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By Luke Broadwater | June 6, 2011
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate, was on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, and, as usual, the congressman skewered at least one sacred cow of American politics.  Paul's target this time? The notion that Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed political parties. You know, the idea that they're bitter political opponents. They fight over everything. They hate each other.  But the truth is, Paul said, they're the same party.  "We don’t have a good democratic process," Paul said.
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Dan Rodricks | October 11, 2014
It might seem counterintuitive, but constantly speaking ill of your political opponent can work to his advantage. And that might be what's happened in the Maryland gubernatorial campaign between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate, and real estate executive Larry Hogan, the Republican. Brown and the Democrats have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to portray Hogan as a corporate shill with extreme views on social issues and guns. If you've watched any television over the past few weeks, you've likely seen ads claiming that Hogan is "too dangerous" for Maryland.
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November 1, 2010
In 1929, Will Rogers wrote that the trouble with Democrats is that they give the people what they think they ought to have instead of what they want. They haven't changed. Since then they gave us Social Security, Medicare and equal voting rights, right up to the present with Obama health care reform plan. Republicans have given us two depressions and the Bush tax cuts, with the middle class picking up the bill, and they have fought against every Democratic program. Will those Democrats ever learn?
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 5, 2014
Thousands of miles on the road this summer and fall have afforded me the opportunity to observe a variety of political ads from across the spectrum. Herewith, observations from the heartland: I assume the relentless Democratic campaign to demonize the conservative Koch Brothers and their "Americans for Prosperity" organization has been poll tested, but I still don't get it. Driving negatives against someone (or something) that few people recognize violates a core tenet of political advertising.
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December 9, 2011
Why does The Sun allow Dan Rodricks to have a column on the front page with his idiotic views ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7)? In his column, he points out the use of fraud to get people to go to the polls is illegal in Maryland and wants to bash Paul Schurick for doing so. He fails to allude to all the signs for President Barack Obama that appeared during the 2010 election in African American communities in an attempt to get blacks to believe they needed to go to the polls to vote for Mr. Obama.
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May 21, 2012
Your recent poll, although unscientific, indicates that a majority of Marylanders are not satisfied with the outcome of this special legislative session ("What Maryland thinks," May 18). If they are not satisfied with the way that their elected officials have voted, then why did they re-elect them? They should know that liberals vote to increase taxes and spending. For them, government is the answer to everything. Maryland voters do this every election - they re-elect the same people and then complain.
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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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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 23, 2013
Over the last week I've seen letter after letter in The Sun blasting Republicans for their role in the "government shutdown. " The writers claim that Republicans don't care about the government employees, they're mean-spirited, they hate children and the elderly and so on and so on. Really? Let's look at the facts. It's true that the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives wouldn't pass the continuing resolution that included money for the "Un-Affordable Care Act," but it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama who were responsible for the partial shutdown of the government.
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November 1, 2013
John F. Kennedy rightly said "the human mind is our fundamental resource. " It takes people with right thinking in government to eliminate deficits, reduce the national debt and restore confidence in leadership. I salute Maryland Rep. Andy Harris for his vote against another debt ceiling increase ( "In blue Maryland, Andy Harris proudly stands on the right," Oct. 20). Mr. Harris' vote was a much-needed slap in the face to a convoluted Democrat playbook of dispensing with the annual budget process in order to hide their policy goals.
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October 5, 2014
So Maryland Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch and fellow "high-rolling" Democrats guffawed at Bill Clinton's joking about the contrast between public housing and the "posh estate" when they were gathered Tuesday night for a million-dollar fund-raiser, reveling in "one of Maryland's wealthiest communities" ( "Brown gets boost from Bill Clinton," Oct. 1). And this from the Democratic Party that likes to portray itself as so caring and compassionate, yet is so entrenched in one-party rule as to be only beholden to millionaire donors and lobbyists.
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Dan Rodricks | October 2, 2014
Here's another thing: The attack ad on Larry Hogan that claims Anthony Brown's Republican challenger for governor wants to give a $300 million tax break to corporations at the expense of kindergartners - that's another stretch into the shady side by the Democrats, and for a couple of reasons. First of all, Hogan hasn't said any such thing yet, although, being a mainstream Republican businessman, he says he would cut Maryland's corporate tax rate, and we all know the story there: You can't be a Republican without saying you want to cut taxes.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election - after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year. It's known in political circles that Almond and Kamenetz don't always agree, and that became clear when Kamenetz endorsed Almond's opponent, Jon Herbst, in the June primary. In a press release this week, Kamenetz announced support for Almond as well as others in the northwestern part of the county: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Dels.
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By Michael Dresser and John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Using a daughter's compelling testimonial and a rally in Annapolis, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is fighting rival Anthony G. Brown's attempt to persuade voters that Hogan would take the state backward on such matters as abortion and birth control Hogan's counteroffensive comes after a sustained ad blitz in which Brown's campaign and its allies seek to portray Hogan as a closet right-wing extremist who would roll back the clock...
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Dan Rodricks | September 30, 2014
I went on YouTube to watch a gruesome video of a wild animal called a fisher, or fisher cat, attacking a silver fox - someone told me it would be educational, if you must know why - but I had to watch Anthony Brown tear into Larry Hogan first. It was a 30-second political ad that opened with a question: "Who is Larry Hogan?" and went on to say Hogan, the Republican candidate for governor in November's general election, opposes a woman's right to choose an abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to host what might be the single biggest fundraiser for Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown tonight in Potomac. The former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate is headlining Brown's 5 p.m. event at a wooded 2.8-acre estate in the wealthy Washington suburb. Tickets cost $4,000 each - even more for VIP tickets, according to an event invitation. Brown campaign manager Justin Schall said as many as 500 people might attend and the campaign expects to raise more than $1 million - a sum greater than that garnered during a May fundraiser for Brown featuring former President Bill Clinton.
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May 4, 2010
Your article, "Ehrlich rebuffs claim he broke the law" (May 4) doesn't tell the whole truth. Having a campaign account doesn't mean you're running for any particular office unless a person actually files to run. There are plenty a previous candidates and current office holders who still maintain an account but can't run again due to term limits. One such person is Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, who has over $1 million. This is just the Democrats hassling Mr. Ehrlich over something that is nothing.
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July 29, 2011
Back in 2008, George Bush was painted by all Democrats the worst president because of the wars and financial mess we were in. You voted in President Obama, and he can't even rein in his own party to fix the debt ceiling. Americans were fooled thinking this man was going to change things around. Well he's done that! The country is about to get huge tax increases and job losses, and the only ways Democrats can remedy that is to cut seniors' Medicare, cut the military budget and hurt poor, working families.
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John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
In the rare moments when he speaks candidly about running for president, Gov. Martin O'Malley uses phrases such as "fundamentally newer" and "new way of leadership" to describe his approach - language intended to highlight the data-driven management style for which he is widely recognized. But it isn't hard to read another, more subtle message between the lines: The young, guitar-slinging governor represents a more youthful crop of Democrats, while the presumed front-runner for the nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton, might struggle to do so. As he winds down his final months in Annapolis and crisscrosses the country in anticipation of a full-scale national campaign, O'Malley has delicately tried to draw contrasts with the former first lady, senator and secretary of state without appearing confrontational - or even using her name.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
In Maryland's newly redrawn 12th legislative district - which slithers from southwestern Baltimore County to West Columbia in Howard County - the race for the State House is pretty neatly divided along county lines. All four Republicans in the race live and work in the smaller Baltimore County portion of the district, while every Democratic candidate works in the larger Howard County side, and three live there. The district's geography has the underdog GOP candidates decrying what they perceive as gerrymandering to diminish their county's voice.
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