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What Hogan and the GOP have going against them in 2014

I support your endorsement of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor ("Brown for governor," Oct. 25).

Despite Mr. Brown's disappointing campaign, I understand why you can't endorse a Republican because it's for the same reason I can't vote for one.

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I am a retired businessman whose life would be extremely difficult were it not for the benefits I receive from Social Security and Medicare. I recall clearly how Republicans fought tooth and nail to defeat these measures when they were first introduced, and they have been attempting to disable them down to the present day.

That alone would decide my vote. But in addition, I am mindful that the Republican Party today has adopted a number of positions that are wholly unacceptable.

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It denies the scientific evidence of global warming, obstructs the voting rights of minorities, attempts to deny the reproductive rights of women, frustrates attempts to reform a broken immigration system, campaigns against universal health care, fights environmental protection and opposes any attempt to reform tax policy to reduce income inequality.

Until the Republican Party drastically change its positions, it does not merit the support of either responsible newspapers or the voters.

Jack Kinstlinger, Towson

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