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Friday, March 19, 2004

Ehrlich Politics

The Maryland Democratic Party is putting out the word in its email Majority Report that Governor Bob Ehrlich recently tried to get County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder to switch parties and challenge Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. in 2006 as a Republican. Bartenfelder’s response in the Sun was nonresponsive, but the Dems used the incident to claim that “Ehrlich leads a talentless Republican Party.” The Maryland Republican Party’s most recent release, however, includes the headline “Governor Ehrlich Needs Your Help!” and encourages people to call in to the interview show he was on last night with easy questions and compliments.

And there is a good piece on Commonwealth Commonsense regarding the Virginia budget and how easily numbers can be skewed by assumptions.