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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Martin O'Malley, City Council, Ravens, The Ku Klux Klan, and Drivers

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Martin O’Malley

O’Malley showed his huevos this week when he told a group of Maryland business leaders that he wasn’t down with corporate tax cuts—but that he did want to raise the minimum wage. “It is a fact that wages have been declining in our country for the first time since the Second World War. There is a growing gulf between our middle class and between the wealthy in our country,” the governor said, making us wish he had been term-limited enough to tell the truth all along.

2 City Council

So they gone and done it: Harbor Point passed, complete with a $107 million TIF and $88 million in Enterprise Zone credits into the pocket of multimillionaire developer Michael Beatty, and lingering questions about how (and why) the chromium beneath the 28-acre site will be kept in place as 1,000-plus pilings are driven through the plastic and clay cap that covers it. There were, of course, the inevitable last-minute tries at amending the bill that authorizes the construction of the 3 million-square foot development which were crushed under the indifference of the Council under President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who sees only “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

3 Ravens

Are you ready for some football? Your World Champion Baltimore Ravens may not have been as ready as some fans would have liked, opening the season with a 49-27 thumping by the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium. Salting the wound for Ravens fans, receiver Anquan Boldin, traded for a sixth-round pick in the off-season, caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown for our Super Bowl opponents, the 49ers. Spitballin’ columnist Jim Meyer says not to worry (Spitballin, Sept. 11), the season is young, but if the players keep running into each other and dropping TD passes, it’ll get old quick.

4 The Ku Klux Klan

A local Klan group, the Confederate White Knights, held a rally at Antietam this weekend to call for an uprising against president Obama (The Nose, Mobtown Beat, Sept. 11). The Imperial Wizard, who also participates in monster-truck rallies, also claimed that the group has gotten a bad rap and was not racist at its origins. And the five people who showed up with their faces hidden under white robes, calling for the violent removal of a black president, agreed.

5 Drivers

The city announced major construction projects on the JFX, Light Street, and the Bay Bridge, meaning more headaches for Baltimore’s motorists. BCPR thinks the city is worried that with the Grand Prix in our collective rearview mirror, we’ll get too used to functional traffic patterns, and this measure is aimed to keep motorists’ expectations low. It’s working!

 

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