If you don’t think the times are a-changin’, to quote reluctant Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan, consider that Utah’s speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, a self-described “staunch conservative,” wants to end the death penalty in the state.
That is, he wants to end it in the state that famously led the charge to bring it back in the United States in 1977 by executing Gary Gilmore.
Politics may go in cycles, but if this succeeds it would rival any up-and-down Lagoon could offer.
On Tuesday, Hughes announced his support for HB379, a bill sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer,
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.