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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
Maryland Republican Party interim chairman Diana Waterman fended off challenges and won election as head of the state GOP this past weekend, taking the reins as the party faces a shortened fundraising session for state lawmakers and challenges from newly redrawn election districts. Waterman had been interim chair since February, when the previous chairman, former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, announced his plans to resign. Waterman, of Queen Anne's County, won a majority of votes on the second ballot at the party's spring convention, beating Collins Bailey, popular with the Tea Party and a member of the Charles County Central Committee, and Greg Kline, an Anne Arundel County attorney and blogger.
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January 27, 2014
From the Baltimore Sun Op-Ed Page Greg Kline notes the  major divisions within the Democratic Party , and what this means for chances of a Republican winning this November. Fact Checking Martin O'Malley Mark Newgent does yeoman's work in  fact checking all of Governor O'Malley's State of the State Address . All of it..... Mooney Continues to do Damage to the Maryland GOP Not content with the damage he did during his abysmal tenure as State Party Chairman,  Alex Mooney is continuing to raid Maryland  for campaign donations that could be better spent here at home.
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July 4, 2011
It's fascinating that the chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans is touting the power of younger voters to change the political dynamic in Baltimore ("Young voters can change city's politics," June 30). Aren't two individuals employed in the recent Republican gubernatorial campaign currently charged with voter suppression in 452 mostly African-American precincts around the state? I don't see how anyone can argue with urging young people to vote, particularly since the voter turnout ratio in the city has been lower than in Afghanistan.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Larry Hogan, chairman of the conservative activist group Change Maryland, says he'll seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014. In an interview Friday, Hogan said that while he will hold off a formal announcement until January, there's no doubt he will join three other contenders in the June 24 GOP primary. "I really have made up my mind," said Hogan, a former appointments secretary to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Hogan, 57, came close to a full-blown announcement Friday night in a speech to his group in an Annapolis hotel that is also hosting a Republican state convention this weekend.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
A source in Maryland Republican Party circles provided the Maryland Politics blog with the following memo being distributed by party leaders. It seems curious that an organization that struggles to get media attention in a Democratic-dominated state would try to limit coverage in any way, but, hey, those bloggers are in some cases renegade Republicans who have the temerity to think the party could be run a bit better. Anyway, here's the memo. We'll leave it to readers to specualte on the psychology behind the all-caps in each reference to the MARYLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
- For three days, they hobnobbed with Republican stars, were pursued by reporters, cast ballots for their party's presidential nominee and generally had a taste of life at the center of the political universe. Today, Maryland's delegation to the Republican National Convention returns home to a state where Mitt Romney is given little chance of carrying in November and a slate of congressional candidates is being heavily outspent in every district but one. In other words, state Republicans come back to reality.
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October 28, 2011
This week, CNN released polls of the first four states to hold Republican primaries. Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina all currently show former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the front-runner. The media have taken those results and drawn the conclusion that Mr. Romney already has wrapped up the race. In a typical year, they might be right. The Republican primaries are winner-take-all contests, and winning the first four states would usually ensure enough of a lead that the winner could cruise to the nomination.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2012
The Maryland Republican Party rejected a resolution Saturday calling on the newly elected Cecil County executive to step down after she changed her party affiliation from the GOP to independent. Meanwhile, a much-discussed move to call for state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney's resignation never materialized. Holding its first statewide convention since its dismal showing in the Nov. 6 election, the party also turned down a resolution urging its representatives to the national GOP to vote against a second term for Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's nominee for vice president last year, challenged the Maryland GOP on Thursday night to follow the example of the party in his home state of Wisconsin and take back the State House. Bringing a message of hope to Maryland's downtrodden Republicans, Ryan pointed to the Wisconsin GOP's success in seizing the governorship and both houses of the Legislature in 2010, while also making gains in the Congress. "We did it a few years ago in Wisconsin," he said.
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November 4, 1993
Tuesday's election results, showing a resurgent Republican Party from Virginia to New York City, ought to be interpreted as a wake-up call for Maryland's decidedly minority party as it prepares for next year's state elections. The party still doesn't have a candidate to run for the United States Senate, even though poll ratings show incumbent Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes is among the more vulnerable Democrats up for reelection.Forming a high-quality statewide ticket is crucial for the Maryland GOP. A weak top of the ticket could crush the hopes of other Republican candidates desperate for coattail support.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Maryland Republicans will consider what insiders are calling "the Don Dwyer Resolution" that encourages elected officials to resign if convicted of a crime that carries jail time. The proposal, which informally references Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer and his 60-day sentence for alcohol-related offenses, is one of four resolutions submitted for the party's rank-and-file to consider as the Maryland GOP convenes in Annapolis for its fall convention this weekend. Earlier drafts of the resolution said the Maryland Republican Party would not support or endorse candidates who had served time in jail, but the revised version under consideration Friday night only applied elected officials incarcerated during their time in office.
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November 19, 2013
You're probably wondering why you're seeing, on Baltimore Sun.com, content dedicated to what many of many Sun readers would label “radical, right wing extremism.” Well, over the summer, the folks at the Baltimore Sun - knowing Red Maryland is the premier source for conservative news and opinion in Maryland - approached us about providing quality conservative content for baltimoresun.com and The Sun's op-ed page in print.  Seeing the opportunity...
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
HAVRE de GRACE - Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament, but he is staking out positions that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014 nomination for governor. In recent weeks, Craig has articulated policy stands that put him well to the conservative side of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his 2002 race for governor - the only gubernatorial election the Maryland GOP has won in four decades.
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August 4, 2013
Don Murphy's proposal to have the Republican Party endorse candidates in the primary election is a road rife with land mines and undercuts the laudable goal of opening the primary to unaffiliated voters (" Maryland GOP's choice: Reform or lose," July 31). An open primary may "improve outcomes in the general election," but party endorsements of primary candidates could have an unwelcome, negative impact. Independent voters are by definition independent-minded and would recoil at the party hierarchy trying to dictate choices on the ballot.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 23, 2013
In a democracy, it is always important to get involved in the process. Many individuals I talk with say that they do not like it when people complain about government, but then they do not even vote. Contrary to popular belief, each vote does matter, and decisions are made by those who show up. That is why I applaud the Maryland Republican Party for taking into consideration the idea of opening its primary elections to independent voters. This has been an issue I have been pressing for years.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
The Maryland Republican Party is weighing whether to open its primary elections to independent voters, a plan some envision delivering statewide victories that have largely eluded the party. A contingent frustrated with consistent Republicans losses in top offices has convinced party leadership to study inviting unaffiliated voters to help pick GOP candidates as soon as 2014, tapping into the fastest-growing segment of Maryland's electorate. "We've had one Republican governor since the 1960s," said John Fiastro Jr., chair of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee and a leader in the open primary camp.
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By Richard J. Cross III | July 8, 2009
Maryland Republicans are at a crossroads. They face a Democratic governor and legislature and a lopsided electoral map. Friction between libertarians and social conservatives continues to cause intraparty strife. The good news: Maryland Republicans have the freedom that comes with low expectations. They may experiment without fear, lead by example and serve as a model for the nation. Here are seven strategies that may help the beleaguered state GOP jump-start its fortunes. 1. Bring disparate elements together.
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July 16, 2013
While the usual suspects of Maryland politics, the candidates, the fundraisers, the loyalists, the lobbyists and groupies are dining on crabs and beer Wednesday at the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield, a couple dozen volunteers will converge on Annapolis seeking something that seems always out of season in this state, whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall — congressional districts that aren't drawn like paint splatter....
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Marking a generational shift in Baltimore County politics, Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. is scheduled to announce Tuesday that he's running for the Dundalk-area Maryland Senate seat held by Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr. for almost 50 years. Stone, like Olszewski a Democrat, confirmed Monday that he intends to retire when his current term - his 12th in the Senate - ends after next year. The 77-year-old senator previously served a term in the House of Delegates, which by the end of his term would bring his total service in the General Assembly to 52 years - a Maryland record.
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