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April 23, 1993
"There's a lot I have to learn about this town," President Clinton remarked this week after a Republican filibuster killed his jobs-stimulus bill in the Senate. Indeed there is. But before this setback is chalked up solely to his inexperience, a word needs to be said about inept Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill. Not only did it fail to keep its own troops in line, or to warn Mr. Clinton of disaffection in the ranks, but it totally misjudged what was happening in the Republican camp.How, one might ask, could Senate Democratic leaders go so wrong?
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A Republican state Senate candidate from Annapolis has admitted he falsely claimed to hold a college degree, saying he hasn't yet graduated. Don Quinn, who is running against longtime Democratic Sen. John C. Astle, said he's been taking online courses from Washington State University for about four years, but is 12 credits shy of earning his degree. Quinn's LinkedIn profile and an online biography he submitted to The Baltimore Sun claim he holds a degree from Washington State.
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By Mona Charen | March 13, 1995
THIS WEEK's "Shoot Yourself in the Foot" award goes to the Young Turk Republican senators who called for the head of Republican Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon.Did it sting to have Senator Hatfield cast the deciding vote to kill the balanced budget constitutional amendment? Of course. Senator Hatfield was the lone Republican to oppose the measure. If Republican solidarity on the issue had been complete, the bill would have passed despite the 33 Democratic senators who voted "no."But the spin on an event is key, and that is where the conservative firebrands made a mistake.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
It's up to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Maryland's top Democrat, to choose the next Republican senator from the Upper Eastern Shore. One of the two candidates, Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. of Cecil County, said both he and his rival, Del. Steve S. Hershey Jr. of Queen Anne's County, will have face-to-face interviews with the governor Thursday. The deadline passed this week for the four Republican central committees from the counties that make up the 36th District to send their selections to the governor for a replacement for Sen. E. J. Pipkin.
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By New York Times News Service | July 31, 2008
WASHINGTON - The prospect of congressional approval of a federal "media shield" law this year dimmed yesterday when Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources. Supporters of the shield bill said it was possible - but unlikely - that the issue would be revived in September, after the Senate takes a planned monthlong recess starting this weekend. Otherwise, backers of the bill would be forced to try again in January, when a new Congress convenes.
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By DAN BERGER | May 11, 1995
Bill's protectors want to close Pennsylvania Avenue. Republican senators would rather sell off the White House.If it is not established by state law, if its leaders are not appointed by the governor, if it is not subject to the governor's command, it is not the militia, no matter what name it chooses to give itself.If only Bill could handle Newt as effectively as he deals with Boris.Nobody for Mayor!
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October 18, 1999
Everyone argues about zero tolerance as if he or she knew what it means. Stop the world! Republican senators want to get off. A guy won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for discovering that proteins carry signals that act as zip codes helping them find their correct locations with the cell. Physicians who actually treat patients without sending bills won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Peter has gone too far this time, expecting the state to honor its side of its own contract.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 26, 2005
.. The drumbeat of doubt from Republican senators over the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers grew louder yesterday as several lawmakers, including a pivotal conservative on the Judiciary Committee, voiced new concerns about her selection. Emerging from a weekly luncheon of Republican senators in which they discussed the troubled nomination, several lawmakers suggested that as Miers continues her visits to Capitol Hill, she is not winning over Republican lawmakers. "I am uneasy about where we are," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican on the Judiciary Committee who had so far expressed only support for the president's choice.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Republican senators sent strong signals Tuesday that they intend to put up a fight over a bill that would ban smoking in a vehicle occupied by a child under 8 -- a proposal some GOP lawmakers see as an intrusion into people's private space. The legislation, sponsored by Montgomery County Democratic Sen. Jennie Forehand, won 7-4 approval last week from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, but the bill ran into skeptical questioning as it made its first appearance on the Senate floor for the adoption of amendments.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 3, 2005
WASHINGTON - Republican senators continued their steady drive toward passing more stringent bankruptcy legislation yesterday, knocking down a series of Democrat-sponsored amendments to exempt seniors and those facing medical hardship from some of its provisions. The bill, expected to pass the Senate next week, would impose new hurdles for those seeking to erase debts through bankruptcy in an effort to force more Americans to pay back more of what they owe. The measure has been a longtime priority for banks and credit card companies that want to collect more on their debts.
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By Doyle McManus | August 1, 2013
Ted Cruz is on a roll. The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Last week, Mr. Cruz won a straw poll at a major gathering of the party's conservative wing in Denver with an impressive 45 percent of the votes, far ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Before that, he wowed social conservatives in a campaign-style visit to Iowa, whose caucuses are the first stop on the long trail that leads to the nomination.
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July 17, 2013
Faced with another crisis over one of its least democratic traditions, the U.S. Senate appears to have blown off enough steam to avoid a messy and divisive showdown over the use of the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a handful of Republicans, notably Sen. John McCain, tentatively agreed to a deal that will allow several of President Barack Obama's executive branch nominees to receive confirmation votes - a rare but encouraging example of the two parties working together.
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By Michael Dresser | March 20, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year was approved by the Senate after an unusually brief debate Wednesday in a sign of the state's improved fiscal condition. Senators voted 42-5 to pass the $36.8 billion budget and send it to a conference committee with the House. All 35 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the budget, which comes close to eliminating what was once a nearly $2 billion long-term revenue shortfall. "I can't remember any time the budget was adopted by a larger margin.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year was approved by the Senate after an unusually brief debate Wednesday in a sign of the state's improved fiscal condition. Senators voted 42-5 to pass the $36.8 billion budget and send it to a conference committee with the House. All 35 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the budget, which comes close to eliminating what was once a nearly $2 billion long-term revenue shortfall. "I can't remember any time the budget was adopted by a larger margin.
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By David Horsey | March 12, 2013
President Barack Obama had a dinner date last week with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation. The president personally picked up the tab for the private dinner at the Jefferson Hotel, and the guests were all Republican senators, including John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Dan Coats (Ind.)
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December 5, 2012
Much ink has been spilled in recent weeks criticizing the Republican Party and its failed presidential candidate for a lack of compassion and obvious antipathy toward "47 percent" of the electorate (if not a bit more), so it was reassuring to see two of its more prominent leaders offer a message of inclusion and uplift at a Jack Kemp Foundation dinner on Tuesday. Too bad that on the same day, Republicans were reverting to form in the Senate chamber. There, the late Mr. Kemp's 1996 top-of-ticket running-mate, Bob Dole - recently released from hospital care and assisted by wheelchair - was unable to coax sufficient GOP support for what should have been a no-brainer for members of a truly compassionate party: the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 22, 2005
WASHINGTON - His voice choking, Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin took to the Senate floor yesterday and offered "heartfelt apologies" for comparing America's treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to the Nazis, Soviets and other murderous regimes. The apology came after a week of drumbeat criticism against Durbin, the assistant Democratic leader, from the White House, from Republican senators, from conservative activists and, finally, from Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a fellow Democrat.
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August 3, 1994
Before the main event -- Roger Altman vs. Al D'Amato -- started yesterday in the Senate's Whitewater hearings, there was a revealing exchange between Sen. Paul Sarbanes and Josh Steiner, the bright young chief of staff for Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen.Some of Mr. Steiner's diary entries strongly suggest Mr. Altman, when he was acting director of the Resolution Trust Corporation -- the agency that oversaw failed savings and loans -- was less than honest in his committee testimony about the Whitewater affair back in February.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Republican senators sent strong signals Tuesday that they intend to put up a fight over a bill that would ban smoking in a vehicle occupied by a child under 8 -- a proposal some GOP lawmakers see as an intrusion into people's private space. The legislation, sponsored by Montgomery County Democratic Sen. Jennie Forehand, won 7-4 approval last week from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, but the bill ran into skeptical questioning as it made its first appearance on the Senate floor for the adoption of amendments.
NEWS
February 24, 2010
F or years, Republicans in the General Assembly have been carping that Democrats spend too much, but rarely have they said what they would do instead. They occasionally propose an across-the-board spending cut - a bad idea that fails to set any priorities. But often they eschew specifics, saying that if they offered any, they would only be fodder for Democratic demagoguery. Their grandstanding has been particularly galling since the vast majority of them voted for the biggest spending increases in decades when a Republican held the governor's office.
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