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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Jon Cardin

Del. Cardin introduced a bill last week to criminalize “revenge porn,” or the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit pictures. It should go without saying that jackasses who post stuff like this should be in jail: The keyword is “non-consensual,” which makes it cyber rape, even if you were consensually sent the explicit material. Plus, who is ever going to take naked pics of themselves again if we can’t trust it won’t end up online?

2 Martin O’Malley

The governor got a nod from Obama—or “my predecessor” as O’Candidate no doubt hopes to one day call him—when he was named part of a newly formed task force focused on climate change. Let’s hope he puts as much energy into figuring out how to stave off ecological disasters as he does into his political aspirations.

3 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

In the wake of federal cutbacks in the food-stamps program, ll Mayore announced the city would add $10,000 in funds for people to use stamps at city farmers markets. It’s a positive development but a relatively small one, and comes just as many markets are preparing to close down for the season. Coming just weeks after a City Council bill cracking down on panhandling came out, it does little to bolster the city’s rep as a friend of the poor.


Il Mayore is always talking about the “vitality” of the artists. But she looks to be at odds with BCPD’s Commissioner Anthony Batts, who seems to be on a mission to shut down every DIY performance space in the city, including the Broom Factory Factory, Club K, and, this weekend, Coward Shoe at the 300 block of Howard Street. Because, you know, the last thing we want is a lively Howard Street.

5 Johns Hopkins Hospital

Hopkins was named as the defendant in a class-action suit which alleges that Dr. Nikita Levy, who has since committed suicide, photographed or filmed as many as 9,000 gynecological exams. This shameful chapter in the storied hospital’s history stands to do permanent damage to its reputation—and cost it a fortune in the process.


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