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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

EXCLUSIVE: Steele nabs top recruit for RNC money post

Veteran Republican fund-raiser and former ambassador Peter Terpeluk Jr. will be named the national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, The Washington Times has learned, in a coup for embattled party Chairman Michael S. Steele. Published July 27, 2009

Friends, foes have eyes set on Sarah Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, possibly the hottest property ailing Republicans can claim at this moment, on Sunday steps down from office in search of - well, that's the question. Published July 26, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Palin to stump for conservative Democrats

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she plans to jump immediately back into the national political fray — stumping for conservative issues and even Democrats — after she prematurely vacates her elected post at month's end. Published July 12, 2009

Gingrich back with a vengeance

"Comeback kids" are nothing new in American political history — think Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton — but few rehabilitation stories are as compelling as that of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Published July 5, 2009

Focus now on whether Sanford broke laws

Now that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has explained his five-day disappearance by admitting he was with his mistress in Argentina, the focus Thursday is on whether the two-term Republican breached state law by leaving without establishing a chain of command or spent taxpayer money to pay for the extramarital affair. Published June 25, 2009

N.J. GOP sees Corzine as vulnerable

Voter dyspepsia over taxes, favorable polls and a sagging state economy are giving New Jersey's outnumbered Republicans real hope that they can oust Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine this fall. Published June 16, 2009

Gingrich decries 'racism,' Sotomayor

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" for remarks she made in 2001, joining an emerging conservative line of attack and enflaming both sides of the battle as interest groups fundraise over her nomination. Published May 28, 2009

GOP condemns 'socialist' Obama, Democrats

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution at a special session Wednesday condemning President Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress for leading the United States toward socialism, a victory for the party's beleaguered chairman who sought the toned-down language in the measure. Published May 21, 2009

Steele: Attack Obama's policies

Republican National Chairman Committee Michael S. Steele told cheering state party officials on Tuesday that it's time to attack the liberal policies of President Obama and Democrats and to follow the example of past party leaders such as President Reagan, whose conservatism offered answers to the issues of the day. Published May 20, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: RNC's Steele associates' pay spurs questions

When Michael S. Steele took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, he brought along longtime personal assistant Belinda Cook and gave her a salary nearly three times what her predecessor made. Published May 19, 2009

Steele reignites 'socialist' conflict with RNC

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele reverted Sunday to opposing moves by some RNC members to label Democrats as "socialists," despite having himself used that term within the past few weeks. Published May 18, 2009

Moral-values groups hail tax ruling

In a move cheered by conservatives, the Internal Revenue Service has ruled that ministers and pastors do not risk losing their tax-exempt status for engaging in political acts on behalf of issues such as traditional-values advocacy. Published May 13, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Steele yields powers to foes in RNC

Capitulating to critics on the RNC, Party Chairman Michael S. Steele has signed a secret pact agreeing to limits on how he spends hundreds of millions of dollars. Published May 6, 2009

Kemp called his own plays on political field

Jack Kemp was in a small private jet between campaign stops somewhere over Iowa in 1987, trying to decide between the two videos he had brought along. Published May 4, 2009

Steele's criticism of predecessor challenged

The Republican National Committee's treasurer escalated the fight over control of hundreds of millions of campaign dollars by challenging Chairman Michael S. Steele and his supporters to back a claim that financial improprieties took place under Mr. Steele's predecessor, Mike Duncan. Published May 1, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Steele may lose purse strings

A battle over control of the party's purse strings has erupted at the troubled Republican National Committee, with defenders of Chairman Michael S. Steele accusing dissident RNC members of trying to "embarrass and neuter" the party's new leader. Published April 29, 2009

Steele urged to label Obama a socialist

Republican state party leaders are rebelling against new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele for failing to dub President Obama and the Democrats as "socialists." And the rebels insist that the label matters. Published April 23, 2009

McCain faces re-election challenge

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who once favored amnesty for illegal immigrants, is hearing thunder on his right as Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder Chris Simcox prepares a Republican nomination challenge to his Senate seat. Published April 22, 2009