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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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(Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, center, is joined by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, left, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter during a roundtable discussion Friday at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City.
Revise and extend: Governors don’t like shutdowns ...

My column last week took a whack at another newspaper writer’s column because he didn’t put in any links to back up his points and opinions.

Friday evening, I posted my column for this week. Not. One. Link.

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My bad. Been fixed. Please have a look:

Governors don’t like shutdowns — George Pyle | Salt Lake Tribune

... governors, of whatever party, are very different political animals than senators. Senators debate. Governors have to govern. Get things done. Take responsibility, and action, when things break down. That’s why we like governors — FDR, Reagan, Clinton, W. — to be president. It didn’t work for Mitt Romney, but that’s because he denied everything he did well in Massachusetts. Jon Huntsman, though, is still looking for a new situation.


Congress lumbers while threatened default looms — AP / sltrib.com

Dan Liljenquist might run:

Liljenquist op-ed spawns hope he’ll run — Paul Rolly | Salt Lake Tribune

Dan Liljenquist warns not to read too much into his op-ed piece in the Deseret News Thursday that calls out Sen. Mike Lee’s quixotic insistence on quashing a federal budget deal without the defunding of Obamacare. But many political observers, including myself, are reading a lot into it anyway. ...

Donna McAleer is running:

Shutdown is N. Utah’s reward for re-electing Bishop — Donna McAleer — For The Salt Lake Tribune

Deal to open parks is good news, but real work remains — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah’s takeover of national parks is good government solution — Deseret News Editorial

How Utah’s congressional delegation got Hillary elected president — Robert C. Wadman | For The Ogden Standard-Examiner

Can Paul Ryan save the GOP from Ted Cruz? — John Dickerson | Slate

The shutdown probably won’t hurt Republicans in 2014. Here’s what will — Ezra Klein | Wonkblog

The ‘Apocalypse Now’ Republicans — Ross Douthat | The New York Times / sltrib.com

... But there is still something well-nigh-unprecedented about how Republicans have conducted themselves of late. It’s not the scale of their mistake, or the kind of damage that it’s caused, but the fact that their strategy was such self-evident folly, so transparently devoid of any method whatsoever. ...

Cruz takes Republicans down the rabbit hole — Maureen Dowd | The New York Times / sltrib.com

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