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August 11, 2011

Conservative flank of House GOP caucus might challenge leadership

Maryland delegates Nic Kipke and Michael Smigiel may take on the current House GOP leadership, a shift that would move the caucus to the right.

Kipke said in an interview that he's been approached by several House Republicans and asked to challenge current Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell. However, Kipke said that he -- and other members of the GOP -- are now "evaluating" what the next steps could be. The news was first reported on the blog Red Maryland.

Kipke said that he's keen to avoid a nasty leadership fight, and believes that some arrangement will be made with O'Donnell. O'Donnell could not be reached immediately.

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July 12, 2011

Republican delegate to direct state GOP

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney announced today that he has tapped freshman Del. Justin Ready to serve as the organization's interim executive director.

This will be Ready's second go at the job: The 29-year-old served in the position from April 2008 to July 2009, when he was fired by embattled GOP Chairman Jim Pelura (who resigned after receiving a no-confidence vote by the state board).

"Justin's experience as a former MDGOP Executive Director makes him the right choice to serve as the interim executive director through the end of 2011," Mooney said in a statement. Maryland Republcians are searching for a permanent executive director, Mooney said.

The main role of the executive director is to raise money -- which could be a problem for Ready, who represents Carroll County and is a member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Ethics rules prohibit state lawmakers from raising money during legislative sessions. In addition to the regular 90-day session in January, a special session for congressional redistricting is planned for October. There's no word yet on how long that session will last.

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June 23, 2011

Gingrich in MD: Obama's war speech 'dangerous'

Former House Speaker and 2012 presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called President Barack Obama's war speech "fundamentally dishonest and fundamentally dangerous" in an address this evening to Maryland Republicans.

At the appearance at the BWI Airport Marriott, Gingrich continued his criticism of the president's statement Wednesday that "the tide of war is receding." Gingrich challenged the president to withdraw the phrase, which he said was "dangerously misinformed."

Gingrich said the climates in Pakistan and North Korea are among other indications that "a potential tsunami of violence is building offshore." He sharply criticized Obama's response to American soldiers finding and killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

The president, Gingrich said, should have reacted with "extraordinary aggressiveness" and "moral outrage" to word that Pakistan had arrested people believed to have assisted Americans in the raid. Obama, he said, "has no clue how dangerous the world can be." 

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June 13, 2011

Newt Gingrich coming to Maryland next week

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is scheduled as the featured speaker at the Maryland Republican Party's major annual fundraising event next week.

The Republican former speaker of the House of Representatives has visited the Free State many times in recent years, including for the House GOP retreat in Baltimore this January. He was keynote speaker for the state party fundraiser in June 2009, and you can listen to a video recording (images are quite fuzzy) here

But Gingrich's remarks to the state party may have added importance this year, as he attempts to build a presidential bid. His campaign has faced major challenges of late, including the departure last week of more than a dozen key staff members.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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