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Democratic club looks to reinvent Baltimore tradition
Democratic club looks to reinvent Baltimore tradition

Long gone are the days when Harry "Soft Shoes" McGuirk ruled South Baltimore's Stonewall Democratic Club as a benevolent despot, the last of the city's old-school political bosses. So, too, is the era when the Curran family's United Third District Democratic Organization was dominant in the Northeast, and the Mitchell clan's Democratic Action Organization held sway on Baltimore's west side. The Independent Republican Coalition of Baltimore, once the largest GOP organization, was active for more than three decades. It held its final meeting two years ago. But a group of east-side political activists is reinventing the Baltimore political club, with the...

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