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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
I just did an archive search on stirs debate  and discovered, to my inexpressible horror, that The Baltimore Sun has used the phrase in headlines more than eighty times in the first half of 2014.  Perhaps you should consider performing a similar investigation in your shop.  It's plainly long past time to start smacking the hands of editors who resort to this lazy shortcut. 
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
In the second televised debate of the Maryland gubernatorial campaign, Republican Larry Hogan continued to hammer Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown with his charge that, as part of the O'Malley administration, the Democrat has presided over the ruination of Maryland's economy. Mr. Hogan repeated his contention that tax increases to fuel runaway spending in Annapolis had driven thousands of residents and small businesses out of state, stagnated growth and doubled unemployment. Mr. Brown argued about many of the specific points Mr. Hogan raised, to be sure, but he did not disagree with the basic point that Maryland's economy needs a jump start.
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NEWS
October 15, 2012
A broadcast campaign advertisement does not provide enough time to fully explain a dynamic idea, and the major party candidates for U.S. Senate, Democratic incumbent Ben Cardin and Republican Dan Bongino, know it and appear to be intent on keeping independent Rob Sobhani and his supporters quiet. It is interesting that neither Senator Cardin nor Mr. Bongino will debate Mr. Sobhani even though he has had just as strong a showing in the polls as Mr. Bongino. The lack of debate suggests that these two candidates are threatened by Mr. Sobhani's already strong showing and are seeking to squelch his progress by not allowing him exposure to the voting public.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a yearslong legal dispute.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
The campaign to decide who will be Maryland's next governor - a lackluster effort that's so far only boosted the number of undecided voters - took another turn into the banal this week with a debate among the Democrats about debates. Two months ago, it appeared that candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur had agreed to three televised debates, and now it seems to be whittled down to two on TV along with one on a 250-watt AM station in Baltimore.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
The Democrat and Republican running to be lieutenant governor have agreed to debate on a Washington radio show next week, the first publicly broadcast showdown between the men vying to be No. 2 in the next administration. Radio host Kojo Nnamdi announced the Oct. 16 radio debate Wednesday on Twitter. Both campaigns confirmed their candidates plan to attend the debate, which will be held at 1 p.m. and broadcast on WAMU, 88.5 FM. Democrat Ken Ulman last month publicly challenged Republican Boyd Rutherford to a debate.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | October 5, 2012
The old caution, "Be careful what you wish for because you may get it," certainly applied to the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. It was civil, respectful and generally devoid of frivolous personal attacks that sometimes have marred the seriousness of these events. The tone and the tolerant moderating by PBS anchor Jim Lehrer gave the two nominees sufficient freedom to press their lines of argument without the debate turning into a circus.
NEWS
February 15, 2012
People, I ask you whether all this absurd noise over contraceptives is worth our time and attention ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 9)? This is the 21st century, for heaven's - or any other entity's - sake. What hypocrisy! What demagoguery! Enough! Mary Beacom Bowers, Baltimore
NEWS
July 10, 2014
The Maryland gubernatorial race will surely focus on women's outrage at government intrusion into their health-care decisions ( "Hogan and Hobby Lobby," July 9). What's interesting is the apparent lack of outrage at the government intrusion that "Obamacare" imposes on everyone else's health care decisions. Jerrold L. Brotman, Timonium - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The candidates for lieutenant governor agreed on Wednesday to debate one another, but reached no deal on when or where the political showdown would be.  A day after settling on the final televised debate schedule for Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Anthony G. Brown, Brown's campaign renewed the challenge to have the running mates face off. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Brown's running mate, on Wednesday morning issued a statement that...
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The second televised debate in the race for governor is Monday. Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan have given a number of clues about what to expect. Here are five things to keep in mind while watching: How many times does Hogan pound his bread-and-butter themes about a lackluster economy? Some of Hogan's oft-used phrases about Maryland's financial health include "40 consecutive tax increases," "mass exodus of businesses and families" and "8,000 businesses killed.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
With Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents. Prospective medical marijuana growers would have to pay $125,000 a year for a two-year license, while dispensaries would have to pay $40,000 a year, according to the recommendations of a state commission.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
The Democrat and Republican running to be lieutenant governor have agreed to debate on a Washington radio show next week, the first publicly broadcast showdown between the men vying to be No. 2 in the next administration. Radio host Kojo Nnamdi announced the Oct. 16 radio debate Wednesday on Twitter. Both campaigns confirmed their candidates plan to attend the debate, which will be held at 1 p.m. and broadcast on WAMU, 88.5 FM. Democrat Ken Ulman last month publicly challenged Republican Boyd Rutherford to a debate.
NEWS
October 8, 2014
Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan threw around a lot of charges and numbers during Tuesday's gubernatorial debate. Here are some of the facts behind the accusations. • Brown repeatedly said Hogan wants to hand corporations "a $300 million tax giveaway. " Hogan has said he wants to reduce Maryland's corporate tax rate from 8.25 to 6 percent, which translates into $300 million of tax revenue in one year. Hogan contends the increased economic activity from lower taxes would eventually more than offset that loss.
NEWS
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
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...
NEWS
October 8, 2012
President Obama finally showed America, especially his base, his inability to grasp America's complex economic machine. When elected, everyone knew he lacked leadership experience, but we hoped he would learn quickly and hire seasoned advisors who understood America's middle-class dilemma - rising prices, declining wages and disappearing jobs. Well, we gave him four years to learn and the proof is in the pudding: Mr. Obama's economic policy is a disaster. It is bad enough that as president, Mr. Obama was unable to articulate a cogent economic recovery plan, let alone execute a successful economic stimulus policy that produced jobs and rising incomes.
SPORTS
By Adam Testa | October 1, 2012
"This debate is completely ridiculous. There's no reason for a debate. " It's an election year. We all know how the McMahon family loves itself an election year. But I think it's fair to say Big Show sufficiently covered all the bases with those two sentences. On Friday's Smackdown, Big Show defeated Randy Orton to become the No. 1 contender to Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship. On Raw, the two were engaging in a debate, arguing about the Big Show's body odor and whose finishing move is move devastating.
NEWS
September 25, 2014
President Barack Obama went to the United Nations this week to rally the world against what he called "the network of death" embodied by the Islamic State and other extremist groups that have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr. Obama said that such groups only understand "the language of force" and that confronting their brutality compels the world "to look into the heart of darkness. " But for all the president's soaring rhetoric about the need to defeat ISIS, it's unclear whether he can do that without putting American boots on the ground - something he has repeatedly ruled out - or whether he could survive the political fallout at home from doing so if that eventually became necessary.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The candidates for lieutenant governor agreed on Wednesday to debate one another, but reached no deal on when or where the political showdown would be.  A day after settling on the final televised debate schedule for Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Anthony G. Brown, Brown's campaign renewed the challenge to have the running mates face off. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Brown's running mate, on Wednesday morning issued a statement that...
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