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March 13, 2013
Thanks, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., for your warning to the Democrats ("Democrats riding high, but beware a midterm crash," March 10). Now, let me ask a question to a Republican: What do you see a conservative, Republican Party doing to swing the Democrats their way? When I was in my 20s, I asked my father the difference between the. He told me the Republicans live in the past and the Democrats always look to the future. I am now 84 years old and I believe he was right. Since Mr. Ehrlich's party is still in shock over the last election, some keep saying they just didn't explain themselves enough.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wedneday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
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NEWS
May 22, 2013
Editor: I am very grateful to the voters of Havre de Grace, this was my first attempt to serve as a member of the City Council. I was not elected, however, the number of votes I received was impressive and most gratifying. Thank you and I shall return! Robert E. Greene Havre de Grace
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Susan Reimer | September 14, 2014
Every news outlet you can think of has had something to say about Ray Rice. Plus one you might not think of. Cosmopolitan. On its website, the magazine famous for its naughty bedroom advice published a sad and searing commentary by author Roxane Gay on Janay Rice and domestic abuse. The appalling number of battered spouses — one in four women and one in seven men — has not moved the needle on this issue, she said, and she didn't think a video record of it would, either.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
The Republican answer to not taxing the rich is to reduce unemployment benefits and freeze federal workers pay, again affecting the middle class and not the wealthy ("Lawmakers hold talks as shutdown draws close," Dec. 15). And yet they want our vote? Maybe a wiser cut would be to reduce their salaries; I'm sure they wouldn't take much time turning that one down! Gary Lusby, Ocean View, Del.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
In response to your editorial "No defender of the bay" (July 18), are you really surprised that Congressman Andy Harris voted against protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay? You can expect every vote from the 1st Congressional District to be against protecting Maryland's environment and waters until Rep. Harris gets what he deserves - retirement. John A. Pica Jr., Baltimore The writer is a former Democratic state senator from Baltimore.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Even the most ardent fans of Mitt Romney ought to take the latest of President Barack Obama's reelection ads to heart. Here's its point: 537. That's the number of votes (along with a favorable Supreme Court ruling) that decided who won Florida - and the presidency - in the contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. This year's election is shaping up to be just as close, with the latest polls suggesting the outcome could turn on a relatively few voters in states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and even tiny New Hampshire.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
I had a chance to talk to former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro about Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not vote in anyone for the 2013 induction class . That includes Palmeiro, who was on his third year of the ballot and is one of just four players in the game's history to have at least 500 homers and 3,000 hits. He's also the only one on this year's ballot to have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. In 2005, months after he told a congressional committee that he had never taken steroids, a drug test found stanozolol in his system and Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Toth | November 9, 2012
Remember all that voting you did this week? I'm not talking about the election; I'm talking about “The Voice.” Well, we got to see the results tonight, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you, America. A results show means a lot of filler, but I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here because I'm angry. The deal was this, America: You got to save two people on each team, while Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton got to save one. Team Adam Saved by America: Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith Saved by Adam: Melanie Martinez Eliminated: Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera In this case, it's Adam I'm mad at - you're good for now, America.
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
For the past week we've had our readers decide who they think is the top boys lacrosse team in the area. It turned out to be an interesting week to hold the voting, as Calvert Hall was upset by McDonogh Friday night, leading to significant changes in our top 15 poll released yesterday . Below are the results from your voting. It's worth keeping in mind that many of these votes were cast before Calvert Hall's loss, while some came after. And it's worth mentioning that tonight's Gilman-Calvert Hall game will also sway some opinions.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
It's ironic that tea party Republicans want no part of a debate or vote on President Barack Obama's proposal to act against ISIS when in the past they've complained bitterly about Mr. Obama acting alone without consulting Congress ( "Congress expected to avoid vote on military action in Iraq, Syria," Sept. 9). In such a crisis the nation obviously is stronger and our efforts more effective when the Congress and the president work together. The tea party will criticize the president no matter what decision he makes, but they want no part in having their votes recorded.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
A federal judge in Baltimore ordered Maryland elections officials to adopt an online absentee voting tool in time for this year's general election, despite warnings from computer security experts that the system could lead to voter fraud. The ruling was sought by a group of disabled voters and the National Federation of the Blind, who say the tool will make it easier for people with disabilities to cast ballots without relying on another person. "The court today has protected the fundamental rights of voters with disabilities, including the rights to equal access and to a secret ballot," said Mark Riccobono, president of the federation.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A Baltimore County Council vote on a development proposal for the former Seagram's whiskey distillery in Dundalk was postponed this week because the public wasn't given proper notice of the scheduled vote, county officials said. A resolution pending before the council and initially scheduled for a vote Tuesday would have authorized county agencies to review plans for Brewery Station, a project that would include nearly 200 townhomes on the Sollers Point Road property. The development group includes developer John Vontran and the Powers Companies.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The recent report by Election Integrity Maryland that there may be as many as 164 individuals who voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the 2012 election hasn't exactly caused the Maryland Board of Elections to press the panic button. There's a reason for that: The numbers don't prove fraud and more likely point to clerical error. That's not to suggest the Fairfax County Electoral Board should not seek criminal investigation, as officials announced last week, into 17 possible cases of duplicate voting in that Northern Virginia county - such due diligence is entirely appropriate - but the chances that such incidents will result in fraud convictions are slim.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The State Board of Elections has alerted the Office of the State Prosecutor to a report that 164 people voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the November 2012 presidential election, in violation of the law. Election officials confirmed Thursday that the referral included 17 cases in which the Fairfax County, Va., elections board investigated the report by outside advocacy groups and said they found that ballots had been cast in that county and...
NEWS
August 26, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's. commentary suggesting that Jews should reconsider their long-standing support of Democratic presidential candidates requires a response ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24). Mr. Ehrlich rightly points out some of the historical reasons Jews have supported Democrats as well as their disagreement with some Republican leaders on such issues as abortion, gay marriage, gun control, prayer in schools and birth control. But the article left out the invasion of Iraq based on faulty intelligence that led to the death of more than 4,000 young American men and women and ended up strengthening Israel's enemy, Iran.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2010
The Annapolis City Council voted Monday night to allow more downtown bars and restaurants to stay open until 2 a.m., overturning a nearly 20-year-old policy that critics decried as unfair. The council approved the measure 6 to 3, with Mayor Joshua J. Cohen voting against it. The new law strikes down a 1994 policy that prohibits restaurants that serve alcohol from remaining open beyond midnight. Businesses that already had a 2 a.m. license at that time were grandfathered in, which critics argued gave those establishments an improper advantage.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | December 3, 2012
The Mount Washington School is vying for a $50,000 grant from Clorox, and asking for the Baltimore city community's help to secure it. The school entered into the Clorox CompaNy's "Power a Bright Future" competition under which the company plans to dole out $200,000 to give to schools across the country.  Mt. Washington is among nearly 2,500 schools that have entered to win one of seven grants,  which it plans to put toward boosting its...
NEWS
By Susan Cochran | August 25, 2014
On Aug. 26, 1920, Congress certified passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing all women citizens the right to vote. The jubilant day - since proclaimed "Women's Equality Day" - climaxed a long persistent half-century campaign for women's suffrage and led to the creation that year of the League of Women Voters. But equality did not automatically come along with the right to vote. And today, nearly a century later, there is still much work to be done. While significant progress has been made through legislation and court action in reversing laws and practices detrimental to women - including those by banks and lenders denying women mortgages on homes and care loans - inequities remain.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A proposed amendment to Maryland's constitution that would prevent funding diversions from the state's Transportation Trust Fund has been finalized — ready for voters to decide its fate in November. John P. McDonough, Maryland's secretary of state, certified the language of the proposed amendment last week. It will appear on Nov. 4 ballots as "Question 1. " The so-called "lockbox" amendment was pushed through late in last year's legislative session, and is aimed at preventing the trust fund — bolstered by the state's new gas tax — from being depleted for state needs unrelated to transportation.
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