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By Jules Witcover | December 29, 2004
WASHINGTON -- These days the terms Republican and moderation seldom go together. The Grand Old Party has gone so far down the road of conservatism that you can probably name the prominent moderate Republicans on the fingers of one hand, or two anyway. Liberal Republicans are an endangered species in what could be called the Reagan-Bush era, referring to President George W. Bush, not his Dad, who was never really embraced by the party's conservative wing. For these reasons, the death at 61 last week of Republican political consultant John Deardourff recalls another era in which a true struggle for direction of the GOP was fought between a liberal-to-moderate wing and the steadfast apostles of the right.
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August 11, 2014
Wonderful article by Caroline Poplin ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). As a Palestinian American - one of the "moderates" she mentions - I know that it is vital for Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace. Many people I speak to express hopelessness about the situation, but I believe peace is not only achievable but inevitable. Leaders on both sides must take a hard look at how this continuing unresolved conflict is destroying a generation of young people on both sides and do what is needed to end it. It's not too late for peace.
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By VIRGINIA POSTREL | July 26, 1992
Los Angeles. -- Sen. Al Gore, columnist Michael Kinsley observed aptly in 1988, is ''an old person's idea of a young person.'' He is also a radical's idea of a moderate.Not long ago, Mr. Gore seemed like a legitimate moderate or, more accurately, a centrist. While other ambitious Democrats kowtowed to the party's doves, he worked to save the MX missile, supported non-military aid to the Nicaraguan contras and backed the Persian Gulf war.But with the Cold War over, foreign-policy issues no longer define left, right and center.
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By Caroline Poplin | August 7, 2014
I am a Jewish American and have always considered myself a Zionist. As someone born shortly after World War II, I know how great a difference the founding of Israel, an independent Jewish state embodying Jewish values, made for all Jews everywhere. We all walked a little taller, felt a little safer. The disappearance of Israel would be a disaster of incalculable proportions, not just for the Israelis but for all of us. Israel is still fighting yesterday's war, however. It cannot win this way, and when it does not win, it loses.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | February 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is going to surprise a lot of people who thought his election was going to lead to a heady revival of liberalism at the Supreme Court.Those who know Mr. Clinton well and have watched him closely for years suggest he is not likely to foster bold new experiments with the Constitution or try to bring about daring modifications in the current court's outlook.Starting his term with a court that is conservative most of the time but moderate now and then, the president is expected to try to move it toward being more predictably moderate on issues such as race relations, civil rights, women's rights and government-religion conflicts.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | March 31, 2006
Howard County's attempt to battle explosive housing inflation by encouraging more lower-priced housing will go on display with the introduction of two bills to the County Council on Monday night. One measure allows for 100 more one- and two-bedroom, moderate-income units per year in the eastern county, while the other attempts to make the county's law requiring affordable housing more flexible by adding a "middle-income" category and giving builders the option to build units away from their primary developments or pay a cash fee. The changes are in response to soaring home prices that have made it economically difficult for builders to sprinkle identical, but lower-priced, units amid their market-priced homes and for moderate-income buyers to afford property taxes and community fees.
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January 19, 1996
FAST REVERSE to 1964: It is an election year, a Great Society year, and on the floor of the U.S. Senate the most important civil rights legislation in history is pending. After months of anguished debate, two key roll calls are taken -- one to choke off a Southern filibuster, the other to enact a bill outlawing discrimination in public facilities and accommodations.Result: triumph for civil rights as Senate Republicans make the difference, voting 27 to 6 to end the filibuster and pass the law. Percentagewise, this is a larger margin than the 44-23 Democratic vote in the affirmative.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | November 25, 2006
Three new projects that promise economic progress and more moderate-income housing in southeastern Howard County are moving forward. Two of the developments, Mission Place and Ashbury Courts, involve the county's new concept for mixed commercial and residential complexes to revitalize U.S. 1, while a third is a residential project for seniors on Gorman Road west of Interstate 95, next to Emerson, the large, upscale General Growth community. "It's exactly what we've been trying to promote," said County Councilman Guy Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat who represents the area.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
Howard County would allow developers to build just half the required number of moderate-income homes by substituting units for a new category of higher "middle-income" families - those earning up to $106,200 a year - under a proposal being discussed by county officials, builders and housing advocates. Although housing advocates express unease with the idea, they do not flatly oppose it at this point. "Our gut reaction is that we feel very nervous about taking units from a moderate program for a middle program," said Andre J. DeVerneil, one of three volunteers from the Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing participating in the session late Thursday.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2004
Moderate-income residents who are unable to afford homes in Annapolis might get a chance if the city council passes legislation tonight requiring developers of new projects to set aside less-pricey houses and apartments. In a city where the median home price is nearly $245,000, backers of the measure say it could change Annapolis' demographics by attracting more moderate-income residents. "This could be one of the most important legacies of this council," Alderman Josh Cohen said. Such agreements are becoming more common in the Baltimore area.
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By Jules Witcover | July 7, 2014
At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable models of goodwill and working across the aisle has departed with the death at 88 last week of Howard Henry Baker Jr. of Tennessee. The state's first elected GOP senator, former Senate majority leader, Reagan White House chief of staff and presidential aspirant was a gentle throwback to the brand of moderate conservatism that got things done without breaking the china.
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By Jules Witcover | April 4, 2014
Inevitably, considering the absence of a clear Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, the name of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of the Bush family dynasty has been rushed to the fore. On his record in office and his soft-spoken personal appeal, he would seem a natural to go to the head of a list of only moderately impressive wannabes. But the immediate question is: Do American voters, after a double dose of Bushes, want another one? The fact is that memories of the two George Bush presidencies now set few GOP hearts aflutter.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Winter finally seems to be winding down, but a Howard County-based program is still working to help families cut down on energy bills this year and in the future. The Weatherization Assistance Program, run by the Community Action Council of Howard County, recently received grants worth $819,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration, according to program officials, and will add those funds to its existing program to help families curb energy bills. Gary Christopher, director of the weatherization program, said the state grants are earmarked for specific outreach efforts - $90,000 for weatherization projects in Howard County; $500,000 for work in specific moderate-income housing developments; and the remainder for projects in neighboring Carroll, Anne Arundel and Frederick counties.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | January 3, 2014
The Howard County Housing department will start accepting applications for the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit program on Thursday, Jan. 2. The January open enrollment period for the program will end Friday, Jan. 31. The MIHU program requires housing developers to sell or rent a percentage of new units to moderate-income households. To offer more information on the MIHU program, the Housing department will also host a free "MIHU Buyers and Renters Workshop" on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Building in Columbia.
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By Joel Brinkley | September 26, 2013
Washington is preoccupied with two all-consuming debates right now. First, of course, is Syria. President Barack Obama placed his faith in two wholly untrustworthy figures. Syrian President Bashar Assad has shown himself to be a consummate liar, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's overarching goals on Syria are to protect Mr. Assad and show up the United States. Meantime, Democrats and Republicans are locked in ever more hostile arguments over the price that right-wing zealots are trying to exact to pass the annual budget and extend the debt ceiling.
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September 20, 2013
I have followed David Craig throughout his administration as Harford County Executive, and he has been governing from a moderate right-of-center position. It seems now he is running for governor he has chosen to pander to the extreme uninformed wing in his party with his recent comments regarding water pollution and run-off into the Chesapeake Bay ( "Harford's Craig to seek repeal of local 'rain tax,'" Sept. 17). He has chosen to take an easy rhetorical approach in opposing the so-called "rain tax. " It is pretty easy to be against a tax on "rain.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2005
Long-debated changes in Howard County's beleaguered moderate-income housing program could reach the County Council in September or October, according to Marsha S. McLaughlin, the county planning director. Although the precise changes are not certain, McLaughlin said the idea is to provide options for developers who complain that soaring home prices are making it hard to build moderate-income homes next to townhouses selling for $500,000 and more. "We don't mind providing flexibility to the development community," said McLaughlin, as long as the county gets more lower-priced housing units in exchange.
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