Politics & Business

Hate Maryland Tolls? Have You Tried Just Not Paying Them?



When you are driving a rental car (if you ever drive a rental car) do you pay tolls in Maryland? Or are you one of the thousands of cool, savvy drivers who have been zipping through the E-Z Pass lane without a transponder and letting the fine go to the rental company?

College Professor and Former Maryland Senate Candidate Ready to Predict Winner in Presidential Election

Allan Lichtman

You may have thought presidential campaigns were complicated, mysterious affairs — each side tasked with navigating a storm of endless variables where unintended consequences (in public opinion) abound. Not so, says presidential historian and failed 2006 Maryland senate candidate Allan Lichtman. According to him, the race to the White House comes down to 13 “keys” — simple declarative sentences that, if true, would favor the re-election of the incumbent party. If five or fewer keys are false, then the popular vote goes to the incumbent party; if six or more are false, it goes to the challenging party.

Maryland Delegate Goes After Pro-Gay Raven, Accidentally Helps the Cause

L to R: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr.

This story ran its course pretty quickly. Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s visible support of gay marriage in Maryland caught the attention of Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., who wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on August 29 asking him to “inhibit such expressions from [his] employee.”

Art Modell Dies at Age 87


Former Ravens owner and the man who brought football back to Baltimore, Art Modell, died of natural causes early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Read below the statement from the Baltimore Ravens website:

Art Modell, whose remarkable 43-year NFL career made him a regular finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died today of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 87.

Former Ravens president David Modell issued this statement:

“Sadly, I can confirm that my father died peacefully of natural causes at 4 a.m. this morning.  My brother John Modell and I were with him when he finally rejoined the absolute love of his life, my mother Pat Modell, who passed away last October.

Mikulski Kept It Short and Sweet in DNC Speech


Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski — “the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right” — spoke to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention last night. And unlike O’Malley the night before, she didn’t let her enthusiasm lead her into the uncanny valley of oversmiling. She also didn’t let her speech run over six minutes.

Are We Better Off Just Not Knowing the Grand Prix’s Economic Impact?


The mayor will not pursue an economic impact study of this year’s Grand Prix. And the race organizers have said they will probably never release an official count of spectators.

The mayor’s spokesman, Ryan O’Doherty, spins the city’s decision not to examine the race’s bottom line by pointing to the “undisputed fact” that “the event has a significant positive economic impact.” Or is it that we just don’t want to know?

O’Malley’s Convention Speech: Here’s How It Went


When our governor addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, the first thing he said was, “Greetings from Maryland, home to the number-one public schools in America for four years in a row!” but by the time the station I was watching caught up with him, he had abruptly switched gears, saying dramatically, “It is August 27, 1776…”

O’Malley Auditions for 2016 at DNC Tonight


At 10 p.m. tonight, our spotlight-loving governor will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention. He’ll be there to rally around Obama, sure. But he’ll also be paving the way for his own presidential bid in 2016. He will give his address to set up the keynote speaker just as networks begin their live coverage of the event, so his audience is potentially quite large.

M.I.B. – Goetze and Mary Sue Candies


M.I.B. — Made in Baltimore — is an occasional series by our friend Evan, author of the blog, The City That Breeds.

Goetze’s should also be filed under our not-terribly-regular feature Holy S*** That’s Awesome! Because holy s***, I love me some caramel creams. Goetze’s (it’s pronounced “gets” and is not to be confused with “goatse,” you perv) got its start in 1895 when August Goetze was working as a printer for the wrappers at the Baltimore Chewing Gum Factory. August had a son named William Goetze. Figuring a pony was a cliche’d gift even in the late 1800s, August bought the Baltimore Chewing Gum Factory for his son. By 1917, William’s son R. Melvin Goetze Sr. joined the company and started manufacturing something that shaped this SpaceMan’s childhood.