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April 2, 2012
I have a question for The Sun: Why are there caricatures of the four Republican candidates for president on the op-ed page instead of their pictures? The accompanying commentaries were sensitive, heartfelt, real sentiments written by supporters of those candidates and deserved more respect than that. Does The Sun think the 2012 election is a joke or perhaps a slam dunk for President Obama? Hopefully by November 2012 The Sun and the Democrats will get the comeuppance they so richly deserve!
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By S. Wayne Carter Jr., Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 25, 2014
With school funding one of the top issues in the Carroll County Commissioners' race, Republican candidates who received the backing of the local teachers' union won in four of the five districts, ousting two incumbents in the process. But conservative incumbent Richard Rothschild - who lacked the union's support - was the leading voting-getter among all commissioner candidates with nearly all the precincts reporting. Rothschild held off a challenge from Barbara Biller, who had a slim lead after early voting was tabulated.
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By Luke Broadwater | May 18, 2011
Fans of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" are used to comedian Jon Stewart cracking jokes and generally, well, not being very serious.  Last night, on "The O'Reilly Factor," however, the comedian showed off his serious side -- talking about the Republican presidential candidates and President Barack Obama.  Some interesting topics were discussed:  • Stewart's pick for the best Republican candidate? Either Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney.  • Has Obama met the comedian's expectations?
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
For Republican candidates for governor, there's simply not enough Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to go around. He's like the father in a large family whose kids compete for his attention but can't manage to get Dad all to themselves. Ehrlich, who in 2002 became Maryland's first Republican governor in three decades and is now promoting a book, has long been telling the candidates he won't choose a favorite in Tuesday's primary. That hasn't stopped them from invoking his name, likening themselves to him, seeking his fundraising assistance and, in at least one case, using his beaming face in a campaign commercial.
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 27, 2012
There's no disputing that Republicans are surly these days. With the exception of South Carolina, turnout among GOP voters has been tepid. Hordes of commentators, me included, have argued at length that this apathetic grumpiness reflects a deep dissatisfaction with the Republican field. Worse, many Republicans recognize that their cantankerousness over their choices makes things worse. It's a vicious cycle. As George Orwell once wrote: "A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.
NEWS
June 22, 1994
Republican candidates at all levels gathered at a luncheon yesterday to discuss campaign issues and to celebrate their first opportunity in more than 30 years to challenge Democrats in every elected office in the county.The Severna Park Republican Women's Club sponsored the event, which attracted 31 candidates running for offices from governor to House of Delegates to a seat on the Republican Central Committee. The primary is Sept. 13.The top issues for most of the candidates were crime, education and efficiency in government.
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By LARRY CARSON | April 30, 2006
Five Republican candidates for County Council are uniting to push a new idea for property tax relief, though Democrats and at least one other Republican are not enthused. Conceived by Greg Fox, a western county District 5 GOP candidate, the proposal would allow people who sell a home in Howard County and then buy another in the county to avoid paying taxes on the full value of their new abode. The idea is to allow people to move a portion of their protection under the county's 5 percent assessment cap from their old home to the new one, though full details have not been developed.
NEWS
November 4, 1998
REPUBLICANS IN the House of Representatives had history, money and numbers in their favor in yesterday's elections.Historically, the party holding the White House loses an average of 32 seats in an off-year election. It did not happen yesterday.The GOP spent more money than the Democrats, especially for television ads the last few days before the election. They gambled on using the impeachment issue. It did not make much difference.And the GOP had fewer seats at risk than the Democrats. But the landslide the Republicans were counting on never materialized.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,sun reporter | October 22, 2006
In one of the key political races in Maryland this fall, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and two other Democrats face a challenge from three upstart Republicans looking to topple one of the state's most powerful -- and polarizing -- political leaders. Hard-charging newcomers Ron George, an Annapolis jeweler and Innkeeper; Dr. Ron Elfenbein, a doctor practicing in Baltimore; and Andy Smarick, head of a Washington nonprofit that promotes charter schools, technically are running for any of the three House of Delegates seats in District 30. But, saying they sense Busch is vulnerable, the Republican candidates are knocking on thousands of voters' doors -- accompanied last weekend by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- trying to knock down a giant in state politics.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2002
The most nerve-racking moments have already passed for the three Republicans seeking Carroll County commissioner seats. Dean Minnich, Julia Walsh Gouge and Perry L. Jones Jr. fought their way through a brutal 10-candidate primary to win their party's nominations. But the seven weeks since have been easy by comparison, with the remaining candidates agreeing on major issues and even many Democrats saying privately that Republicans probably will capture at least two seats on the three-member board.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Third in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. In 1991, Ron George opened a jewelry store on Main Street in Annapolis within sight of the State House dome, placing his name in oversized gold lettering on the 19th-century storefront. It turned out to be a convenient location for the conservative Republican state legislator now running for governor. For George, Main Street is not merely an address, it's a persona. Hardly a campaign appearance goes by without a reference to his connection to "Main Street" roots and values.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
In their only scheduled debate on Baltimore television, the four Republican candidates for governor depicted Maryland as overtaxed and overspent under a Democratic administration, creating a climate in which businesses are fleeing to neighboring states. In the debate, taped Monday afternoon for broadcast Friday, David R. Craig, Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar offered a grim assessment of the state's economic outlook as the second and final term of Gov. Martin O'Malley comes to an end. "Businesses are leaving in droves - to go to Virginia, to Delaware, to West Virginia, to other states," said Hogan, 58, a former Ehrlich administration official, who said the state's "onerous" tax policy is to blame.
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By John Fritze and Catherine Rentz, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
When Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign wanted to make sure that likely primary voters saw a video ad, his staff didn't rely solely on television stations to deliver the message. They also arranged for it to run on the computer screens of individuals the campaign believes are all but certain to turn out at the polls. And when volunteers for Attorney General Douglas Gansler's campaign walk through a neighborhood to meet with voters, they visit homes identified by computer modeling that predicts - before the doorbell is rung - how strong a supporter the person on the other side of the threshold might be. The Democrats and Republicans running in Maryland's June 24 gubernatorial primary are embracing increasingly sophisticated digital targeting techniques that allow candidates to single out voters and aim specialized ads - as well as personal contacts - directly at them.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
The chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee on Wednesday called for the immediate resignation of J. Ronald DeJuliis, the state's commissioner of labor and industry, over charges he stole campaign signs from his wife's primary opponent for state Senate. “If Mr. DeJuliis feels it's alright to break the law to advance the political career of a family member, he shows a total lack of judgement," said John Fiastro, Jr., head of the Republican group. "Such a criminal act disqualifies him from serving the citizens of Maryland as Labor Commissioner.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
The three Democrats competing to be Maryland's next governor will face each other tonight in the first televised debate of the campaign. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur will field questions from a panel of journalists during the hour-long debate over the state's economy, how to expand business, improve job creation, and solve transportation woes, among other issues. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland and broadcast in Baltimore on Maryland Public Television.
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By Richard J. Cross, III | April 24, 2014
In backing Del. Steve Schuh this month over incumbent Laura Neuman in the GOP primary for Anne Arundel County Executive, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cited Mr. Schuh's attendance at national Republican conventions, his membership in a local Republican club, and his past volunteer activities as reasons to support him. He also faulted Ms. Neuman for having no involvement in intramural GOP politics. Curiously, Mr. Ehrlich's message did not mention the two candidates' actual records in office.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
Maryland's primary is now just two weeks away (with early voting starting this Saturday) and - surprise - ballots cast here might even be relevant to the presidential selection process. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney is scheduled to be the first of the Republican candidates to traipse into the Old Line State to state his case for taking home 37 delegates in the winner-take-all event with appearances at theU.S. Naval Academy and in Arbutus and Frederick. For a state dominated by Democrats, this is a rarity that GOP voters should savor.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
The Economic Club of Annapolis has score an impresive "get" for its May 8 meeting, lining up a speaker whom many consider the most powerful figure in the Republican Party. Grover Norquist, creator and enforcer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that Republican candidates are practically obligated to sign, will speak Tuesday at the Anne Arundel County Public Library branch at 1410 West St. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Norquist, founder and president of American for Tax Reform, routinely asks all candidates to promise to oppose any tax increases at all levels of government.
NEWS
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 Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Bob Mayes was gardening in his Northeast Baltimore front yard this week when Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler launched himself down Berkshire Road, crisscrossing the block at a full-out run. "Nice to see you! Thank you!" Gansler bellowed to one of Mayes' neighbors as he dashed to knock on the door of yet another potential voter in the Democratic primary for governor. Gansler leaped up Mayes' steps to say hello and hand the retiree a glossy pamphlet about the campaign before taking off for another door.
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