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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) Lobbyists and members of the public wait outside the House of Representatives for a chance to take to a legislator during the legislative season on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday, March 10, 2014.
Utah Punditsphere: After the Legislature ...

Happy Green Cupcake Day, everyone. (I’d bring orange cupcakes on the appropriate day, if I could figure out which day that was.)

In the Utah Punditsphere, we continue to reflect upon the gravitational waves left by the recently concluded session of the Legislature.

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Utah Legislature tots up some small successes — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"When the 2014 Regular Session of the Utah Legislature began, House Speaker Becky Lockhart issued a ringing call to action that mostly sought to make her look good next to Gov. Gary Herbert, whom she labeled an ‘inaction figure.’

"Forty-five days later, the session has adjourned. And, for whatever grand plans Lockhart and her fellow legislators may have harbored at the outset, any Capitol criticisms of Herbert as an inert substance are clearly hypocritical. For this was the year of the Inaction Legislature. ..."

Wins and losses in the 2014 legislative session — Deseret News Editorial

"The 2014 session of the Utah Legislature may be remembered most for what lawmakers didn’t do. In some cases, inaction was good. In others, it meant missing an opportunity to accomplish something of importance. ..."

Pols wanting on air quality — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"In efforts to improve the quality of the air we breathe, state legislators have disappointed Utahns.

"There were a lot of baby steps on air quality during the session, but when the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee killed HB121, any real chance of Utah significantly improving its air quality failed. ..."

[No, we did not compare notes before writing those editorials. We didn’t have to.]

Utah education funds barely keep up with the need — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah bill only partly hides voter info, and that’s OK — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Our state’s caucus system still viable — Rep. Lowry Snow | For The St. George Spectrum

Legislative all-stars: How our elected players performed — Frank Pignanelli | For The Deseret News

"The legislative session ended last week, just in time for Utahns to focus on what is important — basketball. In keeping with this theme, we analyze how our elected players performed ..."



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