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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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Editorial urging: Still time to cast a primary ballot ...

- Election Day: Today’s the day to shape government - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Today’s voting is called a primary election. The original meaning of that label, which sometimes still applies, is that it is a preliminary round of balloting that leads up to the final, more inclusive general election a few months hence.

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But in many cases, especially when it comes to the majority of offices to be filled in Utah, it might also be called a primary election because it is of the most importance.

The state is such a deep shade of Republican red that whichever candidates come out of today’s voting owning that party’s line on the November ballot usually enter the race as odds-on favorites. Which is why all voters who are eligible to cast ballots in today’s election should vote now, or forever hold their peace. ...

Who, what, when, where: vote.utah.gov (The why is up to you.)

- Primary Election is the wrong time to be complacent - Park Record Editorial

If you are part of the 97 percent who haven't yet voted in the Primary Election, you have one last opportunity to cast a ballot on Tuesday. If you don't, you may end up regretting it. At least nine candidates will be flushed out of the process in the primary. If you were planning to support any of them in November, by Wednesday morning it will be too late.

Crucial choices will be made on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. The U.S. Senate race, for instance, will likely be decided Tuesday with November's General Election serving as no more than a rubber stamp for whoever wins the Republican nomination. ...

- Utah's primary voting off to a slow start with low turnout - The Salt Lake Tribune

- Hatch Is Tested in Utah, but Tea Party Anger Cools - The New York Times

- Utah’s Orrin Hatch favored to win primary - The Washington Post



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