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By Howard Witt and Howard Witt,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 15, 2005
SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Local Republican leaders insist that all is well here amid the new million-dollar homes, upscale shopping malls and glistening megachurches that have come to characterize the suburban prosperity and bedrock conservatism of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's home district. But beneath the well-manicured lawns and pristine artificial lakes in planned communities that make up much of DeLay's district, rumbles of discontent are being heard in this area south of Houston as turmoil grows in Washington over the majority leader's alleged ethical lapses.
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January 9, 2014
Political pundits and poohbahs are weighing in on what to expect as the 2014 Maryland General Assembly convenes Wednesday and various agendas come to the fore. Every legislator has a want list and hours can be spent taking the temperatures of our lawmakers and trying to figure out what will emerge when the bell rings to end the session in three months. But there is one thing to keep in mind that will likely shape almost everything that happens - it's an election year. Drama? Controversy?
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January 9, 2014
Political pundits and poohbahs are weighing in on what to expect as the 2014 Maryland General Assembly convenes Wednesday and various agendas come to the fore. Every legislator has a want list and hours can be spent taking the temperatures of our lawmakers and trying to figure out what will emerge when the bell rings to end the session in three months. But there is one thing to keep in mind that will likely shape almost everything that happens - it's an election year. Drama? Controversy?
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | November 8, 2013
For Eric Bouchat, being redrawn into District 9A was a homecoming of sorts. The Republican candidate for the House of Delegates is a Howard County native, graduated from Howard High School in 1985 and lived in Howard County for several years before moving to the Carroll County side of Woodbine. Late last month, Bouchat held his fifth annual Ravens-game bull roast fundraiser at the Winfield Fire Department in Sykesville. He said the roast was a laid-back, "grassroots" event. "Nobody dressed up, people were in Ravens gear," he said.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2010
A moratorium on federal earmarks is expected to force Maryland colleges and universities, the state and local governments, private companies, charities and nonprofit organizations and other potential recipients to look elsewhere for future funding. In recent years, hundreds of millions of earmarked dollars have flowed to Maryland, but that source of federal largesse might be about to run dry. Republican lawmakers and President Barack Obama, eager to establish fiscal-conservative credibility with voters, have called for an end to the time-honored practice by members of Congress of directing federal money to pet projects, typically in their home district or state.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
In Dundalk and Essex they're getting to know Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, who is from way over on the west side; in Pikesville and along Liberty Road they're taking a closer look at his fellow council member, Joseph Bartenfelder, from way over on the east side. In this sprawling county where folks identify closely with their neighborhoods, the two best-known candidates for the Democratic nomination for county executive are seeking inroads in each other's home turf, fighting cultural barriers and political tradition.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | November 8, 2013
For Eric Bouchat, being redrawn into District 9A was a homecoming of sorts. The Republican candidate for the House of Delegates is a Howard County native, graduated from Howard High School in 1985 and lived in Howard County for several years before moving to the Carroll County side of Woodbine. Late last month, Bouchat held his fifth annual Ravens-game bull roast fundraiser at the Winfield Fire Department in Sykesville. He said the roast was a laid-back, "grassroots" event. "Nobody dressed up, people were in Ravens gear," he said.
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By Elizabeth Large and By Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2002
Katie O'Malley, Baltimore District court judge and wife of the mayor, says their 11-year-old daughter Grace is as much to blame as anyone. The oldest of their children put "a new baby" on her Christmas wish list last December. "I told her definitely no," O'Malley says now with a grin. "She jinxed me. We found out we were pregnant right after we gave Will's crib away." It's always "we" and never "I" when she talks about her pregnancy.
NEWS
November 20, 2002
IN LOW-TURNOUT elections, powerful organizations can shape outcomes to narrow interests. Well-financed, sharply focused and willing to put one concern above all others, they wield inordinate power because the wider electorate gives it to them. Every election produces an example. In the days since a slim majority of Western Maryland voters apparently turned him out of office, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. has had many expressions of gratitude for his long legislative service. One of these thank-you notes came wrapped in an eerie message from one of those determined interest groups: "Thank you for your service to the Maryland House of Delegates for the past 28 years," the writer began.
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May 22, 1996
DWIGHT EISENHOWER called it the "military-industrial complex." Others "the permanent war economy." Whatever the term, the end of the Cold War was supposed to cure the American addiction to huge defense spending. It didn't. Pentagon critics now estimate that U.S. military expenditures, adjusted for inflation, now amount to 92 percent of the Cold War average.Republicans in the House added $12.4 billion last week to President Clinton's $254.3 billion request. Senate Republicans, with Bob Dole's approval, are seeking a similar add-on.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2010
A moratorium on federal earmarks is expected to force Maryland colleges and universities, the state and local governments, private companies, charities and nonprofit organizations and other potential recipients to look elsewhere for future funding. In recent years, hundreds of millions of earmarked dollars have flowed to Maryland, but that source of federal largesse might be about to run dry. Republican lawmakers and President Barack Obama, eager to establish fiscal-conservative credibility with voters, have called for an end to the time-honored practice by members of Congress of directing federal money to pet projects, typically in their home district or state.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
In Dundalk and Essex they're getting to know Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, who is from way over on the west side; in Pikesville and along Liberty Road they're taking a closer look at his fellow council member, Joseph Bartenfelder, from way over on the east side. In this sprawling county where folks identify closely with their neighborhoods, the two best-known candidates for the Democratic nomination for county executive are seeking inroads in each other's home turf, fighting cultural barriers and political tradition.
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By Howard Witt and Howard Witt,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 15, 2005
SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Local Republican leaders insist that all is well here amid the new million-dollar homes, upscale shopping malls and glistening megachurches that have come to characterize the suburban prosperity and bedrock conservatism of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's home district. But beneath the well-manicured lawns and pristine artificial lakes in planned communities that make up much of DeLay's district, rumbles of discontent are being heard in this area south of Houston as turmoil grows in Washington over the majority leader's alleged ethical lapses.
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By Elizabeth Large and By Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2002
Katie O'Malley, Baltimore District court judge and wife of the mayor, says their 11-year-old daughter Grace is as much to blame as anyone. The oldest of their children put "a new baby" on her Christmas wish list last December. "I told her definitely no," O'Malley says now with a grin. "She jinxed me. We found out we were pregnant right after we gave Will's crib away." It's always "we" and never "I" when she talks about her pregnancy.
NEWS
April 17, 1991
If there is one thing that gives members of Congress more heartburn than raising their own salaries, it is having home-district military bases closed on their watch. In 1988, there were anguished cries when an 86-base hit list was issued by the Pentagon. Yet three years later, we find that only one installation has closed for good.Last year Defense Secretary Dick Cheney came up with a new list of proposed base closings that deservedly got nowhere on Capitol Hill. Its impact was almost exclusively directed at Democratic-controlled congressional districts.
NEWS
September 25, 1992
COMMENTARY from The Economist of London:"The American presidential election is turning into a fairground contest of conjurers. Here stands George Bush with a tray of treats before him, tossing out $1 billion in wheat subsidies for the mid-west and $6 billion in aircraft contracts for Texas."There stands Bill Clinton, showing even with empty hands that he is eager to do the same. And meanwhile, in the neon-lit arcades of Congress, men who had promised to stop feeding dimes into the machines are tinkering them to life.
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