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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
It's cop against cop in a standoff over the use of a police badge in a race for the Baltimore County Council. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson has sent a cease-and-desist letter to council candidate Charles "Buzz" Beeler of Dundalk over the retired officer's use of a police badge in campaign literature. The chief threatened legal action in the Aug. 11 letter to Beeler, a veteran of the county force for more than 30 years, if he did not immediately stop using the badge and retrieve any fliers or mailers with the symbol.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A Baltimore County candidate for the House of Delegates acknowledged this week he wrote checks from his campaign account, a violation of campaign finance law that resulted in a $2,500 fine. Jay Jalisi, a Democrat running to represent western Baltimore County, wrote 28 checks from his campaign account from February through April, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor. Jalisi said his treasurer had suffered two strokes and had heart surgery in the months leading up to June's primary election.
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NEWS
December 9, 2011
Why does The Sun allow Dan Rodricks to have a column on the front page with his idiotic views ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7)? In his column, he points out the use of fraud to get people to go to the polls is illegal in Maryland and wants to bash Paul Schurick for doing so. He fails to allude to all the signs for President Barack Obama that appeared during the 2010 election in African American communities in an attempt to get blacks to believe they needed to go to the polls to vote for Mr. Obama.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 5, 2014
Thousands of miles on the road this summer and fall have afforded me the opportunity to observe a variety of political ads from across the spectrum. Herewith, observations from the heartland: I assume the relentless Democratic campaign to demonize the conservative Koch Brothers and their "Americans for Prosperity" organization has been poll tested, but I still don't get it. Driving negatives against someone (or something) that few people recognize violates a core tenet of political advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2011
So much for the mother's milk of American politics. In Baltimore, it's orange juice. Del. Keiffer Mitchell endorsed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's re-election campaign in a video released Monday -- one day she drew crowds to his OJ stand at the farmers' market. Coincidence? Mitchell copped to the quid pro quo when I spoke with him just now. He said Mayor SRB came by his stand Sunday. She wasn't buying, but her photographer took a glass of juice. Soon a crowd gathered to see the mayor, and suddenly Mitchell was squeezing up a storm.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Republican businessman Charles Lollar kicked off his campaign for governor Tuesday with a four-day, 17-stop bus tour of Maryland. The Charles County businessman, Marine major and Republican activist was the subject a "Draft Lollar" campaign to convince him to run. Tuesday, Lollar and supporters began a tour in a 16-seat bus that bears his photo. Lollar, 42, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and social libertarian who believes the state's top job is about managing tax payer money.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
The article entitled "Outside money cements place on Capitol Hill" (Oct. 21) really disgusted me. I realize that the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for corporations supporting candidates and that is a separate issue, but the net concept is the same. Why would corporations and individuals blow so much money on campaigns if they truly got nothing in return? In an economy where thousands are barely surviving and corporations have cut jobs, why is dumping millions of dollars to support a candidate a good idea?
NEWS
November 30, 2011
Once again, The Sun urges the institution of public campaign financing, implying that if such a plan were instituted, private campaign contributions would disappear and we'd all live happily ever after ("Appearance of conflict," Nov. 29). Nothing could be further from the truth. For one thing, there is that pesky First Amendment. For another, as our president demonstrated in his 2008 campaign, if you have enough private contributions, you can finance a campaign very nicely without utilizing public financing.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler's statewide tour to launch his campaign for governor entered its third day Thursday as the Democrat took his stump speech to Western Maryland. Gansler has slightly different remarks - and campaign promises - for each of the 17 stops. On Wednesday, Gansler told a crowd in Hyattsville he supported extending the Metro to National Harbor where a casino is proposed, the campaign confirmed.  Gansler also told supporters he thought a law school should be established at the historically black Bowie State University in Prince George's County, the campaign confirmed.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
In advance of tonight's serious debate about big issues in the race for governor, here are two amusing - intentionally or not - contributions to the political discourse this week, courtesy of Douglas F. Gansler's campaign. On Wednesday, his campaign publicized an original song written by a supporter. If you're wondering what rhymes with "Gansler," the answer is: "Gansler. "  The lyrics say "Doug Gansler" 14 times in less than 90 seconds, plus eek out another three mentions of "Doug" and two more of "Mr. Gansler.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan canceled an appearance today at a gubernatorial forum about child care and early education. Campaign spokesman Adam Dubitksy said Hogan has been ill and visited a doctor today. Hogan will take today to recuperate before hitting the campaign trail again this weekend, Dubitksy said.  "For the last nine months, Larry has been out campaigning 16-plus hours a day, seven days a week, participating forums, granting interviews, and meeting with overtaxed Marylanders from all walks of life," Dubitksy said in an email.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Midshipmen at the Naval Academy have filmed a video pledging to fight sexual assault at the academy and in the Navy and Marine Corps. "It's on us — USNA," a 90-second video, was posted Monday on YouTube. It features a succession of midshipmen, male and female, in uniform and Navy athletic gear, standing before different landmarks on the Annapolis campus, looking into the camera and reading lines. "If midshipmen are persons of integrity, and if we stand for that which is right, then we must stand for each other," the script reads, in part.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The NFL is devoting commercial time to public service announcements from the No More anti-domestic violence campaign during all of its game broadcasts this weekend, including broadcasts on CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN, according to NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter. The 30-second PSA video  also ran during the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game on Thursday night. The PSA delivers a strong message speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault. It includes appearances by actors Courtney Cox, Amy Poehler, Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Andre Braugher and Debra Messing.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
The Maryland Board of Elections determined Republican Larry Hogan broke a campaign finance rule, but the panel agreed Thursday to waive the fine associated with the minor infraction. Elections officials cleared Hogan of wrongdoing in two of three charges leveled against him by the Maryland Democratic Party this summer. In the third charge, officials determined Hogan violated campaign-finance rules by not paying his advocacy group, Change Maryland, for a poll the group sold to his campaign.
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By Michael Dresser | September 25, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Less than six weeks before Election Day, the candidates for governor are flooding the airwaves with apocalyptic messages about the dire consequences of choosing the other guy. The ads warn that Republican Larry Hogan is "dangerous," while Democrat Anthony G. Brown is "just not ready to be governor. " But they give viewers little information on how either man would govern. Both campaigns are focusing on a remarkably narrow range of attacks, hammered home through constant repetition.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
I agree that Montgomery County's campaign finance reform bill is a step in the right direction ( "An alternative to fat-cat politics," Sept. 22). In recent years, big-money donations have corrupted our elections and therefore made our political system less democratic. Never before has our nation seen such vast sums of cash flowing into politics. Money talks. The wealthy individuals and corporations throwing this money at candidates have their own agendas and make it hard for candidates to focus on average donors.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
The United Way's 28th annual Haverst for the Hungry campaign is underway. The food-collection drive continues through Saturday. It's simple. You just leave non-perishable goods by your own mailbox and your letter carrier will pick up your donation and get it to the right folks. For more information and guidelines about what to donate, go to Harvest for the Hungry website . You can also donate money through Give Corps , and if you do you'll be eligible for a $20-off deal from Tapas Teatro . Other partners for the Harvest for the Hungry include Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the United States Postal Service, WBAL-TV 11, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, Safeway and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
State Sen. Rob Garagiola will report raising $330,000 for his Democratic bid for Congress, a campaign official said Tuesday -- a haul that is twice as large as what Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett is expected to report bringing in over the same period. Garagiola, who is running in Maryland's newly redrawn 6th Congressional District, formally entered the race in November and has been working aggressively behind the scenes to line up political and financial support.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Candidates for Maryland governor unleashed dueling attack ads Monday, heightening a negative contest that has been marked by name-calling and hostility. Republican Larry Hogan's ad plays off an attack Democrat Anthony G. Brown has already lobbed against him: the opponent would take the state "backwards. " Hogan's 40-second ad highlights the pocketbook issues that he has made the centerpiece of his campaign and charged that the O'Malley-Brown administration was responsible for the economic recession.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants the American public to understand that HIV-positive people who receive treatment live longer and healthier lives compared to those who don't receive treatment, and has launched a new nationwide campaign to get the word out. The "HIV Treatment Works" campaign, announced Wednesday, is the CDC's "first communication campaign focused exclusively on encouraging treatment and care for people living with...
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