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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County and Sen. Joseph M. Getty of Carroll County will lead the Republican caucus in the Maryland Senate as lawmakers move into the fourth and final year of their terms next year, GOP senators said Monday. Brinkley, who previously served as minority leader in 2007-2008, will return to that role for the 2014 session. He replaces former Sen. E. J. Pipkin of Cecil County, who resigned and moved to Texas. Getty was elected minority whip, replacing Sen. Edward R. Reilly of Anne Arundel County.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
David R. Brinkley has no problem with being called an establishment Republican. He's the party's leader in the Maryland Senate, a master of the state budget process and a pragmatist adept at bringing tax dollars back from Democratic-dominated Annapolis to Frederick and Carroll counties. But the 20-year lawmaker is struggling to beat back an aggressive challenge from the tea party wing of the GOP. Del. Michael J. Hough contends that Brinkley is not ideologically pure enough for the General Assembly's 4th District.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday. After a briefing at which GOP lawmakers were told that the state's tax burden is driving affluent taxpayers to move elsewhere, the party's House and Senate leaders said they would push for everything from an across-the-board income tax cut to targeted relief for small businesses.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday. After a briefing at which GOP lawmakers were told that the state's tax burden is driving affluent taxpayers to move elsewhere, the party's House and Senate leaders said they would push for everything from an across-the-board income tax cut to targeted relief for small businesses.
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By Karen Hosler and Thomas Waldron and Karen Hosler and Thomas Waldron,Washington Bureau of The Sun Sun staff writer Carl M. Cannon contributed to this article | May 3, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders struggled yesterday to distance their party from the specific cuts that would have to be made in Medicare to meet their goal of curbing the growth of the popular health care program.After failing to agree among themselves on a way out of their predicament, the Republicans sought to share the burden of cutting Medicare with President Clinton."It's time to step back, examine the facts and lower the rhetoric," Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole told reporters yesterday.
NEWS
October 26, 1990
A group of Fifth District Republicans are supporting Democrat Linda Gilligan for County Council.About 15 GOP leaders will be sending letters to fellow Republicans in the district urging them to vote for Gilligan on Nov. 6. The letters will stress her financial background and community activism.Gilligan faces Diane R. Evans in the general election. Evans has a long history of Republican and civic activism.Other Republicans are standing by Evans. She was endorsed this week by former Representative Marjorie S. Holt.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 4, 1995
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans removed a major stumbling block to their $190 billion tax-cut plan yesterday after GOP leaders agreed to make tax reductions conditional on passing a budget that would eliminate the deficit by 2002."
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By Karen Hosler and Carl M. Cannon and Karen Hosler and Carl M. Cannon,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 20, 1995
WASHINGTON -- With the government partially shut down for a fourth day, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders agreed last night to reopen talks aimed at reaching a deal on a balanced budget, possibly by the end of the year.After a two-hour session at the White House, Mr. Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to meet again this morning to establish the framework and agenda for new bargaining sessions.If they succeed in jump-starting the stalled budget negotiations, Congress is expected to quickly pass a stopgap spending bill that would end the partial government shutdown that has idled a quarter-million federal workers since last weekend.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | November 10, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The tide of voter anger that cost the Democrats control of Congress and the governorships of 11 states spared every GOP incumbent and gave the Republicans what they called an unmistakable mandate to lead.But even as exuberant GOP leaders welcomed a new convert, Alabama Sen. Richard C. Shelby, into the fold yesterday, they said that they have a big responsibility to do a much better job of governing than the Democrats have done."We won the election because I think the American people want to give us the opportunity," said Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who will return to the post of majority leader that he last held in 1986.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | November 16, 1994
WASHINGTON -- A political wish list -- drafted by candidates, polished by consultants and tested on focus groups -- is the bible that Republican House leaders are determined to follow, chapter and verse, in their frantic first 100 days in office.The Republicans say they will translate their "Contract with America," which was essentially a political document designed to give the congressional elections a national theme, into the framework for a new government.There is no guarantee that this grab bag of proposals with feel-good names like "The American Dream Restoration Act" will become law. The more than 300 House candidates who signed the "contract" in September promised only that its package of tax cuts, conservative reforms and anti-government measures would come up for a speedy vote.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Leaders in the Maryland Republican Party are promoting the recent win in the Annapolis mayoral race as evidence the GOP can secure victories in Democratic strongholds. Upbeat party members gathered Saturday in the state capital for their fall convention. Some said upsets such as the city mayor's race could be repeated if the party is strategic and can devise ways to reach communities whose voters usually cast ballots for Democrats. "We have to be aggressive, and we may have to do some things that we're not comfortable with as a party to win," Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley of Frederick County told the crowd of 250. "We do have a bright future, and we may have to employ some strategies that we haven't looked at before.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County and Sen. Joseph M. Getty of Carroll County will lead the Republican caucus in the Maryland Senate as lawmakers move into the fourth and final year of their terms next year, GOP senators said Monday. Brinkley, who previously served as minority leader in 2007-2008, will return to that role for the 2014 session. He replaces former Sen. E. J. Pipkin of Cecil County, who resigned and moved to Texas. Getty was elected minority whip, replacing Sen. Edward R. Reilly of Anne Arundel County.
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May 2, 2013
Maryland's House Republicans decided this week to jettison Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell from the leadership of their caucus on the grounds that a new messenger is needed to revitalize the party's prospects and pick up seats in the 2014 election. We wish new Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke and new Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga the best of luck; Maryland is better when it has two functioning political parties. But color us skeptical that rearranging the deck chairs in the House GOP caucus is going to accomplish much.
EXPLORE
March 29, 2012
In August 2011, amidst the debt ceiling debate, I changed my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. I never liked the Bob Ehrlich sell-out-your-values Republican Party. I'm a Rand Paul "The Tea Party is Coming to Washington" kind of Republican. Yet I see the Tea Party has yet to come to Howard County. I received a mailer from the Gelfman-Tucker campaign with the endorsement of Sen. Allan Kittleman and I have to ask, "Why is a leading Republican supporting a Democratic endorsed slate and a judge (Tucker)
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By Meghan Daum | January 14, 2012
If you think Rick Santorum is a weird, pious wackadoo, try being a female walking around certain ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Israel with your ankles showing. Mr. Santorum's near-victory in the Iowa caucuses last week raised the volume on some of his more paranoid kvetchings about the moral breakdown of society - gay marriage being a slippery slope to marrying your pet, "Christendom" being under attack, birth control being "not OK" even for married couples.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing a $15 million increase in the state's program to help build affordable rental housing, saying the bump would leverage $285 million in private investment and create 1,100 jobs in Maryland. Surrounded by housing advocates, construction workers and local residents, O'Malley went to the site of a former public housing development in Annapolis to announce plans to double the state's investment in loans to developers to help spur rental housing construction.
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By JANET HOOK AND RICHARD SIMON and JANET HOOK AND RICHARD SIMON,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 11, 2005
In an embarrassing setback for President Bush and the beleaguered Republican Party, House GOP leaders abruptly put off a vote yesterday on a bill to cut spending after failing to round up enough votes to pass the measure. GOP leaders remained a few votes short, even after days of arm twisting and making a major concession to wary Republican moderates - stripping out a provision that would have authorized drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. House leaders expressed confidence that they would have the votes next week to pass the $50 billion in spending cuts, a measure they have portrayed as part of a new, more determined effort to reduce the federal budget deficit.
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By Larry Carson and Michael Dresser and Larry Carson and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2001
State Sen. Christopher J. McCabe of Howard County is leaving the Maryland General Assembly after 11 years to take a job in the Bush administration, a move that will cause another shake-up among GOP leaders in the legislature. In September, Senate Minority leader Martin G. Madden, Howard's other Republican senator, announced that he will resign and return to private life. The two friends were elected in 1990 - representing a Republican surge in Howard, where Democrats had dominated for decades.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2011
State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller predicted Thursday that the General Assembly would approve an increase in Maryland's gas tax, putting his considerable influence behind an issue that is likely to be divisive in the coming legislative session. "There's going to be a gas tax," Miller said flatly in an address to Maryland business leaders meeting here. "Is it popular? No, [but] it is going to have to get done now. " Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch spoke at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference.
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