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By Richard J. Cross III | March 11, 2014
Symbols are meaningful in politics. Sometimes, a gesture as simple as a handshake can resonate with tremendous importance. For me, the most important handshake in American history occurred in China on February 21, 1972. By way of background, John Foster Dulles - President Dwight Eisenhower's secretary of state and a staunch anti-communist - refused to shake Chinese leader Chou En Lai's hand at a conference in Geneva in 1954. He later quipped that the only time he'd meet with Chou would be if their cars accidentally collided.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Democrats running for governor said Monday they have agreed on a schedule of three televised debates, essentially accepting a plan proposed by front-runner Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will take part in debates in the Baltimore area, the Washington area and one other so far undetermined part of the state, according to a joint statement released by their campaigns. The outcome of the talks falls short of Mizeur's proposed seven debates before the June 24 primary.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
During the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up. They have made it more expensive by increasing taxes - to the point that a pack of cigarettes costs at least $10.50 in New York City. They have tried to make it scary by requiring ever larger and blunter warnings about the health risks of smoking on cigarette packaging. And they have worked to make it un-cool, most recently with a new advertising and social media campaign this week aimed at teens.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Conservative pro-business Republican Larry Hogan, a former appointments secretary under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and Del. Heather Mizeur, a liberal Democrat and ground-breaking advocate for gay rights who favors legalizing marijuana, wouldn't seem to have much in common politically, aside from the fact both are running for governor. But as of this week, they share an important common denominator — both have chosen to accept public financing of their primary campaigns. That's good news because it demonstrates the viability of public campaign financing in Maryland after a 20-year dry spell.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
When Delinda Fogel, publisher of the Saint Augustine Record , invited members of the public to proofread the paper in a campaign to eliminate typos and grammatical errors, she got for her pains some attention from Jim Romenesko's site  and a horselaugh from Saturday Night Live .  I think that consulting readers about their preferences, concerns, and issues is generally a good thing, but I suspect that Ms. Fogel's effort is...
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Del. Don Dwyer, who is serving jail time on weekends after two alcohol-related convictions, apologized Friday to fellow members of the House of Delegates for bringing "undue attention" to the General Assembly. "I ask you for your forgiveness," Dwyer said. "I've made some serious mistakes that I'll regret for the rest of my life. " His colleagues reacted to the apology with silence. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican, spoke at the close of the morning session, one day after House Speaker Michael E. Busch stripped him of his seat on the Ways & Means Committee.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
I read with interest the letter from Courtney Watson, printed in the Dec. 10 edition, in which she states that referendum rights were addressed in a bill she sponsored in 2010 [CB34]. She called for the Maryland Board of Elections to look into what the Howard County Board of Elections has done in refusing to certify the current referendum of parts of 2013 CB32 Comp Zoning. Many people obtained and had certified more than the necessary number of signatures. [The group getting the signatures had asked in advance for a certification of the wording being a legal summary of the parts of the bill, and were told the Board would not make that decision.]
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Sounds like we'll be seeing Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," in Baltimore in the coming years.  At least around parents' weekend at Hopkins. Brzezinski was all smiles this week when co-host Joe Scarborough asked her about her weekend.  Why the grin, asked Scarborough, did she travel to the South of France? "No South of France. I was home being a mom. I'm a happy mom ... I have a kid in college. Early decision," she said. And what college will her daughter attend?
SPORTS
By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The official pairing won't be finalized until Sunday night, but we know at least one team set to play in the Dec. 27 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Thrilled to announce @HerdFB has officially accepted a bid to the 2013 #MilitaryBowl ! http://t.co/UKUuqS4Hvu - Military Bowl (@MilitaryBowl) December 7, 2013 The Thundering Herd (9-4) fell Saturday to Rice, 41-24, in the Conference USA Football Championship Game. “We couldn't be more excited to have the Thundering Herd travel to the National Capital Region,” Military Bowl president and executive director Steve Beck said in a release.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Democrat Heather R. Mizeur said Wednesday that she will become the first gubernatorial candidate since 1994 to accept public financing for her campaign — and the $2.5 million spending limit that comes with it. Mizeur, a two-term state delegate from Montgomery County, announced the decision as part of a broad proposal to curb the influence of special interests on elections. Among the provisions are replacement of Maryland's governor's-race-only financing program with a comprehensive system for all state offices.
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