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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


Articles by Ralph Z. Hallow

Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and electoral neophyte, said litmus tests don't work but then described the litmus test he would use by carefully evaluating the judicial records of potential nominees to ensure they wouldn't deviate from the original intent or meaning of the Constitution and laws. (Associated Press)

As Supreme Court hangs in balance, conservatives yearn for specifics from 2016 field

NEWS ANALYSIS: Deeply disappointed by the summer's rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare, conservatives see the presidential election next year as a watershed not only for control of the Supreme Court but also an entire federal judiciary that has been tilted leftward by President Obama's nominees. Published November 10, 2015

Some pollsters and activists think Donald Trump's lasering in on the economy and his perceived competence in creating jobs will appeal to the one segment of Hispanics that matters most in elections: those who work and tend to vote. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals

ANALYSIS: To hear political pundits tell it, Donald Trump has little chance to attract enough Hispanic voters to win the presidency in 2016 because of his plans to build a border wall and deport all illegal immigrants in America. Some pollsters and activists who have whipped up past Hispanic support for Republicans, however, see it differently. Published November 3, 2015

Ben Ginsberg, a former Republican National Committee general counsel, has been despised by many conservatives for his role in getting delegates to the 2012 GOP nominating convention to adopt new rules that made it easier for the nominee, Mitt Romney, to win. His role in the meeting Sunday evening only further agitated those conservatives. (Associated Press)

Republican campaigns huddle at secret meeting to discuss debate concerns

Republican presidential campaign aides huddled Sunday night at a suburban Washington hotel to discuss frustration with the televised debates, as the Republican National Committee shuffled its staff to insert more senior oversight into the process, The Washington Times has learned. Published November 1, 2015

How the GOP gets to the final four

With the Governors Club members Scott Walker and Rick Perry gone, the bloated Republican presidential field is showing the inevitable signs of radical shrinkage by year's end, with donors' reluctance to bet on long shots. Published September 30, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker made the hard decision last month to fork over $40,000 from his shrinking campaign coffers to the South Carolina GOP to ensure he would have a spot on that state's crucial primary. The fateful decision proved a fitting symbol for a steep price of admission that Mr. Walker ultimately could not afford. (Associated Press)

It got this bad: Scott Walker sunk by $40,000 payout he couldn't afford

His nascent presidential bid struggling to capture popularity and fresh dollars, Gov. Scott Walker made the hard decision last month to fork over $40,000 from his shrinking campaign coffers to the South Carolina GOP to ensure he would have a spot on that state's crucial primary. Published September 22, 2015

Carly Fiorina's hard-fought addition to the CNN debate main stage after being shunned in the August debate held by Fox News was on the minds of many of the women The Times interviewed. (Associated Press)

What women want from their next presidential nominee

NEWS ANALYSIS: About a decade ago, the actor Mel Gibson starred in a romantic comedy where he portrayed a businessman who emerges from an accident with the uncanny ability to hear what women think. Published September 16, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Carly Fiorina wins as CNN changes debate rules after complaints

CNN is revising the criteria it plans to use for candidates to participate in the second GOP-sanctioned debate this month in California -- opening the door for Carly Fiorina and others to capture a spot in the prime time event. Published September 1, 2015

Donald Trump leads the 17-member Republican field with an average of 22 percent in the three latest national polls. (Associated Press)

How one anti-establishment candidate trumped the other

Ted Cruz spent more than two years using his seat in the Senate to fight the Republican establishment on behalf of conservative principles, often enduring the scorn of his own party's brass. Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and reality TV star who hasn't spent a second in public office, just started his national tour bashing the political elite in Washington two months ago. Published August 27, 2015

Donald Trump is universally acknowledged as the Republican front-runner, with a media appeal unseen in years. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump bolt to third party faces high hurdles

Donald Trump has good reason to keep a third-party bullet in his bandolier. Firing that round would probably, but not certainly, deny victory to Republicans next year under any plausible scenario. It's the uncertainty that has Republican Party loyalists wringing their hands, pollsters and strategists say. Published August 13, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Twitter that his quest for the GOP nomination goes on despite dismal showings in recent polling and problems raising funds. Mr. Perry's staffers were told they were welcome to seek other employment if they didn't want to continue working for free. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry trying to replenish empty coffers

Forced to cut back spending on his 2016 presidential bid, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry pleaded for money Tuesday to replenish his empty campaign coffers while assuring supporters he plans to stay in the race. Published August 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

ANALYSIS: Talented Republican field looks for a uniter

Diversity. Youthful charm and wit. Steely determination. Success in governing. Record fundraising acumen. Even a showman able to tap into America's deep-seated anger with the ruling political class. Published August 6, 2015

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Carly Fiorina continues painting Hillary Clinton as an incompetent

Carly Fiorina, in delivering a major foreign policy address at the Reagan Library in California on Monday, sounded as if she is already running against Hillary Rodham Clinton instead of being one of 17 Republicans competing for the party's presidential nomination. Published July 27, 2015