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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2004
Carroll County Democrats repelled a last-minute Republican rally last week and won by one, the narrowest of margins. That would be a run, not a vote. Area business leaders and officials organized a spirited softball competition to put the political parties on friendly terms. The bipartisan game, rescheduled three times, finally was played Thursday evening in downtown Westminster. "We wanted to prove to everybody in the county that people can just agree to disagree and not let politics polarize us," said Josh Kohn, a Westminster business owner.
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October 8, 2013
I am sorry our founding fathers did not form a parliamentary government ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). It would have given us more say in matters affecting us. How sad that our two-party system has turned into a childish, inept, political mess and the executive branch has become a semi-dictatorship. God help us! Joy Shillman, Baltimore
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2004
OVER THE decade that Maryland lawmakers have been studying casino-style gambling, many delegates and senators have taken stands that differ from their current positions, and their words are returning to haunt them. After the House of Delegates Republican Caucus announced its support last week for an immediate special legislative session to pass a slots bill, aides to House Speaker Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, quickly noted that many of those Republicans held a similar news conference in 1995 - when they vowed to vote en bloc against casino gambling.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 6, 2013
The Obamacare/government funding debacle has again focused the country's attention on the considerable differences between the Obama Democrats and Boehner Republicans. But one of the primary misunderstandings regarding this latest titanic struggle concerns the popular but misplaced notion that Congress is dysfunctional because of politics. I refer to the popular caricature of Republicans and Democrats sitting around all day with nothing to do other than plot evil deeds against each other.
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By DAN BERGER | May 1, 1995
Republican senators finally caught on that the groundswell for legal assault rifles is led by self-styled militia who want them to overthrow the federal government, Republicans and Democrats alike.
NEWS
April 22, 2007
Gonzales faced a relentlessly hostile grilling from Senate Republicans and Democrats Thursday as he attempted to explain inconsistencies in his previous statements about the firing of eight federal prosecutors. ?Why is your story changing?? Sen. Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa ?At the end of the day I know I did not do anything improper.? Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
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October 8, 2013
I am sorry our founding fathers did not form a parliamentary government ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). It would have given us more say in matters affecting us. How sad that our two-party system has turned into a childish, inept, political mess and the executive branch has become a semi-dictatorship. God help us! Joy Shillman, Baltimore
NEWS
June 30, 2012
The more I consider the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats, the more I am reminded of the Civil War era. If one replaces the word "slavery" with words like "same-sex marriage," "abortion" and "immigration," the similarities are striking. The prejudice against gays and immigrants today is identical to the prejudice against enslaved blacks. And the difference in attitudes between southerners and northerners is equally striking. Republicans and Democrats are both entrenched in their opinions and biases.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
Why is it that the only party candidates that get into the presidential debates are Republicans and Democrats? Why not let a couple of the other parties' candidates participate as well? I would like to see the Green and Libertarian parties in the presidential debates this year and every election year afterward. That way the American people would have a better view of who is running and what they are proposing to do. John Hamilton, Columbia
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By Rowland Nethaway | November 1, 1994
Waco, Texas -- THE VOTERS are on the verge of doing to Democrats in the Congress what they did to Republicans in the White House -- throw the bums out.Incredibly, Republicans have a chance to take control of the House for the first time in 40 years. Republicans have had control of the House for only four of the past 63 years. And the Republicans also are on the verge of taking control of the Senate where they have been in power for less than a dozen years.But if America's voters actually hand control of Congress to the Republicans in the Nov. 8 general election, the victors had best not be too cocky.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
Three years ago, Republicans running for statewide office got trounced, with their top candidate, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., winning less than 42 percent in his rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley. Nobody else got more than 39 percent, and the GOP didn't even bother to offer a candidate to run against the incumbent attorney general. But that was par for the course. Other than Mr. Ehrlich's victory in 2002 and one or two other aberrations, Maryland Republicans running for statewide office in recent elections have usually gotten just enough votes to lose by a landslide.
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By Juan Williams | June 13, 2013
Who is the face of American liberalism? Who is the face of American conservatism? In Washington politics and on social media these days, the king and queen of "base" politics are two freshman U.S senators — Texas' Ted Cruz for conservatives and Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren for liberals. The fast rise of these two politicians, both less than one year into their respective terms, is directly tied to the nation's harsh liberal-conservative divide. Studies show political polarization in Congress is now the highest since Reconstruction.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
In case anyone has missed the dueling budget proposals out this week from Rep. Paul Ryan on the Republican side and Sen. Patty Murray for the Democrats, don't fret. You could easily have slept through the last four months and missed nothing. They are pretty much where the two sides have been for even longer than that. And that pretty well sums up where Washington stands on the issue of federal spending, taxes and the deficit. Both parties have won approval to some degree from voters for taking these stands, and so the incentive for actually coming up with a compromise is clearly too small for either to go out on a limb — at least for the moment.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
Why is it that the only party candidates that get into the presidential debates are Republicans and Democrats? Why not let a couple of the other parties' candidates participate as well? I would like to see the Green and Libertarian parties in the presidential debates this year and every election year afterward. That way the American people would have a better view of who is running and what they are proposing to do. John Hamilton, Columbia
NEWS
June 30, 2012
The more I consider the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats, the more I am reminded of the Civil War era. If one replaces the word "slavery" with words like "same-sex marriage," "abortion" and "immigration," the similarities are striking. The prejudice against gays and immigrants today is identical to the prejudice against enslaved blacks. And the difference in attitudes between southerners and northerners is equally striking. Republicans and Democrats are both entrenched in their opinions and biases.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
There's a tendency among some to shorthand the ongoing federal budget debate as between Republicans who want to reduce government spending and Democrats who don't. This isn't really the case, as recent actions in the House have demonstrated. On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee took a close look at President Barack Obama's proposed $525.4 billion defense spending plan and decided that simply wasn't enough. The GOP-controlled committee voted to authorize nearly $4 billion more than what the Pentagon had requested for 2013.
NEWS
July 30, 1997
CREDIT A ROBUST economy for a budget accord on Capitol Hill that has all the elements of a Christmas tree. Deficit hawks can point to the promise of a balanced budget within five years, assuming the economy stays strong. Meanwhile, tax-cutters can revel in the first significant tax cuts in a decade and a half. And advocates for children and the poor can point to significant victories in funding health care for uninsured children and in requiring welfare recipients who move into jobs to be paid the minimum wage.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 3, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The political war over the future of Medicare is about to resume.On Wednesday, the trustees of the $200 billion-a-year Medicare system are expected to confirm warnings by the Congressional Budget Office that the program is going broke faster than ever.Republican leaders in Congress say they plan to blame President Clinton, who vetoed legislation last year that would have restrained Medicare spending.The White House will accuse the Republicans once more of trying to decimate health care for retirees to raise money for tax cuts for the rich, leading Democrats say.Lost in the fight are the two serious proposals that Republicans and Democrats have actually offered this spring to halt Medicare's fiscal slide.
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BY BRYNA ZUMER | March 29, 2012
Cecil County voters, who did not take part in early voting, set to end Thursday, will get their chance to make their voices heard on the regular primary election day on Tuesday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This year is the first voting for offices created when voters, after many previous failed attempts, approved a home rule charter for the county in the 2010 general election. The primary election also features an interesting judicial race involving three candidates. Both Republicans and Democrats can vote for two of the three.
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Dan Rodricks | March 12, 2012
Republicans are always the ones pushing those wholly unnecessary English-as-official-language efforts, doing everything possible to make immigrants feel unwelcome here. Apparently few in the Angry Old Party see this as politically short-sighted, a way to guarantee that Democrats keep and even broaden their anticipated demographic advantage for years to come. You'd think a young Republican such as Blaine Young (Frostburg State '93) might want to take a new, fresh approach by opening up the "big tent" that members of his party talked about just a few years ago. Mr. Young is chairman of the all-Republican Frederick County Commissioners and a radio talk show host.
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