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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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AP file photo Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to the business students at the U. Wednesday. He told reporters a government shutdown would not be his tactic in fighting Obamacare.
Now you tell us: Another couple of Mitts ...

Remember "Too many Mitts"? The Salt Lake Tribune editorial passing over adopted favorite son Mitt Romney to endorse Barack Obama for president in 2012?

" ... Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’ ... "

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Well, here are a couple more Mitts. We like them better. Now that it doesn’t matter any more ["Why Mitt Romney won’t run a third time" — Thomas Burr | The Salt Lake Tribune] and the former governor is apparently free to say what he really thinks.

Oh. Well.

Big boost: Mitt Romney backs Count My Vote — Salt Lake Tribune

"The Count My Vote initiative got some big-name support from perhaps the most popular political figure in the state, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who also criticized efforts by the Legislature to preempt the initiative, saying it ‘feels very wrong.’ ... "

Mitt Romney: Veto of Arizona’s Antigay Bill ‘Is Right’ — National Journal

"... SB 1062 is the Arizona legislation that would let state businesses refuse on religious grounds to provide services to gay and lesbian customers. The bill itself, which recently passed the legislature, has no shortage of enemies. Arizona businesses are worried that it could cost the state next year’s Super Bowl. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged the state not to let the bill become law. The measure is likely to be vetoed by the politically minded Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

"So Mitt Romney’s not alone. But he’s an obviously powerful voice. Within 10 minutes, Romney’s tweet earned nearly 300 retweets. ..."

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