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By C. FRASER SMITH and C. FRASER SMITH,Fraser Smith covers Maryland politics for The Sun | August 25, 1991
In yesterday's Perspective section, an article on redistricting incorrectly stated that former 2nd District Representative Clarence D. Long was deceased.The Sun regrets the errors.Annapolis. -- Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called it a "people's plan."Almost no one loved it at first glance, so Maryland's new congressional district map was left for the people to embrace.No one knew, of course, what the people thought. Polls show voters often can't name their senators or representatives.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Democratic Rep. John Delaney is airing the first general election television ad in his bid for a second term, focusing on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that has become his signature legislative effort, campaign aides said Wednesday. The Potomac lawmaker and former financier who beat incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett in 2012, will face Republican Dan Bongino in Maryland's 6th Congressional District. The district was redrawn by state lawmakers in Annapolis in 2011 to favor Democratic candidates.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | September 14, 2006
In the end, maybe the name was the thing. And so John P. Sarbanes clinched a victory yesterday, winning the 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary with a comfortable 6-percentage-point margin, a crucial step in his quest to continue the Sarbanes legacy. The son of retiring U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes shrugged when asked if he could have won with a different last name. "Who knows?" said Sarbanes, 44, of Towson. "We'll never know." Sarbanes captured 32 percent of the vote, with 95 percent of the district's precincts reporting unofficial results.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, the wife of Rep. Andy Harris and a prominent anti-abortion advocate in Annapolis, died suddenly on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the congressman said. Mrs. Harris, who would have turned 58 this weekend, was a frequent presence in Annapolis, where state lawmakers said she was a forceful advocate for causes she believed in, particularly anti-abortion policies. "She was an amazing and wonderful woman, a fabulous mother and very supportive of Andy in all that he did," said Diana Waterman, chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.
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July 18, 2011
Water has a tendency to flow downhill. This has been known for quite some time - to the point one might have assumed word had penetrated the hallowed halls of the U.S. House of Representatives by now. Alas, it appears not. Last Wednesday, the House voted, 239-184, to rewrite the Clean Water Act to limit federal authority and give the states the final word on interpreting and enforcing water pollution laws. Even more stupefying, one of those voting for this misguided effort represents a district with perhaps the most to gain from stringent enforcement of the Clean Water Act - Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland's 1 s t Congressional District.
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March 8, 1992
An article Sunday incorrectly reported the Republican delegates to the party's 1992 nominating convention from the 7th Congressional District. The delegates, all pledged to President Bush, are Kathline Buffington and Victor Clark of Baltimore and Beverly Goldstein of Baltimore County.After tallying votes from Tuesday's primary election and applying the party's complex formulas for allocating delegates by congressional district and sex, Democratic officials have released the following list of Maryland delegates to the party's presidential nominating convention.
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August 31, 2004
"The immigration plank in the party platform is full of platitudes, promises and pandering." - Republican congressman Tom Tancredo, of Colorado, who accused the Bush administration yesterday of maintaining an "open border policy" with Mexico to curry favor with Hispanic voters. DEVELOPMENTS We can't win: Asked on NBC's Today show, "Can we win?" the war on terror, President Bush responded: "I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."
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Baltimore Sun reporter | November 5, 2012
UPDATED 2:18 p.m. [ President and Vice President of the United States (Maryland) ] 0 of 1846 precincts reporting All Write Ins 0% 0 Barack Obama And Joe Biden 0% 0 Jill Stein And Cheri Honkayla 0% 0 Gary Johnson And James P. Gray 0% 0 Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan 0% 0 [ U.S. Senator ] 0 of 1846 precincts reporting All Write Ins 0% 0 Ben Cardin 0% 0 Dean Ahmad 0% 0 Daniel John Bongino 0% 0 S. Rob Sobhani 0% 0 [ Question 1 - P.G. County Orphans' Court ]
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by Annie Linskey | October 25, 2012
Democratic former Congressman Frank Kratovil's name could appear on the ballot again in 2014, if a group of supporters have their way. A "recruit Frank Kratovil" campaign has been launched to entice him to run for Attorney General in the next state-wide election. Kratovil, now a district judge in Queen Anne's County, represented the first congressional district for a single term. He was defeated by Andy Harris, a Republican. "There is no one in Maryland more qualified to do the job," said Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat, who is a close friend and is helping to lead the effort.
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October 9, 2012
Please urge your readers to vote no on Question 5 and reject the terribly gerrymandered congressional district plan passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Those candidates elected under the current plan this November will not be affected. However, voter rejection of the plan will force the governor and legislature to pass a plan with compact districts. I urge Gov. Martin O'Malley to establish a nonpartisan redistricting commission if the General Assembly cannot do better. Carolyn C. Battle, Timonium
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
When first-time House candidate Jonathan Goff Jr. was learning how to fill out a campaign finance report, an official at the Federal Election Commission handed him a sample filing from one of the most prominent members of Congress. The name stamped on the front: Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican and then-House majority leader. "I was astounded," said Goff, who is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland's 1st Congressional District. "This was big money.
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June 3, 2014
The American people need forthright members of Congress to keep us informed - to the extent possible - about what the government is doing to us in our name. As there are no external sources of information on the classified portions of the government, the integrity of the elected officials serving as watchdogs is of paramount importance. In April of 2013, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger used these words to describe the Cyberspace Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), about a month before the American people began to learn the scope of bulk surveillance: "MYTH: The government will amass countless amounts of data on U.S. citizens which will sit on government computer servers.
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March 24, 2014
After 45 years in Maryland, I sense something new and terrifying. The U.S. is experiencing the direct results of hard-nosed gerrymandering by computer ( "Adapting to a politically divided nation," March 18). Maryland may be the worst example. Our voting districts are designed, with mathematical certainty, to return incumbents to power. The result is that my congressional district looks like the work of a drunken spider. My member of Congress for years has needed a map to locate my town and has nothing in common with anyone I know.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
Dan Bongino launched his first campaign for office on a laptop computer in his dining room. His wife, alone at his side, was the only other person he was sure would vote for him. Two years later, as the Severna Park man runs for the House of Representatives in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, he has taken on something of a celebrity status. Now, when he knocks on voters' doors, he's often recognized from his appearances on Fox News or national talk radio programs. Bongino faces a daunting task in attempting to unseat Rep. John Delaney, the deep-pocketed incumbent, in a district that was redrawn in 2011 to favor Democrat s . But no matter how next year's midterm election turns out, even Bongino's adversaries acknowledge he has quickly built a powerful political brand in the state that has given him a voice in Republican politics.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Just hours before the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan plan to reopen the government last week, Republicans emerged from a final meeting on the matter with grim faces and tight lips. Except for Rep. Andy Harris. While many of his colleagues - damaged politically by the budget impasse - were hesitant to share their positions, Maryland's only Republican in Congress knew he wouldn't be supporting the legislation his own party leadership was recommending. And he wasn't afraid to say so. "Yeah, I'm not voting for the bill," Harris, 56, said in the basement of the Capitol as fellow Republicans offered noncommittal responses to reporters.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
It turns out Gov. Martin O'Malley isn't the only Maryland politician occasionally stepping into Iowa. Rep. John Delaney, the first-term congressman from Potomac, visited the early presidential primary state Thursday on behalf of Jim Mowrer, a Democrat looking to unseat six-term incumbent Republican Rep. Steve King in the state's 4th Congressional District, according to the Sioux City Journal. Delaney's visit is noteworthy, even for a politician widely believed to have political ambitions beyond the House of Representatives.
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October 19, 2011
I'm writing in reference to the article about Jim Schillinger's Anne Arundel County farm being lumped into a congressional district in Prince George County by redistricting ("Some Marylanders question odd pairings in proposed congressional redistricting map," Oct. 15). News flash to Mr. Schillinger: The elected leaders in Annapolis could care less about your farm. Democrats would like to see a one party rule and to give Maryland voters these two choices - either vote for a Democrat or vote for a Democrat.
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October 27, 1996
MARYLANDERS deserve the best candidates to represent their interests in Congress. With one exception, The Sun believes those in the state's current House delegation fulfill that role.Our eight endorsed candidates offer a diversity of conservative and liberal voices; Republicans and Democrats; men and women; rural, suburban and urban residents; veterans with seniority and rookies with fresh ideas. They can effectively work together for this state.1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTWhat unifies this large district (Eastern Shore, much of eastern and northern Anne Arundel County and a slice of South Baltimore)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Something unusual happened when the controversy over the nation's health care law erupted again on the floor of the House of Representatives this month: A Maryland Democrat voted with Republicans. Rep. John Delaney, the state's newest member of Congress, was one of 35 Democrats out of 200 to vote for a Republican proposal to delay a requirement that large businesses offer health coverage to workers. He was the only Democrat from Maryland to do so. Seven months into his first term, the former Potomac banker has made several moves — some symbolic, others substantive — to chart a centrist course in a Congress that is bitterly divided by partisan politics.
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July 16, 2013
While the usual suspects of Maryland politics, the candidates, the fundraisers, the loyalists, the lobbyists and groupies are dining on crabs and beer Wednesday at the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield, a couple dozen volunteers will converge on Annapolis seeking something that seems always out of season in this state, whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall — congressional districts that aren't drawn like paint splatter....
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