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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2001
Francis J. Valle, a retired Orphans' Court judge who mixed a career in Democratic politics with Italian-American fraternal activity, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 84 and lived in the Inner Harbor. A lifelong Democrat, his name appeared on political ballots in the 1950s and 1960s, when he ran for Supreme Bench judge, state's attorney, comptroller and mayor. He served two Orphans' Court terms, from 1958 to 1962 and from 1974 to 1978.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan entered the 38th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake to the sound of his name being chanted. Because his opponent in the governor's race had a funeral to attend, Hogan was largely uncontested as he worked the crowd of about 4,200 of the most politically active people in Maryland. As a dozen or so supporters cheered him on, Hogan addressed reporters and accused Democrat Anthony G. Brown of not wanting to schedule enough debates. "I think the people of Maryland deserve to a have a real clear choice for a change," Hogan said.
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By Margaret McManus and Margaret McManus,Special to The Sun | February 4, 1995
She was a friendly, independent, composed girl, with big brown eyes and coal black hair in corkscrew curls. In a family of six children, she was the youngest child and only girl. She adored her father, hung close with her mother and made her own life in a large and boisterous crowd. Her earliest memories are of breathing the heady air of Baltimore politics. Politics was family.Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi grew up watching and listening to the politicians who streamed in and out of 245 Albemarle St., day and night, weekends and holidays.
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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.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
Ruth B. Gans, who had worked in Annapolis as a legislative aide and later for several state agencies, died Jan. 20 of a brain tumor and pneumonia at the Bellhaven Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care in Brookhaven, N.Y. The Fells Point resident was 76. The daughter of a manufacturer's representative and a homemaker, Ruth Bogart was born in New York City and moved with her family in 1943 to a home on Oswego Avenue in the Park Heights neighborhood...
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 11, 2008
Pierce John Flanigan III, president of his family's transportation infrastructure business who advised governors and mayors, died Wednesday of a brain hemorrhage in Chicago while on a business trip. The Harbor East resident was 66. Mr. Flanigan mixed a career in business with a lifelong interest in Democratic politics, while serving as a Catholic Charities board president. "Pierce had an unrelenting optimism. He had a tremendous heart and sense of justice and fairness. He was also a pleasure to be around," Gov. Martin O'Malley said.
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April 24, 2002
Maurice H. Weeks, a retired toxicologist and pharmacologist who was active in Harford County Democratic politics, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 81. A Bel Air resident since 1954, Mr. Weeks was born and raised in Germantown, N.Y. After graduation from high school there, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Mr. Weeks retired in 1995 after a 41-year career in work that was highly classified at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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August 29, 1992
Agnes White Smith, who had been active in Democratic politics in Baltimore and Ocean City, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. She was 83.A Mass of Christian burial for the Govans resident will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, 5500 York Road in Govans.She was elected a delegate to the 1967 constitutional convention, was a former president of the Herbert R. O'Conor Democratic Club, was on the board of governors of the United Third District Democratic Organization, was a member for 40 years of the United Democratic Women's Club and was a member of St. John's Old Timers of the 10th Ward.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,sun reporter | May 24, 2007
Pinkney Albert "Pink" Howell, a retired barber and tonsorial school owner who was active in Democratic politics and served in the House of Delegates in the 1970s, died of heart disease May 16 at his daughter's Woodmoor area home. He was 91. Born in Chesterfield, S.C., he was the youngest of 18 siblings. He moved to Baltimore in 1936, and three years later opened a two-chair shop in the 1700 block of E. Chase St. He later had shops on Gay Street at the old Belair Market, in Cherry Hill, at Bentalou and Baker streets, and on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1997
Potential challengers to Gov. Parris N. Glendening's re-election now include a highly successful Montgomery County businessman and former Washington Redskins football player Raymond F. Schoenke Jr.The 55-year-old insurance company president is a Special Olympics pioneer in Maryland and a generous contributor to the Democratic National Committee who has been active in national party affairs since the 1960s."
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's growing role in Democratic politics has given a boost to her national profile - and to her frequent-flyer miles. A leader with the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Rawlings-Blake has visited Panama with Vice President Joe Biden and attended summits in Utah, New York and Louisiana. She stumped for Cory Booker as he ran for Senate in New Jersey and rallied young Democrats in San Antonio. She also went to three conferences in Las Vegas.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
The lawyer who filed suit last week to prevent Democrat Anthony G. Brown's running mate from accepting campaign donations during the legislative session is no stranger to the world of political fundraising. Daniel M. Clements, an attorney with a Baltimore firm, has given tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in recent years and for 12 years chaired the political action committee of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association - one of the state's largest political donors. In that role, he oversaw the raising and spending of more than $1 million for Maryland political candidates.
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December 3, 2013
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don't appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible "social welfare" activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation's most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
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November 14, 2013
The conventional political wisdom about Del. Heather Mizeur's pick of the Rev. Delman Coates as her running mate is that it shows her campaign for governor is more about making a point than winning the Democratic primary, much less the general election. But the more interesting question is not what the selection says about the Mizeur campaign than what the Mizeur campaign says about the state of Maryland politics. Reverend Coates is the pastor of the 8,000-member Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
The leading candidates for governor have announced their running mates, making choices that underscore a harsh reality for Baltimore: It is no longer the center of the Maryland political universe. Democrat Douglas F. Gansler's selection Monday of Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey, coming after other announcements from candidates of both parties, makes it highly likely that neither Baltimore nor Baltimore County will be represented in the two top State House offices for the first time in more than three decades.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
Seeking to emerge from the long shadow of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will make official Friday what everyone in Maryland politics has known for a long time: He's running for governor. Brown, 51, will announce his candidacy in his home county of Prince George's, where he started his political career. He enters the race with polls showing him as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in a state where his party enjoys a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 8, 2003
BEIJING - A one-time secretary to Mao Tse-tung has published a sweeping call for political change in a Beijing magazine, warning that China must embrace democratic politics and free speech to avoid stagnation and possible collapse. "Only with democratization can there be modernization," the retired official, Li Rui, said. "This has been a global tide since the 20th century, especially the Second World War, and those who join it will prosper while those who resist will perish." Li, 85, a longtime advocate of faster political liberalization, has been held at arm's length by party leaders.
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December 29, 2001
LARGER THAN LIFE, as Gotham's mayor is expected to be, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani reassured, uplifted, polarized, exhilarated, alienated, disgusted and, finally, inspired his fellow New Yorkers and people of the world as few politicians ever have. His orderly departure from office removes him from the national scene, where he had been ridiculed for the tragic compendium of health, marital and political troubles for most of the year before Sept. 11, 2001. Then the combative pol became Everyman's hero, cheerleader and inspiration, the prophet of survival, guide through troubles, defier of terror.
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By Jules Witcover | January 25, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's swan song before the Senate and House committees on foreign affairs was in a sense a prelude to any future bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. It gave Republicans a last chance to cast her as an irresponsible guardian of American security in the Benghazi terrorist attack while she held the reins at the State Department. A host of Republicans on both committees filled the official record with direct or inferential attacks on her role, certain to be dusted off and resurrected should she make a second bid for the Oval Office in 2016.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
Mary Lynn Harvey, former director of the Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation who had led a wide array of efforts to preserve and improve communities, died Aug. 26 of colon cancer at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. The Perry Hall resident was 54. "What a woman. Mary Harvey was one of the most valuable people in my administration. She understood my renaissance program for Baltimore County, which was about improved neighborhood housing and infrastructure," said James T. Smith, former Baltimore County executive, who is now an attorney in Towson.
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