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By Baltimore Sun reporter | September 14, 2010
The Associated Press hasn't called the GOP gubernatorial primary yet, but the Republican Governors Association has. At 8:51 p.m., RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf sent reporters a statement congratulating former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. "Maryland voters know the difference Bob Ehrlich can make for their state," Schrimpf said. "Bob fought off Democratic tax increases and helped create 100,000 private sector jobs. Under [Democratic Gov. Martin] O'Malley all those jobs and more were lost and what's worse taxes went up by 1.3 billion dollars, the most in history.
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June 17, 2014
The Sun's endorsement of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the Democratic gubernatorial primary elicits major concerns among the students of the Ralph Jaffe for governor movement to get rid of corruption in Maryland politics ( "Brown for governor," June 14). You minimized Mr. Brown's role in the disastrous health insurance exchange launch and even passed the buck to Gov. Martin O'Malley. What is most alarming is your assertion that Mr. Brown "inherits the legacy of his eight-year partnership with Governor O'Malley.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 14, 2010
Canton this morning was swarmed supporters of Bill Ferguson, the 27-year-old Teach for America volunteer who is trying to unseat 27-year Senate veteran George Della. Notepads and lists in hand, the volunteers were putting these hangers on select doors. (This one was on a door step at Maderia and Fleet streets.) The billet advertises a 46th district "Democratic Team" which names Gov. Martin O'Malley and popular U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski at the top of the ticket. Ferguson's name also appears on the list of candidates, a not-so-subtle suggestion that the young challenger has been endorsed by the Democratic establishment.
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June 11, 2014
Recent articles have raised concerns about the amount of money being spent by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur on their campaigns ( "Brown touts $800,000 fundraising tally," June 9). Collectively these self-centered career politicians have raised some $25 million, a large portion of which is being used in media blitzes to con voters to support them. In their book that's a wise use of money. In my book, it is not. What disturbs me is that the political beat writers continue to ignore the fact that there is another Democratic candidate in this election who refuses to play into this money game.
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July 22, 2013
While Americans celebrated their independence earlier this month, many registered voters throughout Maryland are still seeking inclusion in the electoral system here in the "Free State. " Your recent article reflecting the possible change in the Republican Primaries ("Md. Republicans consider open primaries," July 17) allowing independents - otherwise known as unaffiliated voters in Maryland - the opportunity to participate in their 2014 elections, only scratched the surface of why the fastest growing voter group in this country deserves better.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
When Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley began airing advertisements describing his main opponent as a lobbyist for Big Oil, former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. focused on the bright side. "The first two negative O'Malley ads got us even in the polls," Ehrlich told WBAL-AM. "We think this might put us up by four or five" points. And, sure enough, within days a little-known group called Magellan Strategies published a survey showing that Ehrlich had pulled ahead of O'Malley, though numbers for the two were still within the margin of error.
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By Nicole Fuller and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 30, 2010
(From the Maryland Politics blog) Baltimore based Cordish Cos. has received approval from Anne Arundel County to begin the construction process At Arundel Mills mall on what is expected to be the states most lucrative slots parlor. The Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning has approved Cordish's site development plan -- a first step in the construction approval process -- for its 4,750 slot parlor casino. Cordish plans to construct the project in two phases -- the first a temporary casino in the first floor of an approximately 8-story parking garage with 2,000 slot machines, which is slated to open late next year.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 8, 2010
Baltimore radio talk show host Larry Young announced on his program this morning that Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. have agreed to a debate on WOLB. It will be broadcast live on the station from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 21. O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese confirmed O'Malley's participation, and Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said Ehrlich also has agreed to the debate. Young, a Democratic former city senator friendly with both candidates, has worked for months to secure a debate for his Radio One station.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 28, 2010
President Barack Obama will stop in Maryland to campaign for Gov. Martin O'Malley on October 7, according to a top Democratic source. There's no word yet on the location or time -- but bringing the President could excite African American voters who O'Malley must convince to vote in large numbers if he wants to win his contest against former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. Already the Obama administration has shown support for O'Malley, taping a 60-second radio ad for him that began airing today and inviting him to a White House bill signing for a new program he pushed to extend capital to small businesses.
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September 14, 2010
All quiet at Bernstein's watch party At JD's Smokehouse in Canton, the Bernstein party is sequestered upstairs in a room with four TV cameras, two bored bartenders and three stuffed deer heads on the wall. No sign of Democratic state's attorney challenger Gregg Bernstein, but his banner is flying proudly, right above the Reingold Lager sign behind a makeshift podium. As the polls close, a rep said he's going home to "regroup" and show up down here a little after 9 p.m. Supporters are starting to trickle in, and a rep from the police department is hanging out in the corner but made sure to say that there isn't an official police presence.
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May 27, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial about the tea party's fortunes helps everyone understand why dinosaur media outlets are circling the drain toward oblivion ( "Weakened tea," May 21). In the view of some, every political issue fits into file folders - Fox News Channel or MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times, the tea party or the GOP establishment. The Sun derides me for filling in on conservative talk radio. But it is not conservative talk radio or Fox News that declared bankruptcy or sees its audience decline year after year.
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April 18, 2014
I'm wondering if the letter writer who asked "Who's qualified to be Maryland's next governor? No one!" (April 6) had all of the pertinent information before coming to that conclusion. The author mentioned Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown along with the general phrase "Republican candidates. " However, there was no mention of teacher Ralph Jaffe, who is running as a Democratic candidate for governor. As a teacher and facilitator of learning in the educational realm, Mr. Jaffe believes in tailoring instruction to the needs of students, who are at the heart of the school matter.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland's top elected officials gathered here Monday to send a message that the state is "all in" for an effort to lure a new FBI headquarters to Prince George's County. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown joined the state's two U.S. senators and two of its congressional representatives in boasting of the advantages a Greenbelt location would have for the county, the state and the nation. "We have a powerful congressional delegation making the case that the FBI needs to come to Prince George's County," O'Malley told a pep rally-like gathering of about 200 people at the University of Maryland's alumni center.
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Dan Rodricks | January 11, 2014
I have been scratching around for something from the annals of Maryland politics that matches that bizarre story out of New Jersey, but I just don't have it. Nothing beats Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides conspiring to cause a four-day traffic jam on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, in the town whose Democratic mayor did not endorse Christie in the last election. I compared notes with numerous connoisseurs of Maryland political history, and we just can't find anything that comes close, in scale and strangeness, to Bridgegate.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Maryland political and Jewish leaders reflected Saturday on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and said they found hope in the vision for peace in the Middle East that he outlined shortly before suffering a stroke in 2006. Sen. Ben Cardin extended his sympathies to Sharon's relatives, who have cared for the leader since he was incapacitated by a stroke. "For eight years, they have stood vigil as a great general fought the greatest battle of his life," Cardin said in a statement.
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December 27, 2013
Maryland has long been a heavily Democratic state, but 2013 may have cemented its status as a truly liberal one. The two things were not always synonymous. Though Democrats have dominated the legislature and governor's mansion for decades, the party's caucus has traditionally been ideologically diverse, with healthy doses elected officials who voiced relatively conservative fiscal and social views. They represented places like Dundalk or Southern Maryland where voters abandoned the Democratic nominee in 2002 to elect Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. governor.
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By Paul West and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 15, 2010
Eric Wargotz, a Republican commissioner from one of Maryland's least populated counties, has earned the unenviable task of challenging Democratic incumbent Barbara A. Mikulski in the U.S. Senate election this fall. Wargotz, a genial physician from Queen Anne's County, spent hundreds of thousands of his own dollars in outpacing tea-party favorite Jim Rutledge in the 11-way contest for the Republican nomination. According to unofficial results early Wednesday from the Maryland Board of Elections, Wargotz received 38.7 percent of the statewide primary vote to 31.4 percent for Rutledge, a lawyer from Harford County.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 19, 2011
(From the Maryland Politics blog) Gov. Martin Joseph O'Malley touched on themes of unity and progress in his inaugural address, delivered this afternoon on the steps of the State House shortly after he was sworn in for a second term. The governor used the word "forward" a dozen times to express his hope that over the next four years the state will see businesses expand, education increase, crime go down, and the environment improve. He urged tolerance and respect.
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December 23, 2013
Red Maryland's Brian Griffiths will be appearing on the  Cam @ Co.  show on NRA News discussing Maryland politics at 3:40 PM on Monday. Visit  NRANews.com  to check it out. --Red Maryland has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. Its posts appear here regularly.
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November 14, 2013
The conventional political wisdom about Del. Heather Mizeur's pick of the Rev. Delman Coates as her running mate is that it shows her campaign for governor is more about making a point than winning the Democratic primary, much less the general election. But the more interesting question is not what the selection says about the Mizeur campaign than what the Mizeur campaign says about the state of Maryland politics. Reverend Coates is the pastor of the 8,000-member Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County.
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