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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 16, 2002
The Constitution Party, formerly the U.S. Taxpayers Party and a group that wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, is holding information meetings in Carroll County to expand its membership, part of a statewide effort to swell the party's ranks. Westminster real estate agent Gary Hagerick is Carroll chairman for the party, which follows a strict interpretation of the Constitution. "I think there's been a shift in emphasis in the last year or so to develop the party at the local level as opposed to the national," he said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Two Annapolis aldermen are asking their city council colleagues to denounce the views of a candidate for County Council - even though the candidate is running for a district that doesn't include Annapolis. Alderman Kenny Kirby and Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, both Democrats, will introduce a resolution at Monday night's city council meeting regarding Republican Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka and what they say are his "extremist views on civil rights and public education.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun Staff | June 20, 2004
Much of what you need to know about Michael A. Peroutka's run for president you can see in a glance around his living room. Take the stack of things on his coffee table. It consists of campaign notes stuffed into a manila folder, a copy of former White House counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke's book Against All Enemies, and a Bible. On the bookcase, there's a bust of Patrick Henry, the revolutionary and anti-federalist Virginian who feared the government was too centralized. A painting of Robert E. Lee hangs above tiny Confederate flags on the mantle.
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July 31, 2014
Supporters of the League of the South can debate all they want whether their organization is truly a neo-Confederate hate group, as the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified them, but it would be much harder to argue that it isn't an oddball extremist group with some hair-raising ideas. That they support Southern secession and rally behind all things Confederate pretty much defines the Alabama-based league. These are not just some folks who spend their free hours dressing up in Civil War garb, whistling “Dixie” and recalling the good old days.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 27, 2014
It's always interesting to watch the filings pour in as we approach the filing deadline to run for office. The filing period in Maryland closed on Tuesday night at 9 PM, and there are a lot of interesting things that I see that will make for an intriguing couple of months. Libertarian Renaissance : The Libertarian Party putting up a candidate for attorney general for the first time that I can remember, in additon to fielding a gubernatorial candidate as well as several state and local level candidates.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
The official, certified results of Maryland's 2012 presidential election are in, and the the winner is Santa Claus -- at least among the write-in candidates. Apparently an actual person who lives in Nevada, Claus garnered 625 votes from people who took the trouble to scrawl in his name. That leaves the political independent far behind President Barack Obama, who received 1,677,844, but put him well ahead of the next-best write-in: former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, with 418. Claus ran particularly strongly in Baltimore County, where 151 voters believed in him, and Anne Arundel County, where 96 had faith.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
Three minor-party candidates for Maryland governor are demanding to participate in the first televised debate of the campaign on Monday, a request that comes as the Democratic and Republican campaigns are solidifying plans for another match-up later in the month. On Friday, Green Party nominee Maria Allwine, Libertarian Party candidate Susan Gaztanaga and Eric Knowles of the Constitution Party accused WJZ-TV and the Baltimore Jewish Council, sponsors of the debate, of "electioneering" by excluding them.
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February 17, 2011
The classification of the Harford County Democrats as a "fringe" party would be funny if the thought wasn't so sad ( "Harford Democrats termed fringe party, shut out of redistricting," Feb. 16). Councilman Richard Slutzky's argument that letting Democrats into the redistricting committee would be as unfathomable as (gasp!) letting in the Green Party has no doubt rubbed a sore spot with the Dems. Let me send a brief letter from the fringe to a party that has no idea what the fringe really is. As the state chairman of the Green Party, I am well aware of how the law is turned against those (Greens, Libertarians, the Constitution Party)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Two Annapolis aldermen are asking their city council colleagues to denounce the views of a candidate for County Council - even though the candidate is running for a district that doesn't include Annapolis. Alderman Kenny Kirby and Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, both Democrats, will introduce a resolution at Monday night's city council meeting regarding Republican Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka and what they say are his "extremist views on civil rights and public education.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
The tight Republican primary for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council representing Severna Park and Broadneck has been settled, with Michael Anthony Peroutka claiming a 38-vote victory on Wednesday. Second-place finisher Maureen Carr-York conceded the race to Peroutka early Wednesday morning. Once all absentee and provisional ballots were counted this week, Peroutka had 2,337 votes to 2,299 for Carr-York. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd was third with 1,903 votes, followed by Joseph M. Campbell with 485 votes and Jack Norman Wilson Sr. with 157 votes.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
The tight Republican primary for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council representing Severna Park and Broadneck has been settled, with Michael Anthony Peroutka claiming a 38-vote victory on Wednesday. Second-place finisher Maureen Carr-York conceded the race to Peroutka early Wednesday morning. Once all absentee and provisional ballots were counted this week, Peroutka had 2,337 votes to 2,299 for Carr-York. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd was third with 1,903 votes, followed by Joseph M. Campbell with 485 votes and Jack Norman Wilson Sr. with 157 votes.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
In Severna Park, candidates repeat two words again and again this primary season: rain tax. County Councilman Dick Ladd, a Republican who represents Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck in the 5th District, is being targeted by six challengers, most of whom criticize him for voting for the county's stormwater fees, derided as the "rain tax" by opponents. "People are worried about taxes. People don't like the rain tax that not only Dick Ladd voted for, but said he voted for with pleasure," said Republican challenger Joseph M. Campbell.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 27, 2014
It's always interesting to watch the filings pour in as we approach the filing deadline to run for office. The filing period in Maryland closed on Tuesday night at 9 PM, and there are a lot of interesting things that I see that will make for an intriguing couple of months. Libertarian Renaissance : The Libertarian Party putting up a candidate for attorney general for the first time that I can remember, in additon to fielding a gubernatorial candidate as well as several state and local level candidates.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
The official, certified results of Maryland's 2012 presidential election are in, and the the winner is Santa Claus -- at least among the write-in candidates. Apparently an actual person who lives in Nevada, Claus garnered 625 votes from people who took the trouble to scrawl in his name. That leaves the political independent far behind President Barack Obama, who received 1,677,844, but put him well ahead of the next-best write-in: former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, with 418. Claus ran particularly strongly in Baltimore County, where 151 voters believed in him, and Anne Arundel County, where 96 had faith.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
The classification of the Harford County Democrats as a "fringe" party would be funny if the thought wasn't so sad ( "Harford Democrats termed fringe party, shut out of redistricting," Feb. 16). Councilman Richard Slutzky's argument that letting Democrats into the redistricting committee would be as unfathomable as (gasp!) letting in the Green Party has no doubt rubbed a sore spot with the Dems. Let me send a brief letter from the fringe to a party that has no idea what the fringe really is. As the state chairman of the Green Party, I am well aware of how the law is turned against those (Greens, Libertarians, the Constitution Party)
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
Three minor-party candidates for Maryland governor are demanding to participate in the first televised debate of the campaign on Monday, a request that comes as the Democratic and Republican campaigns are solidifying plans for another match-up later in the month. On Friday, Green Party nominee Maria Allwine, Libertarian Party candidate Susan Gaztanaga and Eric Knowles of the Constitution Party accused WJZ-TV and the Baltimore Jewish Council, sponsors of the debate, of "electioneering" by excluding them.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | July 14, 1999
STOP THE presses! Republican Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire is quitting the race for the GOP presidential nomination to run as the candidate of the U.S. Constitution Party, the New Hampshire affiliate of the U.S. Taxpayers Party. This is like a bench-warming utility infielder leaving the New York Yankees to play shortstop for Altoona in the Eastern League.Mr. Smith, a right-wing extremist who won only 49 percent of the vote in barely getting re-elected in 1996, had about as much chance as Monica Lewinsky of winning the GOP presidential primary in his own state, let alone the party nomination.
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By John F. Kirch | November 20, 2008
While the news media did an effective job this year of covering the presidential campaign between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, the press still has a major blind spot when it comes to writing about third-party contenders. According to a basic LexisNexis database search of election coverage from Aug. 5 to Nov. 5, The Washington Post and The New York Times published a combined 3,576 news stories, editorials, op-eds, photographs and letters to the editor about Mr. Obama and 3,205 items about Mr. McCain.
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By Douglas E. Schoen | October 1, 2008
The presidential election could well turn on a factor that has gotten virtually no discussion this year - the votes drawn by Libertarian Bob Barr, Green Cynthia McKinney and independent Ralph Nader. The most recent polls show a race too tight to call: Gallup tracking from Sept. 23 showed Sen. Barack Obama with 47 percent to Sen. John McCain's 44 percent. More interesting is a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Sept. 22 that included all five candidates for president. Mr. Obama was at 48 percent, Mr. McCain was at 45 percent, and Mr. Barr, Ms. McKinney and Mr. Nader were polling a combined 6 percent of the vote.
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