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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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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attorney General John Swallow talks to members of the media outside of his office at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday June 19, 2013.
The Swallow rumor mill goes into hyperdrive. Some background ...

After some 10 months of drip, drip, drip, the sad affair of John Swallow’s time in the Utah Attorney General’s office may be coming to an end.

May be.

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Swallow resignation expected as soon as today — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Utah Attorney General John Swallow is expected to tender his resignation by week’s end in the face of mounting investigations and a report expected from the lieutenant governor’s office that could result in his ouster.

"Multiple high-level sources familiar with the discussions and speaking on condition of anonymity say Swallow could submit his resignation as early as Thursday. ..."

Swallow to Resign by Friday — Bryan Schott | Utah Policy

Utah Attorney General John Swallow considering resignation, sources say — Deseret News

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And you may ask yourself, ‘How did we get here?’

Navigating the maze: A guide to the John Swallow controversy — Salt Lake Tribune

Swallow should go — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, Jan. 14, 2013

"Not even a full week after he was sworn in as Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow was hit by stunning allegations from a man who is facing federal fraud charges, who claims that, while on the state payroll, Swallow helped him cook up an attempt to bribe a United States senator.

"Swallow vehemently denies most of the story being told by Jeremy Johnson, a former financial supporter of Swallow’s predecessor and mentor, former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

"But Swallow has been unable to deny all of it. And what remains — with incriminating emails and a secret meeting at an Orem donut shop — casts a debilitating shadow over the ability of the state’s new chief law enforcement officer to do his job. A federal investigation was so imminent that, on Monday, Swallow himself asked for one.

"Instead, Swallow should resign. ..."

A.G. should resign — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, May 12, 2013

"It was clear months ago that Utah Attorney General John Swallow should resign. Now, with allegations of misconduct piling up and House Speaker Becky Lockhart hinting that the Legislature might consider impeaching the state’s top law enforcement officer, there is no getting around it. .."

Swallow should resign — St. George Spectrum Editorial, Jan. 14, 2013

Time for Swallow to step down — Holly on the Hill, Jan. 16, 2013

A Clear Majority of Utah Voters Want the Legislature to Impeach Swallow — Utah Data Points, June 17, 2013



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