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World’s Best Political Fights

October 1, 2013
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World’s Best Political Fights

Judging by the rest of the worlds’ governments, our politicos are pussies. Here’s 10 videos of international politicians beating the crap out of each other, pulling guns, and generally being mean to their fellow humans. Enjoy.
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Vote Obama Out—or You’re Fired!

October 9, 2012
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Vote Obama Out—or You’re Fired!

Gawker has a letter (also authenticated by our sister paper, Orlando Weekly) from Central Florida’s palace-building time share mogul, David Siegel, to his 8,000 employees. In it he tells them that if President Obama is re-elected, he’ll fire them all: “You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and...
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Election Results and 13th District Update

September 14, 2011
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Election Results and 13th District Update

Well, the primary election is over–with the lowest turnout in history–and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has coasted to victory over a strong field. On the City Council front, there was an upset and a near upset, with Nick Mosby beating long-time incumbent Belinda Conaway in the 7th District and Shannon Sneed running just 15 votes...
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Conaway, Mosby and the Homestead Tax

September 9, 2011
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Conaway, Mosby and the Homestead Tax

In the past couple of days, Nick Mosby, who is challenging 7th District City Councilmember Belinda Conaway, has sent out several lurid mailings pointing out Conaway’s issues with the homestead property tax break she and her husband are apparently still receiving on their Randallstown home. One of the mailings features hands gripping prison bars....
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Yes, there are Republicans running for Baltimore mayoral slot

September 8, 2011
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Baltimore is in the midst of two mayoral primaries: the Democratic one, which will almost certainly decide the city’s next mayor, and a rare Republican primary between two little-known candidates who have raised no money and, in one case, have been seldom seen on the hustings. Alfred V. Griffin III, 38, is the organizer...
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Councilmember Conaway Drops Lawsuit Over Coverage Questioning Her City Residency

August 1, 2011
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Councilmember Conaway Drops Lawsuit Over Coverage Questioning Her City Residency

City Councilmember Belinda Conaway (D-7th District) today dismissed a lawsuit she filed against the Examiner newspapers, owner Philip Anschutz, and Baltimore blogger Adam Meister. The suit, filed in May, accused them of libel, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotion distress after an online column by Meister, published in March, pointed out public records indicating...
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Jody Landers Works Blue

July 18, 2011
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Jody Landers Works Blue

SCENE: A meeting with mayoral candidate Jody Landers, June 13, at a home in Fells Point. There are seven or eight interns gathered around the dining room table (all white young college students), and one of them pitches the idea of a “green suit” he’d like to wear to drum up press. Landers laughs....
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Two Candidates Withdraw From City Races

July 18, 2011
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Two Candidates Withdraw From City Races

On the July 15 deadline for candidates to withdraw from this year’s city elections, two people–a Democrat running for the City Council’s 12th District seat and an independent candidate for mayor–scratched their names off the list. Robert Stokes is an aide to incumbent 12th District Councilmember Carl Stokes, who, after announcing a run for...
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O Rolley?

June 23, 2011
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Otis Rolley’s mayoral campaign e-mailed out an excited press release about the time he was staging a press conference in front of City Hall. The Sun’s Julie Scharper blogged that here.  The catalyst to this–a story about yet another standardized-test-cheating scandal in the city’s school system–is worth a look as well, if you’d not...
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46th District Deciders Were Few in Number

September 16, 2010
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46th District Deciders Were Few in Number

The Democratic primaries on Sept. 14 produced a momentous change in the Baltimore City Senate delegation’s roster: 27-year-old political neophyte William Ferguson trounced longtime 46th District state Sen. George Della, the aging scion of a waterfront dynasty that reaches back several generations. Ferguson is unchallenged in the general election, so there’s no question he’ll...
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Incumbents Ignore Cash-Strapped Challenger’s Call for a Debate in the 40th District

August 25, 2010
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Though state Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-40th District) has a free pass in this year’s elections, she has nearly $200,000 in her campaign kitty. That makes her a key player in her district’s delegates’ race (“One-Man Stand,” Aug. 18), in which she and the incumbents—Frank Conaway Jr., Barbara Robinson, and Shawn Tarrant—have formed the District...
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Mitchell Raised the Most Money in the 44th District Delegates Race

August 20, 2010
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Mitchell Raised the Most Money in the 44th District Delegates Race

Former City Councilman and 2007 mayoral candidate Keiffer Mitchell so far has raised more than $35,000 to fund his effort to unseat an incumbent delegate in Baltimore’s 44th Legislative District, according to campaign finance records. That’s the most of the eight candidates in the Democratic primary. But Mitchell has also spent about half of...
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