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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is up with his first television ad of the general election -- a spot that begins airing during tonight's playoff game between the Orioles and the Yankees. The ad, which plays off Cardin's reputation as a Senate workhorse, shows the senator slinging luggage onto airliners at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The ad is similar to one Cardin's campaign ran during the primary in which he was shown working as a waterman on the Chesapeake.
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September 21, 2014
On Sept. 17, 1787, the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting with one item on the agenda - signing the Constitution. This November, under-18-year-olds will not be able to vote in congressional and state elections. Why? It's the law. Almost certainly, new strategies are needed to increase civic engagement in Maryland and even the United States. Is it time for a robust debate concerning lowering the voting age in Maryland to 16? Yes, Maryland should follow the lead of the City of Tacoma Park and give 16-year-olds the right to vote in state elections.
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By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sin | September 22, 2010
The contest for two seats on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench will remain a three-way race in the general election, though a challenger came within about 500 votes of ousting one of the sitting judges in last week's primary. Unofficial election returns that include the last of the absentee and provisional ballots counted Wednesday show Laura Kiessling, a recently appointed judge and former prosecutor, as the top vote-getter on both the Democrat and Republican ballots in the nonpartisan race.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
An Anne Arundel County councilman and a veteran trial lawyer have teamed up to create a political action committee to raise money to defeat far-right Republican nominee Michael Peroutka's bid for a council seat. County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, is listed as chairman of StopPeroutka.com PAC. Daniel Clements, a trial lawyer and Democratic activist, is treasurer. Clements said the committee had been registered with the state elections board but that the web site only became operational Friday.
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November 10, 2011
The votes are in, and the results are clear: Baltimore's general election was a nearly complete waste of time, money and effort. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake got about 84 percent of the measly 45,000 votes that were cast. Among the City Council races, only one was close. In most of the rest, the winners of the Democratic primary ran up margins that would make dictators holding sham elections envious. One incumbent, Sharon Green Middleton, got 98 percent of the vote. This exercise cost city taxpayers about $1.5 million, or more than $33 per voter.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen captured victory over a political newcomer in the capital city's Democratic primary Tuesday. Cohen defeated Bevin Buchheister, a downtown civic activist to win the Democratic nomination, 1,774 votes to 1,332 votes. "This was a hard-fought campaign," Cohen told a roomful of supporters at the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge after Buchheister called to concede the race. Cohen will face the winner of the Republican primary, Mike Pantelides, in the general election in November.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 28, 1996
LUCKHAM, India -- As the daughter of tea pickers who have worked for generations in the green hillsides around this village in southern India, Bhageshwari went to the polls every election day with her parents.Yesterday, at age 20, on a day when India went to the polls at the start of its 11th general election since independence, the young woman was old enough for the first time to vote herself. The election will continue across India with two more voting days, May 2 and 7, and with results expected about May 10.Bhageshwari walked a mile to a polling place in the old fieldstone schoolhouse she attended as a child.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 19, 2000
JERUSALEM - A week after plunging back into Israeli politics, Benjamin Netanyahu backed away yesterday from his campaign to wrest the prime minister's job from Ehud Barak by insisting on conditions that Israel's parliament refused to meet. Netanyahu, who polls show would easily defeat Barak if the vote were held now, said he would run only if members of parliament agreed to give up their seats and hold general elections. Lawmakers, many of whom are afraid of losing their seats in a general election, voted 69-49 last night against requiring themselves to stand for re-election.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
HAVRE de GRACE - Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament, but he is staking out positions that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014 nomination for governor. In recent weeks, Craig has articulated policy stands that put him well to the conservative side of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his 2002 race for governor - the only gubernatorial election the Maryland GOP has won in four decades.
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By Leo Linbeck III | January 9, 2012
For decades, Americans have been told that voting in the general election satisfies their civic duty. But in today's world, voting in the general is not enough. The electoral system has morphed to the point where the vast majority of congressional general elections are no longer relevant. Because more than 80 percent of congressional seats are in one-party districts, the key decision is not made in the general election - it is made in the primary of the party that controls that district.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
An attorney who co-founded the Institute on the Constitution and belongs to a Southern secessionist organization widened his lead in a Republican primary for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council on Wednesday. Michael Anthony Peroutka held a 38-vote lead over former school board member Maureen Carr-York for the Republican primary in a district that includes Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck. Elections officials counted provisional ballots and all absentee ballots on hand on Wednesday.
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July 1, 2014
Voting has always been a big deal in my family. I remember being led into the polling booth by my mother during every election for as long as I remember. I've watched her vote for presidents, governors, mayors and everything on down. She is one reason why I was so eager to register to vote once I turned 18. Now that I'm turning 20 and have had the opportunity to vote, I understand the value of our democratic responsibility and try to instill that in others, especially in my peers. I recently read an article about the Afghani presidential election and how the Taliban was chopping off the hands and fingers of those who voted.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
A year ago, the Maryland State Board of Education upheld a Howard County school board request to oust fellow member Allen Dyer - and it didn't matter that the Ellicott City resident's term had long since expired. The board's decision culminated a protracted battle between Dyer and fellow board members and marked what many believe was the first time in state history an elected school board member was ordered to vacate his seat. This week Dyer took a step closer to staging a dramatic return.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Now that Republicans have chosen their candidate in November's race for Anne Arundel County executive, Democrat George F. Johnson IV says he's eager to begin the campaign. "It's time to roll our sleeves up," said Johnson, who faces Republican Steve Schuh in the Nov. 4 election. Schuh defeated incumbent Laura Neuman in last week's primary. Johnson, 60, has outlined a platform of spending more on schools and teacher salaries, supporting public safety and completing pollution control projects.
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June 27, 2014
Now that the 2014 primary election is history, it might be time for Maryland to examine the idea of moving to an open, semi-open, or semi-closed primary. My wife and I are registered independents because we like to vote for candidates rather that just the party line. But we feel left out in Maryland's closed primaries. Some of the people who won weren't people we would have voted for, so in the general election we will probably vote for someone in a different party instead of the way we would normally vote.
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By Michael Dresser | June 26, 2014
Maryland Republicans came together Thursday night to unite behind Larry Hogan's candidacy for governor as his defeated primary foes vowed at a unity rally to work for his election in November. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Charles County business executive Charles Lollar and Del. Ron George -- the second through fourth-place finisher's in Tuesday's count -- shared a stage with a beaming Hogan at the Severna Park gathering of several hundred cheering Republicans. Hogan praised each of his defeated rivals and said each was on board with his general election campaign.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2004
Baltimore voters have the chance tomorrow to close an unusual 14-month gap between the primary and general elections for city offices such as mayor. A proposed charter revision placed on the ballot by the City Council would return the city's general elections to their historical spot in odd-numbered years. The revision would end, for now at least, attempts to have both primary and general elections for Baltimore's municipal offices coincide with the presidential election - which estimates say could save the city well over $1 million.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
After the first day of counting absentee ballots on Thursday, a winner had not yet been determined in a Republican primary race for the Anne Arundel County Council. At the close of the first absentee canvass, Michael Anthony Peroutka held a 16-vote lead over Maureen Carr-York in District 5, which includes Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd remained in third. Peroutka had 2,287 votes to Carr-York's 2,271 votes, according to election data. A total of 1,791 provisional ballots and remaining absentee ballots will be counted next week.
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By S. Wayne Carter Jr., Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 25, 2014
With school funding one of the top issues in the Carroll County Commissioners' race, Republican candidates who received the backing of the local teachers' union won in four of the five districts, ousting two incumbents in the process. But conservative incumbent Richard Rothschild - who lacked the union's support - was the leading voting-getter among all commissioner candidates with nearly all the precincts reporting. Rothschild held off a challenge from Barbara Biller, who had a slim lead after early voting was tabulated.
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