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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


2008 contenders lead wide-open GOP field

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are tied for first place among likely 2012 GOP primary voters, according to a sampling of recent polls, but the betting in the political community is that Mr. Romney almost surely will run and Mr. Huckabee will not. Published February 23, 2011

STRAIGHT-TALKER: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being touted as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012 largely because of his no-nonsense style. (Associated Press)

Christie's confrontations awe conservatives

Every time Gov. Chris Christie plays another round of smash-mouth politics with New Jersey's public-sector unions, conservative voters across the country lead the cheers. Published February 21, 2011

At CPAC, resurgent right looks to 2012

The political right is a stronger, more enthusiastic and more formidable force than ever, judging from remarks heard in the record-setting audience of 11,000 at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, which ended Saturday. Published February 13, 2011

**FILE** Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

CPAC: Conservative activists feeling more optimistic about 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday gave more than 2,000 cheering conservative activists a helping of Texas-style wit and political red meat, making fun of liberalism’s excesses while still pronouncing America’s future bright. Published February 11, 2011

In CPAC speech, Trump hints of White House bid

Donald Trump sent more than 2,000 conservative activists into a frenzy of approval when he told them that, unlike Ron Paul, he could win the Republican presidential nomination next year. Published February 10, 2011

In CPAC speech, Trump hints of White House bid

Donald Trump sent more than 2,000 conservative activists into a frenzy of approval when he told them that, unlike Ron Paul, he could win the Republican presidential nomination next year. Published February 10, 2011

Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican

Florida freshman West to close CPAC

Tea-party-backed Florida Rep. Allen West, regarded as among the most outspoken members of the giant freshman GOP congressional class, has been given the coveted closing address assignment Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Published February 9, 2011


Conservative group to get 1st new chief in 27 years

Alberto Cardenas, who escaped from communist Cuba when he was 12, was elected Wednesday as the new chairman of the American Conservative Union, the first change at the top of the prominent conservative organization in more than a quarter-century. Published February 9, 2011

Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and potential Republican candidate for president, has by his count addressed 450 different groups, journeyed to Iowa and to South Carolina four times each and visited New Hampshire six times in the past 14 months.

Maverick N.M. politician always on trail

It's an original approach for a potential GOP presidential contender to take, but former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said in an interview that the war on drugs hasn't worked any better than the war in Iraq and if elected president, he would end both. Published February 6, 2011


Saucy ex-pizza CEO makes long-shot bid for presidency

Of the two businessmen likely to be in the field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, long-shot Herman Cain, savior of the Godfather's Pizza chain, makes the case that he is far more electable than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive front-runner in the race. Published January 26, 2011

Priebus ousts Steele's RNC hires

New Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted little time after his election Friday to start cleaning house, firing on Sunday several convention-liaison team members hired under his predecessor's reign. Published January 16, 2011

Republican National Committee (RNC) member Borah Van Dormolen from Texas casts her vote for the next chairman of the Republican National Committee during the RNC Winter Meeting at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Priebus has early lead in RNC tally

Wisconsin Republican Party chief Reince Priebus has the early momentum as Republican National Committee members gathered Friday afternoon to choose the party's next chairman. Published January 14, 2011

RNC's Steele being urged to exit gracefully

Some supporters of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele are privately urging him to consider a graceful exit strategy as RNC members prepare for Friday's showdown vote on who will lead the party for the next two years. Published January 13, 2011

Showdown over Steele dominates RNC gathering

Top GOP officials fear the White House could slip through their fingers next year unless a new Republican National Committee chairman of integrity and managerial competence emerges as the victor in Friday's elections. Published January 11, 2011

GOP moneymen unite against 2nd term for Steele

A group of former Republican National Committee finance chairmen issued an unprecedented joint public condemnation of RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele on Tuesday and urged his defeat in the upcoming election for party chief. Published January 4, 2011

Rivals for RNC chief vow to improve party finances

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and the four candidates vying for his job engaged in an occasionally heated debate Monday in which the challengers took aim at the RNC's unprecedented red ink and lackluster fundraising. Published January 3, 2011

RNC sees deep red for 2012 budget

The next chairman of the Republican National Committee will face a money-raising challenge of historic proportions. Published January 2, 2011