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Republicanism in Maryland is a unique animal
BY Heather Norris
October 2, 2014

In order to take the governor’s mansion on Election Day, Republican Larry Hogan must find a way to turn the state’s majority-registered Democrats into Republican voters. To do so, he and his party are working to turn voters’ attention away from social issues such as gun control and abortion and toward the economy. “When we CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2014

The well-funded, highly influential pro-Israel lobby goes both ways in political support. In 2013-14, a variety of political action committees gave money to both Democrats and Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics. J Street, known for its liberal advocacy, gave away about $1 million CONTINUE »

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East Bank Havurah reflects on past, looks to future
BY Simone Ellin
October 1, 2014

For those of the East Bank Havurah, it seems that spiritual seeking is a part of their DNA. Steve Siegel, 67, of Pikesville strayed far from Judaism after his bar mitzvah at a large Reform congregation and found himself on such a spiritual quest as a young adult in the 1970s. Like many of his CONTINUE »

Baltimore rabbi, minister preach to each other’s choir
BY Heather Norris
October 1, 2014

When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted in June to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel, Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church wasted no time to call his friend, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Andrew Busch. This week, on the heels of a 50-day war between Israel and CONTINUE »

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Doctor’s research impacts lives but patients must be their own advocates
BY Melissa Gerr
October 1, 2014

Jack Rose’s father and two half-brothers died from heart disease before they were 50, and when Jack suffered a heart attack in 1984 in his 40s, he feared he might follow in their footsteps, especially after doctors told him “not to bother putting more money in my pension” and gave him about five years to CONTINUE »