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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

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. (Image provided by Ralph Z. Hallow)

GOP governors lay out own agenda with Washington gridlocked

In the absence of a clear agenda from a Congress widely labeled as dysfunctional, Republican governors used their annual meeting to identify broad policies they believe the nation needs to embrace, ranging from education, public employee-pension and tax reform to regulatory relief, transportation and energy infrastructure. Published November 21, 2013

Republicans Sens. Mike Lee of Utah (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas walk to the Senate floor to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling and open the federal government. (Associated Press)

Cruz, allies ready for next battle with 'Surrender Caucus'

The rowdy, stubborn species of conservatives who forced the 16-day shutdown of the federal government and brought the nation to the brink of default see only victory in their loss in the debt-ceiling battle. Published October 17, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Perry to meet Maryland GOP on job-hunting visit

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on a planned mission to woo businesses away from Maryland, has also scheduled a last-minute meeting with the state’s Republican Party leaders. Published September 17, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

Boston gathering exposes rifts in GOP, despite Priebus' best efforts

Once again attempting to achieve the impossible for a single party in a two-party system, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus did his best at the RNC's summer meeting here to show respect for the many competing strains of thought in his party. Published August 18, 2013

Fresno cherry farmer and cattle rancher Andy Vidak, who is fluent in Spanish, said he captured the state Senate seat in last week's closely watched runoff vote by connecting with Hispanic voters with a "common-sense" approach that focused on job creation, affordable energy and opposition to big government. (Screen grab from VidakforSenate.com)

Hispanic win: 'California can be Republican again'

According to the logic of politics, Leticia Perez should have handily won the heavily Democratic and Hispanic district in California's central valley, and her failure to do so has Republicans eager to develop a victory template for struggling GOP candidates elsewhere in the deep-blue state and across the country. Published July 29, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) greets supporters after speaking at a tea party rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, leading the opposition to drone killing of U.S. citizens and to massive government surveillance of U.S. citizens email and phone records, fired back at fellow Republican Christie Christie, the New Jersey governor, who had attacked the Kentucky Republican for opposing massive government surveillance of U.S. citizens. Published July 26, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, addresses the 114th annual national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Aide's resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul's war with neocons

Some Republicans are accusing the party's neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Published July 22, 2013