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May 22, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's op-ed page is valuable real estate. One would hope it would provide a home for people with interesting, creative, perhaps unorthodox perspectives on current events. This is what I have not seen from Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. whose views track closely with the current right-wing talking points. Mr. Ehrlich's most recent column ("Musings on intolerant lefties and wars on women," May 18) is a prime example. It includes an attack on "college lefties," then on Sandra Fluke's "desire to enjoy taxpayer-financed sex" (Obamacare attack, part 1)
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NEWS
June 27, 2014
Now that the 2014 primary election is history, it might be time for Maryland to examine the idea of moving to an open, semi-open, or semi-closed primary. My wife and I are registered independents because we like to vote for candidates rather that just the party line. But we feel left out in Maryland's closed primaries. Some of the people who won weren't people we would have voted for, so in the general election we will probably vote for someone in a different party instead of the way we would normally vote.
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By Mike Bowler and Gilbert Sandler | September 24, 1991
THE COMMUNIST PARTY, if we are to believe the pundits, is dead. Gone! Kaput! Given the ultimate "nyet!" by people around the world. It took more than 70 years for the people of most of the Soviet provinces to give up on the idea; but for a foreshadowing of what was going to happen, they should have come to Baltimore in 1951. More about that later.Baltimore's Communist Party traces it origins to a strike against the B&O Railroad in 1877. In elections following the strike, half the voters in Baltimore voted for socialist candidates of the "Workingman's Party."
NEWS
May 22, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's op-ed page is valuable real estate. One would hope it would provide a home for people with interesting, creative, perhaps unorthodox perspectives on current events. This is what I have not seen from Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. whose views track closely with the current right-wing talking points. Mr. Ehrlich's most recent column ("Musings on intolerant lefties and wars on women," May 18) is a prime example. It includes an attack on "college lefties," then on Sandra Fluke's "desire to enjoy taxpayer-financed sex" (Obamacare attack, part 1)
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,sun reporter | September 17, 2006
Voters stray from party Republicans in Harford County largely rejected partisanship in last week's primaries, a sign that local Democrats hope opens the door for their first significant gains in more than a decade. In addition to nominating four candidates who recently switched affiliation to the GOP, as well as a candidate for County Council president whose campaign largely lacked party bias, Republicans rebuffed the chairman of the party's central committee and a candidate who had billed himself as a "conservative's conservative."
NEWS
By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 27, 2005
LIVONIA, Mich. - Clever sound bites didn't earn Ken Mehlman his job as head of the Republican National Committee. He ground his way to the top less glamorously - by mastering the nuts and bolts of campaign mechanics and staying rock-solid loyal to President Bush. Still, Mehlman had a snappy retort ready after Democratic Chairman Howard Dean recently characterized the Republicans as "pretty much a white, Christian party." Mehlman responded by telling the Fox News Channel: "A lot of the folks who attended my bar mitzvah would be surprised to learn that."
NEWS
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | November 23, 1994
William "Bill" Phillips, who was host of "Party Line," a popular on-air flea market on WICO Radio in Salisbury for 33 years, died Monday of cancer at his home in the Eastern Shore city. He was 80.Mr. Phillips, who originated the show that was popular on the Delmarva Peninsula, retired Nov. 2.In a letter to his audience read by the station owner, William Prettyman, he said, "The early morning call has become increasingly difficult to respond to and I am more comfortable at home listening than participating."
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By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | April 8, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- With painted-on smiles and attitudes carefully checked at the door, leaders of Maryland's interior design industry toed the party line last month before a Senate committee.The statement came a day later, the House passed the bill.
NEWS
By William Thompson and William Thompson,Eastern Shore Bureau of The Sun | January 26, 1992
SALISBURY -- What has leather motorcycle saddlebags, a once-used wedding gown and a white-haired gentleman in a cardigan sweater who answers phones for a living?On the Lower Eastern Shore, the only possible answer is "Party Line," a call-in radio show hosted by Bill Phillips during which a conglomeration of odds and ends -- mostly odds -- are offered for sale or swap each weekday morning to listeners in the surrounding six counties of Maryland and Delaware.The originator and only host in the program's 30-year span is Bill Phillips, the 77-year-old former owner of WICO, a country music AM and FM station here that broadcasts the hour-long feature.
NEWS
By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,Staff writer | February 20, 1992
Organization Democrats in Anne Arundel County endorsed yesterday Rep. Tom McMillen, D-4th, in next month's congressional primary, rejecting the candidacy of their former delegation chairman.McMillen, running in the newly drawn 1st District that includes much of the county and the Eastern Shore, "has become an integral part of the Democratic party of Anne Arundel County, and we're looking forward to workingwith him in Congress," said state Sen. Michael J. Wagner, D-Ferndale.John C. Astle, the former delegation chief running against McMillen in the primary, "must be playing for something in the future," Wagner said later.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
I advised you recently then when you read about someone complaining about the "dumbing-down" of English , just stop reading. That was incomplete advice. The next time you see someone complaining that the Young People are destroying the language with text-speak, stop reading. Close the page. Do not read further. You would be encouraging a fool to proceed.  Fads come and go, but the language endures. The Young People embrace slang, and when older people discover it, they drop it. Why are the Young People fleeing Facebook?
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | March 27, 2014
It's the kind of power play that crops up when voters aren't paying close attention. The Republicans Harford County elected to the Maryland House of Delegates have introduced a legislative measure that would give them standing in certain matters that are decided by the county's Republican Central Committee. Ordinarily, it's the kind of move that has all the significance of re-arranging the deck furniture on a ship that isn't in any danger whatsoever. The reality of local politics is that the county central committees have rather limited roles in matters of public policy.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
A while back I posted about some addlepated remarks about English usage being made in a conversation on Facebook by a friend of a friend, and was accused of violating her privacy. Yesterday, during the annual twitting of ill-informed people who refer to St. Patrick's Day as "St. Patty's Day," I was accused of stalking by one such person.  Neither party seems to have understood that posting on Facebook and Twitter is publication, and that any sense that such exchanges are private is an illusion.  Before the Internet, there were clearly understood conventions.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
In my opinion, The Sun does not serve the public well by failing to question the preposterous "doomsday" threats oft repeated by Democrats and Whiner-in-Chief, Gov.Martin O'Malley. John Q. Public is constantly threatened with drastic cuts to the few truly essential services of government whenever the pols can't force us to open our wallets as wide as they would like. Why is it that the state budget for 2013 is $500 million larger than the budget we are surviving on this year? Did we not have enough money to pay for firefighters, teachers and police?
NEWS
March 25, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' column "Maybe Bobby Zirkin should be a Republican" (March 20) really cracked me up. Between Mr. Rodricks' column and the editorial slant of The Sun, I am led to believe that if you don't completely agree in lockstep with the party line, then you are not a good Democrat. I paid attention to this, and Sen. Bobby Zirkin said it best: One serving the people must not only be able to dissent against other political parties, but also within one's own. Not being able to do this doesn't serve those you were elected to represent.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
Dan Rodricks turned his editorial fire on me for standing up against income tax increases passed by the state Senate that would hit nearly all Marylanders in this sluggish economy ("Maybe Bobby Zirkin should be a Republican," March 20). Mr. Rodricks seems to believe that any Democrat who dares to speak against taxes or challenges party orthodoxy in any way is worthy of his scorn. Mr. Rodricks also apparently sees no problem with the type of divisive rhetoric that pits citizen versus citizen.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
A while back I posted about some addlepated remarks about English usage being made in a conversation on Facebook by a friend of a friend, and was accused of violating her privacy. Yesterday, during the annual twitting of ill-informed people who refer to St. Patrick's Day as "St. Patty's Day," I was accused of stalking by one such person.  Neither party seems to have understood that posting on Facebook and Twitter is publication, and that any sense that such exchanges are private is an illusion.  Before the Internet, there were clearly understood conventions.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' column "Maybe Bobby Zirkin should be a Republican" (March 20) really cracked me up. Between Mr. Rodricks' column and the editorial slant of The Sun, I am led to believe that if you don't completely agree in lockstep with the party line, then you are not a good Democrat. I paid attention to this, and Sen. Bobby Zirkin said it best: One serving the people must not only be able to dissent against other political parties, but also within one's own. Not being able to do this doesn't serve those you were elected to represent.
NEWS
By Doyle McManus | January 5, 2012
A year ago, the tea party movement looked like an irresistible wave sweeping through the Republican Party. Anyone who hoped to win this year's GOP presidential nomination, it seemed, would need to embrace tea party activists' stringent demands for smaller government, lower taxes and deep cuts in spending. But in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the three candidates who hewed closest to the tea party line - Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich - sank straight to the bottom of the pack.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
The event was pegged as the first major debate among GOP presidential hopefuls in 2012, but Monday night's gathering turned out to be less a clash of competing ideas than a rote recital of hoary political nostrums that Republican primary voters have made a litmus test of ideological purity. The candidates dutifully repeated the mantra of tax cuts and touted their conservative credentials on social issues such as abortion, gay rights and immigration. But there was little real passion in the give-and-take, which by the end of the event seemed more like polite dinner-party chatter than a discussion of matters of grave national import.
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