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September 18, 2013
Lots of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for next year's governor's race, but why haven't we heard a word from the most qualified candidate of all: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? R. Colligan, Glen Burnie
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October 9, 2014
I have been an exclusively Democratic voter for over four decades, but the inept and totally negative campaign that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is conducting is making me take a hard look at Republican Larry Hogan ( "Gubernatorial name-calling," Oct. 7). One would think that after seven years in the second highest office in the state, Mr. Brown could point out his accomplishments - or at least inform the voters of what he plans to do if elected governor. Instead, Mr. Brown is running a smear campaign based on quotes pulled out of context from Mr. Hogan's statements - some many years old. It's time for Mr. Brown to explain to the electorate why he deserves to be governor and stop attacking Mr. Hogan.
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NEWS
August 25, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley contends that his recent Asian trip netted $85 million in deals ("O'Malley planning India trip," Aug. 24). My question for the governor is, "how much of the $85 million is the state of Maryland lending the Asian countries to invest here, and how much net revenue does the $85 million investment bring to Maryland?" If the state of Maryland was a good place for business, then foreign countries would find us. It appears the state is paying for Mr. O'Malley to became an expert in international affairs so he can run for federal office.
NEWS
By Richard E. Vatz | October 3, 2014
The presidential election of 2012 and Maryland's gubernatorial election of 2014 have much in common rhetorically in terms of their approaches to issues and spin, the two key components of political persuasion. The 2012 presidential election pitted a likable African-American Democratic incumbent president against a white, older Republican who had been out of politics for years. The 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race features a likable incumbent African-American Democratic lieutenant governor against a white, older Republican who has been out of politics for years.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | June 1, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley is looking for ways to trim his workforce - not the number of people, but their waistlines. The administration has launched a wellness program aimed at state workers. The governor known for his statistical analysis of programs will also be tracking the workers' progress. The goals, officials say, revolve around promoting a healthy diet and exercise at work, making sure worker health insurance plans promote proven and cost-effective practices and smoking cessation.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | May 30, 2012
It's Healthy Maryland Week, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The week, which runs from Mary 29-June 3, encourages residents to become more healthy through exercise, better food choices and preventive care. The O'Malley administration is holding various events to highlight health and wellness along with the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, a group of businesses and nonprofits that support health initatives. “Today, we're here to kick off a week's worth of events to get the word out about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and the resources and opportunities available in every community to live a healthy lifestyle,” said O'Malley on Tuesday at Truxtun Park's Roger W. “Pip” Moyer Recreations Center to proclaim the week.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Republican businessman Charles Lollar kicked off his campaign for governor Tuesday with a four-day, 17-stop bus tour of Maryland. The Charles County businessman, Marine major and Republican activist was the subject a "Draft Lollar" campaign to convince him to run. Tuesday, Lollar and supporters began a tour in a 16-seat bus that bears his photo. Lollar, 42, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and social libertarian who believes the state's top job is about managing tax payer money.
NEWS
August 31, 2010
After seeing that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s tax return reported his earnings at about $2.5 million and with Gov. Martin O'Malley's probably in the same range, I suggest that the post of governor and the cabinet should be volunteer positions, with no pay and no benefits, especially retirement. I estimate that state would be able to remove the furlough policy on state employees. It would strength the idea that the governor and his cabinet are truly public servants . Barbara Kupec-Brown
NEWS
September 17, 2013
Erin Cox's report on the GOP gubernatorial primary strikes out again ( "Lollar launches campaign for governor," Sept. 3). Why doesn't she get it? Ms. Cox points out that the field is widening, with several candidates - including two other Republicans and several announced Democratic candidates - all vying to replace term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley. But again she failed to include my name. Well, here's a news flash: I am also running for governor. Why doesn't Ms. Cox read her own newspaper?
NEWS
July 25, 2013
In your editorial "Time to take notice" (July 18), I took notice of a blatant omission. For reasons which I really do not understand, while you mentioned the names of several potential candidates for governor in the 2014 elections, you left out my name. Don't you good folks realize that I am the only candidate running for governor in 2014 who practices what he preaches? I believe campaign contributions are nothing but disguised bribes. When I ran for governor in 2010 and for U.S. Senate in 2012, I spent a total of $730, which enabled me to receive ethically almost 23,000 votes.
NEWS
By Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
If you thought the televised ads in Maryland's gubernatorial race seemed particularly negative recently, it's not just you.  New data released Tuesday ranked Maryland as having the highest percentage of negative television ads in any gubernatorial race in the nation.  The Wesleyan Media Project tracks all broadcast political ads in every statewide congressional and gubernatorial contest in the country. The group labels the content of each ad as either "negative," "contrast," or "positive.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and advocates are marking the occasion with a rally in Columbia. The law is getting some recognition in the governor's race, too, with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democrat, hammering at his opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, for opposing the state's assault weapons ban, the ban on sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines and "common sense background checks. " The claims are true in that Mr. Hogan opposed Senate Bill 281 of 2013, the gun control legislation Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through (with some assistance from Mr. Brown)
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Has there ever been more mud-slinging than in this year's Maryland governor's race? It has made me sick enough to agonize over how I can vote. I've decided to take the write-in option. I never do that, but I feel driven to it this time. I am going to write in the name Heather Mizeur. I recall how well she did in the debates, particularly in response to her environmental positions. She did not equivocate. She said, "I oppose fracking in the state of Maryland. " I'm going down fighting for her. Valerie Govig, Fullerton - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 28, 2014
Bullet point opinions on the topical issues of the day, for your consideration: •Regarding America's present war footing, our military brass are saying what common sense would dictate: It's gonna be really difficult to defeat (rather than contain) ISIS without professional soldiers ultimately doing the dirty work on the ground. Which also raises the question of what if our "rent-a-moderate-Syrian-freedom fighter" strategy fails? In other words, will an anti-war president (re)
NEWS
By Alexa Fraser | September 28, 2014
One of the things that delights me in the people I love is their differences.  Each of my beloved family members behaved differently in life, so naturally each of them chose to die in their own way.  My dad, Alex Fraser, wanted control over the time and place of his death.  As his Parkinson's worsened, sometime after his 90 t h birthday, he decided to take action.  His health had been declining for some time, his tremor made it hard...
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The Most Interesting Man in Maryland made an interesting presentation to Gov. Martin O'Malley Wednesday -- a $271 check representing royalties owed for an appearance in a movie while O'Malley was mayor of Baltimore. Comptroller Peter Franchot, who has been publicizing his office's unclaimed property programs with a series  of ads spoofing the Dos Equis beer "Most Interesting" commercials, handed the check to the governor at the beginning of a meeting of the Board of Public Works.
NEWS
By Childs Walker | childs.walker@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that it would be "ludicrous" for Towson University to cut funding for its highly successful debate program because of overall cuts to the state university system. Suspension of the team's season seemed a possibility after Towson trimmed its travel budget in response to several rounds of state-ordered cuts last year. But the university has since come up with $25,000 that will allow the top debate pairs to travel this spring. University officials said they hope to carve out a more permanent annual budget for the program.
NEWS
John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
In the rare moments when he speaks candidly about running for president, Gov. Martin O'Malley uses phrases such as "fundamentally newer" and "new way of leadership" to describe his approach - language intended to highlight the data-driven management style for which he is widely recognized. But it isn't hard to read another, more subtle message between the lines: The young, guitar-slinging governor represents a more youthful crop of Democrats, while the presumed front-runner for the nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton, might struggle to do so. As he winds down his final months in Annapolis and crisscrosses the country in anticipation of a full-scale national campaign, O'Malley has delicately tried to draw contrasts with the former first lady, senator and secretary of state without appearing confrontational - or even using her name.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | September 25, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Less than six weeks before Election Day, the candidates for governor are flooding the airwaves with apocalyptic messages about the dire consequences of choosing the other guy. The ads warn that Republican Larry Hogan is "dangerous," while Democrat Anthony G. Brown is "just not ready to be governor. " But they give viewers little information on how either man would govern. Both campaigns are focusing on a remarkably narrow range of attacks, hammered home through constant repetition.
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