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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
David Sloan, executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party for the last four years, said late Thursday that he is leaving that post. The announcement, made via email, comes just a month after Maryland Democrats scored some noteworthy successes in the November election. In addition to winning the state for President Obama with 62 percent of the vote, the party held on to the congressional seats held by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and its incumbent representatives while capturing the 6th District seat held by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Maryland Department of Transportation has been awarded $10 million in federal funding to widen a stretch of Route 175 in Anne Arundel County that is contributing to congestion around an expanding Fort Meade. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to widen the heavily-used corridor between Disney and Reece roads, U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, both Maryland Democrats, announced Tuesday.
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March 6, 2012
Your recent editorial regarding voter ID laws ("The phantom menace of voter fraud," Feb. 27) rightly criticized the Republicans in the legislature for trying to win votes by tinkering with the voting process. The attempt is clumsy and obvious. They should learn from the Democrats who accomplish the same end much more deftly. They carved legislative and congressional districts in which the Republican votes will be counted but just won't count. There is more than one way to rig an election.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Sixth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. Not long into her campaign for governor, Democrat Heather R. Mizeur coined a response to the question still dogging her today: Can she win? To the pundits and the radio hosts, to donors and supporters across the state, to everyone who says she's an intriguing choice but seems a long shot, Mizeur gives the same optimistic answer: "This campaign is about breaking the illusion of impossibility. " The improbable, if not impossible, would be an astronomical ascent in Maryland politics from the House of Delegates to the governor's mansion as the state's first female governor and the first openly gay person to be elected governor in the country.
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March 11, 2013
Maryland has already issued driver's licenses to thousands of illegal immigrants, and Maryland Democrats want to continue this practice. But Maryland passed a law in 2009 to conform to the requirements of the Federal Real ID Act which disqualifies the use of licenses from states issuing them to illegal immigrants as proof of identity. The 2009 law discontinued the issuing of new drivers licenses to illegal immigrants and also prohibits license renewals to those who can't provide proof of legal residency after June 30, 2015.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
One of the biggest winners in Maryland Tuesday night was not technically on the ballot: the Democratic leadership in Annapolis. All four of the controversial ballot questions were about measures championed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly, where Democrats hold the majority. And all four were affirmed by the voters. Those measures expand gambling, legalize same-sex marriage, allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants and create new congressional district boundaries.
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Dan Rodricks | April 12, 2014
Now, the real fun starts. It's a mad, mad dash to the June 24 gubernatorial primary as the many undecided, unimpressed Democrats try to answer a what's-worse question that goes like this: What's worse, a lieutenant governor (Anthony Brown) who "squibbed the kickoff" of Obamacare or an attorney general (Doug Gansler) who did nothing about a beach-house party where teenagers appeared to be drinking alcoholic beverages? There's another question: Is Heather Mizeur too liberal to have any chance of beating the Republican candidate in November?
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley may have his eye on running for the White House, but a new Baltimore Sun poll suggests he could have a tough time winning the Democratic primary election in his own state. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outpolled O'Malley by nearly 10 to 1 among likely Maryland Democratic voters asked to name their top choice among four possible candidates to be the party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election. When asked for a favorite among Clinton, O'Malley, Vice President Joe Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 59 percent picked Clinton.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 14, 2010
It has come to this: Election-year tension over Maryland's budget predicament has grown so intense that Republicans and Democrats can't even agree on how to talk about the problem. The General Assembly's top fiscal leaders want Republican lawmakers to gather for an unusual meeting next week to discuss programs that could be reduced or eliminated. Weary of being criticized for irresponsible spending, House and Senate leaders want Republicans to outline exactly where to trim from the state's $13 billion general fund budget.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Thomas W. Waldron contributed to this article | September 10, 1998
Maryland Democrats, worried that gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey has been too successful in presenting herself as a moderate Republican, denounced her record on environmental issues yesterday.The Annapolis news conference was the first of three the state party plans to use to examine Sauerbrey's voting record in the House of Delegates, promised Peter Krauser, chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party. State Democrats also will issue "report cards" for her positions on education and gun-control issues over the next eight weeks.
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Thomas F. Schaller | June 10, 2014
The Sun's latest poll numbers show gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has the support of 41 percent of likely Democratic primary voters - a lead of 2 to 1 over Attorney General Doug Gansler (20 percent) and nearly 3 to 1 over Del. Heather Mizeur (15 percent). While there are reasons for voters to support (and oppose) all three Democratic contenders, several factors explain why Mr. Brown is so far ahead - and why he doesn't yet have a lock on the job. The first observation is that the key party players, including Gov. Martin O'Malley and many of the state's key unions, consolidated very early behind Mr. Brown.
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June 6, 2014
It did not take very long before the jabs and blows were exchanged at the most recent gubernatorial debate between man-children Anthony Brown, Douglas Gansler and Heather Mizeur ( "Brown on the defensive," June 3). It probably would have devolved into a worse mudslinging debacle if not for her presence. We are not acclimated as Democrats in this fine state to hearing such fresh perspectives about how to better where we reside. Ms. Mizeur speaks in real language, not news bites, as do her male counterparts.
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By Michael Dresser | May 27, 2014
Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County continued to dominate financially in the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general with $864,000 in the bank -- almost twice as much as his nearest opponent. Frosh reported Tuesday that he has added $215,000 to his campaign coffers since  since the General Assembly session ended in April. That brings the total he has raised this four-year cycle to $1.2 million. The report covered activity since January, but neither Frosh nor his two opponents were permitted to raise money during the three-month session because Maryland law forbids legislators to do so. Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County edged Frosh in terms of money raised since the end of the session, taking in $228,000 despite bad publicity about missing 75 percent of his committee votes this year.
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April 19, 2014
I normally agree with columnist Dan Rodricks ' assertions and conclusions, but I was disappointed with his comments regarding Attorney General Doug Gansler's gubernatorial campaign ( "10 weeks out, 2 questions for Maryland Democrats," April 12). Mr. Rodricks chose to focus on the beach-house party in Delaware last summer that Mr. Gansler briefly visited. However, either he doesn't know the facts about that incident or he simply considers them irrelevant. The Instagram photo does show Mr. Gansler amid a group of partying teenagers, including his son. The photo also shows adult chaperons keeping an eye on the revelers - but Mr. Rodricks doesn't bother to point that out. He also neglects to note that the party house was rented for graduation week festivities by five sets of student parents who slept in the house all week - with at least two of them chaperoning at all times.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Equality Maryland has endorsed Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, for attorney general, calling him a "firm ally" of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "He has the maturity, experience and commitment to be an effective advocate for the LGBT communities of Maryland as our next Attorney General,” said Carrie Evans, Equality Maryland's executive director, in a statement Monday. Evans credited Frosh with helping secure passage this legislative session of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which prohibits discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing and public places.
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Dan Rodricks | April 12, 2014
Now, the real fun starts. It's a mad, mad dash to the June 24 gubernatorial primary as the many undecided, unimpressed Democrats try to answer a what's-worse question that goes like this: What's worse, a lieutenant governor (Anthony Brown) who "squibbed the kickoff" of Obamacare or an attorney general (Doug Gansler) who did nothing about a beach-house party where teenagers appeared to be drinking alcoholic beverages? There's another question: Is Heather Mizeur too liberal to have any chance of beating the Republican candidate in November?
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By C. Fraser Smith | June 30, 2002
SOME MOURNED the loss of city-county cooperation. They feared an outbreak of racial or ethnic tension as blacks and whites or Jews and Gentiles struggled for representation. Others decried the outrageous interference of judges in the land of the politician. Most moaned about themselves. In fear and loathing, Maryland Democrats awoke 10 days ago to an altered world. They seemed as bewildered as Dorothy swept out of Kansas and not nearly so brave. They'd been scooped by a judicial tornado and dropped down in alien territory.
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By Barry Rascovar | November 10, 1996
MARYLAND Democrats had better hold their applause. Lurking behind Bill Clinton's landslide in the Free State last week were some disturbing numbers.Yes, Mr. Clinton took Maryland by 272,000 votes. But he lost 15 of 24 subdivisions. Combine Bob Dole's totals with Ross Perot's and after absentee ballots are counted it's likely Mr. Clinton will have won only three subdivisions -- Baltimore City, Prince George's County and Montgomery County.Sound familiar? It looks like a carbon copy of 1992 -- and similar in many respects to 1994.
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Dan Rodricks | April 9, 2014
I declare myself underwhelmed by the "accomplishments" of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly - a minimum wage increase so gradual it will have no effect on the standard of living for the working poor, a $431 million tax break for the heirs of millionaires, marijuana "decriminalization" that is hardly that, a paltry $4.3 million for pre-kindergarten education, and a broken promise on fully funding public employee pensions. I hate to be the party pooper, but what's all the celebrating and confetti about?
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Dan Rodricks | April 5, 2014
Last I checked, Maryland was a blue state. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. There has been only one Republican governor since the 1960s, and he only managed one term. There's only one Republican in our congressional delegation. The state has not had a Republican U.S. senator since 1987, and he was a liberal. So everyone talks about Democratic dominance here. In fact, "Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance" is the title of a political history by Herb Smith and John Willis.
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