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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 29, 1994
PHILADELPHIA -- A crowd had gathered for a get-out-the-vote rally in the heart of this Democratic city. But even as fiery words tumbled from his lips, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson saw that his audience was less than pumped up."This may be the most critical election since 1964," Mr. Jackson thundered to the mostly black throng outside City Hall. "In 1964, we had George Wallace and Bull Connor insulting us, humiliating us, making us fight back. . . . Before, you were fired up. But today, there is a kind of coolness."
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
At a time when income inequality is one of the nation's most-discussed issues, the tax that appears to have the best chance of being cut in heavily Democratic Maryland this year is one that is only paid by millionaires. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, both Democrats, have joined to support a reduction in the estate tax by gradually raising the amount of money that is exempt. In doing so, the Democratic leadership of the General Assembly is co-opting an issue that long has been championed by Republicans.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2003
They sparred and parried, dashed President Bush and called for a wholesale re-evaluation of U.S. foreign policy. But the nine Democratic presidential candidates who met on a debate stage at Morgan State University last night won few converts among leading partisans in Maryland. Only a few party leaders here have chosen favorites in the race for president. And while the debate offered the state's political crowd a rare, up-close view of nine candidates, the endorsements from many state Democratic leaders remain largely up for grabs.
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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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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau | November 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders, hoping the nex Congress will be known more for substance than gridlock, are moving quickly to get their new troops in line and to pledge support to their party's chief executive.At the same time, House leaders expect that legislation vetoed by President Bush -- such as a family leave bill -- will find quick approval in the first few months of next year. "The difference being that the president will sign them," said House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash.
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Washington Bureau | April 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, with primary victories yesterday in New York and at least two other states, has taken a giant step toward the Democratic presidential nomination in terms of the sheer arithmetic. But the nagging questions about his character and integrity suggest he still has a distance to go in persuading fence-sitting Democratic leaders and voters that he can beat President Bush in November.By winning in New York, Kansas and Minnesota and leading in Wisconsin, the Arkansas governor now has well more than half the 2,145 national convention delegates needed to clinch the nomination -- an achievement that under ordinary circumstances this stage could be expected to bring party leaders climbing aboard his departing train.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 25, 1999
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Out of power and mostly out of sight, pro-Western politician Zoran Djindjic has not yet run out of ideas.Even as war rages overhead, the leader of this country's Democratic Party is seeking to keep his eyes on a future prize for Serbia -- democracy. And he's also engaged in what might be the toughest profession in town."It is my job to be a democratic politician in the Balkans," he said in a telephone interview.The West is giving war a chance to end Kosovo's crisis and transform Yugoslavia.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporter | April 27, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted yesterday to tie new war spending in Iraq to a timetable for troop withdrawal, setting up the first veto showdown between the Democratic-controlled Congress and the White House. Within minutes of the 51-46 vote, the White House declared the measure dead on arrival. "As he said he would for weeks, the president will veto this legislation," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. "And he looks forward to working with congressional leaders to craft a bill that he can sign."
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By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,Ideas Editor | January 7, 2007
This week the new Democratic House is expected to move with lightning speed to pass legislation aimed at showing a disenchanted public that the days of the do-nothing Congress are gone. House leaders are promising to vote quickly centscm+RDjlandaw:vote to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour, to repeal subsidies for the oil industry, cut college-loan interest rates in half, require Medicare to negotiate lower prescription-drug prices for seniors and implement unfulfilled recommendations of the Sept.
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By Richard Simon and Maura Reynolds and Richard Simon and Maura Reynolds,Los Angeles Times | September 10, 2008
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are considering a $25 billion rescue package for the auto industry as part of an effort to bolster the sagging U.S. economy. The aid proposal, with its clear political implications for key battleground states, is likely to be put on a legislative fast track, possibly clearing Congress in a matter of weeks. "This is very, very important. It's an important industry in our country," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "It's about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs."
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot has become the latest prominent Democrat to reject the congressional redistricting map drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly, urging Marylanders to vote it down at the polls Nov. 6. During a radio appearance Tuesday on WBAL, Franchot said the map has "embarrassed our state" and called for future redistricting plans to be developed by a bipartisan commission instead of legislators and the governor....
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot broke with Democratic Party leaders Tuesday as he urged voters to reject the congressional redistricting map drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly. During a radio appearance on WBAL, Franchot  said the map has "embarrassed our state" and called for future redistricting plans to be developed by a bipartisan commission instead of legislators and the governor. The congressional map, which the courts have upheld even though some judges criticized it as an obvious case of gerrymandering, was petitioned to referendum through the efforts of mostly Republican activists.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley and the ruling Democrats in Annapolis worked hard to draw a new congressional map that could force a Western Maryland Republican from office. But the result is such a contorted tangle of districts that even some Democrats have declined to support it. The Democratic Central Committees for Montgomery and Prince George's counties - the state's two largest - decided not to make a recommendation to voters about whether they should vote for the map, which is on the ballot in November.
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by Annie Linskey | July 1, 2012
A Republican-led effort to overturn Maryland's new Congressional map has theoretically turned in enough signatures to trigger a state-wide referendum, but the margin is so tight that it is still unclear if the issue will go to voters. The group, led by Del. Neil Parrott, filed a final batch of 36,267 signatures to the Maryland Secretary of State's Office late Saturday evening, according to documents obtained by The Sun. That brings the total number of signatures turned in to 63,030.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
A new poll shows that national and state Democratic leaders are well regarded in Maryland, even as voters are split on progressive initiatives such as same-sex marriage and discounted in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The poll, by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, shows that President Barack Obama's approval rating is inching up in the state, with 55 percent of respondents saying he's doing a good job. That figure is up from 49 percent in September. The number is still well below the 80 percent favorable rating he received during his first month in the White House.
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October 24, 2011
President Barack Obama's announcement Friday that American troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year was greeted with jeers in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail from Republicans who said the U.S. was ignominiously bowing to pressure from Iraqi politicians. Ironically, these were many of the same GOP leaders who once hailed former President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, which he cast (at least after the fact) as part of a doctrine of spreading the universal values of democracy and self-determination to the region.
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September 30, 1993
Rebellious and resentful Republicans, aided by a fair number of Democrats, many of them first termers, forced the House of Representatives leadership to agree to change its secrecy rule involving discharge petitions. The secrecy rule allowed House leaders to keep hot-button but unwise legislation bottled up in committee till public passions cool. Like a lot of reasonablecongressional rules, it has been abused in the past.Ross Perot brought his legions to support Rep. James Inhofe, R-Okla.
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June 11, 2011
It's been interesting to see the change in politicians' opinions about lying when Democratic leaders lined up to condemn New York Rep. Anthony Weiner — a judgment with which I am in total agreement, by the way. Even The Sun's editorial "Heat makes you stupid" (June 9) pointed out that "the lying is unforgivable. " So where were you in 1998 when President Bill Clinton lied to the American public using legal mumbo jumbo to cover up his affair with Monica Lewinsky? He got away with lying to congressional investigators because no Democratic senators would vote to convict him. If the current trend persists, we had better brace for a lot of recall elections because I doubt many politicians will pass the no-lying test.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2011
The House of Delegates voted Tuesday to approve $925 million in new borrowing as part of a $3 billion capital budget. The plan, which would fund major investments, now awaits the blessing of the Senate, which has until the end of the session Monday to act. Democratic leaders praised the capital budget as responsible; Republicans warned that the borrowing could damage the state's credit rating or prompt an increase in real estate taxes to service the...
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