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  • Power struggle at City Hall

    Power struggle at City Hall
    Miffed that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has vetoed three of their bills in the last several months, members of the Baltimore City Council are proposing legislation to limit her power — bills that she would presumably also veto. When you've got one of the strongest mayoral systems of any major city in America, it's not easy to make such changes, and this whole exercise is liable to amount to little more than a venting of collective spleen in advance of the 2016 elections. We should also note that the mayor had a point in at least two of the three vetoes and that she took action on her own today to address the issue raised by one of the bills, Baltimore's excessive and frustrating "minor privilege fees."
  • Mayor fails to respect city police

    Mayor fails to respect city police
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake needs to get a clue when it comes to police officers who are accused of improper acts ("Rawlings-Blake, Batts say police will work on relations with community," Jan. 1). When did she forget about rights of the accused and...

    Mayoral vetoes: sometimes common, sometimes not

    For more than a decade, mayoral vetoes were practically unheard of in Baltimore. Not anymore. Within the past three months, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has vetoed or vowed to veto three City Council bills — legislation empowering the council to...

    Mayor misses Mayor's Christmas Parade for Florida trip

    Missing from this year's Mayor's Christmas Parade? The mayor.  Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's staff called organizers of the 41st Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade in Hampden late last week to inform them she wouldn't be attending the holiday tradition over...

    Voters approve transportation lockbox, executive special elections

    Voters approve transportation lockbox, executive special elections
    Maryland voters made it more difficult for governors and lawmakers to raid funds designated for road and bridge repairs by approving a constitutional amendment to put those funds in a "lockbox." Also approved at the ballot box Tuesday: a measure...