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By Frank A. DeFilippo | November 17, 1994
GOV. WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER is leaving behind a living will. In his political afterlife he'd like to witness the rebuilding of the state's Democratic Party and he believes that Sen. Barbara Mikulski is the person who can do the job.Say what? Isn't this the very same pilgrim who boycotted the 1984 Democratic convention in favor of a visit to the San Diego Zoo? And didn't Mr. Schaefer endorse Republican George Bush for president in 1992? And wasn't Rep. Helen Bentley in the primary race for governor with Mr. Schaefer's imprimatur?
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Eight Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation wrote President Obama Monday urging him to reconsider his administration's plan to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the mid-Atlantic coast. In a jointly signed letter, the eight called seismic testing the first major step toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling, which carries the risk of oil spills. But they warned that the tests themselves would be "incredibly harmful to marine mammals and fisheries in the region," generating "dynamite-like" blasts of compressed air underwater that could hurt whales, dolphins and fish.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2003
They sparred and parried, dashed President Bush and called for a wholesale re-evaluation of U.S. foreign policy. But the nine Democratic presidential candidates who met on a debate stage at Morgan State University last night won few converts among leading partisans in Maryland. Only a few party leaders here have chosen favorites in the race for president. And while the debate offered the state's political crowd a rare, up-close view of nine candidates, the endorsements from many state Democratic leaders remain largely up for grabs.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The state Democratic Party's annual gala was no place for campaign speeches on Wednesday night.   That might seem odd to casual observers. After all, a big primary election is a month away, and the vast ballroom at Martin's Camelot in Prince George's County was filled with top elected officials, candidates and campaign donors. But the gala - a large fundraising event - was a time to talk about party unity and the need for voter turnout efforts in the primary and general elections.
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By Peter Jensen and C. Fraser Smith and Peter Jensen and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1997
Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes announced yesterday he will step down as state Democratic Party chairman at a party fund-raising event next month.Hughes, 70, named to the post by Parris N. Glendening three years ago, said the job demanded too much of his time and energy. The Eastern Shore resident said he "stayed longer than [he] expected" and wanted the post to be filled by someone who could devote more attention to it."I told Parris last fall I wanted to step down, and he asked me to give him time to do it," said Hughes, a member of the University of Maryland Board of Regents and the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Staff Writer | March 2, 1992
Although all the Democratic presidential candidates thought they did well at last night's debate at the University of Maryland at College Park, only the state Democratic Party could claim unquestioned success.That the debate took place at all was proof that party officials had succeeded in getting candidates to pay more attention to the state than they did four years ago.At the party's behest, the Democratic-controlled General Assembly had moved the primary date to March 3, tomorrow, to make Maryland a stepping-stone between the New Hampshire primary Feb. 18 and the big round of mostly southern contests on March 10.And though Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska virtually ignored Maryland, four other candidates felt that Maryland was important enough to appear.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Evening Sun Staff | September 18, 1991
Hold a presidential primary March 3, state Democratic Party officials said, and the candidates will come.The Maryland legislature obliged, and the candidates are indeed coming, the latest being Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.Harkin is a liberal who's promising to attack President Bush on domestic issues. That makes him attractive to organized labor.Harkin donned blue jeans and a work shirt and laid brick today at the new stadium in Baltimore -- a publicity stunt intended to help lay a state foundation for his Democratic presidential bid.Harkin's visit and visits of other candidates reflect the heightened importance of Maryland's primary, which will be held two weeks after New Hampshire holds the first primary on Feb. 18.In 1988, Maryland's impact on the nomination process was diluted because the state joined other Southern states in a "Super Tuesday" regional primary March 8.Only Colorado, Idaho and Minnesota have decided to hold their primaries on the same day as Maryland's.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 16, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The state Democratic Party convention was conceived months ago as a victory celebration for a party that was dominating California's electoral politics as it had not since the late 19th century. But when the convention opens here today there will be considerably more gloom than glory, as Democrats from across the state meet for the first time since Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor two months ago. Being a Democrat in Schwarzenegger's California is taking some getting used to, and there is growing consternation about how the party can distinguish itself in the celebrity glare of the new governor.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2000
ONLY DAYS after taking over as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, Michael Steele had to deal with his first major setback. State Sen. Patrick J. Hogan of Montgomery County, one of the GOP's brightest young stars, abandoned the party and switched his registration to the "D" column. The move, while long anticipated by some prominent Democrats, was nonetheless a body blow to Maryland Republicans. Hogan is bright, personable and telegenic, and the party was grooming him. This past year, he headed a party committee raising money for legislative candidates and he led the successful re-election campaign of Rep. Constance A. Morella, another Montgomery Republican.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2005
A 2002 BAN on unregulated donations to national political parties has curtailed spending on television advertising by state committees, a study released last week concluded. An analysis by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington found that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as the McCain-Feingold law, has reduced the amount of money national parties transfer to states for political activities. State parties raised $725 million in the 2003-2004 election cycle, down from $821 million in the 2001-2002 cycle, the report said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | September 17, 2012
The Maryland Democratic Party has endorsed the write-in candidacy of Eastern Shore physician John LaFerla to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1 st Congressional District. “Dr. LaFerla has resounding grassroots support and the full confidence of the Party's Executive Committee and Democratic leaders,” Democratic State Chairwoman Yvette Lewis said in a statement Monday. LaFerla replaces Wendy Rosen, who won a party primary in April but withdrew from the race last week amid allegations that she was registered and had voted in two states in 2006 and 2008.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
— Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took center stage before a convention of New Hampshire Democrats Saturday, rallying the faithful in a state important to his party's hopes to hold the White House in November — and to his own future should he run for president. The 22-minute keynote address to the New Hampshire Democratic Party marked O'Malley's debut as the main attraction at an event in this first-in-the-nation primary state. The visit was part of a four-state tour kicking off what looks to be a summer packed with political travel for the 49-year-old governor.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
For months, John Delaney ran his campaign for Congress as an outsider. But the day after he crushed his competition for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th District, the Potomac businessman found himself lunching with two of the most powerful party leaders in the state. What's more, his campaign was fielding dozens of calls of support from top state Democrats and labor groups — many of whom had backed his leading opponent, state Sen. Rob Garagiola. Democrats moved rapidly Wednesday to coalesce around the first-time candidate, signaling the beginning of a general election fight for the state's westernmost district that will dominate the political landscape this year and help decide control of the House of Representatives.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
A new poll shows that national and state Democratic leaders are well regarded in Maryland, even as voters are split on progressive initiatives such as same-sex marriage and discounted in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The poll, by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, shows that President Barack Obama's approval rating is inching up in the state, with 55 percent of respondents saying he's doing a good job. That figure is up from 49 percent in September. The number is still well below the 80 percent favorable rating he received during his first month in the White House.
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November 3, 2010
Don't let Republican state Sen. Andy Harris' victory over Rep. Frank Kratovil in the 1st Congressional District fool you; this was a terrible year for Maryland Republicans. Gov. Martin O'Malley beat former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. by twice as many votes as he did in 2006. Sen. Barbara Mikulski cruised to a 62-36 victory, nearly as large a margin as she earned six years ago at a time when Maryland voters were motivated to oust President George W. Bush. Other than Mr. Kratovil, none of Maryland's Democratic incumbents in Congress dipped below 60 percent of the vote.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,david.nitkin@baltsun.com | August 29, 2008
DENVER - A rare undercurrent of emotion crept into the voice of Baltimore's Michael Cryor - the only black state party chairman in the nation - as he spoke to Maryland convention delegates the morning after the nomination of the nation's first major-party African-American presidential candidate. "We have to make inclusiveness real," Cryor said in hushed tones during the final meeting of the Maryland convention delegation yesterday. "It can't be a matter of convenience." Cryor, 62, has built a career by staying cool under stress and providing sound advice in confidence.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2006
The Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint yesterday with the state Board of Elections against state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., alleging that the recently declared Republican is deliberately misleading voters by continuing to use campaign signs that label him as a Democrat. In a letter sent to state elections administrator Linda H. Lamone, the state Democratic Party's executive director, Derek Walker, asked for an investigation into what he calls a violation of election law. Walker identified at least a half-dozen 8-foot-by-4-foot Giannetti signs that feature his photo and list the senator's old party affiliation in District 21, which includes portions of northern Prince George's County and western Anne Arundel County.
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By Larry Carson | November 19, 2006
Though Republicans won all three legislative seats and the County Council race in far western Howard County, the celebratory champagne was flowing for the Western Howard County Democratic Club at a gathering last week at the Glenwood library. Members of the seven-month-old club are delighted at the Democrats' successes elsewhere in the county and countywide -- notably in the county executive race. And they are tantalized by their chances for making inroads in western Howard, the only part of the county where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats.
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October 22, 2006
Anne Arundel Plane crash kills 2 at Tipton Arport A single-engine airplane crashed Thursday afternoon soon after taking off from Tipton Airport, killing two passengers, officials said. One of the victims was reported to be the chief executive of a Chicago plastics recycling company. The plane - a Piper PA 46 - crashed in a heavily wooded area and caught fire about a half-mile from the airport's runway, said officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash.
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