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Author Archives: C. Fraser Smith

C. Fraser Smith's column appears on Fridays.

C. Fraser Smith: O’Malley’s march toward what?

Gov. Martin O’Malley has said little if anything about the widespread assumption that he’d like to run for president in 2016. Almost everyone else in Maryland politics has said something, of course. If asked, he offers the well-worn response of ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Valuable lessons from Vaclav Havel

So, a Friday morning pop quiz: What country is being described here? Political discourse had been coarsened. There is no regard for compromise or problem-solving. “One politician will undermine another’s work only because they belong to different political parties. Partisan ...

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C. Fraser Smith: The system worked in UM decision

Last spring, as the 2011 General Assembly was passing its last few bills, state Senate President Thomas V Mike Miller Jr. was smiling over his latest power play. Wouldn’t it be grand, Miller had said, if Maryland pulled its two ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Baltimore’s new normal — SRB 2.0

Get ready for the city’s new normal. Get ready for SRB 2.0. That’s the challenge Baltimore heard Tuesday from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — known in City Hall as SRB. There she was finally a mayor in full — unburdened by ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Schurick verdict raises Ehrlich questions

Overheard (arguably) in a bar this week. Patron 1: So, did you hear what happened? A jury convicted this political campaign guy of trying to fool the voters. Patron 2: No! (Laughter) Really? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Maryland’s MIA governor is back

Well, what do you know? Looks like Martin O’Malley is still governor of Maryland. Political chatter in this state eventually gets around to the absentee governor. He has already bailed, it is said, on his final years in Annapolis. He ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Riding the tiger that is college sports

What has happened at Penn State feels like one of those fateful moments when the angry gods hurl thunderbolts to get our attention. The message from on high? If you won’t fix college sports, we’ll try to illustrate the depths ...

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