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By Warren Vieth and Warren Vieth,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 6, 2004
WASHINGTON - As President Bush lays the groundwork for a possible overhaul of the U.S. tax code, one option under consideration would deal its biggest financial blow to citizens of "blue" states such as California and New York. Some conservative activists are urging the administration to scrap the federal deduction for state and local taxes as part of a broader plan to revamp the nation's tax system. Although the proposal would hurt some taxpayers in nearly every state, it would hit hardest in states with higher-than-average income levels and bigger-than-average state and local tax burdens.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 17, 2014
Time for a brutal assessment regarding the state of immigration reform in America. Extreme partisans on both sides of the aisle - you will not like what you read over the next two minutes. Hopefully, the rest of you will chew on it for a bit. First, the GOP. The upside here is that a majority of Republicans seem to have at least some appreciation for the rule of law. In the context of immigration reform, this instinct plays out in a desire to enforce the law - just like every other civilized country in the world, especially Mexico.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | December 12, 2004
I THOUGHT THAT, in today's column, I would heal the nation. The nation suffered a wound during the recent presidential election as a result of the rift between the red states -- defined as "states where 'foreign cuisine' pretty much means Pizza Hut" -- and the blue states, defined as "states that believe they are smarter than the red states, despite the fact that it takes the average blue-state resident 15 minutes to order one cup of coffee." Some blue-state residents are so upset about the election that they're talking about moving to Canada, which is technically a foreign nation.
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By David Horsey | June 3, 2014
Back in 2000, some unsung network graphics specialist had the bright idea of flipping the traditional association of red with the left and blue with the right. On election night that year, when the newscasters began to report voting results, they turned to big maps with Republican majority states colored Che Guevara red while states that went Democratic were awash in Margaret Thatcher blue. Thus were red states and blue states born, a hue switcheroo that instantly recodified the way Americans perceive themselves and their nation.
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By David Horsey | June 2, 2014
Back in 2000, some unsung network graphics specialist had the bright idea of flipping the traditional association of red with the left and blue with the right. On election night that year, when the newscasters began to report voting results, they turned to big maps with Republican majority states colored Che Guevara red while states that went Democratic were awash in Margaret Thatcher blue. Thus were red states and blue states born, a hue switcheroo that instantly recodified the way Americans perceive themselves and their nation.
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By David Horsey | June 3, 2014
Back in 2000, some unsung network graphics specialist had the bright idea of flipping the traditional association of red with the left and blue with the right. On election night that year, when the newscasters began to report voting results, they turned to big maps with Republican majority states colored Che Guevara red while states that went Democratic were awash in Margaret Thatcher blue. Thus were red states and blue states born, a hue switcheroo that instantly recodified the way Americans perceive themselves and their nation.
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By David Horsey | November 21, 2012
Journalist and gay activist Dan Savage often writes about the urban archipelago -- the American cities that are comfortable, safe islands for gays and lesbians set amid a vast sea of countryside where being openly homosexual remains a chancy, even dangerous, proposition. However, after an election in which three more states approved same-sex marriage and a fourth rejected a constitutional amendment ot ban it, perhaps that sea is receding. In fact, the map of states that now allow men to marry men and women to marry women is beginning to resemble the now familiar chart of red and blue states.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
President Obama will make what could turn out to be his only Maryland campaign stop June 12 when he visits Baltimore for a fund-raising event, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday night. Obama is expected to attend a fund-raiser at a private home and a reception at a local hotel, a source familiar with the plans said. O'Malley announced the plan at the Maryland Democratic Party's annual gala dinner in Greenbelt, an event attended by many of the state's most prominent elected officials.
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By Clarence Page | August 5, 2004
BOSTON -- A superstar is born. It is difficult for many of us to contain our enthusiasm for Barack Obama, yet we must try. We owe that to him. We should not reward his blockbuster performance last week at the Democratic National Convention by loading his shoulders with the fate of the nation. Not yet, anyway. That can wait, perhaps until, say, his 2012 presidential campaign? For now, Illinois' self-described "skinny guy from the South Side of Chicago with the funny name" offers an inspiring glimpse of what America's next generation of black leadership could look like -- a leadership that is not for blacks only.
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July 14, 2012
ColumnistRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent commentary on taxes supposedly provided a lesson in Economics 101 ("When taxes go up, taxpayers go elsewhere," July 1). Unfortunately, he told only part of the story. His first example, concerning the supposed exodus of millionaires from Maryland, paraphrased data that first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. But he chose not to cite the very next sentence in that article: "No doubt the majority of that loss in millionaire filings results from the recession.
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By David Horsey | June 2, 2014
Back in 2000, some unsung network graphics specialist had the bright idea of flipping the traditional association of red with the left and blue with the right. On election night that year, when the newscasters began to report voting results, they turned to big maps with Republican majority states colored Che Guevara red while states that went Democratic were awash in Margaret Thatcher blue. Thus were red states and blue states born, a hue switcheroo that instantly recodified the way Americans perceive themselves and their nation.
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By Paul G. Pinsky | February 11, 2014
Maryland has long been considered among the bluest of blue states, firmly in the Democratic camp. Its recent progressive record on social justice has only further burnished that reputation: passing the Dream Act to allow in-state college tuition - and college affordability - for young immigrants, marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty and legislation to restrict gun violence. When it comes to corporate tax justice, however, Maryland has seen only red. The state has allowed many of the very largest multi-state, multi-national corporations operating here to use a tax avoidance scheme resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state corporate taxes and, sadly, placing Maryland-only businesses at a distinct competitive disadvantage.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Maryland received a new No. 1 title for Gov. Martin O'Malley to crow about Wednesday as the Center for American Progress ranked its the best of the 50 states for women. And crow the governor did, releasing a statement saying he and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown were "thrilled" by the distinction. “Working together, we have made great strides in making Maryland a great place for women to live, lead, and learn," O'Malley said. The ranking is unlikely to impress conservatives because the Center for American Progress is a liberal group that counted such things as unimpeded access to abortion services and contraception among its criteria for a positive rating.
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By David Horsey | November 21, 2012
Journalist and gay activist Dan Savage often writes about the urban archipelago -- the American cities that are comfortable, safe islands for gays and lesbians set amid a vast sea of countryside where being openly homosexual remains a chancy, even dangerous, proposition. However, after an election in which three more states approved same-sex marriage and a fourth rejected a constitutional amendment ot ban it, perhaps that sea is receding. In fact, the map of states that now allow men to marry men and women to marry women is beginning to resemble the now familiar chart of red and blue states.
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By Robert B. Reich | November 7, 2012
The vitriol is worse than I ever recall. Worse than the Palin-induced smarm of 2008. Worse than the Swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness. It's almost a civil war. I know families in which close relatives are no longer speaking. A dating service says Democrats won't even consider going out with Republicans, and vice versa. My email and Twitter feeds contain messages from strangers I wouldn't share with my granddaughter.
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By Tim Rowland | August 20, 2012
At a recent supper party in the foothills West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, a fisherman had just returned from Kent Narrows with a bushel of Maryland Blue Crabs. The crabs, rest their souls, made wonderful emissaries. The light conversation that punctuated the picking would have fit right in around tables in Salisbury or Solomons Island: The size of the crabs, their habits, their tastes in bait and, more generally, the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. A hundred or more miles from its sparkling, reedy inlets, the bay is still very much in the psyche of people throughout its watershed.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Maryland received a new No. 1 title for Gov. Martin O'Malley to crow about Wednesday as the Center for American Progress ranked its the best of the 50 states for women. And crow the governor did, releasing a statement saying he and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown were "thrilled" by the distinction. “Working together, we have made great strides in making Maryland a great place for women to live, lead, and learn," O'Malley said. The ranking is unlikely to impress conservatives because the Center for American Progress is a liberal group that counted such things as unimpeded access to abortion services and contraception among its criteria for a positive rating.
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By Andrew Ciofalo | November 24, 2004
I HAVE LIVED all my years in states that are now called "blue" by the guardians of the democratic process. The first candidate I ever voted for was Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the only Democrat was John F. Kennedy. Lately, I have passed up recent elections because the deep blueness of my state guarantees that all electoral votes will go to the Democrats, as will almost all local offices. It seems the only way to effectively participate in the democratic process is to move to one of those battleground states.
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By Jonah Goldberg | August 20, 2012
In 1995, Barack Obama released "Dreams From My Father," a compelling memoir full of stories about his life that -- though often not exactly true -- persuaded many people that this young man had a great political future ahead of him. Nearly a decade later, Mr. Obama introduced himself to the country with a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic convention in which he conceded, "I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story...
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July 14, 2012
ColumnistRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent commentary on taxes supposedly provided a lesson in Economics 101 ("When taxes go up, taxpayers go elsewhere," July 1). Unfortunately, he told only part of the story. His first example, concerning the supposed exodus of millionaires from Maryland, paraphrased data that first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. But he chose not to cite the very next sentence in that article: "No doubt the majority of that loss in millionaire filings results from the recession.
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