Robert Gehrke Looked At Utah’s Future For 2022, Here’s What He Saw


From redistributing to Mitt Romney and Real Housewives, Robert Gehrke offers his annual predictions for 2022.

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

Like every year around this time, last weekend I spent lighting incense and sage, reading tea leaves, consulting cards and shaking a magic eight orb.

I even killed a chicken in an attempt to analyze what awaits in Utah in 2022.

YES. It was a chicken sandwich, and I ate it. It is important that I commit to helping each of you prepare for what lies ahead in the coming year.

The first day, summary of my 2021 predictions, in which it was foretold that former President Donald Trump would spend the year chanting, expressing his displeasure, and just generally Trumping (crucifying it); The legislature will bypassing the Independent Regional Redistricting Commission of Utah and Gerrymander Salt Lake County (Of course); President Joe Biden will Restoring Utah’s National Monuments and the state will sue (Yes); and selfish Those who refuse vaccines prolong the pandemic (and, boy, ever!).

I also predict Sen. Mitt Romney will be key if anything is accomplished by Congress (see also: infrastructure bill); Legislature will avoid large-scale tax reform, Representative Burgess Owens will say something strange and embarrassing (actually a free agent).

There were a few misses. I don’t think Democrats can win both Georgia Senate elections and hope no one loses too much money on my prediction that the Utah Jazz will make it to the Western Conference Finals (they lost in the semifinals). ).

However, a decent record proves that I am becoming more attuned to the universe. So as long as the microchips in my vaccine don’t cause too much interference, here’s what’s coming for 2022.

From the “Hope I’m Wrong” record, Senator Mike Lee will be re-elected.

I said it before That ally Isom and former agent Becky Edwards are good candidates and would be a huge advance over Lee, but Lee is well-liked by the Republican mainstream and defeating him will be difficult, especially if they split the vote. consensus. I don’t see any challengers giving up at this point.

On paper, the case could be made anti-Trump indie challenger Evan McMullin has a hit against Lee, but it feels a bit like punching a hole in one blindfold. He will fight well, but despite the obvious differences between Lee and McMullin, he will not be able to win against Democrats, who see it as trading Lee for another Republican.

On the heels of redistricting, Republicans will win the US House of Representatives but I think Democrats are barely holding onto the Senate – if you consider what they have now as the “holding” of the Senate . Split Congress means nothing will be done and Biden’s presidency will mostly be unimportant.

Better Boundaries is still sending out emails calling for money for a potential lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s redistricting, but my magic number eight ball didn’t anticipate that they would actually pull the trigger. The Legislature will not gut the independent committee, at least not immediately. They have nine years to do it and the voters have short memories. Utah Democrats will lose two House seats within the redrawn line.

Right-wing activists promote a voting initiative with a bunch of terrible ideas to make it more difficult to vote – stifling registration, eliminating mailing and early voting and reverting to hand-marked paper ballots – won’t even come close to including it ballot. Legislature examines Utah’s voting system will come clean again, indicating that state elections are underway. That won’t matter to the aforementioned tinfoil hat crowd. And, Despite positive reviews from voters, choice voting has ratings will not be expanded (at the behest of Mike Lee).

• Utah will experienced another severe drought, it’s obvious that we’ve had a drought in the last 25 years. Lakes and reservoirs will remain low and major fires will burn. But some initial, overdue steps will be taken on water conservation.

• Faced with a slew of lost rights for transgender Utahns, critical racial theories, and anti-government bills, Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith and recently formed the Silicon Slopes political action committee would be thrust into a prominent role as the voice of reason and perhaps provide some cover for Governor Spencer Cox to oppose the Legislature.

• One of Salt Lake City’s Real Housewives will file for divorce, but it won’t be what you expect!

• In the world of sports, the University of Utah will rock Ohio State at THE Rose Bowl; this time the real Jazz will make it to the Western Conference Finals; Salt Lake City will host the 2030 Winter Olympics; and My Detroit Lions are in the knockout stages next season (not really).

• This is more of a wish than a prediction, but eventually we will put COVID-19 in our rearview mirrors (mostly) and we may stop caring about anti-vaxx or anti-mask guys or what the conspirators think. We can go back to a bit of the air of pre-pandemic life, filled with peace and well-earned prosperity.

Happy 2022! Robert Gehrke Looked At Utah’s Future For 2022, Here’s What He Saw

Yasmin Harisha

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