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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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Western Editorial Sampler: Elections. Money. Mud. ...

Above: Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

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Campaigns. Money. Mud. And what voters are for.

Talking money: Negative TV ads swamp campaign — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Jim Matheson and Mia Love both are dirty rotten scoundrels. Says who? It’s all over the campaign ads on TV. And the mudfest isn’t over. Who knows what the final three weeks of the campaign may bring?

For this you may thank the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority and its Citizens United decision, which opened the sluices for corporations and wealthy individuals to spend any amount they wish on election messages. All they need do is make sure they don’t tell the candidates or their campaigns what they are doing. (Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.) However, it’s fine for the super PACs (political action committees) and other independent electioneering outfits not associated directly with candidates or parties to conspire among themselves. ...

Amendment 65 not the answer — Denver Post Editorial

Three weeks from Election Day, many Coloradans are tired of the parade of negative ads and unrelenting dinnertime robocalls surrounding the presidential election and three competitive congressional races.

And given estimates that a record $7.8 billion will be spent on federal elections this year, who can blame them?

As a result, we can see why voters in Colorado might be tempted to support an amendment that would direct our congressional delegation to propose and support campaign finance limits.

But a number of other problems with the measure prompt us to urge a "no" vote on Amendment 65. ...

Who are these guys? — Las Vegas Sun Editorial

Republican rhetoric doesn’t reflect the reality of where they’ve been

Is Arizona turning into a purple state? — Prescott Daily Courier

Too much mud-slinging — Tulsa World Editorial

Electoral College blues: Only nine states matter, and California isn’t one — San Diego U-T

(Neither is Utah)

Voter-lawmakers ought to do their homework — Billings (Mont.) Gazette Editorial

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