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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1998
The way some of his fellow Democrats have been talking in this county, you'd think former police Chief James N. Robey is approaching politics about as cautiously as he would approach an armed suspect. Now he's making his first aggressive campaign pitch -- while still playing the novice politician.With an outsider's slogan -- "He may be new to politics, but not to public service" -- the Howard County executive candidate chats interview-style about education, managing growth and his career on the police force in three new television advertisements.
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By Cal Thomas | May 3, 2014
Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a ways to go. First, some history. Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former vice president Al Gore wrote that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark could be paraphrased in modern terms, "Thou shalt preserve biodiversity" ("Earth in the Balance" p. 245). Mr. Gore also claimed the first recorded instance of pollution was when Cain killed Abel and Abel's blood "falls on the ground, rendering it fallow" (p. 247)
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1997
Fortified with a key committee chairmanship, Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell of Baltimore County has become one of Maryland's leading campaign fund-raisers -- collecting enough money to back a re-election bid and donate tens of thousands of dollars to fellow Democrats.Nearly a year before the election, Bromwell has more campaign money than all but one other state senator -- Senate president and fellow Democrat Thomas V. Mike Miller -- and more than twice as much as any county colleague.With no rival for his state Senate seat, Bromwell, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, had raised more than $325,000 over the past two years and had $205,000 on hand, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Two Anne Arundel county councilmen have introduced dueling but similar legislation that would clear the way for the ouster of their colleague, Daryl D. Jones, who is set to begin a five-month prison term next month. John J. Grasso, a Republican from Glen Burnie, introduced a resolution at Monday night's council meeting that would, if passed, declare Jones' seat vacant and allow the council to proceed in appointing a replacement. The bill mirrors an emergency ordinance introduced by Jamie Benoit, a Democrat from Crownsville.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1998
In the Wildwood and Bradley Manor neighborhoods of Bethesda, voters may think of Gov. Parris N. Glendening as the sound barrier governor.He officiated Jan. 26 at the start of a $7 million program to wall out noise from the Washington Beltway in these Montgomery County communities.Those beltway walls also might help neutralize the criticism that keeps his job approval ratings low -- ratings that must be high for a Democratic incumbent who needs a solid majority in Montgomery County to win re-election.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1998
THOMAS V. MIKE Miller did not just win re-election to an unprecedented fourth straight term as state Senate president last week. He won a slew of new titles from grateful fellow Democrats.Baltimore County Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, chairman of the Finance Committee, hailed Miller as "our general in the last election" -- in which the Senate president's fund-raising muscle helped maintain the Senate's filibuster-proof 32-15 Democratic majority.Baltimore's Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, chairwoman of the Budget and Taxation Committee, observed that for many members of the Democratic caucus, Miller is "president for life."
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 16, 2005
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats threatened yesterday to block nearly all business in the chamber if the Republican majority carries out a plan to unilaterally impose rule changes that ensure confirmation of President Bush's controversial judicial nominees. The threat, issued by Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, sharply escalated a partisan controversy that now could put the brakes on an array of legislative business in the Senate, where Democrats used the threat of a filibuster to block votes on 10 appellate court nominees last year.
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By Peter Wallsten and Peter Wallsten,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 2, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Ever since he came within 120,000 Ohio votes of winning the presidency, Sen. John F. Kerry has refused to give up the idea that he could try again. He kept much of his 2004 finance team together and campaigned aggressively this year for dozens of fellow Democrats who could turn around and help Kerry make a comeback in 2008. But with one botched joke this week in California, Kerry not only sapped some momentum from his party in the final week of a competitive election but dealt a damaging blow to his own White House aspirations.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 3, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Could Rep. Kweisi Mfume be interested in being a Republican?In the past week, some leading Republicans have been wooing the Baltimore lawmaker, one of the most recognizable Democrats on Capitol Hill and the outgoing chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus."
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | April 18, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley set a special election date yesterday to fill a vacancy left by the departure of Rep. Albert R. Wynn, who is leaving Congress to join a lobbying firm after eight terms. O'Malley signed emergency legislation that would allow the state to hold the special election and said that he will issue a proclamation setting the date on June 17. Late last month, Wynn announced his departure from office in June, and the General Assembly quickly drafted and passed legislation permitting the state to skip a special primary -- giving the central committees of each party the power to choose nominees.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2011
Under pressure from fellow Democrats, Del. Curt Anderson quit the otherwise solidly Republican tea party caucus Wednesday, a day after he had been named the new group's vice chairman. Members of the city delegation told the Baltimore Democrat at a hastily called delegation meeting that he had "embarrassed" and "hurt" them by joining a group that one called "a subset of the Republican Party. " They demanded that Anderson quit the caucus or step down as leader of the delegation. He apologized and told them he had resigned from the caucus.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2010
Vice President Joe Biden heaped praise on Gov. Martin O'Malley at a Baltimore fundraiser Monday evening, telling a room of 200 supporters that the governor can be trusted to lead, in part because he "feels" the pain of ordinary Marylanders "in the gut. " Speaking for half an hour at the private event at the Baltimore Hilton Convention Center, Biden highlighted some of the themes O'Malley regularly hits while on the stump: keeping jobs in Maryland and...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2010
Baltimore County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder will launch his candidacy for county executive next week at Towson University, he confirmed on Tuesday. The fourth-term Democrat will announce his run at a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 30 at the University Center, he said. Bartenfelder, a former teacher and longtime farmer, is a Towson alumnus. The announcement will set up a primary race between Bartenfelder and council colleague Kevin Kamenetz for the Democratic nomination.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2010
Longtime Baltimore County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz pledged Tuesday to boost law enforcement, improve education and strengthen the county's business climate if elected county executive this year. Kamenetz, a Democrat, ended months of what he said was listening to and learning from constituents with a formal announcement in Randallstown, a setting that reflected the support he hopes to gain from the county's large African-American community. "I want to lead this county and make the right decisions for the right reasons and make sure they are decisions that will last generations," said Kamenetz, 52. "I am running because I care deeply."
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | April 18, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley set a special election date yesterday to fill a vacancy left by the departure of Rep. Albert R. Wynn, who is leaving Congress to join a lobbying firm after eight terms. O'Malley signed emergency legislation that would allow the state to hold the special election and said that he will issue a proclamation setting the date on June 17. Late last month, Wynn announced his departure from office in June, and the General Assembly quickly drafted and passed legislation permitting the state to skip a special primary -- giving the central committees of each party the power to choose nominees.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | November 2, 2007
CHICAGO -- If you listen to the latest soundings on any given day, you might wonder if you had just awakened from a coma that caused you to miss the 2008 presidential election. Plenty of forecasters have been eager to declare a winner before the opening gun. This is particularly true on the Democratic side, where Hillary Rodham Clinton is regularly advised to dispense with campaigning and start looking at fabric swatches for the Oval Office drapes. Said a former aide to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, "If this were a wedding, we'd be at the `speak now or forever hold your peace' part."
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | October 11, 1998
WASHINGTON -- The vote of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives launching an open-ended inquiry into possible impeachment of President Clinton was no surprise.The Republicans held a solid front for it, and 31 Democrats joined in, either in a pragmatic effort to protect their chances of re-election on Nov. 3 or because they thought there was no sense lying down in front of a steamroller.Mr. Clinton's pre-vote advice to fellow Democrats to vote "on principle and conscience" was yet another bit of transparent dissembling.
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By Paul West and Paul West,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 24, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Striking his name from the list of potential presidential candidates, former Sen. George S. McGovern announced yesterday that he would not seek the Democratic nomination in 1992.Mr. McGovern, who lost a record 49 states to President Richard M. Nixon in 1972, said that personal factors, including "the risk of ridicule" and possible rejection, led him to pass up a third full-fledged presidential try.The former South Dakota senator also made an unsuccessful run for the nomination in 1984.
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By Larry Carson | December 3, 2006
The vote won't come until after tomorrow's 7 p.m. swearing-in at Centennial High School, but chances are that Calvin Ball, an east Columbia Democrat, will be the new chairman of the Howard County Council. Ball, 30, is pooh-poohing predictions. The new council members discussed leadership at a two-day retreat last week at Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge, but they would not give specifics. "There was a lot of conversation and team building and getting to know each other," Ball said.
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By Peter Wallsten and Peter Wallsten,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 2, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Ever since he came within 120,000 Ohio votes of winning the presidency, Sen. John F. Kerry has refused to give up the idea that he could try again. He kept much of his 2004 finance team together and campaigned aggressively this year for dozens of fellow Democrats who could turn around and help Kerry make a comeback in 2008. But with one botched joke this week in California, Kerry not only sapped some momentum from his party in the final week of a competitive election but dealt a damaging blow to his own White House aspirations.
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