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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

GOP moderation hobbles Portman's Ohio run

Despite a favorable electoral climate for Republicans and former Rep. Rob Portman's huge funding advantage over his Democratic opponent in the contest for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat, polls show the race in a dead heat. Published May 12, 2010

If Crist leaves party, GOP donors vow to take cash back

One Republican senator has asked Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to return a $1,000 contribution to his Senate campaign, and other senators are expected to follow suit if Mr. Crist announces he's dropping out of the Republican primary in Florida. Published April 29, 2010

RNC costs for wooing donors disputed

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele's staff and some party officials are at odds over the organization's efforts to reel in money from high-dollar donors, offering conflicting interpretations of the RNC's fund-raising effectiveness ahead of critical midterm elections. Published April 28, 2010

Internal RNC probe finds financial controls in disarray

Barely 6 1/2 months before the midterm elections, an internal investigation has revealed that the RNC is beset with questionable financial management and oversight and is spending more money courting top-dollar donors than it raises. Published April 22, 2010

Sex-club furor hurts RNC effort in New Orleans

UPDATED: Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought them to their feet, stamping and hollering their affection with at least the same level of enthusiasm as -- some said more than -- they did former vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Published April 12, 2010

Chief of staff resigns from Steele's RNC

Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay, frustrated with inaction by his boss, has resigned and will be replaced by Mike Leavitt, a former campaign aide to embattled RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele, The Washington Times has learned. Published April 6, 2010

Bondage club, sex-hotline flub make bad week for RNC

A Gallup poll released Thursday pointed to an opportunity for major GOP gains in the midterm elections, but the RNC and its chairman aren't doing nearly as well as its candidates this week. Published April 2, 2010

Republicans vow the health care fight to continue

While Democratic leaders hailed the House vote Sunday night and the likely Senate passage of a companion "reconciliation" bill, Republicans insisted that the war over health care is far from over. Published March 23, 2010

Rick Perry seeks 3rd term in Texas

In a high-stakes Texas shootout with national implications, conservative champion Gov. Rick Perry is seeking an unprecedented third full term this fall, while Democrats tout former Houston Mayor Bill White as their best hope in years for a breakthrough victory in the nation's fastest-growing big state. Published March 17, 2010

Perry's Texas win buoys tea-party faithful

Anti-spending Republicans are jubilant over "tea party" darling Texas Gov. Rick Perry's surprise first-ballot defeat of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday's fiercely contested Republican gubernatorial primary. Published March 4, 2010

Hutchison-Perry fight roils Texas GOP

Texas' barb-filled Republican primary battle between incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison may or may not end Tuesday, kicking off a heated election season of high-profile intraparty clashes as both parties try to answer key questions about themselves heading into November. Published March 2, 2010

Huckabee's blast exposes rift on the right

In a sign of lingering divisions on the right, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee blasted last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest meeting of conservatives in the nation, saying it was unrepresentative of the Republican Party as a whole. Published February 23, 2010

Tea partiers energize CPAC

What made this year's Conservative Political Action Conference different from previous ones, besides the record 10,000 registrants claimed by organizers, was the existence of the "tea party" phenomenon. Published February 22, 2010

To jeers and cheers, Ron Paul wins straw poll at CPAC

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the informal 2012 presidential straw poll of conservative activists at the Saturday windup of the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Published February 21, 2010

'Tea party' activists change dynamic at CPAC

On the opening day of the biggest-ever annual gathering of conservatives, the tenuous relationship among conservatives, tea party activists and the Republican Party establishment was repeatedly on display. Published February 19, 2010

Rubio: 'Tea party' a political-energy source

Gov. Charlie Crist's rival -- called the potential first "tea party senator" -- is quick to note that the anti-big-government group is a symbol of voter frustration at both major parties. Published February 18, 2010

Conservative manifesto makes bid to reunify

A major effort by about 80 right-wing thinkers and leaders of conservative organizations to generate a common statement of principles appears to be making some headway in unifying the normally fractious right. Published February 15, 2010

Rubio to speak at conservative conference

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio will give the kickoff address at the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference this week, The Washington Times has learned. Published February 15, 2010

N. Dakota Republicans aim to tap into 'tea party' energy

Republicans in North Dakota are planning one of the party's first organized efforts to capture some of the energy and enthusiasm of the "tea party" movement, an experiment that nervous party officials around the country will be watching with hopeful anticipation. Published February 5, 2010

Steele weathering disaffection in RNC

Despite a minefield of internal discontent, chairman Michael S. Steele has emerged from a party gathering with his authority intact and a strategy to harness the energy of the "tea party" movement. Published February 4, 2010