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September 11, 2012
Ever heard of the Green and Libertarian parties? I have, and the American people have a right to know who is running and what they propose. I would also like your support for them both to be in the presidential debates, along with the Republican and Democrat. If they were in the debates, the people would have a better idea of who is running and what they do propose. Question: What party was Jessie Ventura (former professional wrestler, Navy Seal, author, actor, etc.) in when he was governor of Minnesota?
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When you're a Libertarian candidate in Maryland, garnering more than 1 percent of the vote on Election Day counts as a win. But for Shawn Quinn, candidate for governor, nothing short of toppling both the major-party candidates will feel like victory. "People think I'm nuts," Quinn said last week. "But I want to be the next governor of Maryland. " The Libertarian Party, founded in 1971, has never won more than a full percentage point of Maryland voters in statewide races. Quinn is undeterred.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1995
The Libertarian Party -- that political oddity that manages to draw fire from both Democrats and Republicans, the right and the left alike -- has landed again in Maryland.This time, however, the Libertarians intend to stay.The group has delivered the signatures of more than 13,600 voters to the state election board in the hope of again becoming an officially recognized third party.That's 3,600 more signatures than the 10,000 needed under state law."This is the warning shot across the bow that says we are here," said Jesse N. Markowitz, a 27-year-old from Gaithersburg who chairs the Libertarian Party of Maryland in Bethesda.
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Thomas F. Schaller | April 29, 2014
Had somebody told me seven years ago when I started writing for The Sun that one day I would pen a column jointly praising Allan Kittleman and John Paul Stephens, I would have told her she was high. But that's the funny thing about weed, isn't it? It has the power to bring together otherwise different-minded people, including the 55-year-old Maryland Republican state senator and the 94-year-old retired Supreme Court associate justice, each of whom this month helped advance the long-overdue cause of marijuana legalization.
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November 6, 2012
Leave it to The Sun. Having failed to mention my candidacy even one time during the entire campaign season despite numerous press releases and e-mails, The Sun finally mentions my campaign for Congress and erroneously identifies me as an independent ("Now, it's all about turnout," Nov. 4). I am a proud Libertarian who has been campaigning aggressively for months, having started my radio advertisements in September. The Sun then goes on to identify a Green candidate on the ballot in my district who, in fact, is not on the ballot.
NEWS
July 25, 1993
Controlling Beavers At GunpowderI have to disagree with Peter Kozlek's letter (July 5) concerning the Gunpowder beavers.Some sort of beaver control is needed. I'm sure the beavers and their dams provide a picturesque trout fishing scene, but at a cost to the hardwood trees in the area.Not only do beavers need trees for their dams, they need to gnaw on trees to keep their teeth in check, thus the loss of more trees. . . .I think the Department of Natural Resources could allow limited trapping in the area.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 6, 2002
Supporters of Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Spear Lancaster delivered 35,600 petition signatures to the Maryland State Board of Elections yesterday in an effort to place the first minor-party candidate on the ballot for the state's top job since 1966. To appear on the ballot, state law requires independent and third-party candidates to collect valid signatures from 1 percent of the state's registered voters. About 2.7 million Maryland residents are registered as voters, meaning Lancaster needs about 27,000 valid signatures.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Wendy Rosen is the Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland's 1st District but the Cockeysville businesswoman was busy Friday campaigning for a Libertarian. In an e-mail, Rosen's campaign implored supporters to sign a petition that would will help put Libertarian candidate Muir Boda on the ballot in November. Doing so, the e-mail said, would take votes away from incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris. "You can help me win this election by helping a third candidate enter the race," read the e-mail, which included a link to the state Libertarian Party's webpage.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When you're a Libertarian candidate in Maryland, garnering more than 1 percent of the vote on Election Day counts as a win. But for Shawn Quinn, candidate for governor, nothing short of toppling both the major-party candidates will feel like victory. "People think I'm nuts," Quinn said last week. "But I want to be the next governor of Maryland. " The Libertarian Party, founded in 1971, has never won more than a full percentage point of Maryland voters in statewide races. Quinn is undeterred.
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June 15, 2012
For many years I've considered myself to be among a minority in America. Not a racial or ethnic minority - I am a run-of-the-mill, middle-aged white guy - but a political minority. I am fiscally-conservative and socially-liberal, which results in my feeling orphaned by the two-party political establishment. Republicans appear increasingly adamant about insisting that government should dictate our society's mores and behaviors. They don't trust women to make their own reproductive decisions or want gays to enjoy the same rights that the balance of the populace does, and have generally evolved into a party of pompous, "thou shall do as I say" hypocrites.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 27, 2014
It's always interesting to watch the filings pour in as we approach the filing deadline to run for office. The filing period in Maryland closed on Tuesday night at 9 PM, and there are a lot of interesting things that I see that will make for an intriguing couple of months. Libertarian Renaissance : The Libertarian Party putting up a candidate for attorney general for the first time that I can remember, in additon to fielding a gubernatorial candidate as well as several state and local level candidates.
NEWS
November 6, 2012
Leave it to The Sun. Having failed to mention my candidacy even one time during the entire campaign season despite numerous press releases and e-mails, The Sun finally mentions my campaign for Congress and erroneously identifies me as an independent ("Now, it's all about turnout," Nov. 4). I am a proud Libertarian who has been campaigning aggressively for months, having started my radio advertisements in September. The Sun then goes on to identify a Green candidate on the ballot in my district who, in fact, is not on the ballot.
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November 1, 2012
MEET THE CANDIDATES   When Marylanders head to the polls Nov. 6, they will elect members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in addition to casting their ballots for president. Dozens of people are running for a chance to represent the state's voters in Washington. The Baltimore Sun asked all major and third-party candidates to answer questions about pressing policy issues facing the country.   [ 1st Congressional District ] The 1st District was a political bellwether in the past two elections, but was redrawn by the Maryland General Assembly last year and is now more solidly Republican.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and Democratic challenger John Delaney pitched vastly different approaches to deal with unemployment, federal deficits and immigration, while both hewed closely to their party's talking points Wednesday during the first televised debate of the state's marquee congressional race. Bartlett, a Republican who is considered the underdog in his bid for an 11th term in the 6th District, did little to moderate his more conservative views on regulations and education, even though his once-red district became more Democratic in last year's statewide redistricting.
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By Bob Allen | October 4, 2012
An hour before Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off on national television on Oct. 3, the pre-presidential-debate debate got under way at Carroll Community College, with one student speculating out loud, "I wonder when the shoe-throwing is going to start?" Not to worry — no shoes, rotten tomatoes, spitballs, mean-spirited invectives or anything else went airborne. In fact, the hour-long debate, which featured a seven-member panel representing the county Republican and Democratic central committees, the Carroll County League of Women Voters, the Libertarian Party and We, The People — a local offshoot of the Tea Party movement — was cordial.
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September 11, 2012
Ever heard of the Green and Libertarian parties? I have, and the American people have a right to know who is running and what they propose. I would also like your support for them both to be in the presidential debates, along with the Republican and Democrat. If they were in the debates, the people would have a better idea of who is running and what they do propose. Question: What party was Jessie Ventura (former professional wrestler, Navy Seal, author, actor, etc.) in when he was governor of Minnesota?
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August 9, 2010
Unlike many observers, I was not at all surprised by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsement of Brian Murphy for governor ("Palin steps into Maryland politics, backing Murphy," Aug. 5) It was the logical thing for her to do. During his four years as governor, Bob Ehrlich increased state spending by 33 percent. This is the opposite of what tea partiers want -- they want smaller government. Mr. Ehrlich is also pro-choice on abortion, while Ms. Palin is pro-life. And he is not very good on gun rights, which is a top tea party issue.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | March 11, 1998
WASHINGTON -- As polls continue to reflect widespread public apathy if not disgust toward the two major political parties and interest in an alternative, long-shot efforts are going forward to crack the door open for independent and third-party candidates in the next presidential election.Leading the effort is Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in 1988 and was elected to the House as a Republican in 1996. He is sponsoring bills that would make it easier for such candidates to gain ballot position in the various states and to gain admission to presidential debates.
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July 26, 2012
I was pleased that Maryland's gerrymandered congressional districts will be put on the ballot this year so that voters can weigh in on them ("Referendum on political redistricting makes ballot," July 21). But there are other choices that voters may not have this November - namely, all 16 candidates for federal office who have been nominated by Maryland's two leading minor political parties. Last year, both the Green and the Libertarian Parties submitted 15,000 petition signatures to meet the 10,000 valid signature requirement, but the State Board of Elections denied both parties a renewal of their ballot status.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Wendy Rosen is the Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland's 1st District but the Cockeysville businesswoman was busy Friday campaigning for a Libertarian. In an e-mail, Rosen's campaign implored supporters to sign a petition that would will help put Libertarian candidate Muir Boda on the ballot in November. Doing so, the e-mail said, would take votes away from incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris. "You can help me win this election by helping a third candidate enter the race," read the e-mail, which included a link to the state Libertarian Party's webpage.
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