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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

"The corruption of the consultant culture dishonors America's values by honoring greed over philosophy. It cheapens the sacrifice made by good men and women who serve in public office to protect the culture of our nation."

GOP ad chief fires, sues protege as part of war on consultants' greed

Rex Elsass, chief executive of the largest Republican campaign advertising firm in the country, might have answered "yes" if he had been on the "Should we shoot all the consultants now?" panel at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Published May 12, 2013

Political activist Howard Phillips dies

Howard Phillips was a magnificent anomaly in the worlds of politics and personal life. During his 72 years, he went from being a Harvard-educated, unsuccessful Jewish Democratic candidate for public office to an evangelical Protestant Republican who founded the Conservative Caucus and led a decades-long crusade to end the government funding of the left that was taking place under GOP and Democratic administrations alike. Published April 21, 2013

Reince Priebus has been the target of criticism over a 2012 election post-mortem report that has riled Republican Party conservatives. (Associated Press)

RNC rejects conservative-backed rules changes

Republican National Committee members failed to reach a compromise over rules changes pushed by the party’s grass-roots activists, defeating on a 28-25 vote a proposed amendment that would return more decision-making power to the state Republican parties. Published April 11, 2013

Reince Priebus has been the target of criticism over a 2012 election post-mortem report that has riled Republican Party conservatives. (Associated Press)

RNC meeting eyes outreach to minority voters, internal reforms

Desperate to reverse a quarter-century death spiral with minority voters and restore the grass-roots decision-making that many here feel Mitt Romney undermined in 2012, Republican National Committee members will take on both issues at their spring meeting here this week. Published April 9, 2013

President Obama speaks about the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative on April 2, 2013, in the East Room at the White House. (Associated Press)

Some in GOP eye Obama ideas with envy

President Obama has been busy in recent weeks with legacy-burnishing announcements, including Tuesday's $100 million initiative to map the human brain, and some in the GOP say it's just the kind of inspiring idea their party used to be known for. Published April 3, 2013

"I think that a lot of people in this country without party labels agree that we need to be pro-life, and lives are worth saving," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told CNA at last week's annual March for Life. (CBS News via Associated Press)

GOP has $10M for outreach to minority communities nationwide

The Republican National Committee will launch a $10 million minority engagement initiative this year that will send hundreds of party workers into Asian, Hispanic and black communities, coast to coast, to talk about what Republicans believe in. Published March 17, 2013

Top GOP voices calling for change

"Change," long the mantra of Barack Obama and the Democrats, is now clearly the watchword for Republicans such as Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. Published January 28, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (center), Ohio Republican, speaks Jan. 23, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the debt limit. (Associated Press)

RNC backs the hard line in debt fight

Even as House Republicans in Washington were voting to postpone a showdown with President Obama on raising the federal debt limit, members of the Republican National Committee meeting here Wednesday displayed a determination to point the party in a new policy direction and urged GOP lawmakers to take a much tougher line. Published January 23, 2013

** FILE ** Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, gavels open the abbreviated first session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Rand Paul, Newt Gingrich deny plot to oust Priebus

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, two of the Republican Party's big guns, are sticking by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and rejecting rumors that they have joined a group trying to block Mr. Priebus from another two-year term as head of the party. Published January 22, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, pauses during a press briefing at a hotel in Jerusalem on Jan. 7, 2013, during his first visit to Israel. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul in the Mideast: '... I am not anti-Israel'

On the seventh day of his Holy Land tour, Sen. Rand Paul continued to walk a fine line between expressing support for Israel while avoiding the impression that his support for the Jewish state is uncritical and self-serving. Published January 11, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, pauses during a press briefing at a hotel in Jerusalem on Jan. 7, 2013, during his first visit to Israel. (Associated Press)

Paul's Mideast trip stirs talk of 2016 run

Sen. Rand Paul doesn't explicitly deny that his eight-day visit to the Holy Land represents the launch of a 2016 Republican presidential nomination run, describing the trip as "more an effort to become part of an international stage." Published January 10, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, may have lost his bid for vice president, but his influence will still be felt on Capitol Hill as chairman of the House Budget Committee. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

A Top 10 list for the new Congress

Washington Times chief political correspondent Ralph Z. Hallow looks at 10 political issues and trends to watch in 2013. Published January 7, 2013