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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | October 4, 2000
LANSING, Mich. -- To regain control of the House of Representatives, the Democrats need a pickup of at least six seats, assuming they can hold onto the one here in Michigan's 8th Congressional District, being surrendered by Democratic Rep. Debbie Stabenow, the party's Senate nominee. Although the Democrats have held the seat for eight of the past 10 years, it's no sure thing, in part because demographic changes may be making the district more suburban and Republican. Two experienced and well-respected state legislators, Democratic state Sen. Dianne Byrum and Republican Senate floor leader Mike Rogers, are competing for the open seat, and both -- so far, anyway -- are employing a strategy uncommon in politics these days: civility.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 29, 1998
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- For a man who has crusaded for campaign-finance reform, for running on positive themes and for avoiding expensive negative ads, Sen. Russell D. Feingold sure sounds like he's having second thoughts.In a last-minute rush and in fear of losing his seat, Feingold, who refused to take money for negative ads from outside groups, is going negative on the stump. But he sounds almost apologetic for his attacks against Republican Rep. Mark W. Neumann."I realize it puts me in danger that I don't get up and say all these negative things on TV," he sheepishly tells a polite crowd at the Sheboygan Senior Center that just heard him go after Neumann on everything from proposed cuts in Medicare to ending aid for the poor.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer JoAnna Daemmrich contributed to this article | August 30, 1995
With 13 days until the Democratic primary, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is stepping up attacks on rival Mary Pat Clarke over not offering "any solutions" to the city's woes, while a burst of late fund-raising swelled the Clarke campaign's treasury by "over $100,000."In a new television commercial that began airing yesterday, the Schmoke campaign charges that Mrs. Clarke "will say almost anything to get your vote" but won't say "what she's done to solve Baltimore's problems."During her 16 years on the City Council, the past eight as council president, the ad says that Mrs. Clarke has "failed to offer any solutions of her own to create jobs, help our schools or fight crime."
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | November 4, 2007
Aberdeen residents may be tired of checking their mailboxes these days. In the month leading up to Tuesday's election, residents have received cartoon caricatures of a politician stringing several City Council candidates as marionettes, a fake petition to remove nonresidents from the city's voter registration, and fliers criticizing a candidate of trying to "steal the election." Hundreds of campaign signs line the streets and several pickup trucks roll through the city with giant signs deriding Mayor S. Fred Simmons.
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By Ellen Goodman | October 18, 1996
BOSTON -- Have you noticed a certain rise in attack ads this year? Not a numerical rise, mind you. What you might call a tonal rise. The political voices broadcast in ads across the nation have been ratcheted up as much as an octave. Assaults that used to be launched by baritones now are set off by sopranos.Follow this musical triptik across the sound waves of the political season.You're driving along Route 66 when a narrator warns about a moral crisis: ''The problem isn't in your house. The problem is in the White House, Bill Clinton's White House.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg | September 7, 2000
BILL BRADLEY complained after the New Hampshire primary, "Attack, attack, attack, every day; the people are fed up with it." That has become the consensus: the people do not like negativism in political campaigns, so for sheer practicality's sake, candidates should avoid it. The problem is that all negativism in political battles cannot, and should not, be avoided. In fact, the best evidence is that while people may say they don't like it, reasonable, negative campaigning can be effective as well as ethical.
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By Michael Dresser | April 10, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Thursday launched the first critical broadcast ad of the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination contest, taking the O'Malley-Brown administration to task for the failed launch of the state's health care insurance exchange.  Gansler's 30-second radio spot ends a string of positive ads run by his campaign and that of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. A third candidate with less money, Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, has yet to go on the air. The Gansler ad does not mention Brown by name but repeats press coverage labeling the exchange's launch a "debacle" and "one of the worst-performing in the country" -- points the administration does not dispute.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | October 22, 1994
NEW YORK -- Early in the campaign, Gov. Mario Cuomo's managers spent almost $2 million running positive television commercials designed to remind voters of the Democratic incumbent's record.The result was a blip up in his standing in the opinion polls -- "a couple of points," one strategist recalled -- that lasted only a few days before negative commercials being run by Republican George Pataki began to take their usual toll.The inference drawn by the Cuomo campaign was, unsurprisingly, that negatives work better than positives.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Democratic House candidate John Delaney is up with the first negative television advertisement in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, taking to voters a feud with state Sen. Rob Garagiola that to date has mostly played out on the blogosphere. "He's not telling the truth," the ad's narrator says as black and white pictures of Garagiola flash across the screen. "He's hiding that he lobbied for five years, failed to legally disclose nearly $200,000 in lobbying fees, even lobbied to undermine health care reform.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Maryland health care lobbyists have launched a negative radio ad against East Baltimore Democrat Julius Henson, who is challenging State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden in this month's primary election. The ad, paid for by Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Inc., praises the public health record of McFadden and criticizes Henson, a long-time campaign operative who does not support a plan to increase the tobacco tax. The group wants Maryland lawmakers to raise the tax on each pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 to disincentivize smoking.
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