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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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's statements on abortion, now recanted, cost him the support of pro-life allies. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's abortion gaffe undermines his aura of invincibility

In yet another undermining of the New York tycoon's aura of invincibility, the influential National Right to Life Committee's board of directors voted over the weekend to endorse his chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Meanwhile, several prominent Republicans who had advised making peace with the inevitable are now walking back their earlier acceptance. Published April 3, 2016

Donald Trump predicts he will enter the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer with as many as 1,450 delegates. Other prognosticators say he will be lucky to eke out the 1,237 majority needed for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Trump on track to win barely enough delegates for GOP nomination

If Donald Trump can keep up his winning streak, he will head to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with just barely enough delegates to win the presidential nomination outright, avoiding a messy fight that has all sides of the GOP wary of the consequences. Published March 21, 2016

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2006, file photo, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland is seen. Whoever wins a majority of the 2,472 convention delegates, or 1,237 votes, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is the party’s nominee. What happens if there’s no winner on the first ballot? Delegates vote again and again until one candidate gets a majority. On subsequent ballots, most delegates are free to vote for whomever they please.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Top GOP lawyer says most scenarios favor Trump nomination at convention

The chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association sees the odds favoring Donald Trump's winning the GOP presidential nomination on the first-ballot, even if the billionaire businessman marches into the GOP convention in Cleveland as many as 100 delegates short of a majority. Published March 21, 2016

A switch to Robert's Rules of Order wouldn't guarantee Donald Trump the Republican nomination but would make it easier for all sides to see what sorts of changes anti-Trump factions are attempting. (Associated Press)

RNC weighs scrapping convention rule book to head off anti-Trump maneuvers

Top Republicans will try to force more transparency at the party's national convention in July, aiming to scrap their 1,500-page rule book in favor of simpler procedures that they hope will head off arcane maneuvers designed to deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination. Published March 16, 2016

Donald Trump might come into the Republican National Convention short of the 1,237 majority needed for the nomination, but a brokered convention is looking less likely. (Associated Press)

Trump delegates give establishment little choice on nomination

NEWS ANALYSIS: Donald Trump can lose Ohio to John Kasich on Tuesday and still have a 1,242-delegate majority going into the Republican National Convention in July or, at worst, wind up 142 delegates short, according to the latest state-by-state delegate allocation analysis by The Washington Times. Published March 14, 2016

By the time California and three other states count their votes from the last four primaries June 7, Donald Trump will be 74 or so delegates short of the 1,237 majority needed for the nomination, the analysis shows. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to storm convention just shy of delegate threshold for nomination

Donald Trump is on track to hand the Republican establishment an unprecedented defeat at the national convention in July, despite being outspent 3-1 by party leaders and their associates in their all-out effort to turn primary and caucus voters against him, according to a state-by-state delegate allocation analysis by The Washington Times. Published March 9, 2016

Illustration of David and Charles Koch        The Washington Times **FILE**

Top Koch Brothers operative joins Marco Rubio's campaign

The presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio got a boost Tuesday when a top Koch Brothers operative joined the team, the latest move is a series indicating that the party establishment is coalescing around the Florida senator. Published February 23, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may need to refashion himself and his campaign to hold on to his front-runner status after the Iowa caucuses. (Associated Press)

Iowa loss adds to Donald Trump's convention nomination burden

The specter of a brokered GOP convention, dreaded by the party's establishment, became more plausible after Monday's Iowa caucuses, part of the double whammy dealt to Donald Trump by his disappointing four-percentage point loss to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Published February 2, 2016

Establishment Republican leaders already are working to deny Donald Trump the nomination. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump, Republican establishment headed for convention showdown

NEWS ANALYSIS: Donald Trump is on track to storm into July just shy of the majority of delegates needed to win the Republican Party's presidential nomination, rolling into the national convention in Cleveland slightly ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Washington Times. Published January 10, 2016

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