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February 24, 2014
The Sun continues its 2014 Newsmaker Forum series with Del. Ron George, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Mr. George 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.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Maryland election officials have determined Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan broke no laws in converting his Change Maryland advocacy organization into a campaign operation. But in a memo released Thursday, officials pointed out that a loophole permits corporations such as Change Maryland to test the water on behalf of candidates without disclosing donors or spending, as the candidates themselves must do. The ruling came after two of Hogan's rivals in last month's Republican primary filed complaints with the State Board of Elections in May. Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance for the board, wrote in the memo that he was dropping the complaints.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Third in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. In 1991, Ron George opened a jewelry store on Main Street in Annapolis within sight of the State House dome, placing his name in oversized gold lettering on the 19th-century storefront. It turned out to be a convenient location for the conservative Republican state legislator now running for governor. For George, Main Street is not merely an address, it's a persona. Hardly a campaign appearance goes by without a reference to his connection to "Main Street" roots and values.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Maryland's Democratic and Republican contenders for governor are sparing no effort to pull every last supporter to the polls Tuesday in a primary for which many voters aren't ready. Likely voters can expect a barrage of phone calls and a flood of election-eve mail on behalf of the three Democrats and four Republicans seeking Maryland's top office. Television ads will try to sway the undecided up to the bitter end — at least for campaigns that can afford that luxury — but the main focus will be on the ground game.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron George usually keeps quiet about the flashiest part of his biography. But as he fielded a question about film tax credits at a candidates forum last week, George let slip that he had a brief and unglamorous career as a daytime soap opera actor. "I got to die once and come back a couple months later," George told a crowd at the University of Maryland law school. That's not all. The Republican delegate from Anne Arundel County is still a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, he said, a distinction that over the decades has earned him bit parts in various productions.
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By Michael Dresser | June 6, 2014
The only statewide broadcast of the four Republican candidates for governor debating will air Friday night at 7 on Maryland Public Television. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County conservative activist Charles Lollar taped the 60-minute debate Monday at the MPT studios. The four previously debated last Saturday in Salisbury, but that encounter was televised only on the Eastern Shore.
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December 31, 2013
¿     Red Maryland gave first impressions on the Gubernatorial campaigns of David Craig , Ron George and not one but two of Charles Lollar. ¿     Red Maryland conducted a special broadcast from the Change Maryland Summer Party. ¿     Democrats did their best to intimidate Tea Party Members. ¿     Maryland is home to the world 's oldest people , according to research conducted by the Maryland Republican Party.   Red Maryland has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Three Republicans vying for to be governor will face off tonight in a televised debate on Fox 45. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar will participate in the event, scheduled to begin at  7 p.m. on the Baltimore affiliate. The television station will stream the event here  live. A fourth Republican,  Larry Hogan, plans to announce his intention to join the race on Tuesday.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Del. Ron George pledged Friday not to raise any taxes if elected. “Our economy will not grow unless our citizens and business can keep more money to spend and invest as fits their needs,” George said in a statement announcing his pledge. George challenged other candidates to make a similar promise to taxpayers. The Annapolis jewelry store owner is a two-term delegate and father of six hoping to secure the Republican nomination. If successful, his bid for the governor's mansion would be unprecedented - no other politician has jumped directly from the House of Delegates to the govenor's office.
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March 5, 2014
The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation that would raise Maryland's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, rejecting a flurry of amendments offered by opponents. The action clears the way for a final House vote on the measure Friday. Votes on amendments indicated that proponents of the increase - a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley - have more than enough votes to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. Opponents focused on a controversial provision exempting seasonal amusement parks such as Six Flags in Prince George's County from the wage increase, charging that would create an unfair break for one type of company.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
For Republican candidates for governor, there's simply not enough Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to go around. He's like the father in a large family whose kids compete for his attention but can't manage to get Dad all to themselves. Ehrlich, who in 2002 became Maryland's first Republican governor in three decades and is now promoting a book, has long been telling the candidates he won't choose a favorite in Tuesday's primary. That hasn't stopped them from invoking his name, likening themselves to him, seeking his fundraising assistance and, in at least one case, using his beaming face in a campaign commercial.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
As early voting got underway Thursday in the primary race for governor, the four Republicans competing for the GOP nomination jockeyed to present themselves as the most qualified to take on a Democrat in November. The candidates taped a final televised forum in a Washington studio and, as they have in the past, largely agreed that tax cuts are in order after eight years under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. But the normally genial discussion among the Republicans was punctuated by each candidate trying to reinforce his credentials as the conservative most likely to succeed in a state where Democrats hold a 2-1 registration advantage.
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By Michael Dresser | June 12, 2014
Baltimore-area Republican voters, who have endured months of television ads for Democratic candidates for governor on local broadcast stations, will get to hear a pitch from one of their own when Larry Hogan goes on the air in the low-budget GOP primary. Hogan's campaign announced Thursday that it has bought time on Baltimore stations for an ad it has already been running on cable -- a less expensive medium -- in which Hogan criticizes Gov. Martin O'Malley's economic policies. Hogan is the first of the four GOP contenders who has been able to afford broadcast TV time in the Baltimore media market.
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June 12, 2014
Republican primary voters are blessed with the deepest field of candidates they've had for governor in a generation - four men who each bring compelling stories to their quests to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley. David Craig is the teacher turned legislator, mayor and county executive. Ron George is a one-time soap opera actor who is now a state delegate and (literally) a Main Street business owner. Larry Hogan is a former state cabinet secretary and son of the first Republican congressman to announce that he would vote to impeach Richard Nixon.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Third in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. In 1991, Ron George opened a jewelry store on Main Street in Annapolis within sight of the State House dome, placing his name in oversized gold lettering on the 19th-century storefront. It turned out to be a convenient location for the conservative Republican state legislator now running for governor. For George, Main Street is not merely an address, it's a persona. Hardly a campaign appearance goes by without a reference to his connection to "Main Street" roots and values.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
First in a series of profiles of candidates for governor Republican Larry Hogan isn't pledging to turn deep-blue Maryland red if he's elected governor. He doesn't even hold out much hope for purple. He just thinks that if he can win his party's primary, he can beat the Democratic nominee and fundamentally change the way the state does business. Since becoming the last Republican to jump into the 2014 governor's race in January, he has surged past his three rivals in both fundraising and the polls.
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By Michael Dresser | November 22, 2013
(NOTICE: This article replaces an earlier version that incorrectly characterized Del. Ron George's criticism of Del. Heather Mizeur's plan based on the reporter's misunderstanding of the proposal.) Republican Ron George has became the first gubernatorial candidate to target fellow hopeful Heather R. Mizeur's proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana -- focusing on a provision of Mizeur's proposal to let adults legally grow their own. George, a  state delegate from Anne Arundel County, released a statement Thursday in which he denounced Mizeur's plan to tax legal marijuana sales and use the proceeds for early childhood education was first reported in The Baltimore Sun Tuesday.
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February 1, 2012
Prompted by recent scandals involving such officials as Mayor Sheila Dixon, an Anne Arundel County delegate has introduced legislation that would deny public pensions to elected officeholders who are convicted of crimes committed while in office. Del. Ron George, a Republican,  submitted the bill Thursday, saying it would close what he called a loophole in the law presently that limits that sanction to officials convicted while in office. He said that now all an official has to do to keep a pension is resign just before conviction.  George said the legislation provides that if the crime was committed while the official was in office but the conviction came later, the pension and other benefits would still be foreited.
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By Michael Dresser | June 6, 2014
The only statewide broadcast of the four Republican candidates for governor debating will air Friday night at 7 on Maryland Public Television. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County conservative activist Charles Lollar taped the 60-minute debate Monday at the MPT studios. The four previously debated last Saturday in Salisbury, but that encounter was televised only on the Eastern Shore.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
In their only scheduled debate on Baltimore television, the four Republican candidates for governor depicted Maryland as overtaxed and overspent under a Democratic administration, creating a climate in which businesses are fleeing to neighboring states. In the debate, taped Monday afternoon for broadcast Friday, David R. Craig, Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar offered a grim assessment of the state's economic outlook as the second and final term of Gov. Martin O'Malley comes to an end. "Businesses are leaving in droves - to go to Virginia, to Delaware, to West Virginia, to other states," said Hogan, 58, a former Ehrlich administration official, who said the state's "onerous" tax policy is to blame.
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