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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1994
When he was 11, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced to his mother that when he grew up he wanted to run for political office."I said, 'You don't want to do that. Politicians are crooked,' " Nancy Ehrlich recalled this week at a $250-a-head fund-raiser for her son, who is now 35, a veteran of the House of Delegates and running for Congress. "He looked at me and said, 'Mom, I won't be.' And he won't. He's so honest, it hurts sometimes."Many Republicans, and quite a few Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District, believe that Robert Ehrlich of Timonium is one of the best and brightest in the GOP and hope to see him fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, the popular, five-term Republican who is running for governor.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 26, 2014
I know and like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the man who has accomplished so much while leading a blue leaning, labor dominated northeastern state. And so it was with much angst that I watched the media circus (dressed up as a press conference) in the immediate aftermath of "Bridgegate" - the revenge play wherein two senior Christie staffers ordered lane closures on the congested George Washington Bridge - allegedly to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who failed to support the governor's re-election campaign.
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By Molly Knight and By Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2002
The last of a parade of models had sashayed down the runway in "Style and Substance," a recent fund-raising fashion show and dinner for gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich. The guests buzzed with anticipation. The lights grew dim. The loudspeaker thundered with the sound of Tina Turner's "You're Simply the Best." From the corner of the catwalk came the show's grand finale, Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel -- modeling what the emcee called "very sexy Republican clothes." Ehrlich wore a three-piece tuxedo, Kendel a floor-length white evening gown.
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Bob Ehrlich | August 25, 2013
There are so many things to say with regard to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed rule entitled "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. " And since this proposal lands on the hot buttons of race and class, I'm going to ask all of you to take a deep breath, put aside your preconceptions about federal housing policy for a minute, and simply give some objective thought to the size and scope of this latest missive from Washington, D.C. First, it is worthwhile to revisit a historical fact: Discriminatory housing practices were predominant in this country for a very long time.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2002
Like all politicians, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has them: those authorized tales from youth that - though twisted or embellished over the years - help define the person he is today. There is the humble-beginnings-in-a-rowhouse-in-Arbutus legend. There is the story of how he played bruising weekend league football with grown men when he was only 13. And there is this one - about his first days in what at the time seemed like another world to him, Baltimore's exclusive Gilman School. A fellow student at the highly competitive private school, wearing the required coat and tie and, presumably, a sneer, approaches the 14-year-old son of a car salesman between classes.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
MARYLAND ist eine Gesellschaft von vielen Kulturen. Die Anmerkungen durch Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. und Finanzoberaufseher William Donald Schaefer waren hoch unpassend. Maryland braucht mehr Menschen aller Talente, gleichgulltig ihr Ursprungsland. Und es ist kein Quatsch. Maryland es una sociedad de muchas culturas. Los comentarios por Gobernador Robert Ehrlich junior e Interventor William Donald Schaefer eran muy inadecuados. Maryland necesita mas personas de todos los talentos, no importa su pais de procedencia.
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August 9, 2004
Similar yet different During his lengthy tenure as head of Baltimore's Republican Party, David Blumberg was known as much, if not more, for his self-deprecating comments about his lack of political success as his partisanship. Blumberg, appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to chair the Maryland Parole Commission, has given up his GOP post, but he hasn't lost his sense of humor about himself. Introducing Ehrlich last week as the "special guest and featured speaker" at the monthly board meeting of the Roland Park Civic League, league President Blumberg said there were "strong similarities" between the two 40-something Baltimore-born graduates of city private schools: "Robert Ehrlich went to Princeton University.
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December 11, 2011
The reaction of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. to the guilty verdict against his former aide, Paul Schurick, reveals in just a few carefully well-chosen words the political views that led to his failure as governor ("Schurick convicted: Former Gov. Ehrlich's ex-campaign manager guilty in robocall case," Dec. 7). Mr. Ehrlich's emphasis that his disagreement was with the decision "from a Baltimore City jury," not just with the jury, implies a nasty bias that is consistent with the unchecked partisanship that dominated his four years as governor.
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November 27, 2012
Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich is still whining about the GOP defeat in 2012 ("How Republicans can win in 2016," Nov. 25). He seems to think that next time the public will embrace the same philosophy that it rejected this year. Forget about helping the less fortunate, and insist that women who don't want to bear a child but have become pregnant - regardless of the circumstances - go through with an unwanted birth? Those ideas, among others, will only guarantee the same result four years from now. Wake up Bob, and look around before you lose again.
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By Michael Pakenham | November 9, 2003
8 Preposterous Propositions: From the Genetics of Homosexuality to the Benefits of Global Warming, by Robert Ehrlich. Princeton University Press. 360 pages. $27.95. Any fan of Ehrlich's Nine Crazy Ideas in Science or his 19 other books will almost surely jump for this new volume of erudite skepticism. On its title, it may sound to the uninitiated like one of the infinite genre of less-than-serious "gotcha" books that electronic searching has caused to proliferate. But no. Ehrlich, a distinguished professor of physics at George Mason University, is punctiliously scholarly -- yet very comfortably readable.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 11, 2013
Elections have consequences. People who attain political power daily make decisions that affect citizens in myriad ways, some not so obvious. For example, one of the more underanalyzed (but long lasting) consequences of a re-elected Barack Obama is the ongoing expansion of federal control, overseen by an administration intent on federalizing just about anything standing in its way. No halfway-interested citizen can claim surprise. This president's life is a model of progressive activism, from Harvard Law School to (Chicago)
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | July 28, 2013
Last week we looked at the Democrats' increasingly progressive platform and constituencies, particularly their attendant enthusiasm for large government and ever-higher spending. But what about the other party? Is the GOP ready (and able) to win the next national election, or is it a dinosaur careening toward regional status? Happy you asked, as I have been pondering this question for quite some time. For the optimists, it was less than three years ago wherein a tea party-led, grass-roots surge removed Nancy Pelosi from the House speaker's chair.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | July 21, 2013
My new book concerns the countercultural views of today's progressive Democrats. This is not your father's liberalism, and it is certainly far removed from the local Democratic Party I was exposed to as a young kid growing up in Arbutus. That Democratic Party was blue collar in orientation and pretty conservative to boot. Its platform was pro-labor, pro-life, pro-gun, and it was led by small businessmen - many of whom were longtime chairmen of legislative committees in the Maryland General Assembly.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 23, 2013
Are you easily annoyed these days? Me too. So, herewith, a brief sampling of the most annoying and shamelessly under-analyzed and under-reported incidents of recent weeks. • Democratic silence as President Barack Obama follows and expands upon Bush Administration terror-war policies . Liberals in Congress and the media cried bloody murder (and worse) when the Bush Administration began (warrantless) eavesdropping on domestic communications and indeterminate detention of suspected terrorists.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 24, 2013
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember with deepest gratitude the sacrifice of America's military heroes, we also offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims of the Oklahoma tragedy. I've dedicated a half-dozen columns to the single most dangerous federal law passed in many years, the (not so) Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). History buffs observe that landmark pieces of legislation typically pass Congress with some degree of bipartisan support. (See, e.g., the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Social Security Act of 1935 and the Medicare Act of 1965)
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Bob Ehrlich | May 19, 2013
One of the more enjoyable aspects of my public career was an excellent relationship with public safety unions. Law enforcement, fire and EMT groups were supportive of my races for the state legislature, Congress and governor. Although not unheard of, such consistent support made for some uneasy moments when national labor organizations (almost exclusively associated with Democratic candidates) were informed about public safety union support for "that Republican Ehrlich. " From a personal perspective, it was easy to separate the unique nature of public safety's job description (public protection being the No. 1 job of government)
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by Annie Linskey | August 29, 2012
Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's chief of staff said this evening that he supports same-sex marriage, becoming one of the highest profile Republicans in the state to add his voice to the pro-gay marriage cause. Chip DiPaula wrote in an email to gay marriage supporters that "freedom is not a Democratic or Republican value. It is an American value. " DiPaula noted that former Vice President Dick Cheney and former RNC chair Ken Mehlman also support the cause. Cheney's daughter is gay and Mehlmen is set to appear next month at a star-studded fundraiser for Maryland's same-sex marriage law. The state is set to have an ususally crowded ballot in November.
NEWS
October 11, 2011
It is a very serious matter to sit on a jury or as a judge in our court system. The executive office's power to commute sentences is meant to check and balance the judiciary, and it is an overwhelming responsibility. If columnist Dan Rodricks had informed the readers of the subsequent paths of the 249 inmates who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, he might have made a convincing argument ("Death of a lifer," Oct. 9). As it stands, it is another emotional piece.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 12, 2013
"Bumps in the road. " - President Barack Obama on the unrest in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East that included the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, an information officer, and two Navy SEALS. "Crude and disgusting"… "an insult"… "blasphemy"… "[its message] must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. " - President Obama on the infamous anti-Muslim videotape that was originally blamed for the Benghazi terror attacks. Benghazi happened "a long time ago. " - White House spokesman Jay Carney on May 2, 2013.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 5, 2013
Remember the 1980s? It was to be the decade of Japanese dominance. A post-Jimmy Carter America would be unable to compete with the efficient Japanese jobs machine. Aging technology, lazy management and high-cost labor would ensure America's rapid demise at the hands of the ascendant Asian economic superpower. History records a very different evolution, however, including a prolonged economic slump that continues to haunt the Japanese economy to this day. At the onset of a new millennium, many pundits predicted it would be the Chinese who would dislodge America from its dominant economic perch.
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