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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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Jeremy Johnson, left, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, right, and Sandra Lucus are pictured in Johnson's jet on a trip to southern California to raise money for Lucus' Meth Cops program. Facebook Photo
Judgment offered - and withheld - about A.G. John Swallow ...

Jeremy Johnson’s influence over the AG — Jim Wightman, former director of internal audit for Salt Lake County | For The Salt Lake Tribune

Swallow scandal a cesspool — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

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We have no idea if Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow, should resign amid charges from a suspected swindler that he sought a $600,000 bribe to relieve Jeremy Johnson — accused of fraudulently billing online customers of his firm iWorks — of a federal probe. ... What the scandal is revealing, however, is what a political cesspool John Swallow, and other prominent Utah pols, swim in. ...

A case of shady dealing — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

The ugly plot of Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s shady story continues to unfold. It would make a good Grisham novel about influence peddling, money, corruption and, ultimately, how the mighty fall. ...

Until process has made a determination about Swallow, let's avoid jumping to conclusions — Deseret News Editorial

Utah Attorney General John Swallow is at the center of bribery accusations leveled by Jeremy Johnson, an indicted southern Utah businessman. The resulting media firestorm has attracted national attention and generated a number of heated responses. Partisans are outraged, and, just days after Swallow was sworn into office, at least two Utah newspapers have already called on him to resign.

Let's step back for a moment. ...

Swallow should do what’s best — and bow out — Peg McEntee | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah needs an attorney general unsullied from scandal.

And, oh, yes, this, repeated from Tuesday:

Swallow should go: A.G.’s version of events bad enough — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Some related newsy bits:

Attorney: Swallow’s fee was for consulting — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune

Friend of late Check City founder backs A.G.’s claim that $23.5K had nothing to do with Johnson’s woes.

Regulators go after another Utah attorney general donor — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune

Some Utah direct-marketers who gave money to Shurtleff, Swallow are in hot water with regulators.

John Swallow got campaign funds from allegedly fraudulent telemarketer — Dennis Romboy | The Deseret News



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