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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2010
The Maryland rematch between incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil and Republican Andy Harris, one of the most closely watched House contests in the country, is turning negative. An opening shot by Kratovil, the first attack ad of the general election race, goes after Harris for supporting a proposed national sales tax. However, the congressman's commercial never mentions that the sales-tax plan his challenger favors would do away with federal income taxes, an omission that an independent campaign watchdog has called deceptive in Democratic campaign advertising elsewhere.
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July 9, 2014
I heartily agree with your editorial concerning Rep. Andy Harris ( "The Harris boycott," July 7). I have always been proud to be a Marylander. We have some of the most progressive legislators in Washington, from Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin to Reps. Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen. Then there's Andy Harris. Somehow he was elected to represent Maryland's First District, where I live, in Washington. What an embarrassment he has been. Each time he opens his mouth it gets worse.
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By C. Fraser Smith | September 21, 2008
Maybe they should call it the Fractured First. The political terrain is splintered, politics are fractious, and the price of dissent is spiking. State Sen. Andy Harris - of the Western Shore's Baltimore County - could be the First District's new voice in Washington unless voters on both sides of the bay find his hard-right rhetoric discordant. Democrat Frank M. Kratovil Jr., the Queen Anne's County state's attorney, hopes the momentum of a "change" election will move him from underdog to winner.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
The surprise retirement of Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin has set up a succession scramble for his Upper Eastern Shore seat that is shaping up as a possibly brutal internal struggle among 36th District Republicans. The three GOP delegates from that district -- all of whom have expressed an interest in the seat -- were scheduled to meet Wednesday night to discuss their plans. Other Republican candidates are also moving to enter the contest to fill out the remaining year and a half of Pipkin's term -- a decision that will be made by the Republican central committees of the four Eastern Shore counties that make up the 36th.
NEWS
May 17, 1995
Nick D'Adamo says he was the unwitting victim of a "sucker" punch. John Cain says all he did was hit back after he was hit. Either way, it was a scrap. And as such it may have been a fitting way to kick off City Council election campaigns in the often fractious First District.Councilman Cain refused Monday night to apologize to Councilman D'Adamo for punching him in the stomach during a recent altercation at a Fells Point restaurant. But Mr. Cain did say he was sorry that his constituents had been distracted by media reports of the incident.
NEWS
November 7, 1990
Wayne Gilchrest said last night that he hoped his victory in the First Congressional District would set an example for races everywhere in the future: "Stick to truth, stick to decency, stick to honesty, stick to issues." Mr. Gilchrest campaigned in the way he described. His doing so won him many votes. But there were other elements in his victory that his Republican Party especially, but also Democrats on the outs, should ponder.First, he had a weakened opponent. Rep. Roy Dyson sullied his record by getting too cozy with campaign contributors and oblivious to conflicts between special and public interests.
NEWS
July 23, 1991
They don't make them like Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro any more. At 86, when most of his contemporaries are safely in retirement, he is running for re-election for the City Council seat he first occupied in 1966. But years have taken their toll. After the spring's controversial addition of South Baltimore and the Belair and Harford Road corridors to the First District, there is no certainty about the outcome on election day. Can Mr. DiPietro, who finished third in 1987, again win nomination?This uncertainty is spawning an unusually tight contest in the Sept.
NEWS
September 15, 1990
Republicans are holding a unity meeting on Kent Island today. They hope to begin the general election campaign that could win the party a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. This -- Maryland's First District -- is perhaps the party's best chance in the nation to take a seat away from a Democratic incumbent. Doing that is a rare thing. In the last off-year election a Republican candidate bested a Democratic incumbent in exactly one contest. In the off-year election before that, the GOP won only two such races.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
I heartily agree with your editorial concerning Rep. Andy Harris ( "The Harris boycott," July 7). I have always been proud to be a Marylander. We have some of the most progressive legislators in Washington, from Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin to Reps. Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen. Then there's Andy Harris. Somehow he was elected to represent Maryland's First District, where I live, in Washington. What an embarrassment he has been. Each time he opens his mouth it gets worse.
NEWS
August 19, 1991
It's time for First District voters to retire Councilmen Dominic Mimi DiPietro and John Schaefer.At 86, after six terms, Mr. DiPietro has lost much of the vigor that made him such a colorful -- and often effective -- fixture in East Baltimore politics. Years also have slowed down Mr. Schaefer. His five terms are quite enough. The enlarged district, a huge land mass stretching from Belair Road to South Baltimore and Locust Point, faces a multitude of serious problems that mandate more vigorous representation.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Chestertown physician John LaFerla, who waged a write-in campaign for the First Congressional District last fall after the withdrawal of Democratic primary winner Wendy Rosen, is planning another run for the seat. LaFerla said he would file papers in Annapolis Wednesday for the 2014 Democratic primary in the First, now represented by second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris. LaFerla lost the 2012 primary to Rosen by 57 votes last April, but returned to the race in September after Rosen withdrew amid allegations she had violated election law by voting in two states at once.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2010
The Maryland rematch between incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil and Republican Andy Harris, one of the most closely watched House contests in the country, is turning negative. An opening shot by Kratovil, the first attack ad of the general election race, goes after Harris for supporting a proposed national sales tax. However, the congressman's commercial never mentions that the sales-tax plan his challenger favors would do away with federal income taxes, an omission that an independent campaign watchdog has called deceptive in Democratic campaign advertising elsewhere.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
Anne Arundel County began the local school year Monday, with students and parents sharing some excitement — and a bit of nervousness. The county's first- through fifth-, sixth- and ninth-grade students marked the opening wave of what county school officials say is a record enrollment: more than 75,500. Most of Anne Arundel's remaining students will return Tuesday , including those at more than a dozen campuses that had delayed starts because of construction. "I'm looking to do better in school than I did last year," said Tyrek Thornton of Glen Burnie, who is entering the sixth grade at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie.
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By C. Fraser Smith | September 21, 2008
Maybe they should call it the Fractured First. The political terrain is splintered, politics are fractious, and the price of dissent is spiking. State Sen. Andy Harris - of the Western Shore's Baltimore County - could be the First District's new voice in Washington unless voters on both sides of the bay find his hard-right rhetoric discordant. Democrat Frank M. Kratovil Jr., the Queen Anne's County state's attorney, hopes the momentum of a "change" election will move him from underdog to winner.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2005
WASHINGTON - A Navy chorus sang "God Bless America," members of the U.S. Army National Guard unfurled a giant American flag and the beaming President of the United States threw out the first pitch. For the first time in 34 years, America's pastime returned to the nation's capital last night, doing so with patriotic gusto and a who's who list of Inside the Beltway heavyweights. Yet the real movers and shakers here were a Mexican third baseman, a Cuban pitcher and the rest of the shiny-new, first-place Washington Nationals.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2004
In his first bid for public office, Democrat Kostas Alexakis knows the odds don't generally favor little-known candidates who take on seven-term incumbents like Republican Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest. He also knows that Democratic voters in the far-flung 1st Congressional District frequently cross party lines to support Gilchrest. Alexakis, 50, is challenging the veteran lawmaker on the one issue that has defined Gilchrest's public career -- the environment, and the Chesapeake Bay in particular.
NEWS
October 17, 1994
Incumbency, once a venerable condition for a politician, may be a plague this time around. That could have unfortunate consequences for Republican Darrel E. Drown, who is running for a second term representing the First District on the Howard County Council.Mr. Drown's northeastern county district, which includes Ellicott City and Elkridge, has been well served by his tenure. It would be a shame if residents failed to return him to the council as a result of misplaced anger.During Mr. Drown's first term, an agreement was finally hashed out over the much-delayed Route 100 extension.
NEWS
August 28, 1995
A veritable political earthquake hit East Baltimore's First District four years ago, toppling two totems: John Schaefer and the inimitable Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro. The Sept. 12 primary promises to continue this shake-up.There are two reasons for this likelihood: Too many seriouDemocratic candidates are vying for the district's three seats -- and two of the incumbents hate one another's guts.Indeed Lois Garey, who was appointed to the council earlier thiyear after Perry Sfikas became a state senator, has had to double as a den mother.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2003
The District of Columbia insurance commissioner asked Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday to veto legislation - passed unanimously last week by both houses of the Maryland legislature - to force CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to adhere to a nonprofit mission. Lawrence H. Mirel wrote to Ehrlich that the bill is "a clear attempt to politicize the operation of a private, nonprofit corporation whose current members were chosen in accordance with the corporation's bylaws and who have legal terms of office."
NEWS
August 28, 1995
A veritable political earthquake hit East Baltimore's First District four years ago, toppling two totems: John Schaefer and the inimitable Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro. The Sept. 12 primary promises to continue this shake-up.There are two reasons for this likelihood: Too many seriouDemocratic candidates are vying for the district's three seats -- and two of the incumbents hate one another's guts.Indeed Lois Garey, who was appointed to the council earlier thiyear after Perry Sfikas became a state senator, has had to double as a den mother.
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