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April 11, 2013
Here is information about the upcoming Columbia Association elections, April 19-20: Dorsey's Search: Due to the change in village bylaws, the candidates are deemed elected and there will be no election. Village board: Ellen Mackey and Dan Woodruff. Columbia Council: Tom Coale. Harper's Choice: Village board (Three candidates for four seats): Stephen Cook, Ann De Lacy and Clarence Lam. No Columbia Council Election: Polls open on April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kahler Hall. Hickory Ridge: Village board (Six candidates for five seats)
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
A claim that has also been central to Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's critique of Maryland's economy - that the state has lost most of its Fortune 500 companies during the O'Malley administration - turns out to be false. That assertion has been a staple of Hogan's stump speech. Hogan repeated the claim, with minor variations, throughout the primary contest and has continued to make it a central talking point in his general election campaign against Democrat Anthony G. Brown.
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SPORTS
November 28, 2009
Roberto Alomar is among 15 first-time candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining holdovers Mark McGwire , Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven . Edgar Martinez , Barry Larkin and Fred McGriff also are new to the ballot this year. There are 26 candidates, three more than last year when Rickey Henderson was elected in his first appearance and Jim Rice made it on his 15th and final try. Dawson fell 44 votes shy of the 75 percent needed and Blyleven was 67 short.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A U.S. Department of Justice official promised Wednesday that his agency's months-long investigation of police brutality in Baltimore would be a "candid" assessment, and federal lawmakers threw their support behind the probe. Ronald L. Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said he met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in Arkansas on Wednesday at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event focused on police misconduct.
NEWS
November 11, 2013
The recent article, "Gansler, Brown clash over domestic violence proposals (Oct 29), pointed out to your readers where two candidates stand regarding domestic violence, so how about giving me an opportunity to express my thoughts on this issue? Unfortunately, I have been a victim of domestic violence. I know first hand what it is like when a spouse hits you, spits at you, attempts to scratch your eyes and uses verbal abuse as well. My experiences from this dreadful situation serve to validate the importance of getting out of those horrendous circumstances immediately.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Though the governor's race has already featured attack ads, the state's top candidates focused more on their own platforms than their opponents' at a Prince George's County forum Monday night. Attorney General Douglas Gansler defended his comments about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's leadership experience that drew the ire of veteran groups backing Brown. Gansler said he had implied that Brown's time in the military didn't count as a real job. "I didn't say a disparaging syllable about veterans," Gansler said.
NEWS
September 23, 2011
I observe religious beliefs making politicians less responsible. Consider anyone who believes their particular prophet actually existed and rose to heaven, or especially that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, in spite of plentiful evidence to the contrary. They believe that no matter how much they poison my environment to benefit Big Oil or Big Coal, their savior will swoop down and take them to an imaginary heaven when global warming sterilizes the planet. They are categorically not qualified for any office.
NEWS
June 27, 2012
John Fritze's article, "Bartlett fumbles finance reports," (June 25) serves to point out once again the problems arising with politicians taking campaign contributions. There is only one answer to such a fiasco. Politicians should do what I do as a teacher of political science. In my last two campaigns, for governor in and for U.S. Senate, I made a commitment to refuse any campaign contributions whatsoever. On a budget by design of $450 for the 2010 campaign and $280 for the 2012 campaign, my vote total was 22,828 votes.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
We need fresh voices with bipartisan ideas in Annapolis. After attending a Howard County candidates forum in Savage on May 21, I heard two such voices running for a District 13 seat in the House of Delegates - one from each party. Democrat Najab Siddiqui had the soft-spoken insight of a local business owner, job creator and professional engineer. His desire for excellence in both the county and the state was well evident. He provides a sound choice for those party voters who want change in their district representation.
NEWS
November 9, 2013
It's election season and again candidates go after the rich to pay more and raise the minimum wage - to $16.70 over eight years in one case ( "Mizeur backs income tax cut for 90%," Nov. 7). Where this to go into effect, we seniors will be crushed by the new prices, and none shall be spared. It makes me wonder why I paid attention in school, worked at Bethlehem Steel to pay my own way to college, showed up for work even when I was sick, lame or lazy. Soon, a floor sweeper will make about $17,000 a year more then the average Social Security recipient.
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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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By Richard E. Vatz | October 3, 2014
The presidential election of 2012 and Maryland's gubernatorial election of 2014 have much in common rhetorically in terms of their approaches to issues and spin, the two key components of political persuasion. The 2012 presidential election pitted a likable African-American Democratic incumbent president against a white, older Republican who had been out of politics for years. The 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race features a likable incumbent African-American Democratic lieutenant governor against a white, older Republican who has been out of politics for years.
NEWS
October 2, 2014
We don't have enough evidence to declare the process for selecting a candidate to replace new Baltimore Development Corp. head William Cole a "travesty," as nine of the passed-over hopefuls did in a letter to the City Council. But we can certainly declare it disgraceful and most definitely not in keeping with recently enacted reforms that promised a transparent, community led process for filling council vacancies. Fourteen candidates, including many with strong records of public service, spent four hours explaining their qualifications to a panel of community leaders, business owners and two council members, all of whom were selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young under a new protocol for filling council vacancies.
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A Republican state Senate candidate from Annapolis has admitted he falsely claimed to hold a college degree, saying he hasn't yet graduated. Don Quinn, who is running against longtime Democratic Sen. John C. Astle, said he's been taking online courses from Washington State University for about four years, but is 12 credits shy of earning his degree. Quinn's LinkedIn profile and an online biography he submitted to The Baltimore Sun claim he holds a degree from Washington State.
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By Janine DiPaula Stevens | September 30, 2014
We at Network 2000 are giving careful consideration to which candidate for governor is willing to make a sincere and honest commitment to the women of the state of Maryland. Recognizing that the next administration will have the opportunity and responsibility of appointing approximately 1,000 of Maryland's citizens to positions of authority, Network 2000 feels it is important for women in Maryland to have an equal opportunity and role as appointees. We, as an organization, raised our voice to challenge each of the candidates for governor to commit to having 50 percent of their gubernatorial appointments to commissions, committees, task forces, advisory boards and intrastate agencies be women.
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By David Horsey | September 30, 2014
One chilly winter evening in 1988, I was the lone journalist among a small clump of voters gathered inside an old meeting hall in Manchester, N.H. I was there, mostly out of curiosity, to witness the spectacle of a man desperately clinging to a shattered dream. The dream was the presidency. The man was Gary Hart. Mr. Hart had once been sure it was his destiny to be president of the United States. The previous spring -- perhaps convinced of his own inevitability and invulnerability and only weeks after declaring his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination -- Mr. Hart had taken a ride to Bimini on a yacht called "Monkey Business" accompanied by a young model named Donna Rice.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Primary election is over. Congrats to all who chose to run and a huge thanks to the few who voted. Now, it's time to figure out how much candidates spent locally (in their own districts and even in Maryland). Oh yes, it sounds good when candidates say that they support local small businesses, but did they use them in this election? Chances are no. Campaign money flew out of this state for consultants, printers and even robocalls. Why? David Lessner, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
EXPLORE
May 3, 2012
I agree with Mr. Kohn (letter, April 12) that one should not have to be registered as a member of a major political party in order to vote in a primary on Circuit Court candidates. However, I did some research and found that the current system of having candidates for this office appear on the primary election of both major parties has been in effect since 1941. That, of course, doesn't mean it can never be changed. I also learned of a Maryland court ruling in 2007 (Suessman vs. Lamone 383 Md. 697)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
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By Alexa Fraser | September 28, 2014
One of the things that delights me in the people I love is their differences.  Each of my beloved family members behaved differently in life, so naturally each of them chose to die in their own way.  My dad, Alex Fraser, wanted control over the time and place of his death.  As his Parkinson's worsened, sometime after his 90 t h birthday, he decided to take action.  His health had been declining for some time, his tremor made it hard...
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