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Old 12-11-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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as the title says will md ever see another republican governor or just any position in general
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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I doubt that you will ever see any sort of balanced representation in this state as the current party in power has pretty much done every conceivable thing possible to see that there will never be a duality of governance.

We've gerrymandered the federal districts to the point where it's entirely likely that the 1st district will be the only one that stands outside of the democratic power structure.

We're punishing Anne Arundel County, the largest center/right-leaning county in the state for their failure to get with the program.

I'd say it's highly unlikely that MD will ever be a two party state on any level.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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There are plenty of Republican officeholders in the County seats as Commissioners, Sheriffs, Clerks of Court, States Attorneys, Judges of the Orphan's Courts and Register and Recorders. So the grass roots strength is there. The problem is getting statewide recognition and getting crossover votes.


Ehrlich could have and should have won last year (and in 2006 for re-election which would have taken last year off the table). In both years O'Malley didn't run against him but against Bush, which, being MD, turned out to be a winning strategy.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Sure, a Republican will eventually win. Will I be alive to see it? I give that about 50-50 odds.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Sure, a Republican will eventually win. Will I be alive to see it? I give that about 50-50 odds.
My folks still live in Montgomery County in the new gerrymandered district and they will be voting for Roscoe Barlett if he runs again, as well many of my extended family. The portions of MoCo in that new district are not the most liberal ones like Silver Spring or Bethesda with their yuppies and Section 8 types, its more middle class with some Asian American populations which are not as liberal as other minority groups, many are actually Christians and vote Republican for that reason. Many in Rockville and Gaithersburg are opposed to PlanMaryland and high density development as well, and are sick of illegal immigration.

I think with the Dream Act on the ballot that will get a lot more conservatives out to the polls to vote to overturn it. I helped to overturn it by circulating the petition in several counties and universally people have signed it without hesitation, especially in Baltimore County, Carroll, and Harford. If gay marriage is passed it will also be petitioned to a referendum no doubt about that which will draw out more conservative, including religious voters.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: NYC
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as the title says will md ever see another republican governor or just any position in general
Probably.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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God forbid.

Hopefully, the good citizens of Maryland will remember the bad, old days of Ehrlich for a very long time to come and keep the Free State blue, at least for the next few generations.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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God forbid.

Hopefully, the good citizens of Maryland will remember the bad, old days of Ehrlich for a very long time to come and keep the Free State blue, at least for the next few generations.

Yeah, nothing messes people up like a balanced budget and leaving office with an actual surplus.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I don't recall the days of Ehrlich being all that bad.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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God forbid.

Hopefully, the good citizens of Maryland will remember the bad, old days of Ehrlich for a very long time to come and keep the Free State blue, at least for the next few generations.
Yes....of course anything that's wrong with MD is the fault of the sole Republican to hold the governor's office in 40 years and not the democratic majority that has controlled not only that office but something like 70% of the general assembly as well.

Makes for a nice campaign sound byte, but it really doesn't play well for anyone who has two functional synapses.
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