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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 and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks April 19, 2012, at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Romney makes headway at RNC gathering

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to be making progress at a gathering of key party officials in Scottsdale, Ariz., winning public expressions of support from some formerly skeptical state party chairmen and elected members of the Republican National Committee. Published April 19, 2012

The newly formed group Project Liberty believes Mitt Romney's struggle to spark GOP enthusiasm is the result of unrealistic expectations. (Associated Press)

Conservatives ally for a reset of election expectations

Some influential conservative thinkers have concluded that Mitt Romney's struggle to ignite voter enthusiasm reflects a more serious problem for Republicans in setting unrealistic expectations for their presidential nominee. Published April 4, 2012

Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich take part in The Republican Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Monday, January 23, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Gingrich says no deal after a secret talk with Romney

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently met in secret with GOP rival Mitt Romney at the former Massachusetts governor's hotel in New Orleans, according to a Gingrich admirer close to the former Georgia congressman's campaign. Published March 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave as they leave at an election night event in Schaumburg, Ill., Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Romney won the Illinois Primary. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Finally, Romney gets tea party support

The organization that ignited the tea party as a national mass movement gave Mitt Romney perhaps his biggest victory yet, deciding to drop its opposition to his candidacy, a top executive in the group told The Washington Times. Published March 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich, with wife Callista, speaks at the airport of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Thursday. The former House speaker sounds less hawkish on foreign-policy matters. "Instability rather than aggression is the great threat," he recently said of North Korea. (Associated Press)

Gingrich edges away from hawkish past on campaign trail

Once considered a leading voice of the foreign interventionist wing of the Republican Party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on the presidential campaign trail this year has been edging away from his trademark "Make my day" aggressiveness toward those hostile to the United States. Published March 19, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speaks at a town hall meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. The former senator from Pennsylvania hopes to do well in Puerto Rico's Republican primary on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Numbers offer little clarity, no closure in GOP marathon

From one perspective, Tuesday's Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi were two more in a long series of contests this year that have left the Republican presidential nomination picture as cloudy as a 1952 DuMont TV screen with rabbit ears. Published March 14, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, autographs a poster at a caucus site at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Shawnee, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Paul's Georgia partisans grab Gingrich turf

Ron Paul's Georgia supporters succeeded in taking over a delegate-selection convention in a populous county on Saturday and nearly succeeded in another densely populated urban-suburban county. Published March 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife, Callista, speaks March 8, 2012, at a rally in Jackson, Miss. (Associated Press)

RNC's delegate count shows Gingrich ahead of Santorum

Rick Santorum may have won more primaries but the Republican National Committee's current delegate count shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has more bound delegates than Mr. Santorum in the race for the party's presidential nomination. Published March 8, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday night, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Despite fundraising success, Romney still needs Gingrich — for now

While critics and rivals argue that Mitt Romney is trying to buy the Republican presidential nomination by outspending opponents many times over, the former Massachusetts governor's backers say the campaign that chalked up six wins on Tuesday is doing exactly what it's supposed to do — and doing it better than the other guys. Published March 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Forecast still cloudy on eventual GOP pick

Despite Mitt Romney's twin wins in Arizona and Michigan this week, the long slog to clarity in the GOP nomination contest looks set to last well beyond next week's Super Tuesday primaries and could extend well into the spring. Published February 29, 2012

(Associated Press photographs)

Worried conservatives descend on Washington's CPAC

Bound by a common desire to deny President Obama a second term, restive activists gathering Thursday for the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington find themselves lacking a clear champion in the suddenly scrambled Republican race to choose an alternative. Published February 8, 2012

** FILE ** Newt Gingrich (Associated Press)

Gingrich vows to stay in race

Newt Gingrich will stay in the Republican presidential nomination contest despite an expected loss to Mitt Romney in Saturday's Nevada caucuses, the former speaker told The Washington Times late Saturday afternoon. Published February 4, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney claimed victory in the Florida primary Tuesday, but a closer look at the numbers suggests the former governor could struggle there against President Obama in a general election. (Associated Press)

Problems lurk for Romney beneath surface of Fla. win

The Florida primary vote had obvious good news for Mitt Romney - he won. But a closer look at the parts of the state in which he sparkled vs. the areas where for him the sun didn't shine so bright suggests trouble for the former governor in a matchup with President Obama. Published February 1, 2012

** FILE ** Sheldon Adelson. (AP Photo, File)

Rivals don't rip Gingrich's big donor

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's biggest financial backer, billionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon and staunch Israel promoter Sheldon Adelson, is proving a mixed blessing with GOP voters for his favorite candidate, but to date Mr. Gingrich's presidential rivals have studiously refrained from making the donor a campaign issue. Published January 29, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during Hispanic Leadership Network conference at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Rivals hold their fire on big Gingrich funder

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's biggest financial backer, billionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon and staunch Israel promoter Sheldon Adelson, is proving a mixed blessing with GOP voters for his favorite candidate, but to date Mr. Gingrich's presidential rivals have studiously refrained from making the donor a campaign issue. Published January 27, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, speaks Jan. 25, 2012, at Wings Plus Restaurant in Coral Springs, Fla. (Associated Press)

Gingrich makes pitch for Florida evangelical vote

Seeking to boost his vote totals among a crucial Florida voting bloc, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took part in a mass conference call Wednesday involving large numbers of Florida evangelical and religious conservative voters. Published January 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich takes part in a TV interview during a campaign event at the Grapevine Restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, the unpredictable voting day of the South Carolina presidential primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gingrich surges in latest South Carolina polls

Newt Gingrich has opened up a significant lead over Mitt Romney in the two latest polls as South Carolina's voters lined up at polling places on Saturday for an open-to-all primary contest that has accurately predicted the GOP nominee since 1980. Published January 21, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, laughs while speaking during a victory party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Florida suddenly within Gingrich's grasp

Mitt Romney has long had the edge in money and staffing in Florida, but Newt Gingrich's big win Saturday night in South Carolina has blown the Jan. 31 primary in the Sunshine State wide open. Published January 21, 2012