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By Paul K. Schwartz     @PKSpaul You all know what a “bleacher bum” is, right? A bleacher bum is the rather vociferous fan sitting in the cheap seats at Yankee Stadium who heckles relentlessly both the opposition outfielders as well as the home team outfielders. He, or she, fires off insult after insult at Mickey […]

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By Brian J. Karem    @BrianKarem I almost laughed. Okay I did laugh. I got a call from a friend who asked me if I was in the middle of the rugby scrum involving President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and a seemingly comatose Mike Pence. “I kept screaming at the television, ‘Karem, jump in […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz    @PKSpaul Elections do, indeed, have consequences as the 2016 election so clearly demonstrated. So, too, did the 2018 midterm elections. Unlike 2016, however, the consequences of the 2018 midterms can be characterized as new opportunity; new opportunity to address issues that had no chance under the Republican-held Congress. Our own […]

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He is “Individual 1.” You know him as Donald J. Trump – our 45th president – and the legal noose around his neck appears to be constricting while his political fate seems very much up in the air. This week, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the first time publicly pointed a finger at Trump after […]

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The best people I’ve ever worked with in the big world of politics and business played a team sport – and usually it is football. I say this understanding my bias as I played and coached the sport. But it is true. One of the best things I learned playing football is to be part […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz    @PKSpaul As we approach the new year of 2019, a look back at 2018 still leaves us with some questions that were left unanswered by the current occupant of the White House. As you likely remember, President Donald J. Trump, true to his credit, held a somewhat contentious press conference on […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz Are you angry yet? No, I’m not directing this question to Trump voters. For Trump voters the question would be something more like “have you seen the light yet?” No, this question about anger is directed at you if you are a Maryland taxpayer who ordinarily had itemized deductions on your […]

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Somewhere in the bowels of the White House an underpaid staff attorney is toiling away for an administration that struggles daily to produce the same product as human bowels do.

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By Paul K. Schwartz The Trump administration is a major disaster for this country and will come to an end at some time whether within a year, in two years, or, quite possibly, in six years, or maybe even longer. How long it will take to undo the damage caused by this administration is quite […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz I have a confession to make. I commit voter fraud. I commit it almost every election but especially during presidential elections. When I first became eligible to vote I was living in New York City. I registered to vote there and when I moved to New Jersey where I raised my […]

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By Michael H. Shuman Nancy Floreen is justifying her independent bid to become County Executive of Montgomery County with the claim that she is “business friendly” and Marc Elrich, the official Democratic Party nominee, is not. As someone who has spent his 25 years working on economic development with hundreds of cities worldwide, I beg […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz Elections do, indeed, have consequences. Too many of us sadly learned that lesson with the presidential election of 2016 and its aftermath. The upcoming 2018 midterm election and the 2020 presidential election will also bring with them significant consequences. The question that will need to be answered with the results of […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz It took a long time in coming, but finally some action by the White House to address the threat to the election process and the threat to democracy that a flawed election process poses. What follows is the official statement from the White House press secretary regarding the flawed election. The […]

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By Brian J. Karem On Oct. 2, journalist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post disappeared after he entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. The progressive reporter was an “enemy of the people” and part of the “Fake Media,” according to our president, and the Saudi Royal family loathed his progressive stances. Khashoggi has not […]

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By Paul K. Schwartz Unions and employee organizations are bad, very bad! Yes they are, but only to employers who wish to strip employees of their rights. Welcome to the Trump administration and its attack on the federal workforce. On Aug. 25, a coalition of 13 federal unions, including the National Federation of Federal Employees […]

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President Donald Trump had a pretty good week. He renegotiated a NAFTA agreement, changed its name and apparently has had positive feedback on the deal from union representatives. Unemployment is down to its lowest level since man landed on the moon. And in a move predicted by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the United States Senate […]

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I was just 15. It was 1976. I was a Hell raiser as much as I could be. I never thought I treated anyone with disrespect, but early that Summer I had a party at my mother’s home – aided and abetted by a friendly neighbor who bought us some “Boones Farm Strawberry Hill,” wine, […]

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Ever wonder why the color line in major league baseball was not broken until 1947? 1947! A mere 71 years ago. A clear example of divisiveness, but we’ll discuss divisiveness a bit later in this piece. Hint: Trump. Ever wonder why it took the Supreme Court until 1954 to rule that separate but equal in […]

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President Donald Trump took off early Wednesday morning to the Carolinas to survey the damage following the recent Hurricane Florence which smacked the area hard. Trump needed to go after the recent criticism that he ignored the dying in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria decimated the island last year. With nearly 3000 dead in Puerto […]

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As we approach the 2018 midterm elections it is that time of year to go out a bit on a limb and share with you my predictions for the upcoming election results and the impact of those results on future elections. Here goes: The 2018 midterm elections will result in the House of Representatives being […]

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A big bag of wind threatening disaster and death is barreling down on the east coast. President Trump (who for the sake of argument isn’t the big bag of wind) is pointing at the federal government’s success in Puerto Rico where 3,000 people died as an indication of how well prepared we are for Hurricane […]

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Late last week as the White House Press Corps settled into the latest version of “new normal” at the White House – that being no briefings, appearances by the president only in small pool sprays and the occasional chance to shout a question at him – I looked up. Standing on the South Lawn with […]

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I would like to share with you my interview with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, that never actually took place. The imaginary interview focused on the recent Paul Manafort convictions and some other issues. Reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson book “If I Did It,” this interview with Trump, while it never […]

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I did not know John McCain well. My interactions with him can be summed up to a meeting at a party in the D.C. area where I exchanged pleasantries, a few interviews and a chance encounter on the tram traveling to his office from the Senate. Those interviews included questions about his time as a […]

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A few weeks ago, my column “Will the real Larry Hogan please stand up?” published June 7, took a look at some key issues that will surely be debated during the Maryland gubernatorial campaign. To say it generated some controversy would be putting it mildly. Like most things in life, there is always more than one side to any issue. To say that the governor’s office, specifically his Director of Communications, Ms. Amelia Chasse, took exception to my portrayal of the governor’s record would be quite the understatement.

As an advocate of the “fairness doctrine,” the purpose of this column is to provide the governor’s office with an opportunity to share their view and provide the reader with a more balanced approach. For space considerations I will have to condense much of their input, but I will make every effort to capture the essence of their responses. I will also take the opportunity to offer my own response to their counterpoints. I’ll leave it to the reader to judge the merits of either side of the debate.

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Larry Hogan is a Republican governor in a very blue state, Maryland, and is running for a second and final term with a favorability rating that has consistently hovered around 70 percent. That favorability rating is second among all governors. Only Republican Charlie Baker of another blue state, Massachusetts, has a higher favorability score.

Does any Democrat have a snowball’s chance in hell to unseat this extremely popular incumbent governor? More specifically, does the Democrat who will be selected in the primary election on June 26 from a current field of nine candidates to challenge Governor Hogan in the general election in November have a fighting chance to unseat the incumbent?

The answer is a resounding yes, but only if the campaign focuses on the right issues; issues that will crack that favorability rating wide open and expose the reality of the past four years.