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June 8, 2011
Today's story on the problems of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner ("Emotional Weiner admits he sent suggestive photo," June 7) only appeared on page 7 in today's Sun. Yet if Representative Weiner were a Republican, this would be front-page news for two weeks. You might even print a special edition. Jerry Schmechel
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
In true-blue Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1, life can be difficult in the GOP. But not in Anne Arundel County, where Republicans have had a measure of success - and are looking for more. "We're a bastion of red in a sea of blue," said Nathan Volke, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, as party activists gathered at a Glen Burnie banquet hall last week for their annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Celebration. The idea was to rally everybody for the coming elections.
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July 14, 2010
During a recent pro-O'Malley rally in Annapolis, union boss "Josh" Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of AFL-CIO, said of the Maryland State House: "Are we going to let our piece of property be taken over?" The last time I checked, the unions didn't own the State House. The citizens of Maryland do. Through these words, Williams articulated the need for fundamental political change in Maryland more eloquently than any Republican ever could. Richard Cross, Baltimore
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides thought winning election as a Republican in a Democrat-dominated city would be hard. "The entire state was against me," he said. Governing has been even tougher. In the five months since his 59-vote victory, Pantelides has dodged an effort to cut his powers, fired several staff members and accepted resignations from several more. He's faced complaints about a lack of diversity in City Hall and endured a public flap after he was caught passing a profane note to an alderman.
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November 6, 1992
George Bush is not Ronald Reagan, and for this grievous lapse the conservative core in the Republican Party will never forgive him. Hardly had the election returns popped on the TV screens when the long knives were out, skewering the president for running a terrible campaign, slashing him for his alleged lack of compass and conviction, cutting deep in terms of personal contempt and rage.Of course, those gung-ho for the Gipper never liked George Bush. No matter his conversion to the anti-abortion crusade, no matter his espousal of supply-side theories he once branded as "voodoo economics," no matter his heroics in the Persian Gulf, he was always suspect.
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March 27, 2010
An 18-year-old Baltimore County man is seeking the Republican nomination for comptroller. Brendan Madigan said he filed last week after considering a run for more than a year. Madigan said he could not "stand on the sidelines" while Maryland is run "into the ground." The Sparks resident said his campaign will focus on ending the "tax-and-spend mentality of those in Annapolis." Madigan served as the Baltimore County coordinator for Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty and recently founded the blog GOP Resurgence.
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February 10, 2014
Letter writer Gail Householder thinks Maryland should change from a Democratic state to a Republican one ( "Maryland Democrats care only about the rich," Feb. 6). She makes it seem like changing the flavor of an ice cream or something. No thank you, Gail; I believe the citizens of Maryland like it just the way it is. Why would we want to put politicians in office who want to dictate what a woman can do to her body, stop gay people from having equal rights or discriminate against immigrants from other countries?
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
An effort to expand telecommuting by federal workers ran afoul Thursday of a newly intensified Republican strategy to highlight government spending as an election-year issue. The House of Representatives rejected a telework measure, introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, that would require uniform rules for federal employees who work at sites other than their regular government offices, such as their homes. In addition to improving government productivity, proponents say, telecommuting can reduce traffic congestion in places like the Baltimore-Washington corridor and lessen air pollution by taking cars off the road.
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September 15, 1990
Republicans are holding a unity meeting on Kent Island today. They hope to begin the general election campaign that could win the party a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. This -- Maryland's First District -- is perhaps the party's best chance in the nation to take a seat away from a Democratic incumbent. Doing that is a rare thing. In the last off-year election a Republican candidate bested a Democratic incumbent in exactly one contest. In the off-year election before that, the GOP won only two such races.
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By Daniel Mendel | August 11, 1993
THE STARTLING discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined, announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal Nurture, threatens to overshadow the announcement by government scientists that there might be a gene for homosexuality in men.Reports of the gene that codes for political conservatism, discovered after a long study of quintuplets in Orange County, Calif., have sent shock waves through the medical, political and golfing communities.Psychologists and psychoanalysts have long believed that Republicans' unnatural and frequently unconstitutional tendencies result from unhealthy family life -- a remarkably high percentage of Republicans had authoritarian, domineering fathers and emotionally distant mothers who didn't teach them how to be kind and gentle.
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April 16, 2014
Kevin Kallaugher's recent political cartoon showed a mongrel dog labeled TEA PARTY attacking the coattails of President Barack Obama ("Dogged opposition," April 13). Johnson is commiserating with the president on the struggles he encountered 50 years ago as he tried to pass civil rights legislation, remarking on "the dogged ignorance that was on display" at the time. But where is the bigoted mongrel gnawing on LBJ's boots and sporting a tag that reads SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS? Did KAL forget that it was the Southern Democrats, led by Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia, who filibustered for 54 days to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Three GOP candidates will gather Monday to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but there's a catch. Dan Bongino, who is running for the 6th Congressional District seat, and gubernatorial candidates Harford County Executive David Craig and Del. Ron George, say they want Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, both Democrats, to run for governor and lieutenant governor of Connecticut. The group is planning a rally at Lawyers Mall outside the State House in Annapolis at 10 a.m. Monday for the "special announcement.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 6, 2014
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, recently pointed out that many anti-poverty programs create disincentives to work. Appearing on Bill Bennett's national radio show, the 2012 GOP nominee for vice president proceeded to bemoan a "tailspin of culture" where young men, many in our inner cities, fail to learn "the culture of work. " He added a challenge for conservatives to help those who fall "through the cracks in America" to reach their potential. Mr. Ryan's remarks were immediately characterized as "racist" by the progressive blogosphere.
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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 Barack Obama | March 29, 2014
As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. In the coming weeks, your senators will have a chance to stand up for that principle by voting yes or no on a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. It's important to remember that most workers who would get a raise when Congress passes this bill aren't teenagers taking on their first job. They average 35 years old. A majority of lower-wage jobs are held by women.
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By Cal Thomas | March 29, 2014
"Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God. " (Mark 12:17 Living Paraphrase) When considering what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God, what happens when the federal government seeks to replace God by defining "church" and when life begins to have value, the latter having been done in Roe vs. Wade and subsequent court rulings? While there are other issues in the Hobby Lobby case argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, these are the major ones.
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January 17, 2014
Can someone enlighten me as to why a traffic jam in New Jersey causes more press interest than the killing of a U.S. border agent in Mexico ("In Christie's denial, shades of Tricky Dick," Jan. 13)? Could the reason be that one incident involves a Republican and the other some Democrats in high positions? F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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October 25, 2010
I just saw a commercial approved by the O'Malley for governor campaign which tells the viewer all the bad things Bob Ehrlich has done, like earning a living, while he has been out of office. There isn't one word in the commercial telling the viewer what Gov. Martin O'Malley plans on doing for Maryland or how he plans to do it. Has Mr. O'Malley not been listening to folks who state again and again they are sick and tired of listening to opposing-candidate bashing with little other substance?
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By Jonah Goldberg | March 28, 2014
Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Mr. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles.
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By Kyle Scott | March 27, 2014
What makes the tea party movement so effective at mobilizing voters and winning elections is the same thing that may limit its effectiveness in the future: its decentralized nature. The tea party movement is politics guerrilla-style. The first thing a non-tea partier must know is that there is no single tea party; there are multiple tea parties that maintain a loose connection with one another through informal contacts or more formalized caucuses. Most tea party groups are hyper-local and get by with the efforts of volunteers and a small group of donors.
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