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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Hours before President Barack Obama was expected to appear in Maryland for a handful of fundraisers today, state Republicans cast his visit as an attempt to rally a base that they argued has been diminished by Democratic policies. "If this was four years ago, he'd be filling the convention center," said David Ferguson, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, noting that Obama's second and larger fundraiser of the day will take place instead in an Inner Harbor hotel. The event is a fundraiser, not a rally.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland Republicns will get a fundraising boost from Sen. Rand Paul tonight. Paul -- a Kentucky Republican often touted as a potential presidential candidate -- will speak to supporters at a fundraiser in Silver Spring. Individual tickets begin at $40 and sponsor-level tickets run as high as $2,000. Paul appeared earlier this year in Linthicum for a fundraiser organized by the Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee. "If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, we have to go to different people with a message of hope and optimism," he said at the time.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
The Maryland Republican Party has hired a former aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as its executive director, filling the vacancy left by the abrupt departure of David Ferguson in August. State party Chairwoman Diana Waterman announced Monday that Joe Cluster, who served as Steele's director of external affairs in 2004-2007, would head the day-to-day operations of the GOP. Cluster, 34, is a veteran of the GOP's victorious 2002 gubernatorial election campaign, when Ehrlich became the first Republican to win the office since 1966.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdogs in a blue state. In some cases the ideologues triumphed; in others the moderates squeaked out a victory. It's a push-and-pull that echoes fights dogging the Republican Party nationally. In Frederick, a conservative delegate toppled the state Senate minority leader by accusing him of compromising with Democrats.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdogs in a blue state. In some cases the ideologues triumphed; in others the moderates squeaked out a victory. It's a push-and-pull that echoes fights dogging the Republican Party nationally. In Frederick, a conservative delegate toppled the state Senate minority leader by accusing him of compromising with Democrats.
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November 5, 1993
If Maryland Republicans hope to pull off the sort of election victories the GOP won in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City on Tuesday, the local political organization had better get its act together: There still is no Republican heavyweight candidate running for the United States Senate seat in next year's election.Good campaigners for statewide offices are crucial for the state GOP. The party has a prominent and aggressive campaigner in the race for attorney general, former U.S. Attorney Richard D. Bennett.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | September 19, 2009
The Maryland Republican Party and the state elections board reached an agreement Friday that requires the strapped GOP to repay at least $2,000 a month to Michael S. Steele's campaign account, which state officials contend made an improper contribution. The parties had planned to finalize an agreement last week, but Jared DeMarinis, director of campaign finance at the State Board of Elections, said 11th-hour revisions proposed by the party were "unacceptable." Lawyers for both sides spent the past week in negotiations.
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By BARRY RASCOVAR | November 8, 1992
George Bush got clobbered in Maryland last Tuesday. That's bad news for the state's Republican Party, which has big plans for the 1994 general elections here. Without a president to provide patronage and popular support to help register new Republicans, the local GOP's hopes for future gains could dim quickly.But the Bush defeat -- one of the biggest routs he suffered in any state -- can be misleading. The president did take 19 of the state's 24 subdivisions. But he lost Howard County by 5,000 votes; Baltimore County by 16,000 votes; Montgomery County by 73,000; Prince George's County by 103,000 and Baltimore City by 140,000.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | August 5, 2009
More than two weeks after Maryland Republicans met behind closed doors and voted to express "no confidence" in leader James Pelura, the state GOP chairman insists he's not going anywhere. And, he says, he has the votes to ensure that he isn't forced out. "I am not resigning," Pelura declared in an interview. While the executive committee, made up of 30 statewide and county officers, voted against Pelura during a July meeting, the only way to remove the party chairman is by a two-thirds' vote of the much larger state convention.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,Sun reporter | August 11, 2007
The Maryland Republican Party, reeling from the loss of the governor's mansion, is nearly broke, according to a copy of its financial statement obtained by The Sun. The state GOP treasurer's report from July 31 shows the party had $4,615 in cash and $50,500 in debt. Because of lackluster fundraising, the party operated at a $103,536 deficit in the first six months of the year. A report from the party's accountants shows that funding from major donors has dried up, and that the party's major annual fundraising event, the Red, White and Blue Dinner, netted $15,572, less than 10 percent of the amount the party had been counting on. The poor fundraising comes at a time when conservative and moderate wings of the party are fighting over whether the party should take sides in state Sen. Andrew P. Harris' primary challenge to Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a stark contrast to the unity and strength that the party displayed during former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s term.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley may have his eye on running for the White House, but a new Baltimore Sun poll suggests he could have a tough time winning the Democratic primary election in his own state. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outpolled O'Malley by nearly 10 to 1 among likely Maryland Democratic voters asked to name their top choice among four possible candidates to be the party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election. When asked for a favorite among Clinton, O'Malley, Vice President Joe Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 59 percent picked Clinton.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Leaders in the Maryland Republican Party are promoting the recent win in the Annapolis mayoral race as evidence the GOP can secure victories in Democratic strongholds. Upbeat party members gathered Saturday in the state capital for their fall convention. Some said upsets such as the city mayor's race could be repeated if the party is strategic and can devise ways to reach communities whose voters usually cast ballots for Democrats. "We have to be aggressive, and we may have to do some things that we're not comfortable with as a party to win," Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley of Frederick County told the crowd of 250. "We do have a bright future, and we may have to employ some strategies that we haven't looked at before.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
HAVRE de GRACE - Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament, but he is staking out positions that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014 nomination for governor. In recent weeks, Craig has articulated policy stands that put him well to the conservative side of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his 2002 race for governor - the only gubernatorial election the Maryland GOP has won in four decades.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
The Maryland Republican Party has hired a former aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as its executive director, filling the vacancy left by the abrupt departure of David Ferguson in August. State party Chairwoman Diana Waterman announced Monday that Joe Cluster, who served as Steele's director of external affairs in 2004-2007, would head the day-to-day operations of the GOP. Cluster, 34, is a veteran of the GOP's victorious 2002 gubernatorial election campaign, when Ehrlich became the first Republican to win the office since 1966.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
He's a rookie in Congress, but Rep. Andy Harris is positioned to become a GOP heavyweight in Maryland. As delegates from across the country converge at the Republican National Convention this week to nominate Mitt Romney for president, the first-term lawmaker from Cockeysville is the state's highest-ranking elected official to attend. And while his role will be limited - he is not a delegate - his efforts at getting fellow state Republicans elected in November have been extensive.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Hours before President Barack Obama was expected to appear in Maryland for a handful of fundraisers today, state Republicans cast his visit as an attempt to rally a base that they argued has been diminished by Democratic policies. "If this was four years ago, he'd be filling the convention center," said David Ferguson, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, noting that Obama's second and larger fundraiser of the day will take place instead in an Inner Harbor hotel. The event is a fundraiser, not a rally.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 7, 1996
Like a blinking, neon light on a dark, deserted highway, the image keeps flashing in memory: some 600 Maryland Republicans wildly cheering Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at a rally Sunday at the Montgomery County fairgrounds.It was Mr. Dole's first campaign stop after his decisive victory in the South Carolina primary the day before. The passion of his reception in Maryland caught everyone by surprise -- even the candidate himself."Boy, we got a big crowd here," he told his backers, standing elbow-to-elbow, pressing in tightly toward the veteran campaigner.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2010
Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. described his gubernatorial election loss this week as the close of a chapter in his life. It could also signal the end of an era for the Maryland GOP. As Republicans nationwide celebrated a historic victory in the midterm elections, GOP leaders in Maryland expressed worry that Ehrlich's loss Tuesday to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley by twice the margin of his 2006 defeat would cement the party's minority...
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April 30, 2012
The last thing you'd think Maryland's Republican party needs would be a nasty internecine fight, but that's what it got at its annual convention over the weekend. Rather than unity in the effort to overcome a massive voter registration disadvantage, chronic fundraising problems and a frequent lack of competitive candidates for state-wide offices, the party became focused on a divisive race for an obscure position: national committeewoman. In the end, Audrey Scott, a GOP stalwart who has held a variety of elected and appointed posts, including a stint as state Republican chairwoman, was defeated by a heretofore little known, 37-year-old Baltimore woman, Nicolee Ambrose.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Three Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich — are preparing to plant a flag in Maryland ahead of the state's April 3 primary, offering GOP voters here a rare chance to take part in a national political battle. Local campaign officials said they expect candidates will swing through the state early next week, following Saturday's primary in Louisiana. Maryland, which has 37 delegates to offer, votes the same day as Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
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