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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | December 24, 2005
Josh White, who took over daily operations of a dispirited Maryland Democratic Party after the Republican gubernatorial victory in 2002, is leaving the organization nine months before next year's primary. A widely respected political professional, White, 38, was hired in 2003 as executive director, but lost the title after Terry Lierman replaced Isiah Leggett as party chairman last year. Lierman wanted greater control over party functions, and White became political director while still handling most management functions such as budgeting and planning.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 20, 2014
Social issues are labeled "wedge issues" for a reason. They appeal to emotion. They are easily communicated. They count when ballots are cast. Throw in poll-tested rhetoric and effective manipulation of facts, and there you have it: the capture of an important voting bloc. I do not know the genesis of the term. It may have been hatched in a Nixon-era appeal to southern white conservative Democrats none too happy with court ordered school desegregation and a sharp left-hand turn by a McGovern-ite Democratic Party in 1972.
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By Frank A. DeFilippo | November 17, 1994
GOV. WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER is leaving behind a living will. In his political afterlife he'd like to witness the rebuilding of the state's Democratic Party and he believes that Sen. Barbara Mikulski is the person who can do the job.Say what? Isn't this the very same pilgrim who boycotted the 1984 Democratic convention in favor of a visit to the San Diego Zoo? And didn't Mr. Schaefer endorse Republican George Bush for president in 1992? And wasn't Rep. Helen Bentley in the primary race for governor with Mr. Schaefer's imprimatur?
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April 18, 2014
Regarding Kathy Novak's letter about the difference between today's Democratic Party and the party of 50 years ago ("Dogged opposition," April 13), I am sure KAL hasn't forgotten that it was the Southern Democrats who voted against President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 Civil Rights Act - and that those ignorant "Dixiecrats" shifted their allegiance to the Republican Party after they lost the battle over civil rights. It is great having KAL's political insights back in The Sun. Ajax Eastman, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | January 22, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton made another personal bid last night for the backing of Democratic Party regulars in Maryland's March 3 presidential primary, emphasizing his party credentials and sharply denouncing President George Bush.Representatives of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey urged the party regulars at the meeting to consider their man. Representatives of a fourth Democratic candidate, former Massachusetts Sen. Paul E. Tsongas, were also present. Mr. Tsongas will speak today at the University of Maryland law school in Baltimore.
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By Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | July 22, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The new Democratic Party platform addresses some of the usual concerns of federal and other workers as well as some other issues that have come to the forefront in the 1990s, such as sexual harassment and environmental degradation.The platform, adopted at last week's Democratic National Convention in New York, sets the goals of the party for the coming four years. The plan was based on input from officials and constituent groups from around the country.Marylanders sitting on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee included Comptroller Louis Goldstein, Ina Taylor, Leon Billings, Margareta Crampton, Al From and Robert P. Legg.
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By Cal Thomas | October 9, 2002
ARLINGTON, Va. -- White House senior adviser Karl Rove must have sent counterintelligence agents to infiltrate and sow confusion in the Democratic Party. How else to explain the dysfunctional behavior of so many Democrats in recent days? Bill Clinton must be spinning in his bed. The public has watched a reprise of what former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick referred to more than 20 years ago as "those San Francisco Democrats." The farthest left wing of the party has reached up from the grave, like a character in a Stephen King novel, grabbing Democrats by the ankles and placing them in danger of political death.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Washington Bureau of The Sun | August 19, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Boarding a plane in Miami in November 1987, Sen. Bill Bradley ran into a political reporter who asked him why he wasn't running for the Democratic nomination for president. The field of candidates, then known as "The Seven Dwarfs," seemed ripe for the taking, the reporter suggested."It isn't the right time for me," the New Jersey Democrat replied. Sure, he conceded, he would like to be president some day. But the timing just didn't fit. Then he spent the next two hours leaning over the back of his seat and picking the reporter's brain on every development in the campaign to date.
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December 2, 2003
The South Carroll Democratic Club will gather election pointers tomorrow from the party's state leader. Isiah Leggett, chairman of the state Democratic Party, will be the guest speaker at the recently revived club's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg. "We are hoping Leggett can help us to build up the party in Carroll County," said Nimrod Davis, who helped re-establish the Eldersburg club about six months ago. Leggett, a law professor at Howard University School of Law and a four-term Montgomery County councilman, spoke at the Carroll County Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner this year.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Evening Sun Staff | July 16, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee has rejected the Maryland Democratic Party's plan for selecting delegates to the presidential nominating convention, forcing state party leaders to develop an acceptable alternative or risk losing delegates.Maryland's plan did not meet a new DNC requirement that delegates to the nominating convention be awarded to presidential candidates based on the candidates' popular vote totals in the March 3 primary.Maryland's plan instead rested on direct election of delegates, each committed to a particular presidential candidate.
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Dan Rodricks | April 5, 2014
Last I checked, Maryland was a blue state. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. There has been only one Republican governor since the 1960s, and he only managed one term. There's only one Republican in our congressional delegation. The state has not had a Republican U.S. senator since 1987, and he was a liberal. So everyone talks about Democratic dominance here. In fact, "Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance" is the title of a political history by Herb Smith and John Willis.
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February 7, 2014
The "experts" may be worried about election fraud in Maryland, but the Democratic Party isn't ( "Experts worry about election fraud threat," Feb. 6). Democrats foster voter fraud because the perpetrators overwhelmingly vote Democratic. The customary bromide is that they are making "voter access" as convenient as possible. Frankly, why does it have to be any more convenient than it is now? It is a heck of a lot easier in this country to vote than to board an airplane or cash a check.
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By Gregory Kline | January 23, 2014
With less than 10 months before Marylanders elect a new governor, the race to succeed Martin O'Malley is more wide open then ever. Candidates in both major parties are still contemplating whether to join the race as the Feb. 25th filing deadline nears. Just this week, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger announced he would not run for the state's highest post, while Rep. John Delaney appears to be still contemplating a run. While the state's Democratic machine long ago lined up behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown - who has received several key endorsements, has a high-profile running mate and has raised millions - strong challengers have still arisen from within the party.
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By Jules Witcover | January 6, 2014
Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently sought to declare Democratic harmony in Gotham, that supposed bastion of liberalism. In a sense, it was a gathering of the Clinton political clan. Mr. De Blasio was a one-time subordinate at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration under then-Secretary Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, himself a liberal icon.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will host supporters of the Democratic National Committee at a Baltimore Ravens viewing party tonight. Rawlings-Blake, who also is secretary of the DNC, and the 10 Democratic Party backers will gather at Townhouse Kitchen and Bar in Fells Point to enjoy food and drinks provided by the committee. The Ravens are playing an away game against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football with the team's playoff hopes hanging in the balance. Rawlings-Blake, last week, held a contest that raised funds for the committee.
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November 19, 2013
After reading The Sun's "Tracking on the campaign trail" (Nov. 16), I must congratulate this paper for (however inadvertently) exposing the indecency of the Democratic Party in Maryland - as if it needed further exposure. But the Democrats are again up to their dirty tricks, and it's no surprise. After all, they're ... well, Democrats, and Maryland Democrats are well-noted for their sleazy behavior. But to stalk a man's family and photograph his wife and children? That's going too far. And for that, creeps such as Jeff Moring should be ashamed.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 7, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow withstood efforts by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to remove him from his post last night, first turning back a no-confidence vote and then heading off resolutions that would have stripped him of his powers.Governor Schaefer had asked the state party's executive committee to force out Mr. Landow after hearing concerns about the chairman's "one-man" style of leadership from members of the congressional delegation, the General Assembly and the party's State Central Committee, and from Democratic National Committee members from Maryland.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau | July 24, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Former Congressman Michael D. Barnes and Vera P. Hall, vice president of the Baltimore City Council, have joined forces in an effort to become co-chairmen of the Maryland Democratic Party, hoping to avoid the squabbles that marked the tenure of outgoing Chairman Nathan Landow."
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October 15, 2013
I would like to ask one question of our duly elected members of Congress: Is your allegiance to the United States of America and its Constitution or to the Democratic Party? F. William Kuethe, Jr., Catonsville
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October 14, 2013
With the government shutdown entering its third week and Thursday's deadline to raise the debt ceiling - and hold off potential default - now looming, negotiations appear to have entered a new phase of victim-hood. Apparently, it's not enough for the hostage-taking that started this mess to fail, Republicans fret that Democrats are now pressing their political advantage. At least that's the impression from some in the GOP who went to the airwaves in recent days to warn Democrats not to "get greedy" or "humiliate" their party.
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