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November 15, 2013
I always look forward to commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s columns because they are always about the same subject - bashing the Democrats and claiming that Republicans can do no wrong. Maybe if the Republicans hadn't carried on a tantrum all year, President Barack Obama and his crew could have put more time into Obamcare. Joseph Kortash, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Thomas F. Schaller | September 2, 2014
I miss Bob Ehrlich. Seriously, I do. I realize the former governor shares space with me here on the Baltimore Sun's opinion pages; in terms of sheer column inches, I suppose Mr. Ehrlich the Pundit is never that far away. But I'm talking about Mr. Ehrlich the Politician. A dozen years have passed since Mr. Ehrlich first ran for governor, in 2002. He beat then-Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend that year. Along with his running mate, Michael Steele, Mr. Ehrlich seemed to have revived the Maryland Republican Party almost overnight.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
Guests at a June 14 dinner honoring former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich and former Ravens all-pro place-kicker Matt Stover will dine in complete darkness. The event, called Dining in the Dark, is hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness , a Columbia-based national nonprofit focused on life-saving research. Described as "a distinctive sensory awareness experience," diners at the Baltimore Hilton will take their entree course "using only their senses of smell, sound, taste and touch to get a glimpse into the lives of the blind.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
Leave it to Bob Ehrlich to be an "equal opportunity" offender in his defense of the Supreme Court's Town of Greece v. Galloway decision ( "Freedom of, not from, religion," June 1). In his recent column he managed at one and the same time to disrespect both Christians and non-Christians alike. First, the words "Jesus," "Christ" and "Christianity" appear nowhere in the U.S. Constitution - or for that matter in the Declaration of Independence. Secondly, Mr. Ehrlich insists, as does conservative commentator George Will in a recent National Review article, that "you do not have a right to control the religious practice of others just because it offends you. " Mr. Ehrlich is on record as being fervently anti-multicultural.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2011
Update: Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, longtime aide Greg Massoni and former elections board chief Gene Raynor were called to testify before the grand jury, according to my source. Chris Cavey, former chairman of the Baltimore County GOP,   just confirmed to me that he also testified. Former Ehrlich communications director Paul Schurick and Joe Sliwka, a former campaign aide, were not called to testify. I misunderstood my source and I regret the error. Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and a two top aide s testified last week before the grand jury investigating deceptive Election Day robocalls made on behalf of his re-election campaign, a source close to the matter told me Tuesday.
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By Dan Rodricks | June 20, 2010
For 25 years, Casa de Maryland has been providing support services — English as a second language, legal advice, training for day laborers, road-to-citizenship classes — to thousands of poor Latinos who immigrated to the United States and settled in Maryland, particularly the D.C. suburbs. War and civil unrest in Central America in the 1980s caused thousands of families to flee north, and it was in the basement of a Presbyterian church in Takoma Park that Casa's first volunteers provided emergency clothing and food to new arrivals.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
I'm sorry, but replacing Ron Smith's column with Bob Ehrlich is like substituting homemade hooch for a fine wine. Though conservative, Mr. Smith could disagree with fellow conservatives with reasoned argument. It seems presently that Mr. Ehrlich, like so many other conservatives, is just spewing out worn out party phrases as election propaganda. What happened to the era of independent thinking Republicans along the lines of Dwight Eisenhower or locally Charles McC. Matthias? Have they simply no one with an original, cogent idea?
NEWS
July 21, 2012
I have a question for all the people who once fought so hard against casinos in the state when Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.ran on a "slots" agenda: Don't you feel silly? Now these people can't seem to get enough of the millions of dollars being generated by gambling venues, or of the jobs that are being created in their neighborhoods. Just a few years ago, Gov. Martin O'Malleyand the dim bulbs in Annapolis said that using gambling money to fund education was "morally bankrupt. " Where is their "moral superiority" now?
NEWS
January 24, 2012
I'm disappointed that former governorRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.will be writing a column in The Baltimore Sun, a newspaper that skewered him unmercifully when he was in office ("Ehrlich column to run in The Sun," Jan. 22). What The Sun did to Governor Ehrlich, including taking him to court, is unforgivable. I'm displeased in his decision to accept this offer as it reeks of self-promotion. Mr. Ehrlich says his first two columns will be on his decision to write for the paper and then a tribute to Ron Smith.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
Bob Ehrlich devoted roughly one-third of an entire op-ed page in Sunday's Sun to a surprisingly weak and inarticulate diatribe about how liberal colleges and universities are often force-feeding "your kids" ludicrous, politically correct junk ("As kids head to college, beware liberal groupthink," Feb. 24). He only made direct reference to four universities. Vanderbilt, a private school, allegedly placed four Christian groups on provisional status for requiring members to adhere to religious tenets.
NEWS
May 13, 2014
I always have to laugh when I read Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column in your paper. He's always pitching his fantasy of the Republican party as the champion of "small business," when in fact we all know the Republican party is the champion of big, multinational corporations, not small businesses. ( "Building a business is bad under Obama," May 11.) A more truthful storyline would be if Bob Ehrlich's "Nancy" were to try to start a small business selling "widgets" only to run up against "Widgicorp," a huge multinational corporation with a Super PAC at the ready to lobby Congress.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
While I enjoy Bob Ehrlich's weekly columns and I, too, never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, I must take exception when he goes too far ("De Blasio-ism should strike fear in the hearts of New York," Jan. 12). As a former IRS employee, let me add a few facts to his statement that "nobody [at the IRS] has lost his or her job" over the IRS "scandal. " One, Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller was forced to resign. Two, Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Commissioner Joseph Grant was forced to retire early.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
I always look forward to commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s columns because they are always about the same subject - bashing the Democrats and claiming that Republicans can do no wrong. Maybe if the Republicans hadn't carried on a tantrum all year, President Barack Obama and his crew could have put more time into Obamcare. Joseph Kortash, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
For the Baltimore Sun to have ant semblance of objectivity, I suggest they invite University of Maryland business professor Peter Morici to respond to columns written by Thomas Schaller and/or Jules Witcover. Or better still, when one of these two very liberal writers have their say in The Sun, please have a corresponding article written by Mr. Morici covering the same subject. Right now we have the token weekly column written by Bob Ehrlich and an occasional one written by Mr. Morici.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
A letter writer's response to Bob Ehrlich's column on Sunday, June 9 ("Obama foreign policy follies befuddle right and left alike") accuses Mr. Ehrlich of merely using all of the buzz words like Obamacare, Benghazi, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright ("Ehrlich column another hack attack," June 14). Buzz words? Excuse me, four Americans were killed in Benghazi. If The Sun and the rest of the liberal media would have done their job, perhaps the full story and truth might have been out by now!
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day … In over two decades in politics, my least favorite political type was the unabashed "hot dog," that media-seeking missile who would happily sell his grandmother for a 30-second hit on the evening news. The most dangerous place in the world is between such an animal and a television camera. This personality type is plentiful on Capitol Hill, where the most outrageous statements of the day are sure to lead that evening's headlines. After all, 5,000 Capitol Hill reporters have to report something of interest every day. All this is by way of background as the enormity of the IRS scandal continues to hit home with the American public.
NEWS
By Ron Smith | April 1, 2010
It's a little bit of a mystery to me why former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wants to "ice skate uphill," as a listener put it, battling the blinding blueness of Maryland's political landscape in an attempt to win back his old job from Martin O'Malley, the man who sent him packing in 2006. So let's try to unravel it. Remember, this loss happened despite positive approval ratings for Mr. Ehrlich. Remember also that he was the only incumbent governor in the nation to be ousted on election day in 2006.
NEWS
October 13, 2010
A document making the rounds in Maryland political circles would appear to be a casting call for a Bob Ehrlich campaign ad. One reason there's interest in that: The spot would be shot in California, and Ehrlich has campaigned on the need to bolster Maryland's film industry. Another reason: Among the parts to be cast are Homeless Person #1 and Homeless Person #2, bringing to mind the last time Ehrlich went out of state for homeless people. In 2006, his campaign bused them in from Philly on Election Day to hand out literature that suggested — falsely — that Ehrlich was backed by several black Democratic leaders.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
Bob Ehrlich devoted roughly one-third of an entire op-ed page in Sunday's Sun to a surprisingly weak and inarticulate diatribe about how liberal colleges and universities are often force-feeding "your kids" ludicrous, politically correct junk ("As kids head to college, beware liberal groupthink," Feb. 24). He only made direct reference to four universities. Vanderbilt, a private school, allegedly placed four Christian groups on provisional status for requiring members to adhere to religious tenets.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 10, 2013
Last week's column chronicled a dire set of circumstances regarding our economy and culture at the onset of Obama II. This status quo is complicated by an aggressive liberal establishment attempting to take advantage of the president's post-election momentum and an always compliant mainstream media. And then there's the necessity of offering an inviting conservative message, attractive to the all-important swing voter - a vital constituency that supported the president by a significant margin in 2012.
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