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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials/commentary: More fallout from Citizens United ...

Above: Citizens United explained.

[And we use the term fallout advisedly.]

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- Move to amend: Standing up to big money - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

So far, all it is is a suggestion to make a suggestion. But it could be among the seeds of a movement that has the potential to revolutionize democracy in America. For the better.

The newly formed Salt Lake City branch of the organization Move to Amend has begun a drive to place on the city’s November ballot a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment designed to reverse the horrendous effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

That’s the decision that found that corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals may not be prohibited from spending unlimited amounts of cash to influence the outcome of elections coast to coast, as long as they claim to be independent of any candidate they might be promoting or, more likely, trashing the opponents of.

The illusion of independence was skillfully destroyed by the sight of TV pundit Stephen Colbert signing a one-page document handing control of his super PAC — Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow — over to his friend and business partner Jon Stewart, so he could run for office himself. ... [He later took it back.]

... The goal of Move to Amend is to change the wording of the Constitution to make it clear that money does not equal speech, at least when it comes to influencing elections, and that only persons, not corporations, are entitled to the human rights that include free speech. ... It is an effort that deserves our full attention.

- The GOP Super PACs Have Taken Over the Campaign - John Hudson, The Atlantic Wire

GOP fundraisers have created a monster. Or better yet, an army of monsters. The super PACs assembled to support the GOP presidential candidates have become more powerful and more self-sufficient than the candidates' own campaigns. In January, the super PACs supporting the top four candidates raised $22.1 million more and kept $5 million more cash on hand than the candidates themselves. ...

- Occupy the Super PACs - Richard Hasen, Slate

Justice Ginsburg knows the Citizens United decision was a mistake. Now she appears to be ready to speak truth to power.

- McCain Blasts GOP Super PACs, Calls Supreme Court Ignorant For Citizens United Decision - Mediaite



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