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Rascovar: A tale of two conventions

The past two weeks have given us remarkable contrasts of political polar opposites and stunning role reversals. This country’s Democratic and Republican presidential nominees haven’t been this far apart in our lifetime. The contentious and fearful GOP party convention might have set back Republican hopes for victory in November, but Democrats’ more unified and positive gathering sent spirits rising. In the process, you may have noticed Maryland delegates played a largely silent role in Cleveland but a highly visible and important role in Philadelphia.

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Maryland delegates feel unified after Clinton’s acceptance speech

PHILADELPHIA — Maryland delegates for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton said they felt optimistic and united coming out of the Democratic National Convention that closed Thursday night. After a nomination acceptance speech from Clinton that made her the first woman to head a major political party’s ticket, many from the Maryland delegation emerged from the balloons and confetti saying they felt uplifted.

Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.

Vatz analysis: Hillary hits a homer against a grooved fastball

What many sources have termed the most critical speech of Hillary’s life is here, but that implies more suspense than actually is the case. It is hard to abjectly fail in a speech wherein her opponent is not a sympathetic figure. On the other hand, she has to reconcile the image of someone who will be, as her husband implied, an agent of change while nurturing the support of a president whose legacy is not well served by Hillary’s advocating significant change.

Amni Hashmi in her homemade Hillary hat. CNS Photo by Hannah Klarner

Maryland’s youngest delegates say millennial voters matter to Democrats

Despite their lack of years, millennial Maryland Democratic delegates said they brought a lot to the table at their party’s convention and will play an important role in the November election. With millennials making up approximately one-quarter of the American population, there has been a focus on the group during this year’s Democratic primary contest. And the youngest members of the Maryland delegation think the party is reaching out to them.

Martin O'Malley addresses Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Capital News Service photo by Hannah Klarner

O’Malley backs Clinton in convention speech, calls Trump ‘bully racist’

Ex-presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday used some of the toughest language of the Democratic National Convention to tear into Republican nominee Donald Trump. “It’s time to put a bully racist in his place, and it’s time to put a strong woman in hers — the White House!” a shirt-sleeved O’Malley told the roaring delegates in the packed Wells Fargo Arena. His speech lasted less than five minutes.