Candidate Doug Reynolds finally gets some local coverage
This morning's Intelligencer had a page 1 story on the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Doug Reynolds. The article mentioned his background and explained some of his positions. The piece marks the first time this election year that Reynolds has been mentioned, let alone featured, in a news article. (Mike Myers did do a hit column on him a couple of weeks ago.) His opponent, Patrick Morrisey is regularly featured on the front page even when he is not actually making news. See here and here for example.
Different Ogden guidelines for blaming Democratic and Republican legislators
I don't actually know if these are actual Ogden Newspapers guidelines but I've certainly seen enough examples to make me wonder:
--- When Democrats are responsible for legislation we disagree with, "Democrats" should be used when assessing blame.
--- When Republican are responsible for legislation we disagree with, broader terms such as "legislators," "congress," or "lawmakers" should be used. Remember: it's never the Republicans' fault.
The obvious example is the handling of the state's fiscal crisis earlier this year. Republicans controlled both houses yet the local Ogden papers blamed "legislators," "lawmakers," or with some amazing mental gymnastics, "Democrats." (See here and here for examples.)
Similarly, yesterday's editorial, "Safeguard Miners' Retirement Fund," blames "lawmakers" for failure to act on the fund:
But some lawmakers, including a few from coal states, have concerns about such action. They question whether Washington should bail out a private-sector retirement system.
But as the AP reported last week, this is not a generic "lawmaker" problem -- it's a Republican one:
The measure has near-unanimous support from Democrats, but has divided coal-state Republicans. Several endangered incumbents support the bill, but GOP leaders — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — are wary of bailing out unionized workers.