REPUBLICANS made a big hoopla over the Oct. 4 ceremony in...

GALLIMAUFRY

October 15, 1994

REPUBLICANS made a big hoopla over the Oct. 4 ceremony in Annapolis unveiling the party's newest campaign strategy, called a "Contract with Maryland."

The rally was intended to show a solid block of party candidates supporting the GOP's gospel of tax cuts and fiscal conservatism.

While Republican officials wanted the rally to appear as a grassroots effort, a press release from Nancy Stocksdale, a GOP candidate for a District 5 House of Delegates seat in Carroll County, inadvertently revealed the degree of party orchestration.

Instead of rewriting and retyping the sample press release, which contained blanks where the candidate was to fill in the appropriate information, Mrs. Stocksdale sent it out with her name dutifully penciled into the appropriate blanks.

At the end of the release, there was a reminder in capital letters: "WRITE YOURSELF A QUOTE!" Instead of saying something original, Mrs. Stocksdale simply drew a line through this instruction.

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DEMOCRATS, meanwhile, have been gathering at a series of events designed to raise funds for their candidate for governor, Parris N. Glendening. He hopes to raise $2.2 million (on top of the $3.5 million he collected for the primary).

One fund-raiser took place last week at the Center Club in the USF&G Building. After the affair, the candidate agreed to sit down and talk about education policies with an editor from this newspaper. They did so in the club's lobby.

As they were chatting, a club employee approached and asked if they would like something to drink. Yes, was the response, and they gave their orders.

"Are either of you members?" she asked.

A perplexed candidate said no, but he was sure some of his supporters were.

Not good enough.

The employee turned on her heels and departed. No drinks arrived.

But a few moments later, the employee was seen conferring with supervisor. A short time later, two bottles of wine arrived, along with an hors d'oeuvres tray, compliments of the club.

Who said Mr. Glendening is unknown in the Baltimore area?

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WHAT'S REALLY important in a fast-growing city like Las Vegas? The casinos is the immediate response. But a glance through that town's telephone yellow pages reveals otherwise.

The ads for casinos run less than two pages. But the ads for lawyers run a mind-boggling 75 pages.

Marriages (wedding chapels are everywhere, even in the casino complexes) and divorces are the big things. Clearly, a city that is the fastest-growing in the country, with a population approaching 1 million, has an urgent need for practitioners of America's favorite sport -- litigation.

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