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Maryland Republican Party must heal its rift

Maryland Republican Party must heal its rift

March has been a rough month for Maryland Republicans.

In Annapolis, they watched helplessly as Democrats worked their way through an ambitious ideological wish list that includes new taxes and spending, death penalty repeal, Second Amendment limitations, wind power subsidies, and other proposals anathema to Republicans.

Seven of 12 GOP senators — apparent victims of "Stockholm syndrome" —– supported Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget, which includes $1 billion in new spending.

And just as state Democrats rammed through an 87 percent hike in state gas taxes, David Ferguson, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, canceled a planned training session...