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Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: Reasonable questions.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 On Monday, May 21, Next Contestant published a piece called “9. Ben Cardin v Dan Bongino: Money buys access.” The article was about campaign financing and, specifically, the $563,946 which Senator Ben Cardin’s campaign has received from 43 organizations related to the health care services industry. Of those 43, the top […]
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Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: The great blog debate.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 I’m thinking of having a debate, a debate between Maryland’s first-term, Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Republican newcomer Dan Bongino. As far as I know, it would be the first blog debate ever. Major newspapers in our market, including The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, and broadcast television […]
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Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney: Comparing resumes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 It’s only fair. President Obama wants us to focus on Mitt Romney’s history at Bain Capital, and the media is on that like white on rice – an expression which made more sense before my wife told me that brown rice is better for you, no political metaphor intended. While the […]
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Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: Money buys you access.

Monday, May 21, 2012 Why do people and organizations contribute to campaigns? The simple answer is “self-interest.” People, meaning individuals like you and me, contribute because we feel some affinity for a candidate. We agree with what he or she believes and/or we’re hopeful that the candidate, once in office, will do good for our […]
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Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: Next contestant.

April 27, 2012 First of all, and perhaps most importantly, this piece has nothing to do with politics per se. I’m a registered Independent with a history of voting for candidates of both party affiliations. What this column is about is how I’m deciding for whom I’ll vote in November. In Maryland, single term incumbent […]
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Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: What difference does it make?

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Hi. Yesterday I posted an article (Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: “Next Contestant”) which generated surprisingly strong traffic. My point was that, while Ben Cardin (Democrat), the one-term incumbent U.S. Senator running for reelection in Maryland, was more or less competent, he had failed to make any significant difference toward resolving […]
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