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C. Fraser Smith: Freedom meets reality in a hail of bullets

We are all Arizonans. We are all heartsick. We all mourn the victims of last Saturday’s massacre in Tucson — six dead and 14 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. We are all living in communities with untreated mental ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Riding the football tiger in College Park

In for a dime, in for a dollar. If you’re a Division 1 football university, certain troublesome truths can’t be wished away. Coaches come and go — whatever they or the university may say about loyalty to school and players. ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Making the case for practical progressivism

Get ready for the “new normal.” Gov. Martin O’Malley and his lieutenants are promising something noticeably different: smaller, leaner government — and here’s the kicker: in keeping with progressive priorities. It’s hardly surprising. Maryland is not a budgetary nightmare like ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Time for another Baltimore Renaissance?

Several months back, a colleague asked me to offer some thoughts about Baltimore and its future during his regular lunch gathering with friends. “Baltimore: Can It Be Saved?” was to be the subject. My first thought? Why me? He suggested ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Obama in the briar patch

Have Republicans thrown President Barack Obama into the briar patch? Have they done just what he wanted them to do — make it possible to give the economy the stimulus it would not get in the new, deficit-preoccupied Congress? He’s ...

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C. Fraser Smith: A post of opportunity and peril for O’Malley

Gov. Martin O’Malley, who won re-election claiming he had kept Maryland (relatively) solvent, now finds himself as the leader of those states that made him look so good by comparison. It could be an honor of dubious value or a ...

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Fraser Smith: Riding the wave to re-election

Before the recent gubernatorial campaign began in earnest, the O’Malley team did a man-in-the-street sampling of feelings about former governor Bob Ehrlich’s controversial way of supporting state government. The fees he imposed as governor for various services weren’t taxes, he ...

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Fraser Smith: The good, the bad and P.G. County

Reverberations from Bra-Gate. Some troubling, others quite reassuring. The downside first. Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson famously urged his wife by tapped telephone to hide more than $79,000 — in cash — in her underwear. Federal authorities were ...

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Fraser Smith: Images of upheaval for Democrats

On the eve of an election that would prove disastrous for Democrats, one of the party’s highest-ranking leaders found himself within spitting distance of a furious constituent. All the emotions that colored the 2010 campaign — anger, fear, disgust with ...

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