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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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U.S. President George W. Bush and Sen. Orrin Hatch
Sweeping up after the Republican convention ...

Reflections on Saturday's Utah GOP confab ...

- GOP tea leaves: Convention was not tea party - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Ever since tea party activists knocked off incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican state convention two years ago, one question has dominated the political buzz in the Beehive State: Can they do it again? Can they take out Sen. Orrin Hatch?

The answer came Saturday. No, they can’t. ...

- Once beleaguered Hatch now has upper hand - Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

It took no time at all for the cross hairs to shift from the abruptly ended political career of Sen. Bob Bennett to that of Utah’s longest-serving member of Congress.

But tea party Republicans have found it far more difficult to bring down Sen. Orrin Hatch, though he’s not out of electoral danger just yet. ...

- Hatch versus Liljenquist - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... We have a suggestion for both campaigns -- accentuate the positives of your candidate and drop the ubiquitous SuperPAC TV ads slamming your opponent. If we have to deal with barrage of negative ads telling us how awful candidate Hatch is or candidate Liljenquist is, it's going to be a long two-plus months until the primary. ...

- Hatching a primary - Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal

... Mr. Hatch, who is 78, isn't as liberal as fellow Republicans like Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine or Arlen Specter, the former senator from Pennsylvania. He has been a sponsor of the balanced budget amendment, the line item veto and a flat tax. Still, conservatives complain that Mr. Hatch has been in Washington too long and has crossed the aisle too often to cut deals with Democrats like the late Ted Kennedy. Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group, complains that Mr. Hatch "supported the S-chip bill, creation of the Department of Education, TARP, Medicare prescription drugs and the Alaska Bridge to Nowhere." He also says that challenging Mr. Hatch "sends a message to all Republicans in the Senate with a liberal voting record." ...

- GOP convention: E-Votes and secrecy - Provo Daily Herald Editorial

... Apart from the politics, though, the centerpiece of the event was a new electronic voting system that delivered results of the many delegate votes -- thousands in each round -- in minutes. ...

... If anything, Utah should take this success as encouragement for the wider study of electronic voting that was approved by the legislature ... Eventually (and not too far down the road) e-voting could reach primary and general elections, assuming that the obvious questions about security can be answered satisfactorily.

We believe they can be. ...

- Civil tone of Utah's conventions should be new political tradition - Deseret News Editorial

... A mix of opinions does not necessarily have to result in rancorous arguments. With a few exceptions, civility seemed to rule last weekend. We hope this marks the start of a tradition. ...

- All That Utah Jazz - Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

There were big doings in Utah over the weekend. First of all, the increasingly cranky Orrin Hatch has himself a primary to run in for the first time since the wagons rolled into Zion. His opponent, backed by the delightful gang over at FreedomWorks, is a former state senator named Dan Liljenquist, who seems to have little going for him except for the fact that he is not that career Sorosite liberal communist Orrin Hatch. ... [Interesting stuff about Mia Love here, too.]

- Exorcising Orrin Hatch - Marty Kaplan, The Huffington Post

[Somebody still hasn't forgiven Hatch for the Anita Hill hearings.]



 
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