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January 12, 2014
A political campaign is a contact sport that is waged on the financial as well as the psychological level. Much like any poker tournament, from the random house game to the World Series, winners and losers are decided on a variety of criteria including skill, strategy, the best hand and sometimes pure luck. With the backdrop of a poker table in mind, here is how I see the current main players among the Republicans seeking to be Maryland's next governor: Jay Bala (the new guy)
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
A claim that has also been central to Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's critique of Maryland's economy - that the state has lost most of its Fortune 500 companies during the O'Malley administration - turns out to be false. That assertion has been a staple of Hogan's stump speech. Hogan repeated the claim, with minor variations, throughout the primary contest and has continued to make it a central talking point in his general election campaign against Democrat Anthony G. Brown.
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March 26, 2012
In response to the March 15 column, "Contraceptive isn't bad, no matter what GOP candidates tell," the writer probably meant "mandate," not "contraceptive. " GOP candidates don't like federal mandates that infringe on the religious freedom for which the United States was founded. I am proud to live in a country where people are free to worship as they choose, dress and display symbols according to religious beliefs, and not forced to defy religious beliefs such as not working on the Sabbath.
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September 27, 2014
Thirty-second TV spots by Democrat Anthony Brown and the Democratic Governors Association deliver remarkably similar messages portraying Larry Hogan as someone opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest. The ads tie Hogan to long-ago proposals. What the ads say : The Brown spot opens with the question "Who is Larry Hogan?" It answers with a series of statements about Hogan's stance on abortion, asserting that Hogan opposes a woman's right to choose and wants to ban abortion in cases of rape and incest.
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By Rachel Marsden | March 22, 2012
After being bombarded with news of Third World problems for so long, I figured it was time to give a bit of equal time to First World suffering. Every so often I reach a boiling point with modern Western culture and feel the need to rant -- so I'm going to bleed it out through my fingertips, as Ernest Hemingway used to say of writing, before my brain explodes from the pressure. -- After years of not owning a television, I finally broke down and bought one in November, thinking that maybe it was time to stop being a misanthropic weirdo.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
In their only scheduled debate on Baltimore television, the four Republican candidates for governor depicted Maryland as overtaxed and overspent under a Democratic administration, creating a climate in which businesses are fleeing to neighboring states. In the debate, taped Monday afternoon for broadcast Friday, David R. Craig, Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar offered a grim assessment of the state's economic outlook as the second and final term of Gov. Martin O'Malley comes to an end. "Businesses are leaving in droves - to go to Virginia, to Delaware, to West Virginia, to other states," said Hogan, 58, a former Ehrlich administration official, who said the state's "onerous" tax policy is to blame.
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March 19, 2012
Maryland's primary is now just two weeks away (with early voting starting this Saturday) and - surprise - ballots cast here might even be relevant to the presidential selection process. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney is scheduled to be the first of the Republican candidates to traipse into the Old Line State to state his case for taking home 37 delegates in the winner-take-all event with appearances at theU.S. Naval Academy and in Arbutus and Frederick. For a state dominated by Democrats, this is a rarity that GOP voters should savor.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2010
Calling the Baltimore County Council's efforts to reform its own pensions "very anemic," Republican candidates for county offices pledged Monday to rein in elected officials' benefits if voters elect enough of them to office Nov. 2. Public anger about county pension benefits erupted last year when Councilman Vincent J. Gardina announced he would retire in 2010, after 20 years in the council, with a pension equal to 100 percent of his $54,000 annual...
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March 14, 2012
I remember back in the day when conversations about sex were whispered and babies were born by immaculate conception. All three of my children were. Just ask my mother. But actually I was a lucky ducky, and when I asked her where babies came from, she didn't give me the hooey other mothers in the neighborhood gave their kids. She sat me down and drew a diagram of a male organ, female uterus and birth canal. I was 7. I just wanted to know if what Sylvia, who was 8, had told me was true.
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By Paul West and Paul West,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 9, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The leading Republican presidential candidates fervently wooed members of the increasingly powerful religious right yesterday. But it was a noncandidate -- Newt Gingrich -- who drew the most enthusiastic reception.Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, continuing his courting of conservative activists, was warmly received by members of the Christian Coalition at their annual meeting here. He welcomed their growing political clout and vowed to defend them against what he predicted would be a wave of persecution from Democrats in next year's campaign.
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September 14, 2014
In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control traditionally has been a Democratic issue, so Republicans' sudden embrace of it seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. This year four GOP Senate candidates in close races against Democratic incumbents have announced their support for over-the-counter access to birth control: Cory Gardener of Colorado; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; Ed Gillespie of Virgina and Mike McFadden of Minnesota.
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August 26, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's. commentary suggesting that Jews should reconsider their long-standing support of Democratic presidential candidates requires a response ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24). Mr. Ehrlich rightly points out some of the historical reasons Jews have supported Democrats as well as their disagreement with some Republican leaders on such issues as abortion, gay marriage, gun control, prayer in schools and birth control. But the article left out the invasion of Iraq based on faulty intelligence that led to the death of more than 4,000 young American men and women and ended up strengthening Israel's enemy, Iran.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
In their only scheduled debate on Baltimore television, the four Republican candidates for governor depicted Maryland as overtaxed and overspent under a Democratic administration, creating a climate in which businesses are fleeing to neighboring states. In the debate, taped Monday afternoon for broadcast Friday, David R. Craig, Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar offered a grim assessment of the state's economic outlook as the second and final term of Gov. Martin O'Malley comes to an end. "Businesses are leaving in droves - to go to Virginia, to Delaware, to West Virginia, to other states," said Hogan, 58, a former Ehrlich administration official, who said the state's "onerous" tax policy is to blame.
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By Michael Dresser | June 2, 2014
The three Democratic candidates for governor will all meet for their second televised debate Monday night on Maryland Public Television and WBAL-TV, giving voters their final opportunity to see them confront each other on television. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will go on at 7 p.m. in a debate hosted by MPT's Jeff Salkin. The three met last month in a televised debate at the University of Maryland College Park in an exchange that included lively confrontations between Brown and Gansler while Mizeur largely stayed above the fray.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
— The four Republican candidates for governor of Maryland focused their fire on the O'Malley administration and avoided criticizing each other as they met Saturday night in the first televised debate of this year's GOP primary contest. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar vied to see who could describe the state's economic circumstances in more dire terms.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
Republican candidates for Maryland governor criticized the O'Malley administration - but rarely each other - in a tame radio debate today that touched on the state's handgun permit law and 2013 death penalty repeal. The 60-minute, morning debate was broadcast and streamed live on WBAL radio. Host Jimmy Mathis solicited questions from listeners. The four candidates -- Harford County Executive David R. Craig , Del. Ron George of Annapolis, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar -- spent much of the debate drawing contrasts between their respective positions and those of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is prevented by term limits from running again.
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By Paul West and Paul West,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 21, 1990
LOS ANGELES -- Appropriately enough, an accounting term comes to mind when fellow Republicans discuss President Bush's frequent political travels."He's a great asset . . . a terrific asset," gushes Pete Wilson, the GOP candidate for governor of California, and no wonder. Much of Mr. Wilson's potentially decisive financial advantage in the governor's race can be traced directly to Mr. Bush's efforts.The president himself draws attention, in a self-deprecating way, to his status as the top-dollar attraction in U.S. politics, enhanced in recent weeks by intense public support for his Persian Gulf policies.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said Tuesday night that he would focus on controlling Maryland's spending before moving to roll back what he called the "40 consecutive tax increases" adopted under Gov. Martin O'Malley. Appearing at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum, Hogan told more than two dozen attendees reigning in the growth of government has to come before some of the ambitious tax-cutting plans advanced by his Republican opponents. "What we will first do is get spending under control," Hogan said, adding that spending has grown by $10 billion during O'Malley's two terms as governor.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron George usually keeps quiet about the flashiest part of his biography. But as he fielded a question about film tax credits at a candidates forum last week, George let slip that he had a brief and unglamorous career as a daytime soap opera actor. "I got to die once and come back a couple months later," George told a crowd at the University of Maryland law school. That's not all. The Republican delegate from Anne Arundel County is still a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, he said, a distinction that over the decades has earned him bit parts in various productions.
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