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Rand Paul to GOP: Our party's gone crazy and we're offending people

Rand Paul to GOP: Our party's gone crazy and we're offending people

MEMPHIS, May 10 (UPI) --Rand Paul is attempting to dial back Republican rhetoric on voter ID laws, telling the New York Times the GOP needs to avoid over-emphasizing the issue.
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Sen. Rand Paul touts GOP civil rights history at Howard University

Sen. Rand Paul touts GOP civil rights history at Howard University

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Wednesday gave black students at Howard University a primer on U.S. civil rights and the Republican Party.
Priebus: 'Era of permanent politics'

Priebus: 'Era of permanent politics'

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Reince Priebus, re-elected Friday as Republican National Committee chairman, told Republicans in Charlotte, N.C., "we live in an era of permanent politics."
Boehner: 1-in-3 chance GOP loses House

Boehner: 1-in-3 chance GOP loses House

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Republicans have "a one-in-three chance" of losing control of the House this fall, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an interview to be broadcast Tuesday.

RNC head ripped for Obama-Schettino remark

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is catching flack for comparing President Barack Obama to the captain of an ill-fated Italian cruise ship.
New GOP chief fires Steele appointees

New GOP chief fires Steele appointees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Reince Priebus, the new Republican National Committee chief, has already fired some appointees of his predecessor, Michael Steele.
Priebus replaces Steele at RNC

Priebus replaces Steele at RNC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus Friday ousted Michael Steele as head the Republican National Committee.
Steele defends tenure as RNC chairman

Steele defends tenure as RNC chairman

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Monday he doesn't "see the crisis" others see with him leading the party.
RNC head seeks 2nd term, will face rivals

RNC head seeks 2nd term, will face rivals

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Michael Steele, seeking a second term as Republican National Committee chairman, said he will debate his rivals in Washington.
Steele to run for second term as RNC head

Steele to run for second term as RNC head

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told party officials in Washington Monday he will seek a second term.
Steele, others absent from RNC forum

Steele, others absent from RNC forum

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A forum for people who may want to lead the Republican National Committee failed to shed light on an increasingly uncertain race, observers said.

Ex-RNC political chief mulls chairmanship

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Gentry Collins, the former Republican National Committee political director, says he's considering whether to run for the committee's chairmanship.
Politics 2010: Will Steele seek second term as RNC chairman; if so, can he win?

Politics 2010: Will Steele seek second term as RNC chairman; if so, can he win?

Republicans now control the U.S. House and cut into the Democrats' majority in the Senate, so why do some within the party not want Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele around for the 2012 presidential election?
RNC aide quits, rips Steele's leadership

RNC aide quits, rips Steele's leadership

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Gentry Collins resigned as the Republican National Committee political director Tuesday, blasting RNC Chairman Michael Steele's leadership in the process.
Michigan Republican runs against Steele

Michigan Republican runs against Steele

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan GOP leader is challenging Michael Steele for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, he said Friday.
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BAL2002110519 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Newly elected Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is congratulated by supporters at their election victory party in Baltimore, Maryland on Nov. 5, 2002. Steele, and newly elected Gov. Bob Ehrich beat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in a closely contested race..mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI
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Michael Stephen Steele (born October 19, 1958) is an American politician who served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 until January 2011. From 2003 to 2007, he was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce, actively promoting an expansion of affirmative action in the corporate world.

In 2006, Steele made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate, losing to Democrat Ben Cardin. He then served as chairman of GOPAC, the political training organization of the Republican party, was a political commentator for Fox News and a partner at the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf before making his bid for RNC Chairman. He co-founded the Republican Leadership Council, a "fiscally conservative and socially inclusive" political action committee, in 1993. On December 13, 2010, he announced his intentions to seek a second term as Republican National Committee Chair. On January 14, 2011, after four rounds of voting, Steele dropped out of the race and endorsed Maria Cino. Reince Priebus went on to win the election to succeed Steele.

Steele was born on October 19, 1958 at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Maryland and was adopted as an infant by William and Maebell Steele. William died in 1962. Maebell, who had been born into a sharecropping family in South Carolina, worked for minimum wage as a laundress to raise her children. After Michael's father died, she ignored her friends' appeals to apply for public assistance, later telling Michael 'I didn't want the government raising my children'. She later married John Turner, a truck driver. Michael and his sister, Monica Turner, were raised in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. which Steele has described as a small, stable and racially integrated community that insulated him from some of the problems elsewhere in the city. Steele's sister later married and divorced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

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