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C. Fraser Smith: Ready for a leader in Baltimore

After the fear and loathing generated by this year’s Republican primary circus, the race for mayor of Baltimore is a tonic. Thirteen Democrats and 16 assorted other contenders are politely (for the most part) asking for a job that seems ...

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C. Fraser Smith: What we all missed

Old, slightly modified, newspaper joke: What is a columnist? A columnist is someone who sits  on the hilltop while the battle rages. When it’s all over, he rides down and shoots the wounded. Translation: It’s easy for him to judge, ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Baltimore needs help – now

Such a lovely word “renaissance,” summoning images of grand buildings, sublime sculpture, wealthy patrons and high culture. It’s actually been used before to describe a period in the life of Baltimore. At the same time, it was clear that rebirth ...

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C. Fraser Smith: A real race for Baltimore mayor

Trailing candidates put the best face on discouraging poll numbers with the following: “The only poll that matters is the one taken on Election Day.” This would be called whistling past the graveyard in many places. Candidates want the campaign ...

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C. Fraser Smith: A citizen’s candidate questionnaire

Who says the political questionnaire should be the sole province of newspapers or civic groups? Not that we don’t appreciate the work. We do. But others could join in the fun, offering their own list of questions. It’s a bit ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Saying yes to jobs that matter

Some years ago, Del. Joe Owens of Montgomery County earned a not-so-funny nickname: the Abominable No Man. Not so funny if you wanted some positive action from Owens, for years the implacably powerful House Judiciary Committee chairman. Del. Owens said ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Antonin and Sandy

Could a very liberal Maryland legislator and the nation’s most conservative Supreme Court justice ever find common ground? Why would they bother? Unlikely as it may seem, the answer to question one was an emphatic yes. And to question number ...

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