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Ethan Renner and For The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
"Our elections are the envy of the world. It's critically important that we not make any mistakes tonight. We all know why. " --Charlie Skinner "The Newsroom" returned from its Labor Day hiatus with the penultimate episode of Season Two, "Election Night Part I," which laid the groundwork to resolve the season-long Genoa storyline. The episode opens on election night 2012 with Jim, who has never found a stylist, brush or hair product to his liking, having a video chat with Hallie.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
If you wanted any real sense of what was going on in the first hour after primary election polls closed Tuesday night, you had to go online or, better yet, plug into Twitter, because TV didn't seem to be trying hard at all. I am not talking about anything as bold and daring as the network affiliates actually interrupting or, God forbid, pre-empting reruns. I am talking about such basic business as putting tickers or crawls on the bottom of the screen with early vote totals as they came in. I was seeing few of them as I kept switching among WBAL (Channel 11)
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
The state attorney general's office is seeking millions of dollars in fines from a political consultant who sent out an election night "robocall" to thousands of Marylanders suggesting that they "relax" because the race was over, even though polls were still open. Comparing the calls to literacy tests and poll taxes, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said that the calls were made on behalf of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. with the intent of suppressing and intimidating voters in predominantly African-American areas.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
After elections officials spent more than 24 hours reviewing and counting absentee and provisional ballots, Republican newcomer Mike Pantelides was named winner of the Annapolis mayoral election Friday night. Going into the count of provisional ballots Friday, Pantelides held onto a 50-vote lead over incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen. When the 65 provisional ballots were run through a scanner as an anxious crowd watched, 37 were for Pantelides and 28 were for Cohen, making Pantelides the winner by 59 votes out of nearly 8,000 cast.
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By David Zurawik | david.zurawik@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun TV critic | October 30, 2009
There are three things you should know about the HBO documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama." First, this two-hour film is the document in all likelihood by which the landmark presidential campaign of 2008 will be known to future generations. Think Theodore White's book on the 1960 campaign of John F. Kennedy, "The Making of the President." Second, the documentary is so skillfully crafted that it will transport many viewers back to Nov. 4, 2008, and they will re-experience what they felt on that emotion-charged election night as the returns came in and it was announced that the nation had elected its first African-American president.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Outside of Barack Obama, one of Tuesday's biggest winners was CNN, which not only presented the best journalism but also finished first among cable channels in viewers. According to Nielsen's Fast Ratings, CNN was seen by an average audience of 8.8 million total viewers from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. election night. It also had audiences of 4.4 million adults ages 25 to 54 and 2.7 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 34. That topped perennial ratings winner Fox News, which had an audience of 8.7 million total viewers, with 3.5 million and 1.2 million in the key demos.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Tuesday night's election generated a record-setting political coversation of 28.5 million social media comments, according to Bluefin Labs. The previous high was 12.2 million social media comments made in connection with the second presidential debate, according to the Boston-based firm that specializes in social-media metrics. The first debate drew 11.2 million comments. Not surprisingly, the high point Tuesday came between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. after NBC News, CNN and others projected Barack Obama's re-election.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2010
There is no shortage of big political stories in the midterm election season that includes Tuesday night's Maryland primary. Will control of Congress shift from Democrats to Republicans? How many statehouses will change hands? But there are also some large media stories involving the TV journalists who will be bringing election news to millions of viewers. And one of the biggest involves Bret Baier, anchor of the nightly Fox News program "Special Report with Bret Baier. " Baier steps up this fall as lead political news anchor on Election Night replacing Brit Hume, who moved after the 2008 elections to the role of senior political analyst.
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September 16, 2010
The aftermath of Tuesday's primary election has again focused anxiety on Maryland's electronic voting system, with candidates angry about delayed results and, in the case of the Baltimore state's attorney race, one claiming up to 10,000 votes are missing. The questions about the integrity of the process are fueled by what seems like a low-tech component of the system — the transfer of data from the voting machines to county boards of election — that led to several cases of election night human error.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2010
One of the most depressing media stories of the past two decades has been the dwindling amount of political coverage provided by network news organizations and their affiliates. The snapshot regularly used to make the case was Election Night, with nonstop, wall-to-wall news coverage in the 1960s pared down to an hour or two in recent years so that the networks would not have to pre-empt dramas, sitcoms and reality TV shows even on the nights Americans went to the polls. But this year, there will be more coverage than ever — even more than there was in the so-called glory years of the 1960s and '70s.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | November 6, 2013
Though they faced a challenge, the five incumbents running as a ticket under the name Team Laurel were all re-elected to serve two-year terms on the Laurel City Council, based on the election night unofficial count Tuesday. Incumbents Michael Leszcz, who was running for re-election to the at-large seat; Valerie Nicholas and H. Edward Ricks, both of Ward 1; and Donna Crary and Frederick Smalls of Ward 2 were re-elected by a comfortable margin, likely rendering totals from absentee and provisional ballots inconsequential.
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By Ethan Renner and For The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
"You're thoughtful and you're authentic and I have never seen you sneer at anyone or anything. There is, believe me, no one that you're not good enough for, and there is hardly anyone who's good enough for you, including, it turned out, me. " -- Jim Harper "The Newsroom" wrapped its second season with the thrilling conclusion to the Genoa storyline and gave us two new couples that we'll have the pleasure of watching engage in needlessly wordy...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Maryland's second-highest court upheld on Monday political consultant Julius Henson's conspiracy conviction in a robocall scheme that prosecutors said was designed to suppress black votes. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals reaffirmed the conviction, writing that the case "presents us with a sad tale. " A judge wrote that Henson "and his collaborators callously attempted to manipulate members of the electorate. " Henson, 64, was found guilty in May 2012 of conspiracy to violate election law by not including an authority line from a robocall used as part of the campaign to elect Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Erhlich lost the election to incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
While much is being made of Karl Rove's post-election return to the air this week on Fox, I don't think that's really the news that matters these days at Rupert Murdoch's channel. Reflecting in a way the very post-election GOP malaise that they discussed, both Bill O'Reilly and Rove seemed off their games Wednesday night on "The O'Reilly Factor. " Two of the most self-confident blowhards in American media and political life seemed less confident, less energized, less animated than I have ever seen either when it comes to saying bad things about President Obama.
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By David Horsey | November 13, 2012
President Obama's re-election has caused right-wingers to become completely unhinged. They are purple-faced and apoplectic, convinced that an ignorant horde of government-dependent social leeches have destroyed traditional America and banished God from the country. The craziest comments came from certifiably loony celebrities. Gun-crazy rocker Ted Nugent tweeted that "Pimps whores and welfare brats and their soulless supporters hav (sic) a president to destroy America," while former "Saturday Night Live" goofball Victoria Jackson let loose a series of tweets, saying in part, "Thanks a lot, Christians, for not showing up. You disgust me ... In the Good vs. Evil battle, today Evil won. " Egomaniacal rich guy Donald Trump simply called for a revolution.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Outside of Barack Obama, one of Tuesday's biggest winners was CNN, which not only presented the best journalism but also finished first among cable channels in viewers. According to Nielsen's Fast Ratings, CNN was seen by an average audience of 8.8 million total viewers from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. election night. It also had audiences of 4.4 million adults ages 25 to 54 and 2.7 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 34. That topped perennial ratings winner Fox News, which had an audience of 8.7 million total viewers, with 3.5 million and 1.2 million in the key demos.
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December 24, 2009
ANN NIXON COOPER, 107 Was lauded by Obama on Election Night Ann Nixon Cooper, the Atlanta centenarian lauded by President Barack Obama in his Election Night speech last year, died Monday at her southwest Atlanta home. She would have turned 108 on Jan. 9. In his 2008 speech, President Obama called Mrs. Cooper an example of "the heartbreak and the hope" of the past century. He noted she was born at a time when women and blacks couldn't vote and lived to cast her ballot for the country's first black president.
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December 24, 2009
ANN NIXON COOPER, 107 Was lauded by Obama on Election Night Ann Nixon Cooper, the Atlanta centenarian lauded by President Barack Obama in his Election Night speech last year, died Monday at her southwest Atlanta home. She would have turned 108 on Jan. 9. In his 2008 speech, President Obama called Mrs. Cooper an example of "the heartbreak and the hope" of the past century. He noted she was born at a time when women and blacks couldn't vote and lived to cast her ballot for the country's first black president.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Tuesday night's election generated a record-setting political coversation of 28.5 million social media comments, according to Bluefin Labs. The previous high was 12.2 million social media comments made in connection with the second presidential debate, according to the Boston-based firm that specializes in social-media metrics. The first debate drew 11.2 million comments. Not surprisingly, the high point Tuesday came between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. after NBC News, CNN and others projected Barack Obama's re-election.
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