The return of Steve Bailey

The Sun’s Maryland Politics blog is speculating today that Steve Bailey might be gearing up for a political race. City/state editor Andy Green bases this idea on a letter to the editor the ertswhile Baltimore County deputy state’s attorney penned, in which he takes Baltimore County executive Jim Smith to task for spending and taxing too much.

Bailey, a Republican, ran to replace longtime state’s attorney Sandy O’Connor in 2006, when O’Connor retired. Bailey was the heir apparent, but he lost to Democrat Scott Shellenberger, who had been an assistant state’s attorney and then a trial lawyer for Peter Angelos. Shellenberger, who had Jim Smith’s political support, Angelos’ monetary support and a favorable political climate for Democrats that year, beat Bailey 54 percent to 46 percent.

Green wonders if Bailey wants to challenge Smith, a former Baltimore County Circuit Court judge and second-term county executive, in 2010. The Republicans have so far not made much noise about who they will run against Smith, he noted. “[N]obody’s raising much money or making many waves,” Green wrote.

Do you think the ex-prosecutor should face down the ex-judge next year?

Lawyers and Bloggers

I was floored by the lede in Mark Penn’s Microtrends column on today.

In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers.


OK, we’ve all recovered from the initial shock.

As a (paid) blogger, I never would have guessed that statement to be true, so I did a little digging.

The ABA reports there were 1,162,124 “resident and active” attorneys in the United States in 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that number really translates to 555,770 people employed as lawyers. Either way, that’s a lot of lawyers.

But compared those figures to these:

According to Technorati’s 2008 “State of the Blogosphere“:

“The average annual blogger revenue is more than $6,000. However, this is skewed by the top 1% of bloggers who earn $200k+. Among active bloggers that we surveyed, the average income was $75,000 for those who had 100,000 or more unique visitors per month (some of whom had more than one million visitors each month). The median annual income for this group is significantly lower — $22,000.”

Bloggers and lawyers might have more in common that I thought.

In the year 2000:

  • The median age of a U.S. attorney was 45
  • 88.8% of attorneys were non-Hispanic whites
  • 48% were solo practitioners

Compared to bloggers: most are professional white males with above-average incomes. Four out of 10 are self-employed.

Sound familiar?