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PI 2nd in national editorial writing contest

Staff Report

The Post Independent last week was honored in a national editorial writing contest.

The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association recognized PI Editor Randy Essex with second place in the Carmage Walls Commentary Awards under-50,000 circulation category for his March 7 editorial, “Release money for immigrant licenses.”

The editorial urged Rep. Bob Rankin, as a member of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, to break a partisan logjam that held up authorization for the Division of Motor Vehicles to spend anticipated fee revenue for a program granting driver licenses to qualified undocumented immigrants.

The committee approved a compromise later in March that restored the service in Grand Junction. That DMV office had stopped issuing the licenses while the committee was deadlocked.

First place in the under-50,000 circulation category went to David Bloom of The Baytown Sun in Texas. Bloom was honored for an editorial campaign that led to removal of the superintendent of a school district plagued by controversial personnel moves, overspending and miserable staff morale.

In the over-50,000 circulation category, the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Dallas Morning News were recognized.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls, who over seven decades owned community newspapers and advocated strong editorial page leadership.

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