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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Doug Gansler's truly bad day of TV optics started Thursday with a Sun story and accompanying picture off Instagram of a beach party the attorney general attended in Delaware. By 9 a.m., the cable channels were running with the picture and the story -- and it went that way on the hour throughout the day straight through the network evening newscasts and prime-time cable. And then, the story was picked up by late-night comedians. Here's what Jay Leno had to say on the "Tonight" show.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Del. Kathleen Dumais said today that she continues to support Douglas F. Gansler for governor, but has strongly registered her disappointment with Gansler's campaign over a television ad she believes misleads the public about his primary opponent Anthony G. Brown. In the state attorney general's ad, a woman identified as “Anne” says she was sexually abused when she was 13. Looking at the camera, she says Brown -- the front-runner in the June 24 Democratic primary -- “went back on his word” to support sex abuse victims.
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December 31, 2013
     The Federal Government shuts down, dominating local politics and media coverage, often focusing on people instead of policy.      The Obamacare exchange website rollout in Maryland worked pretty much like everybody expected it would .      Governor O'Malley politicizes the Public Information Act while Maryland municipalities try to skirt it .      The  O'Malley Administration fired a whistleblower ...
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Democrat Anthony G. Brown's campaign for governor distributes a mailer to voters questioning opponent Douglas F. Gansler's "puzzling priorities. " What the mailer says: It juxtaposes two issues that have surfaced in the June 24 Democratic primary. "Why does Doug Gansler want a $1.6 billion tax giveaway for corporations when he says we can't afford universal full day Pre-K?" the mailer says. The flier contains the words "reckless and irresponsible" in large block lettering and says Gansler, the state attorney general, "doesn't share our values" about full-day pre-kindergarten.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
In advance of tonight's serious debate about big issues in the race for governor, here are two amusing - intentionally or not - contributions to the political discourse this week, courtesy of Douglas F. Gansler's campaign. On Wednesday, his campaign publicized an original song written by a supporter. If you're wondering what rhymes with "Gansler," the answer is: "Gansler. "  The lyrics say "Doug Gansler" 14 times in less than 90 seconds, plus eek out another three mentions of "Doug" and two more of "Mr. Gansler.
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By Michael Dresser | April 10, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Thursday launched the first critical broadcast ad of the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination contest, taking the O'Malley-Brown administration to task for the failed launch of the state's health care insurance exchange.  Gansler's 30-second radio spot ends a string of positive ads run by his campaign and that of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. A third candidate with less money, Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, has yet to go on the air. The Gansler ad does not mention Brown by name but repeats press coverage labeling the exchange's launch a "debacle" and "one of the worst-performing in the country" -- points the administration does not dispute.
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By Chris Korman | January 18, 2013
As expected, Maryland vigorously defended its right to move to the Big Ten without paying a $52 million exit fee to the Atlantic Coast Conference in two legal actions filed Friday. Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler filed a complaint in Prince George's County circuit court alleging the ACC violated state antitrust laws, breached contractual obligations and interfered with the the economic growth of the school. The suit seeks an injunction against paying the fee and declaratory judgment that it is unlawful.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland's online health insurance exchange - and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic campaign for governor. What the ad says : The ad begins with a statement by Bonnita Spikes, a retired nurse from Prince George's County, telling listeners she tried to sign up for coverage through the "ridiculous" state website more than 50 times. Without using Brown's name, the spot points to the O'Malley-Brown administration's acknowledged failure to ensure a smooth launch of the site, a key to implementing the Affordable Care Act. It points to press coverage calling the site "a debacle" and asserts that it's a "$261 million" failure.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's running mate said Friday she believed "it's obvious on its face" that an opponent in the Democratic race for governor is "trying to throw dirt every time we're making progress. " Del. Jolene Ivey, talking on the Washington-area Kojo Nnamdi radio show, responded to questions about The Baltimore Sun's article this week about Gansler's presence at a June beach party for recent high school graduates. Teens said there was underage drinking, and Gansler acknowledged he did nothing to stop the party.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Making a rare direct reply Tuesday to an attack by a rival candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown labeled "reckless and irresponsible" remarks by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler suggesting that Brown's service in Iraq was not a real job. Meanwhile, a veterans organization stepped up its attack on Gansler over the comments, accusing him of "swiftboating" the lieutenant governor. Brown went on the "C4 Show" on WBAL radio Tuesday to comment on Gansler's campaign volley a day earlier, in which he questioned whether Brown has the experience to be governor.
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Dan Rodricks | June 7, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown remains the heavy favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary because the only thing that could have hurt him — his role as O'Malley administration "point man" for Obamacare in Maryland — won't hurt him. And it won't hurt him for a simple reason: the math. Not enough Democratic voters were "inconvenienced" (and, therefore, outraged) by last year's health exchange problems. Most Marylanders already had insurance; they didn't have to go anywhere near the state's glitch-riddled online marketplace.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When the Democrats running for governor met for their second three-way television debate Monday night, charges and countercharges flew - along with allegations of distortion, deception and half-truths. Doug Gansler was especially aggressive, pointing to votes Anthony Brown cast in the General Assembly more than a decade ago to make the case that Brown lacks sympathy for crime victims. Heather Mizeur avoided finger-pointing, but was the target of one of Gansler's more easily debunked - and likely intentionally sarcastic - claims.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
When it comes to media spending, Democrats Anthony G. Brown and Douglas F. Gansler are like distance runners intent on keeping their rival close. The two most visible candidates in the primary for governor each spent more than $2 million on television and radio advertising from early March until late May, according to documents and campaign interviews. But there is a difference. Trying to seize an advantage in the Baltimore battleground, Brown outspent Gansler by more than two-thirds on network broadcast stations in the Baltimore market.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
In advance of tonight's serious debate about big issues in the race for governor, here are two amusing - intentionally or not - contributions to the political discourse this week, courtesy of Douglas F. Gansler's campaign. On Wednesday, his campaign publicized an original song written by a supporter. If you're wondering what rhymes with "Gansler," the answer is: "Gansler. "  The lyrics say "Doug Gansler" 14 times in less than 90 seconds, plus eek out another three mentions of "Doug" and two more of "Mr. Gansler.
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Dan Rodricks | April 24, 2014
Now that veterans groups have condemned Doug Gansler for disparaging Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's military service, followed by Brown calling the attorney general's remarks "reckless and irresponsible," we can start to measure the consequence of Gansler's latest misstep in his quest to be Maryland's next governor. Knocking a veteran? On its surface, it sounds like a low blow - Gansler, the attorney general, suggesting that Brown's stint in Iraq as a military lawyer wasn't "a real job. " Here's what Gansler said Monday about his chief rival in the Democratic primary at a candidates forum in Bethesda: "I'm running against somebody who has never managed anything, never run anything.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Making a rare direct reply Tuesday to an attack by a rival candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown labeled "reckless and irresponsible" remarks by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler suggesting that Brown's service in Iraq was not a real job. Meanwhile, a veterans organization stepped up its attack on Gansler over the comments, accusing him of "swiftboating" the lieutenant governor. Brown went on the "C4 Show" on WBAL radio Tuesday to comment on Gansler's campaign volley a day earlier, in which he questioned whether Brown has the experience to be governor.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler's campaign sent out a notice of an event on Thursday, something looked wrong: The anti-bullying forum was scheduled at a Prince George's County public school during class hours — something that normally isn't allowed for a political function. But there it was in Wednesday's news release: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler will lead an anti-bullying event at Walker Mill Middle School on Thursday November 21 to challenge the Middle School Students to join the 'I Choose' campaign.
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By Michael Dresser | November 20, 2013
When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler's campaign sent out a notice of an event on Thursday, something looked wrong: The anti-bullying forum was scheduled at a Prince George's County public school during class hours -- something that normally isn't allowed for a political function. But there it was in Wednesday's news release: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler will lead an anti-bullying event at Walker Mill Middle School on Thursday November 21 to challenge the Middle School Students to join the 'I Choose' campaign.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler disparaged Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown 's military service , drawing outrage from a veterans group Monday as the two top Democrats contending for the governor's mansion clashed over Brown's work history. A political action group that represents veterans - and has endorsed Brown - demanded an apology from Gansler after he suggested Brown's work as a military lawyer in Iraq was not “a real job.” Gansler's campaign, meanwhile, criticized Brown for omitting a brief stint at the investment bank Merrill Lynch from his official biography on the state's website.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland's online health insurance exchange - and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic campaign for governor. What the ad says : The ad begins with a statement by Bonnita Spikes, a retired nurse from Prince George's County, telling listeners she tried to sign up for coverage through the "ridiculous" state website more than 50 times. Without using Brown's name, the spot points to the O'Malley-Brown administration's acknowledged failure to ensure a smooth launch of the site, a key to implementing the Affordable Care Act. It points to press coverage calling the site "a debacle" and asserts that it's a "$261 million" failure.
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