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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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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 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 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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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.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
The Sun continues its 2014 Newsmaker Forum series with Harford County Executive David Craig, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Mr. Craig will join in a conversation with Sun readers about issues in the upcoming the gubernatorial race, moderated by Sun Editorial Page Editor Andrew A. Green. In the coming weeks, we will host similar events with other top candidates from both parties to give readers the opportunity to get in-depth answers to their questions about those vying to lead this state.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | February 25, 2014
Del. Ron George said Tuesday that he has selected former Frederick Alderman Shelley Aloi as his running mate in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor. George, a two-term legislator from Anne Arundel County, presented Aloi as his choice for lieutenant governor at an Annapolis news conference. Tuesday was the last day to file candidacy papers for the June 24 primary. Aloi, 53, served a single term as an alderman. She was defeated when she took on Frederick's incumbent Republican mayor, Randy McClement, in last year's municipal election.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
With one day left for candidates to file for the 2014 election, four men had signed up as of Monday to challenge Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. The former chairman of the county Republican Party and the father of a dog-bite victim are among those who plan to run against Kamenetz, a Democrat. The primary election is set for June 24, with the general election in November. The filing deadline is 9 p.m. today. Towson resident Tony Solesky, a painting contractor, is running as an unaffiliated candidate, meaning he must collect about 3,700 signatures to get onto the ballot, he said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Republican David R. Craig said Tuesday that he would push to cut the state income tax rate for Maryland's wealthiest residents by more than 20 percent during his first year as governor. Craig, one of four GOP candidates running in June's primary, said his plan would put Maryland on a course to eliminate its income tax entirely during his second term while cutting spending by 3 percent a year. He said such a move would stimulate economic growth and halt a loss of population to states with lower taxes.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
The field of candidates vying to represent Carroll County in the House of Delegates just became more crowded. Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz is the latest candidate to file for one of three District 5 seats. Utz, who filed Jan. 31, is now one of seven Republican candidates on the ballot for the new district, which represents much of Carroll County. The primary is June 24. "I think that I would do well in Annapolis," Utz said, stressing his knowledge of how government operates at both the local and state level.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Yesterday, Red Maryland endorsed Larry Hogan for governor . We should probably expand a little bit upon the Red Maryland Endorsement Process. Many of you here are also readers over at  Red State , which of course is a direct ancestor of our little site. One of the proud traditions over at Red State is that the editors will make endorsements in contested Republican primaries to work to ensure the election of candidates who are best suited to represent conservative interests, usually as members of Congress.
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 Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
With one day left for candidates to file for the 2014 election, four men had signed up as of Monday to challenge Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. The former chairman of the county Republican Party and the father of a dog-bite victim are among those who plan to run against Kamenetz, a Democrat. The primary election is set for June 24, with the general election in November. The filing deadline is 9 p.m. today. Towson resident Tony Solesky, a painting contractor, is running as an unaffiliated candidate, meaning he must collect about 3,700 signatures to get onto the ballot, he said.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Charles Lollar's long-shot campaign has been making a series of missteps, from issues with their bus , a website outage , to an out of control campaign staff , offending the developmentally disabled community and more. And the hits just keep on coming. Today the Lollar campaign sent the following message to Central Committee members: Hello Brian -- First and foremost I want to thank you for your dedicated service to our party as a Central Committee member.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Overshadowed by the increasingly active campaign for governor, the four Democrats running to succeed Douglas F. Gansler at attorney general got their moment of attention Monday as they appeared before construction union members to seek labor support. The Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council hosted a forum for the candidates as they gathered at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Support of the building trades would be an important step toward gaining the endorsement of the state AFL-CIO, an important advantage in a Democratic primary.
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