I was one of four kids in Mrs. Well's class at Hamilton Elementary School No. 236 to cast my vote for Adlai Stevenson in our fourth grade straw poll. Everyone but my three fellow Democrats and I wore "I Like Ike" buttons. Nobody wore a button that said "I Like Adlai." Although my grandmothers, both staunch Republicans, liked Ike, I did not. I especially did not like his running mate, Dick Nixon. But then, I got my politics at the dinner table, from my dad.
Now that Donald Trump is the likely presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2016, there are many questions that are interesting to consider regarding the Republican convention set for July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.
This week 42 years ago, an OPEC oil embargo started the 1973 energy crisis; President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliott Richardson to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns, triggering a call for Nixon's impeachment; secretary of state Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of Vietnam were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
The hip-hop mogul Kanye West has recently expressed his admiration for Republican presidential contender Ben Carson, and the two men have reportedly had several telephone conversations in which they have discussed America's political culture. Set against Mr. West's own presidential aspirations, a relationship between Mr. West and Dr. Carson has tantalizing prospects for a political realignment between African-Americans and the GOP.
Former Gov. Marvin Mandel, who won acclaim during two tumultuous terms in the State House as one of Maryland's most effective chief executives only to be forced from power on corruption charges in 1977, has died. He was 95.
Based on the reports out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis Friday, the party's leaders still don't seem to get the political message of the summer: It's TV, not the powers that be, that voters are taking their presidential cues from.
Do we really have to deal with this political craziness for 16 months? Not only is it annoying, but some of it is downright embarrassing for our nation. No wonder so many people don't vote. By the time voters get through a two-year campaign season, they are fed up with all the candidates.
The fires on Baltimore's streets have again lit up the questions of race, violence, justice. These are not new questions. As Maryland's lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003, I was responsible for instituting criminal justice reforms that focused on prevention, early intervention and the building bridges of trust and cooperation between the community and the police. I made it my mission to build safe communities by reducing crime, forging strong community ties and employing research.
Times certainly have changed in the Republican Party. Gone are the times when patience was its own reward and loyal leading members would await their turn in the list of aspiring presidential candidates.
Gov. Larry Hogan has an opportunity to not only reverse the fortunes of Baltimore, but give the entire metropolitan area a boost while charting a new course for the Republican Party -- right through the heart of a city that represents all that's wrong with racial separatism, neglected social problems and partisan politics.
Name a newly elected Republican Governor of Maryland with little previous political experience that hailed from the suburbs and had to deal with racial unrest and rioting in the city during his first term? Maryland's current Governor Larry Hogan? Guess again. How about future Vice President Spiro Agnew.
By Charles Holden, Zach Messitte and Jerald Podair
In claiming the existence of a state-level doctrine of executive privilege to shield access to internal communications, Gov. Larry Hogan stepped into a complicated legal minefield usually reserved for presidents and may have raised suspicions of whether his administration has something to hide.
Judge Joseph H. Young, a retired federal District Court judge who presided over the 1974 corruption trial of Baltimore County Executive Dale Anderson, died Saturday of complications of a fall he suffered two weeks ago. He was 92 and resided at Roland Park Place.
Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.
Instead of grandstanding on manure regulation and the "rain tax," Larry Hogan could be the Republican who finally makes progress on the stalled Chesapeake Bay restoration. What a great way to honor his father.efforts