power → Read More

Utah should invest in child care so more families can afford their housing, Robert Gehrke says

As Utah leaders struggle to address the state's housing crisis, one solution is investing in child care so working parents can afford more. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Even when Mike Lee is right (like he is about pro baseball), it’s for the wrong reasons

Punishing Major League Baseball is a petulant reaction to Georgia losing the All-Star game → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Here are four bills Utah Gov. Spencer Cox should veto

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said at the beginning of the legislative session, he would veto more bills than his predecessor. So here are four that deserve his veto pen. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: What Spencer Cox’s Cabinet picks tell us about how he plans to govern

They're the first big decisions that any elected official makes: who to hire. So here's a look at what we can derive from Spencer Cox's first big hires → Read More

Robert Gehrke: My 2021 predictions for Utah, including some worst-case scenarios

Nobody could have predicted the chaos of 2020, but Robert Gehrke is confident that he's totally nailed these 2021 predictions. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: In Mary Malouf’s tragic death, the city lost an icon and I lost a dear friend

I moved back to Salt Lake City in 2007, and while it was home for me, it wasn’t. I’d been gone for a while and things changed, people moved on. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: The vaccine rollout must make more sense than Utah’s coronavirus response

Within the next few weeks, Utah will get its first batch of coronavirus vaccines — roughly 64,000 doses that will be given to front-line health care workers. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Please stop spreading these COVID-related myths

As we head into the darkest period of the pandemic, there are a few old saws that critics and doubters of public health policies keep trotting out — theories that, frankly, aren’t backed up by the data. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Five takeaways from this election and one prediction for the next one

Some of the 2020 votes are still being counted but, for the most part, the races are largely decided and we can start sorting through some of the numbers to figure out what it all means. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: After that debate, can we come up with some fixes? Or should we even bother?

Instead of watching the presidential debate, I decided to catch the wild-card game between Cleveland and New York. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: We’re all losing our minds, but now is not a time to lose our focus

I’m trying not to get too judgy when I see videos of Utah County dance parties and Salt Lake City nightclubs. → Read More