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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

"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

**FILE** RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

GOP panel urged to root out consultant cronyism

The Republican National Committee's new special panel to study where the party went wrong in this year's election is already taking heat from leaders who say the RNC's first priority should be addressing its own ineptitude and cronyism and reining in the rampant profiteering of consultants. Published December 12, 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (The Washington Times)

GOP activists target Priebus

A postelection civil war is brewing among Republicans, with some conservative activists angry over the party's poor performance this cycle gunning for party Chairman Reince Priebus and planning demonstrations at the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Published November 29, 2012

Critics say Romney digging deeper hole for party

Mitt Romney's excommunication from the GOP continued over the weekend, with top Republicans growing increasingly angry with the defeated presidential candidate for the damage he's done — and continues to do — to the party's image. Published November 18, 2012

**FILE** RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Priebus will announce bid to seek re-election as RNC leader

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, under fire from some quarters for the failure of the party's voter-turnout effort on Nov. 6, will inform the RNC's other 167 members on Friday that he will seek re-election in January, two sources close to the chairman said Thursday. Published November 15, 2012

Indiana Gov.-Elect Mike Pence, left, and Republican Governors Association Chairman Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell participate in a panel discussion during the 2012 RGA Annual Conference at Encore hotel-casino Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

Republican governors seek bigger say in party messaging

The nation's Republican governors, frustrated by the mangled message and lack of coordination displayed in the 2012 campaign, will take a much more active role in shaping the party's message going forward, new Republican Governors Association chief Bobby Jindal said in an interview Thursday. Published November 15, 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

Priebus retains Republican support despite losses

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus retains a strong base of support from top GOP officials despite the party's losses in the Nov. 6 election and the breakdown of the Romney campaign's vaunted voter-turnout operation in key swing states on Election Day. Published November 14, 2012