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  • Best Exploitation of a Surname

    Trading on name recognition, legitimately or otherwise, is the oldest and most reliable tactic in the electoral playbook. Locally (for example), candidates named Curran, Conway, and Mitchell have always enjoyed a head start, even though they don’t always win. This year, Delegate Jon Cardin, nephew of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, was an instant front-runner in the Democratic race for State Attorney General. Having coasted into the House of Delegates in 2003, Cardin distinguished himself in 2014 by missing roughly 75 percent of the voting sessions in the House Ways and Means Committee. Prior to that, his best-known accomplishment as a public figure was paying Baltimore police to stage a fake raid on a boat where Cardin and his then-girlfriend were on board as a bogus backdrop for Cardin’s marriage proposal. In contrast to his feckless kinsman, Uncle Ben Cardin is a bland but hard-working lawmaker who rose through the ranks of the House of Delegates to the post of speaker; waged a tough fight (against colleague Kweisi Mfume) to take over Barbara Mikulski’s congressional seat; then moved into the U.S. Senate as Mikulski’s junior partner. It’s not surprising, but a bit sad, that the Cardin who came up the hard way felt obligated to endorse his brother’s kid for the state’s highest law-enforcement position. The delegate ultimately lost to State Senator Brian Frosh but Cardin (nephew) wins this nod in recognition of his having got so far in Maryland politics without any obvious qualification other than the six letters of his surname.
  • Best Dance Party

    Best Dance Party
    This dance party held at The Crown and put together by Abdu Ali and writer (and City Paper contributor) Lawrence Burney is like a glimpse into the future, overloading your senses every two months with super cool out-of-town acts like Junglepussy and B L A...

    Best Collaboration

    In interviews, many of the city’s musicians talk about how tight the scene is. And you know it’s not bullshit when you see them making guest appearances on each other’s records and touring together. There was no better evidence of that...

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed
    It’s official enough. “The resolution will be able to be passed tonight,” First District Councilman Jim Kraft told his colleagues. “It will be able to go with the Star-Spangled Celebration.”  And so it was that the city...

    O Say Can You Scream?: The many absurdities of the city code surrounding "The Star-Spangled Banner"

    O Say Can You Scream?: The many absurdities of the city code surrounding "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    What with all this Star-Spangled hoo-hah going on here in The City With The Dawn's Early Light, we just happened to be skimming through "ARTICLE 19 POLICE ORDINANCES (As Last Amended by Ord. 14-231)," published by the Baltimore City Department of...