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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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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan got a helping hand Wednesday from one of his party's best-known figures as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Maryland to raise money for the GOP. Christie, chair of the Republican Governors Association, arrived at a lunchtime fundraiser at a Bethesda restaurant to benefit Hogan and said the race's changing dynamics brought him to Maryland. "This race is closing, and that's why I'm here," Christie said. "In the beginning, it didn't look like a race that was going to be tight, but it is tight now. That's why I'm here, and that's why the RGA is going to be here to help him because we think he's got a good chance here.
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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 and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Maryland Republican Party admitted Wednesday that it used a trademarked logo of the Baltimore Ravens to raise funds without seeking the team's permission. The party's executive director said it had been an error on his part. The unauthorized use of the purple-and-black logo and Ravens shield came as the party publicized a fundraiser at a private home in Edgewater. In emails, on Facebook and on the party Web page, the state GOP used the logo to invite people to "an afternoon of Ravens football and Republican Party politics" during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
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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 Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Maryland Republican Party admitted Wednesday that it used a trademarked logo of the Baltimore Ravens to raise funds without seeking the team's permission. The party's executive director said it had been an error on his part. The unauthorized use of the purple-and-black logo and Ravens shield came as the party publicized a fundraiser at a private home in Edgewater. In emails, on Facebook and on the party Web page, the state GOP used the logo to invite people to "an afternoon of Ravens football and Republican Party politics" during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
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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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Thomas F. Schaller | September 2, 2014
I miss Bob Ehrlich. Seriously, I do. I realize the former governor shares space with me here on the Baltimore Sun's opinion pages; in terms of sheer column inches, I suppose Mr. Ehrlich the Pundit is never that far away. But I'm talking about Mr. Ehrlich the Politician. A dozen years have passed since Mr. Ehrlich first ran for governor, in 2002. He beat then-Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend that year. Along with his running mate, Michael Steele, Mr. Ehrlich seemed to have revived the Maryland Republican Party almost overnight.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdogs in a blue state. In some cases the ideologues triumphed; in others the moderates squeaked out a victory. It's a push-and-pull that echoes fights dogging the Republican Party nationally. In Frederick, a conservative delegate toppled the state Senate minority leader by accusing him of compromising with Democrats.
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Dan Rodricks | June 21, 2014
I was a little startled by something I saw Monday morning on Interstate 70, about halfway between Hagerstown and Frederick. As I approached the Appalachian Trail footbridge that passes over the highway, I looked up and saw what appeared to be a cardboard cutout of Neil Parrott, the conservative Western Maryland politician who made a name for himself with a campaign against same-sex marriage. He also tried to beat back the Dream Act, the law that grants immigrants in the country without documentation who graduate from Maryland high schools an in-state tuition discount at our colleges and universities.
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May 21, 2014
The centrist shift of the Republican Party, first observed last fall with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's landslide re-election, continued this week with GOP establishment candidates defeating tea party challengers in primary races. The most visible was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's trouncing of a conservative opponent who was once running ahead of him in polls. Mr. McConnell is nobody's moderate, but he's no tea party absolutist either. What he represents — and what voters in Kentucky clearly endorsed — is an establishment Republican, the kind who believes in lower taxes and smaller government but not in shutting down the federal government or other forms of self-destructive behavior in the cause of extremism.
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By Joseph Swartz | May 14, 2014
As a Field Artillery officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and a veteran of the Afghanistan Campaign, I've been called a lot of things, but never unprincipled. But with the way some of my fellow Republicans talk, I'm Benedict Arnold. Since leaving the Army a little over a year ago, I moved to Maryland to restart my civilian life. My partner and I, finally together after two years of back-to-back deployments, bought a house with a big yard on a quiet cul de sac and settled into our routine.
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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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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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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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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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