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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
"You were originally supposed to appear in Northwest Baltimore at 8pm tonight, but never arrived. You are 52 year old male, five foot something tall, and reside in Prince George's county. " After Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown skipped last night's debate on Fox 45, someone posted a " Missed Connection " for him on Craigslist. The post accuses Brown of being "last seen raising funds from special interests. " "You also have a hobby of failing assigned tasks in your job as Maryland's Lt. Governor," it continues, chastising the gubernatorial candidate for the shortcomings of the state's health exchange, which he was tasked with implementing.
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NEWS
May 28, 2014
The last time someone tried to debate an empty chair (Clint Eastwood, Republican National Convention, 2012), the chair won. But when two of the leading Democratic candidates for governor did it last night (this time, it was an empty podium, actually), the chair was the big loser, but not for the reasons one might have expected. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur met at WBFF Fox 45 for an hour-long debate, but the presumptive front-runner, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, skipped the event with a lame explanation about this encounter exceeding the three debates the campaigns had agreed on. The TV station decided to leave a podium with Mr. Brown's name on it conspicuously in between the two candidates, and one might have expected Mr. Gansler, who has been aggressive in questioning Mr. Brown's qualifications for office, to tee off on his absent rival.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown skipped the third televised Democratic governor's candidate debate Tuesday night in favor of a small forum with several dozen people in Northwest Baltimore. After telling a story of his poor Jamaican background, Brown spent the roughly hourlong Q&A session at the Renaissance Gardens Senior Center addressing questions on education, health care and jobs, among other topics. "Baltimore is central to the success of Maryland," he said, adding that the city's history, heritage and culture are central to the success of the state.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Democrat Douglas F. Gansler's running mate came out swinging at front-runner Anthony G. Brown on health care Tuesday as the three Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor met in their only scheduled television debate. Del. Jolene Ivey of Prince George's County, who is running with Gansler, slammed Brown as a "failed leader" of Maryland's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. She rejected the arguments of Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, that the state exceeded its enrollment goals despite the failure of its health exchange web site.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
In TV terms, there were two winners and one clear loser in Tuesday's night gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV. The winners: State Delegate Heather Mizeur and the TV station itself. The loser: Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who declined to participate in Baltimore's only TV debate and was represented by an empty podium between his two opponents, Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler. Fox 45 wins for its skilled use of TV imagery. The empty podium with Brown's name on the front was a perfect symbol for a candidate who looks as if he refuses to be held accountable to the people he wants to serve, of a candidate who will decide based on the terms of his political goals, not the citizens' need for information before going to the polls, how engaged he is going -- or not going -- to be with the voters.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
With the front-runner in the race conspicuously absent, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Douglas F. Gansler and Heather R. Mizeur disagreed - politely - during a debate Tuesday night, with Gansler saving the brunt of his criticism for the missing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. The debate at the WBFF (Fox 45) studios was unusual not only because Brown did not participate, but because the station chose to highlight his absence by displaying a lectern with his name posted prominently in front.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
If folks were waiting for Julius Henson's campaign for state Senate to go negative, they didn't have to wait long. Within days of a city judge's clearing the way for Henson to run in East Baltimore's 45th District, the longtime political consultant distributed his first negative flier about incumbent Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden. Entitled "McFadden's Dirty Dozen," the list of 12 criticisms included the assertion that McFadden, who walks with a cane, isn't "healthy enough" to serve in the General Assembly.
NEWS
Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | May 23, 2014
The Baltimore Urban Debate League, a 15-year-old trailblazing program whose students have been lauded locally and nationally for their successes in competitions and the classroom, has been identified as the 2014 Urban Debate League of the Year. The National Association of Urban Debate Leagues announced the national title last month, according to a release from the organization.  The city's league, one of 400 in 19 cities, was recognized for its after-school and summer programs, which were called "life-changing," and for being a leader among urban debate leagues across the country.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Maryland's three Democratic candidates for attorney general are likely to debate how to enforce environmental laws, fight high-tech crime and crack down on home foreclosures at their first debate Monday night in a race that will likely determine who will be the state's top lawyer. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, Del. Jon S. Cardin and Del. Aisha Braveboy are seeking the Democratic nomination in a race that party's nominee has won in every election for almost a century. The winner of this year's June 24 primary will face Jeffrey N. Pritzker, a Towson lawyer who would be the first Republican elected to the office since 1919, and Leo Wayne Dymowski, a Libertarian.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
The next televised debate in the governor's race likely will feature two candidates and an empty lectern. Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF-TV announced "finalized" debate plans Monday that include only two of the top three Democrats in the race: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur. The pair are scheduled to face off next Tuesday without the candidate leading the polls, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who has declined to participate. Brown's campaign consistently has told debate organizers the lieutenant governor has no plans to attend, but the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate plans to leave an empty lectern on the stage in his place.
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