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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
About eight years ago, a local business executive asked Colt Bracken, a Baltimore County police detective, if he'd be interested in working a second job as a personal driver. Bracken jumped at the opportunity and since then has turned the venture - mainly through word of mouth - into a growing business, he said. His company, Security Dawgs, now employs more than a dozen off-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the region as part-time drivers and to provide security.
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By Michael Dresser | June 26, 2014
Maryland Republicans came together Thursday night to unite behind Larry Hogan's candidacy for governor as his defeated primary foes vowed at a unity rally to work for his election in November. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Charles County business executive Charles Lollar and Del. Ron George -- the second through fourth-place finisher's in Tuesday's count -- shared a stage with a beaming Hogan at the Severna Park gathering of several hundred cheering Republicans. Hogan praised each of his defeated rivals and said each was on board with his general election campaign.
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
Larry Hogan, chairman of the conservative activist group Change Maryland, will officially announce on January 21 he is a Republican candidate for governor. The former appointments secretary to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. sent an e-mail to supporters Sunday saying he would make the announcement at Mike's Restaurant & Crab House in Riva. Hogan said in November that he planned to seek the nomination. He will join a field that includes Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
About eight years ago, a local business executive asked Colt Bracken, a Baltimore County police detective, if he'd be interested in working a second job as a personal driver. Bracken jumped at the opportunity and since then has turned the venture - mainly through word of mouth - into a growing business, he said. His company, Security Dawgs, now employs more than a dozen off-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the region as part-time drivers and to provide security.
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By Michael Dresser | October 31, 2013
The campaign web site of Charles Lollar, one of three announced Republican candidates for governor in 2014, is back on line after an absence of almost a week. Republican blogger Jeff Quinton, who has been tracking the ups and down of the Lollar campaign, said the web site reappeared about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The absence of a web site was one of several problems Quinton had pointed to in declaring the Lollar campaign an organizational "train wreck. " Lollar has disputed that assessment.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan introduced Boyd Rutherford, a former Ehrlich administration Cabinet secretary, as his running mate Wednesday night at a rally at an Annapolis-area crab house. Hogan, the Anne Arundel County resident who was appointments secretary for GOP Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., became a late entry in the governor's race last week. He joined a field that includes Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar is ineligible for public financing because he missed the legal deadline to apply. The board voted unanimously to deny the waiver request by Lollar, a Charles County business executive. Jared Demarinis, executive director of candidacy and campaign finance, told the board that Lollar missed the Feb. 25 to apply because his campaign had forgotten that was the deadline for applying for public financing as well as for filing candidacy papers.
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By Michael Dresser | November 22, 2013
Larry Hogan, chairman of the conservative activist group Change Maryland, will move a step closer to a run for the Republican nomination Friday night with a speech in which he will talk about his plans for 2014. Hogan, a former appointments secretary to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., will speak tonight to a gathering of his organization in the same Annapolis hotel that is hosting the Republican state convention. For months, Hogan has been hinting that he might join the three-way race of Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Charles Lollar, a Republican running for governor, will field questions for an hour Tuesday night during the latest Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum. The event is the latest in a series of in-depth conversations with candidates competing to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley.  The free forum begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Lollar's campaign for the Republican nomination has drawn attention for his pledge to eliminate the state's income tax. He also backs repeal of Maryland's new gun regulations and says that while he personally disagrees with same-sex marriage, he would uphold the state's new law if elected governor.
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By Michael Dresser | January 7, 2014
Harford County Executive David R. Craig became the first top-tier Republican candidate for governor to make his candidacy official Tuesday as he filed papers with the State Board of Elections. Craig signed up to be on the June 24 primary ballot along with his running mate. Del. Jeannie Haddaway of the Middle Shore. Republican candidates who have announced but not filed are Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar, neither of whom has named a running mate.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown dwarfed the fundraising efforts of his rivals and raised substantially more cash than any other candidate running for governor, according to finance reports filed Friday. Brown's campaign reported that it had raised $813,000 in less than three weeks, more than three times what his closest competitor took in. "Wow," Donald Norris, chair of the public policy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said of Brown's haul. "That is stunning.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
As early voting got underway Thursday in the primary race for governor, the four Republicans competing for the GOP nomination jockeyed to present themselves as the most qualified to take on a Democrat in November. The candidates taped a final televised forum in a Washington studio and, as they have in the past, largely agreed that tax cuts are in order after eight years under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. But the normally genial discussion among the Republicans was punctuated by each candidate trying to reinforce his credentials as the conservative most likely to succeed in a state where Democrats hold a 2-1 registration advantage.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Republican primary voters are blessed with the deepest field of candidates they've had for governor in a generation - four men who each bring compelling stories to their quests to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley. David Craig is the teacher turned legislator, mayor and county executive. Ron George is a one-time soap opera actor who is now a state delegate and (literally) a Main Street business owner. Larry Hogan is a former state cabinet secretary and son of the first Republican congressman to announce that he would vote to impeach Richard Nixon.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Polls may show him trailing, but Harford County Executive David R. Craig today declared himself the true front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. “In reality, I am the front-runner,” Craig told the Baltimore Sun editorial board. A poll conducted for the Baltimore Sun showed businessman and activist Larry Hogan has built on his lead since February and now is favored by 27 percent of likely GOP voters. His two closest competitors, Craig and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar, stand at 12 percent each.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Second in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. If a political resume were enough for victory, David R. Craig would be a sure thing to win the Republican nomination for governor. Havre de Grace city councilman, mayor, member of the House of Delegates, state senator, and for the past decade, Harford County executive. Craig has filled all those roles in his 64 years, and, judging by his election results, voters have been happy with the job he's done. "As county executive, I think he's done the kinds of things I'd like to see a governor do," said Ellen R. Sauerbrey, the Republican nominee in 1994 and 1998.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
OCEAN CITY — Gubernatorial candidates of both parties promised city and town officials that they would restore local road repair money cut from the state budget by the O'Malley administration. Appearing at the annual convention of the Maryland Municipal League two weeks before the June 24 primary, Democrat Anthony G. Brown and four Republican candidates pledged full restoration of the transportation spending known as "highway user revenue. " That spending was cut back as much as 95 percent by Gov. Martin O'Malley during the recession as the governor chose to shield other spending priorities from deep cuts.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Polls may show him trailing, but Harford County Executive David R. Craig today declared himself the true front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. “In reality, I am the front-runner,” Craig told the Baltimore Sun editorial board. A poll conducted for the Baltimore Sun showed businessman and activist Larry Hogan has built on his lead since February and now is favored by 27 percent of likely GOP voters. His two closest competitors, Craig and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar, stand at 12 percent each.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in his unwavering right-wing view, bemoans various initiatives supported by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O'Malley as the consequences of the recent election. Yes, the election has consequences, and the list presented by Mr. Ehrlich are precisely the positions that we Democrats voted for: health care reform, women's right to choose, gun control and gay marriage among them ("The vast left-wing conspiracy," Feb. 3). There's also in-state tuition for deserving children of undocumented workers, elimination of capital punishment, support of workers to bargain collectively, repeal of laws that deny voters right to vote, women in combat, expansion of eligibility for food stamps, clean energy, same-day voter registration, unemployment benefits and an increase of the minimum wage.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
First in a series of profiles of candidates for governor Republican Larry Hogan isn't pledging to turn deep-blue Maryland red if he's elected governor. He doesn't even hold out much hope for purple. He just thinks that if he can win his party's primary, he can beat the Democratic nominee and fundamentally change the way the state does business. Since becoming the last Republican to jump into the 2014 governor's race in January, he has surged past his three rivals in both fundraising and the polls.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has strengthened his lead in the fiercely contested Democratic primary for governor and enters the campaign's final two weeks with a 2-1 advantage over his closest competitor, according to a new poll for The Baltimore Sun. In the Republican race, businessman and activist Larry Hogan is running well ahead of his three opponents, the poll found. "These races have clear front-runners," said Steve Raabe, president of OpinionWorks, the Annapolis polling firm that conducted the survey for The Sun. While things could change, Raabe said, "there's no evidence right now that anyone is uniquely positioned to overtake them.
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