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Baltimore City Power Rankings
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Anthony Brown, Fred Lazarus, Homeowners, Maryland State Police, and the Port of Baltimore 4/16/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: General Assembly, WTMD, Amazon, Flying Dog, and Pete Welch 4/9/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: MD Brewers, General Assembly, Open Walls, Sparrows Point, and MICA 4/2/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: MTA, Pot, Anthony Brown, Baltimore Police Department, and Gregg Bernstein 3/19/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Amber Alert, House of Delegates, Future Islands, Baltimore City Police, and Cineastes 3/12/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Winter, Qayum Karzai, General Assembly, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Murder. 3/5/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Baltimore Sun Media Group, BCPS, Inspector General, City Paper, and House of Cards 2/26/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Climate Change Deniers, Marijuana Diversion Programs, City Council, Orioles, and Under Armour. 2/19/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Debate, Preakness, Crabs, Freedom of the Press, and O'Malley. 2/12/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Arts, General Assembly, $RB, Anthony Brown, and the Transportation Department 1 Arts Baltimore artists are getting a lot of national exposure this week with Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys opening around the country, Wye Oak releasing a new single, and Lindsay Ann Bottos’ troll-targeting Tumblr going viral. And not only ar 2/5/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Cyclists, Brandon Scott, O'Malley, Artscape, and Xerox 1/29/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Telecom Companies Communications giants like Comcast and Verizon are now more powerful than ever, free to mess with your internet access however they wish thanks to a Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals ruling that declared the FCC didn’t have p 1/22/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Arena, Ed Reisinger, Baltimore Schools, and City Council 1/15/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 General Assembly The state legislature has a tough act to follow in 2014, after the 2013 session saw the repeal of the death penalty, the approval of a massive school infrastructure project, and limited approval of medical marijuana. But as th 1/8/2014
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Port of Baltimore, $RB, BPD, Dallas Dance, and Gary Maynard 12/18/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Ravens, Ken Ulman, Anthony Brown, Orioles, and Columbia 12/10/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Marc Train, The Arts, $RB, The Baltimore Sun, and Local Stores 12/4/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Heather Mizeur, Walmart, Tribune Company, Department of Social Services, and Amtrak 11/27/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Martin O'Malley, Black Guerrilla Family, Baltimore Police, Sen. Joan Carter Conway and Speed Cameras 11/13/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Jon Cardin, Martin O’Malley, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, BCPD, and Johns Hopkins Hospital 11/6/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Marijuana In a case before a federal court in Maryland, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced a defendant found guilty in trafficking massive amounts of marijuana to less than five years in prison 10/30/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   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 10/23/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: The Wire, Baltimore Marathon, Harbor Point, Mercy Medical Center, and Santoni’s 10/16/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Carl Stokes, Martin O’Malley, Justin Fenton, Obamacare, and Republicans 10/9/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Local Beer Industry Suds-loving locals have lots to be happy about: Last weekend, longtime basement brewpub Oliver Ales of Pratt Street Alehouse announced that it signed a lease to open a production facility in Clifton Park. Plus, a recent cha 10/2/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Baltimore TV industry Our burgeoning reputation as a location for the television industry got a boost with this week’s Emmy Awards show, where House of Cards won big and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave a shoutout to the “crew in Baltimore.” 9/25/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Martin O'Malley, City Council, Ravens, The Ku Klux Klan, and Drivers 9/11/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Air Pollution, Noise Pollution, Doug Gansler, City Paper, and Towson University Cheerleading 9/4/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: The Gun, Station North, Firefighters, Grand Prix of Baltimore and Don Dwyer 8/28/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Guns The summer of the gun continues with 12 shootings over the past weekend, including that of a 7-year-old boy, shot while he was playing outside of his home. Blame poverty, blame the war on drugs, blame the Baltimore Police Department’s pol 8/21/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: The Baltimore Sun, City Council, Convention Center, BCPD, and $RB 8/14/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Linemen, Convention Center, O’Malley, School Board, and Bob Curran 8/7/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Bar Owners, The Baltimore Sun, SRB, David Ortiz, and City Schools 7/31/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Orioles, Baltimore Police Department, Gregg Bernstein, Grand Prix, and Harbor Point 7/24/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:  Trees, Nicholas Mosby, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Ben Carson, and CSX. 1 Trees A U.S. Forest Service study of 10 cities, including Baltimore, found that trees have tremendous health effects and estimated that, in Charm City alone, the shade-givers remove about 14 tons of pollution a year, resulting in about 140 few 7/17/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Orioles For the first time since 1997, three Orioles were voted onto the American League All-Star Game roster, including Crush Davis, the leading vote-getter in the league. Add in Manny Machado, who was named as a reserve, and the O’s will be 7/10/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: The Orioles, David Simon, The Contemporary, Mickey Cucchiella, and Anthony Batts 7/3/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Guns, Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Museum of Art, Workers, and Anthony Batts. 6/26/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 BCPD Though things are generally not going well for Baltimore’s police—an officer arrested for aiding in heroin-dealing and identity theft is never a good thing—the department announced Friday that it would form an advisory council on LGBT issues. 6/19/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: David Simon, Pride, Edward Snowden, Baltimore Police Department, amd Ticketmaster 6/12/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 City Council It’s rare when someone, anyone, in city government pushes back on the steady stream of tax breaks, kickbacks, and shady deals lined up for rich developers, and so credit should go to City Council members who questioned Il Mayore’s 6/5/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Gun Violence, Towson Baseball, Public Events, JHU, and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 5/29/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 5/22/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 5/8/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 5/1/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: . 4/24/2013
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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 3/20/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 3/13/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 3/6/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 2/27/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Martin O’Malley Gov marches on with his progressive agenda for the 2013 General Assembly. 2/20/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 The Raven For once, BCPR isn’t talking about the NFL Champion Baltimore Ravens, but, you know, the raven—the one with feathers and a beak: Lawmakers in both houses of the state legislature have pushed aside boring bills related to the death pe 2/13/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 1 Baltimore This year, Ravens Nation seemed to enter into that mythical realm of obsessive fan bases supporting teams like the Eagles and Green Bay (only such a fan base could include that manic “I can’t take it!” YouTube guy) and were rewarded 2/6/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Ravens It’s been glorious watching our gridiron heroes hog the national spotlight, with Kenan Thompson playing Ray Lewis on Saturday Night Live and Ravens jerseys selling like crazy across the country (still no run on Charles Cohen’s “Winning 1/30/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Jack and Jackie Harbaugh If it weren’t for these two and their progeny, the Super Bowl might be a showdown between the Patriots and Falcons. Thank goodness Jack, himself a one-time football player and coach, passed on his pigskin prowess and b 1/23/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Ravens After this weekend’s heroic, historic double-overtime defeat of the Denver Broncos, BCPR wanted to place the team somehow higher than No. 1 on the list. The shrieks heard in every nook and cranny of Charm City when Jacoby Jones caught t 1/16/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Ray Lewis, Terps, General Assembly, Speed Cameras, and Pat McDonough. 1/9/2013
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Martin O’Malley Finally, all of that sucking up to the Obama administration pays off for Maryland’s citizens, as the Gov successfully appeals to the Prez for disaster-relief funds for Sandy-ravaged Somerset County, after it was initially den 12/19/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Marriage Equality Same-sex couples flooded courthouses statewide on Dec. 6, the first day they could legally apply for marriage licenses in Maryland. The next day, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear two cases challenging prohibit 12/12/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 12/5/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Ravens With their thrilling overtime win against the Chargers (see Spitballin’ for details), the Ravens guaranteed that this will be the first year since 1977 that Baltimore’s baseball and football franchises both had winning record 11/28/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Martin O’Malley A clean sweep on Election Day—including victories for every candidate he backed, plus gay marriage, expanded gambling, and support for his redistricting—means a mandate for Gov’s policies. Let’s hope his ego stays in check an 11/21/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Michael Bloomberg Hizzoner rarely makes the BCPR, but New York’s mayor appeared here in town—just before Sandy struck—to offer support for Question 6, the same-sex marriage ballot question. He also made a $250,000 donation to the cause and c 11/7/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Sandy Frankenstorm? Really? As all your genius friends on Facebook have already told you, Frankenstein wasn’t the monster, but the doctor who made him! BCPR prefers to think of the event that, at press time, was scheduled to obliterate Charm C 10/29/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Sailabration Economic impact study finds that the June event, which marked the beginning of a two-year celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, attracted 1.5 million people and had an $166 million economic impact on the city—compa 10/24/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Orioles O’s end dream season with a Game Five fall to the Soulless Yankees, who continue to fuel postseason efforts with overpaid, underperforming unmotivated superstars, who, in a city of eight million, can’t fill their Soulless Stadium for playoff baseball. 10/17/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Orioles, Dream Act, Baltimore Police Department, Martin O’Malley, and Baltimore City Schools 10/10/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 10/3/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 9/26/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Orioles Pennant race? Sellouts in September? Playoff tickets for sale? Yes! It’s happening! Orioles Magic! Yankees Suck! 9/11/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings:   1 Scott Calvert Frustrated by the inability to gather any useful information from CitiStat, which the city touts as a major innovation in public access to information—two years ago the mayor called it “one of Baltimore’ 8/29/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Grand Prix Of Baltimore, Gambling, Al-Jazeera, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Aquille Carr 8/22/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 8/15/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Michael Phelps, UMBC, Gambling, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Forbes 8/8/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Just days after the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Colorado, AAPD acted promptly on a tip. 1 Anne Arundel Police Just days after the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Colorado, AAPD acted promptly on a tip from a former co-worker of Crofton’s Neil Prescott, who reportedly said, “I am a joker. I’m going to load my 7/31/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Orioles, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Andres Alonso, Martin O’Malley 7/25/2012
Baltimore City Power Rankings

Baltimore City Power Rankings

Power Rankings: 1 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 7/18/2012