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By Meredith Cohn | meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | December 28, 2009
A. Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died early Friday. He was 78. Those who knew Mr. Kaufman said he formed his political views at an early age and never backed down from a debate. He was arrested countless times, thrown out of candidate forums and kicked out of council meetings. But he'd always be back, trying to use the political process to further his causes - from civil rights in his younger days to his more modern push to legalize drugs as a means to cut their street value.
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By Laura Vozzella | January 2, 2010
A. Robert Kaufman, the Baltimore civil rights activist and socialist who ran for political office frequently, will be remembered at a service Wednesday. Mr. Kaufman, who sought offices ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died Dec. 25 at the age of 78. He donated his body to science, so there will be no funeral. "I just felt like I wanted to do something to remember him," said his sister, Ruth Lipsetts. "I know he knew a lot of people." The memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's chapel, 7401 Park Heights Ave. - Laura Vozzella
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By C. Fraser Smith | December 14, 1991
Maryland will have at least one favorite son in next year's presidential primary.Offering himself primarily as an opponent to former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke, A. Robert Kaufman of Baltimore announced his candidacy yesterday.The 61-year-old veteran of many causes and candidacies said his name will go on the March 3 primary ballot as a Democrat if the secretary of state, Winfield M. Kelly, concludes that he is a serious candidate. Otherwise, Mr. Kaufman said, he must qualify by gathering 2,000 signatures, 400 in each of the state's eight congressional districts.
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December 29, 2009
Thank you for the article on the passing of A. Robert Kaufman. As one of Bob's closest friends and political comrades in his latter years, I would like to briefly respond to Professor Donald F. Norris' comment that Bob was irrelevant to the political process. Before there was such a thing as the civil rights movement, Bob was walking picket lines against racial injustice. Before there was a mass movement against the Vietnam War, Bob was helping to organize and educate people about the crimes the U.S. government was perpetrating there.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,Meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | December 28, 2009
A. Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died early Friday. He was 78. Those who knew Mr. Kaufman said he formed his political views at an early age and never backed down from a debate. He was arrested countless times, thrown out of candidate forums and kicked out of council meetings. But he'd always be back, trying to use the political process to further his causes - from civil rights in his younger days to his more modern push to legalize drugs as a means to cut their street value.
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By Dan Berger | July 14, 1999
Guns don't kill. Bullets do. (This slogan available to whoever finds it useful, no attribution required.)Barak and Arafat talked a good game. Now they have to play it.Forget what O'Malley says. The cops ought to arrest fewer people, until the State's Attorney's Office gets its act together, but the right ones.A. Robert Kaufman for mayor! Never at a loss for words.Pub Date: 7/14/99
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By Laura Vozzella | January 2, 2010
A. Robert Kaufman, the Baltimore civil rights activist and socialist who ran for political office frequently, will be remembered at a service Wednesday. Mr. Kaufman, who sought offices ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died Dec. 25 at the age of 78. He donated his body to science, so there will be no funeral. "I just felt like I wanted to do something to remember him," said his sister, Ruth Lipsetts. "I know he knew a lot of people." The memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's chapel, 7401 Park Heights Ave. - Laura Vozzella
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May 12, 2007
A 38-year-old West Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery with a deadly weapon in the December attack on political activist A. Robert Kaufman, according to the city state's attorney's office. Steven Carr of the 3800 block of Hillsdale Road admitted taking part in the Dec. 6 robbery on the porch of Kaufman's home on North Hilton Street. Carr admitted striking Kaufman in the head with a brick and then taking his wallet. Sentencing is set for Sept. 7, prosecutors said. Kaufman - who has run for a variety of local, state and federal offices on a socialist platform - was also attacked at his home in 2005.
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October 2, 2003
Diana Kaufman, a retired public speaking teacher, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at her Randallstown home. She was 71. Born Diana Cohen in the Bronx, N.Y., she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English and speech from Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. She moved to Baltimore in 1964 and taught literature at Northwestern High School. She later taught public speaking and business communication at what is now Towson University and Baltimore City Community College. She retired in 1986.
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By John Fritze | August 9, 2007
Five candidates in Baltimore's mayoral race will face off on WOLB-AM this morning in a debate-like forum - among the first such discussions to be broadcast live. The candidates will speak on The Larry Young Morning Show (1010 AM) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each candidate will offer opening and closing statements and will answer questions from journalists and listeners. "It's an outlet for our listeners and those running for office to dialogue," Young said. Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., schools administrator Andrey Bundley, Del. Jill P. Carter and Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway are expected to attend.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,Meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | December 28, 2009
A. Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died early Friday. He was 78. Those who knew Mr. Kaufman said he formed his political views at an early age and never backed down from a debate. He was arrested countless times, thrown out of candidate forums and kicked out of council meetings. But he'd always be back, trying to use the political process to further his causes - from civil rights in his younger days to his more modern push to legalize drugs as a means to cut their street value.
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By Meredith Cohn | meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | December 28, 2009
A. Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died early Friday. He was 78. Those who knew Mr. Kaufman said he formed his political views at an early age and never backed down from a debate. He was arrested countless times, thrown out of candidate forums and kicked out of council meetings. But he'd always be back, trying to use the political process to further his causes - from civil rights in his younger days to his more modern push to legalize drugs as a means to cut their street value.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | October 28, 2007
A. Robert Kaufman is closer to getting a kidney, no thanks to how he's listed in the phone book. Baltimore's most steadfast Socialist, who's always running for something, including mayor this year, has never persuaded many citizens to give him their votes. But someone who saw him in the televised mayoral debate in August wants to give him a kidney. Kaufman has been in need of a kidney and on dialysis ever since a near-fatal beating and stabbing in 2005. He never misses a chance to make a public plea for an organ.
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By John Fritze | August 9, 2007
Five candidates in Baltimore's mayoral race will face off on WOLB-AM this morning in a debate-like forum - among the first such discussions to be broadcast live. The candidates will speak on The Larry Young Morning Show (1010 AM) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each candidate will offer opening and closing statements and will answer questions from journalists and listeners. "It's an outlet for our listeners and those running for office to dialogue," Young said. Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., schools administrator Andrey Bundley, Del. Jill P. Carter and Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway are expected to attend.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun Reporter | June 30, 2007
A. Robert Kaufman took his socialist agenda to The Block yesterday, where he announced his candidacy in the mayoral race and called for the creation of a "red-light district" where prostitution and drugs would be legal. Kaufman ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2003 and 1999 and also lost bids for a U.S. Senate seat last year and in 2004. Over the years, he has run in other federal, state and local races and never won a seat. In 2003, he garnered 645 votes when he ran in the Democratic mayoral primary.
NEWS
May 12, 2007
A 38-year-old West Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery with a deadly weapon in the December attack on political activist A. Robert Kaufman, according to the city state's attorney's office. Steven Carr of the 3800 block of Hillsdale Road admitted taking part in the Dec. 6 robbery on the porch of Kaufman's home on North Hilton Street. Carr admitted striking Kaufman in the head with a brick and then taking his wallet. Sentencing is set for Sept. 7, prosecutors said. Kaufman - who has run for a variety of local, state and federal offices on a socialist platform - was also attacked at his home in 2005.
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December 29, 2009
Thank you for the article on the passing of A. Robert Kaufman. As one of Bob's closest friends and political comrades in his latter years, I would like to briefly respond to Professor Donald F. Norris' comment that Bob was irrelevant to the political process. Before there was such a thing as the civil rights movement, Bob was walking picket lines against racial injustice. Before there was a mass movement against the Vietnam War, Bob was helping to organize and educate people about the crimes the U.S. government was perpetrating there.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1999
Baltimore mayoral candidate Carl Stokes is back on the road after clearing up yesterday a driver's license suspension that state motor vehicle officials said resulted from his failure to pay a ticket issued in November for running a stop sign.Stokes' driving troubles surfaced Thursday when The Sun learned that he was driving with a suspended license. Stokes received a ticket in January for speeding, and state records showed yesterday that he had paid the ticket, as he had contended.But his license remained suspended, the state said, because of Stokes' failure to pay the stop-sign ticket.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | December 8, 2006
A web of misfortune seems only to deepen for Baltimore's best-known Socialist, A. Robert Kaufman. The perennial candidate - who has never won an election - was nearly knifed to death last year by a tenant in his West Baltimore boarding house, and suffered kidney failure as a result of the injuries. Since then, he hasn't been shy about asking just about anyone - even his imprisoned attacker - for a kidney that might turn around his health. And now, like deja vu, he's been attacked again, by another tenant.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | July 14, 2006
While running a long-shot U.S. Senate campaign and still recovering from a brutal attack last year, A. Robert Kaufman did something unexpected this week: He inadvertently helped catch a man wanted in a killing. Kaufman, 75, called police to his West Baltimore home to complain about three apparently homeless men on his property. An officer questioned two of the men and ran background checks, and found that one was charged in a warrant in the killing of a man in a hair salon. Antoine Oliver, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with murder, assault, theft, burglary, armed robbery, conspiracy and handgun violations in the May 13 killing of Justice T. Georgie, a 36-year-old man who was visiting his wife at her Walbrook salon when it was robbed.
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