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  • About these cynical "Vote for the Democrats" signs . . .

    About these cynical "Vote for the Democrats" signs . . .
    Scattered throughout Baltimore, right there along with the typical election signs you expect to see—you know, the ones that advertise a candidate and tell you to vote for them and all of that—are also signs that just say, "Vote for the Democrats." Sometimes they are near Anthony Brown signs and sometimes they are all alone, just flapping in the breeze. It almost seems like some sort of prank: a high-concept culture jam that finally, fully reduces the United States' bullshit-ass two-party system into a pick-a-side-and-go-with-it-no-matter-what type of thing, making the Republicans and Democrats into rivals, like the Ravens and the Steelers or something. But no, these signs are not, say, a prank by the Yes Men, they are official: In the bottom right hand corner they say, "Paid for by Cummings for Congress, Ron Thompson, Treasurer."
  • Maryland Green Party still struggles for a seat at the political table

    Maryland Green Party still struggles for a seat at the political table
    It’s important that I see Ian Schlakman’s office, because it’s apparently a first. It’s a tiny, corner room on the second floor of 218 E. Lexington—just above Sidebar, where a Jack and Coke after 6 p.m. goes for $6—with...

    Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day

    Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day
    All 373,171 registered voters in Baltimore City are free to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general elections—if they haven’t already, since early voting opened on Oct. 23. It’s an opportunity many voters either couldn’t or didn’t...

    Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China

    Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China
    With its longstanding reputation as a high-volume heroin town, Baltimore’s modern black-market economy is openly opiated, driving sizeable budgets for maintaining the criminal-justice apparatus to combat it. Far less appreciated, and only opaquely...

    Just Business?

    Just Business?
    Kenneth W. Watford says he is here because of an injustice.  Sitting on the other side of the sloppily caulked double Plexiglas window, his wide face and short cropped hair flecked with gray leaning into a flat microphone and speaker affixed to the...