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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

** FILE ** In this Oct. 26, 2010, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds son Trig as she addresses a Tea Party Express rally at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. The sign is a reference to the Boston Tea Party. (Associated Press)

Even Palin polarizes as 'tea party' seeks leader

Sarah Palin is not the "tea party" movement's undisputed darling. But nobody else has been able to claim the undisputed leadership mantle for these latter-day insurrectionists, either. Published October 26, 2010

Fiorina's polish converting skeptics

Carly Fiorina was anything but a dazzler when she debuted on the political stage during the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain in 2008. But that was then. Published October 17, 2010

GOP fundraising worsens as elections near

Despite help from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican National Committee's severe money problems have only worsened as the GOP's chief campaign fundraising organization enters the last few weeks of the midterm elections, The Washington Times has learned. Published October 7, 2010

Murray sees hope in long-shot effort to unseat Moran

Northern Virginia Rep. James P. Moran is not expected to be one of the Democrats' many endangered candidates in November, but the campaign of GOP challenger Patrick Murray, a retired Army colonel and political neophyte, says it can see signs the race won't be the usual electoral cakewalk for the 10-term incumbent. Published October 4, 2010

RNC pays some Palin legal bills in exchange for help

The Republican National Committee is paying off some of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's sizable legal fees dating back to the 2008 presidential campaign in exchange for her help raising money for the financially strapped RNC during the campaign season, The Washington Times has learned. Published September 22, 2010

Despite attack, O'Donnell still resolute

Christine O'Donnell, the Republican whose surprise victory in Delaware's U.S. Senate primary last week put the fear of the "tea party" into the Republican establishment, says she would not vote with her party's leadership as a senator if it meant putting politics over principles. Published September 19, 2010

Pence wins social conservatives' straw poll

Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, edged ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for first place in the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit 2012 presidential straw poll Saturday. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin placed sixth. Published September 18, 2010

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell delivers remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

O'Donnell rebukes 'Keynesian' Obama

The surprise winner of Tuesday's U.S. Republican Senate primary drew cheers and applause from the evangelical Christians who made up most of the audience at the annual Values Voters Summit Friday. Published September 17, 2010

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell gestures while delivering remarks at Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

O'Donnell addresses conservatives

The nominee who stunned her party makes her Washington debut at the annual Values Voters Summit, telling social and religious conservatives that no one is trying to take over the party or take over the country. She says — and these are her words — "we have always been in charge." Published September 16, 2010

'Tea party' nominees shake Hill status quo

Whatever the fate of the slate of "tea party" candidates running in November, conservatives say this year's primary season already has changed the Republican Party for the better. Published September 15, 2010

Frank Keating

Social conservatives stay in fray

The nation's social conservatives may have ceded center stage to economic conservatives and the "tea party" movement for the midterm elections, but they're not keeping quiet. Published September 14, 2010

Sen. Lisa Murkowski reportedly will make an announcement about a write-in campaign, after losing the Republican primary and an offer by the Libertarian Party nominee to be on the November ballot. (Associated Press)

Libertarian won't give spot to Murkowski

Alaska's Libertarian Party candidate for Senate said in an interview Sunday that he will not give up his line on the ballot to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was upset in the Republican primary last month by "tea party"-backed challenger Joe Miller and has been considering a third-party run for her job. Published September 12, 2010

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who doubles as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, hopes to see his group's ranks swell after November's elections.

Barbour: GOP suited to tea party

Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour says the GOP is lucky that the "tea party" movement didn't form a third party, and describes Democrats as running from President Obama like "scalded dogs." Published September 8, 2010

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Former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman this week confirmed long-standing rumors that he is gay. GOP conservatives are not happy about his plans to campaign for gay marriage.

Mehlman's outing stirs ire on right

The unity of the Republican Party's electoral coalition may have been dealt a setback this week when longtime top party official Ken Mehlman walked out of the closet. Published August 26, 2010

**FILE** -- In this Aug. 13, 2007 file photo, then outgoing Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove talks about his resignation during a news conference on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

Pro-GOP nonprofits kick in millions

Two outside pro-Republican groups say they will boost their total fundraising to $52 million over the next two months, as the political right begins to play serious catch-up on the left in the use of tax-exempt nonparty organizations in election campaigns. Published August 19, 2010

Steele ally threatens legal action at RNC

The vicious infighting at the Republican National Committee escalated over the weekend, with an ally of RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele warning the party's treasurer of legal consequences if he did not stop making a fuss over erroneous financial disclosures to the Federal Election Commission. Published August 2, 2010

Breitbart to get RNC invite

The Republican National Committee will invite Andrew Breitbart to its rescheduled "big donor" fundraiser in Southern California, which had been set to feature the conservative columnist and online-media mogul, along with numerous California Republican politicians. Published August 1, 2010

Gillespie eyes big gains for GOP at state level

Republicans will pick up a minimum of 10 state legislative chambers in November, putting the party in a much stronger position for the coming battles on redistricting and the battle for control of the House, Republican State Legislative Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie predicted Thursday. Published July 29, 2010

RNC fails to report $7M in debt to FEC

The Republican National Committee failed to report more than $7 million in debt to the Federal Election Commission in recent months - a move that made its bottom line appear healthier than it is heading into the midterm elections and that also raises the prospect of a hefty fine. Published July 20, 2010