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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

Saul Anuzis is arranging a junket to China and wants to take other GOP leaders with him. (Associated Press)

Top Republican arranges communist-paid trip to China after RNC rebukes Beijing

Just weeks after the Republican National Committee formally rebuked China, prominent GOP activist Saul Anuzis has been kicking up a firestorm inside his party by soliciting current and former officials to travel with him to Beijing on a junket paid by the communist government there. Published September 7, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is garnering praise by media and some politicians by reaching out to black voters, but some fellow Republicans think his effort is folly. The potential 2016 presidential candidate is taking a big risk by trying to bridge the gap between the party of Abraham Lincoln and a bloc that has overwhelmingly supported Democrats for several decades. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul's pursuit of black voters splits GOP

Rand Paul is courting black voters unabashedly, traveling a path not taken by most Republican presidential hopefuls since Jack Kemp blitzed urban America with his message of economic hope and opportunity two decades ago. Published August 19, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a pet project under investigation for redirecting contributions to Republicans. (Associated Press)

Added intrigue clouds battle between Rick Perry, prosecutor

A tricky back story clouds the decision by a Democratic state prosecutor to indict Texas Gov. Rick Perry on an abuse of power charge, apparently in retaliation for the Republican governor's veto of funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, which could cut both ways in Mr. Perry's expected 2016 bid for the White House. Published August 17, 2014

National Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the RNC gave $20,000 to help finance the Republicans Overseas' legal action. (Associated Press)

RNC boss throws weight behind legal effort to overturn overseas banking law

When Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stopped by a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser at the party's annual summer meetings here, he signaled his full support for a legal effort to overturn a federal banking law that is antagonizing many Americans living overseas. Published August 7, 2014

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus participates in a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. Priebus says the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP official jokes independents shouldn't vote

A member of the Republican National Committee joked this week that people who can't make up their mind which party they belong to probably shouldn't be allowed in the voting booth in the first place. Published August 7, 2014

If the GOP is to make greater inroads with Hispanic and female voters, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a former Democrat, is well-positioned to lead the charge. (Associated Press)

In New Mexico, Susana Martinez is the hope for Hispanics

Buoyant, bilingual, upbeat and the first female Hispanic governor of any state, New Mexico's Susana Martinez seems a good fit for chief executive officer of a Western state where almost half the 2.1 million population is Hispanic. Published July 27, 2014

Rick Perry has been governor of Texas since Dec. 21, 2000, when his predecessor stepped down to move into the White House. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry touts Texas on national stage

Whether he runs or not, Texas Gov. Rick Perry commands plenty of attention on the 2016 Republican presidential stage, and he knows it. Published July 27, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fended off a 2012 drive by liberals, angered by his disavowal of business as usual, to recall him from office. (Associated Press)

Scott Walker survives, Wisconsin thrives

Ever since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grabbed the political world’s attention on June 5, 2012, by becoming the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, he has been on a roll. Published July 27, 2014

The Republican Party voted Friday on a rule that could bar a presidential candidate from participating in any party-approved debate for the rest of the primary campaign season, if he or she participates in any unsanctioned debates, as determined by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and a 13-member panel. (Associated Press)

Cleveland chosen to host 2016 GOP convention

Cleveland has been chosen to host the 2016 GOP presidential nominating convention, beating out Dallas in a unanimous vote from the Republican National Committee site selection panel Tuesday. Published July 8, 2014

"I try to do everything through my worldview, my personal relationship with God, and am going to surround myself with people who have the same worldview as I do," says Joe Carr, who is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennesee's Republican primary. (Associated Press)

Tea Party takes aim at Lamar Alexander in long-shot August upset bid

He's an upstart Republican working his plain-spoken charm in a state chock-full of tea party support, accusing his well-known establishment opponent of running from his moderate record, ignoring his constituents' wishes and supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Published July 7, 2014