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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Pot

It’s a good thing Twinkies were saved from oblivion, because the Maryland state legislature is determined to find ways for locals to get the munchies. First Baltimore Del. Curt Anderson proposed a bill legalizing recreational weed, which is unlikely to pass, but the House of Delegates passed House Bill 1101 by a 108-28 vote, making marijuana available on a medicinal basis by 2016. Let’s hope they straighten out the Berger cookie situation before legalization spreads any wider.

2 Gun Control

The state Senate already passed a strict bill that includes a ban on assault weapons and requires fingerprinting for new handgun owners, and this week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Maryland’s handgun permit laws, which require gun owners to show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a gun outside their home or business. The U.S. Congress is still buckling to the NRA, but in Maryland, the consensus around common-sense gun laws is building.

3 TransForm Baltimore

The House of Delegates passed a $1.1 billion Baltimore City Public Schools funding bill that would allow the city to build about 15 new schools and renovate about 35 others. The bill hews closely to the TransForm Baltimore proposal that the mayor and Schools’ CEO Andres Alonso have been pushing for. It’s a great step toward repairing the city’s crumbling schools, but without a plan to raise the remaining $1.3 billion the proposal says is needed to complete the project (“The Money Pit,” Feature, March 13), it feels a little like walking a tightrope without a net.

4 Orioles

It’s been so long since anyone in town has had a bad word to say about our beloved, overachieving O’s that the latest kerfuffle over the Ravens’ promised home opener—which, according to tradition, they earned as Super Bowl champions—came as a rude awakening. The NFL refused to reschedule, and the O’s only offered to move their game up three hours, claiming that rearranging their schedule would do harm in a potential pennant race, leaving the Ravens opening the season on the road. Here’s hoping they walk the walk come pennant-race time.

5 Maravene Loeschke

With Towson students out-racist-ing fellow conservatives at the CPAC conference this month (“Baltimore City Power Rankings,” Mobtown Beat, March 20) and the resulting national media attention, you’d think Towson University President Loeschke would lay low for a while. Instead, she decided to cut the school’s baseball and soccer teams, announcing the move to the athletes at a meeting with several university police nearby. The governor and state comptroller have both criticized the move at the state-funded school, calling for Loeschke to appear in Annapolis to explain the cuts. Oh, Tigers. . .

 

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