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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...

    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...

    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...

    Bankruptcy dismissed in Westport development suit

    Bankruptcy dismissed in Westport development suit
    A federal bankruptcy court judge dismissed a Chapter 11 case related to developer Patrick Turner's ambitious waterfront development in South Baltimore, clearing the way for a foreclosure on the property. Judge Robert A. Gordon said he saw no evidence...