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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Vi Ripken

The matriarch of Baltimore baseball, who endured a brief kidnapping last year, proved her toughness yet again, fending off an armed would-be carjacker who approached her in a bank parking lot. The 75-year-old sounded the alarm on her key and scared the attacker away. Maybe Super Vi could give BPD some tips on crime-fighting.

2 Chris Van Hollen

If there was an upside to the atrocious government shutdown, it was that it offered a platform for Van Hollen, the Democratic representative from Maryland’s 8th District, to show what real leadership looks like. In a confrontation from the House that went viral, he showed how the GOP had changed House rules in the run-up to the shutdown in order to prevent Democrats from allowing a vote to end it. “Mr. Speaker, democracy has been suspended,” he railed. Forget O’Malley, let’s see more Van Hollen on the national stage.

3 Heather Mizeur

The state delegate from the Washington, D.C. suburbs has stormed into the race to be the next governor, proposing a plan to expand public pre-K statewide. In a race filled with more dudes and political insiders—Gregg Bernstein, Doug Gansler, and Anthony Brown—BCPR loves the idea of a young gay woman with great ideas taking the helm.

4 Local 333

The dockworkers’ union went on strike last week, slowing down international imports, and reminding everybody that there are still unions and they can still strike—unfortunately, the union has a long history of corruption, and the current dispute seems to be largely one over procedure.

5 Baltimore City Detention Center

As if the local prison hadn’t had enough bad press, with news earlier this year that it had essentially been taken over by member of the Black Guerrilla Family. This time the jailers accepted bail for a man who had already killed himself. Only when friends went to pick up Timothy Schloemer were they informed that he had been dead for two days. Maybe we should just give the place back to the BGF . . .


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