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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

Romney campaign takes friendly fire from within GOP

Republican officials in key states have two contradictory opinions about this year's presidential campaign: The Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket is the worst-run ever, but despite that, they're doing fine in their own states. Published September 24, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew cheers when he spoke before the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday. (Associated Press)

Evangelical supporters of Romney gather at summit

He wasn't there but Mitt Romney got some love over the weekend at a Washington, D.C., gathering of more than 2.000 evangelical Protestants representing a demographic that proved crucial to electing the last four Republican presidents. Published September 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Sept. 13, 2012, during a campaign event at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Va. (Associated Press)

GOP: Embassy attacks give Romney chance to tie Obama to Carter

Mitt Romney's overtly political response to Tuesday's attacks on American diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya drew fire from both the left and right, but some Republicans said the flare-up gives him an opening to further paint President Obama as the heir to President Carter. Published September 13, 2012

Euro conservatives warn of the temptations of socialism

Once a socialist-style program is established in a democracy, it's virtually impossible to get rid of, a ranking member of the British government said during the delayed opening session of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Published August 28, 2012

Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp helped prevent a floor fight on Tuesday, negotiating an agreement with the Romney campaign over proposed changes of rules involving the nomination process. (Associated Press)

Opponents defeat feared ‘power grab’

Mitt Romney's campaign has stepped back from a major confrontation with fellow Republicans who were irate over what several ranking party officials had called a "power grab" by the presumptive nominee. Published August 27, 2012

**FILE** The United Nations headquarters in New York

GOP platform opposes U.N. global tax plans

National Republican party officials on Wednesday put their party officially on record opposing United Nations' attempts, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on Americans and give the money to Third World nations. Published August 22, 2012

GOP takes tough platform approach

Republicans next week will likely adopt what veteran platform writers said is the most conservative platform in their history after the drafting committee voted to keep strict pro-life, pro-defense and traditional marriage planks intact. Published August 21, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks April 5, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (Associated Press)

Paul backers vow trouble 
over Oklahoma delegates

The attorney for Rep. Ron Paul's Oklahoma delegates to the Republican National Convention on Monday threatened the withholding of votes for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Oklahoma's GOP chairman says. Published August 20, 2012

Portman seen having edge as VP choice

When it comes to Mitt Romney, political insiders tend to agree on two things: Every name floated as the Republican nominee-in-waiting's vice presidential pick brings some political baggage and, baggage notwithstanding, low-key Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is the likeliest choice. Published August 9, 2012

Paul strives for common ground with tea party

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made efforts this week to overcome a split between his father's supporters and tea party backers in a move that could pay dividends for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Published August 1, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes Republicans will be counting on in November. Those factors play into his name appearing on a short list of possible vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. (Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

McDonnell appears on VP shortlist

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has emerged as one of three Republican officeholders who political handicappers say have the most potential to unify the party and boost the fortunes of GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney as a running mate in November. Published July 26, 2012

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman is being attacked as not deserving true conservative support. (Associated Press)

Gender politics in play in Missouri GOP primary

In a GOP version of gender politics, some prominent Republican politicians and women's groups have endorsed Sarah Steelman over two conservative male candidates in Missouri's Aug. 7 Senate primary — despite her past votes opposing tort reform and support from labor and trial lawyers' groups. Published July 23, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks June 14, 2012, during a campaign event at Seilkop Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Conservatives worry about state strategy for Romney

Some state Republican Party leaders and influential conservatives say they are worried that the early stages of Mitt Romney's campaign have been marked by missteps and missed opportunities in the bid to unseat President Obama in November. Published July 16, 2012

The Capitol was a backdrop for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he responded to the Supreme Court's health care ruling on Thursday. Analysts say the ruling could fire up support for Mr. Romney's campaign. He has said he will abolish the Obama health care law if he is elected president. (Associated Press)

Ruling offers opening to Romney

President Obama's Supreme Court win on health care Thursday could prove short-lived if Mitt Romney plays it right, analysts said, since the ruling could open the way for the Republican challenger to muster a new level of enthusiasm for his candidacy that he hasn't been able to achieve so far. Published June 28, 2012

Gonzalo Hernandez stands outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., resort Monday protesting GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who was speaking inside, and Arizona's immigration law, a key part of which was upheld by the Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

Arizona ruling seen giving Romney opening

The fallout from the Supreme Court's split decision this week on Arizona's tough immigration law could give GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his party a fresh opportunity to reframe the immigration debate and cut into President Obama's huge lead among Hispanic voters, experts say. Published June 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right), campaigning with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, talks to reporters in Aston, Pa., in April. (Associated Press)

HALLOW: Romney-Rubio tango displays early missteps

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the Spanish-speaking son of Cuban immigrants and a rising star in the Republican ranks, is generating more excitement and controversy — and potentially some hard feelings — inside the party than likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been able to create this year. Published June 21, 2012

On a bus tour of Wisconsin that included a stop Monday at Montery Mills in Janesville, Mitt Romney had a carefully modulated response to President Obama's surprise decision on illegal immigrants. (Associated Press)

Immigrant debate shifting under GOP's feet

The muted public reaction to President Obama's immigration decision of last week — and Mitt Romney's carefully modulated response to the surprise order — could signal an unexpected shift in what has been one of the country's thorniest political issues. Published June 18, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (seated) gets a standing ovation from his Cabinet and staff at the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, a day after he beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election. The outcome cheered Republicans nationwide and caused some optimism for Mitt Romney's prospects in Wisconsin in an expected general election match with President Obama. (Associated Press)

Democrats say GOP money bought Walker's win in Wisconsin

In what might be seen as a sign that he felt stung hard enough to hurt, President Obama on Wednesday blamed Republicans' outspending Democrats as the reason Gov. Scott Walker survived a union-driven recall election in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Published June 6, 2012