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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow, the chief political correspondent of commentary, 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

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

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Exclusive: Edward Snowden's father suggests son's leaks may be protected by Constitution

Lon Snowden’s anguish over his son, Edward Snowden, is turning into something else he didn’t expect: disillusion with a government he once proudly served. “I’m an American citizen who has lost faith in many of the leaders on both sides of the political aisle,” Mr. Snowden said during an interview with The Washington Times. Published July 1, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

Conservative senators shine at Road to Majority Conference

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, often overshadowed by some of the chamber's more high-profile conservatives, won the warmest reception on the opening day of a major gathering of Christian conservatives in Washington on Thursday, ahead of two certified crowd-pleasers: fellow Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Published June 13, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Mission accomplished: Rand Paul draws raves during tour of deep-blue California

Sen. Rand Paul introduced himself to Silicon Valley's richest technology giants, met with top-tier members of the Republican intellectual establishment, addressed 1,000 invited guests at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Sunday wound up a seven-day trip to California by winning warm reviews for his sermons at three evangelical church services. Published June 3, 2013

** FILE ** This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds to questions during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Evangelical weakness in gay Boy Scouts debate could hurt GOP

Signs of waning evangelical power in the nation's culture wars and in Republican policy — and some unexpected challenges for GOP candidates — loom as the 103-year-old Boy Scouts of America gears up for a definitive vote this week on whether to welcome openly gay youths into the organization's ranks. Published May 20, 2013

"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