Forbes.com lists the Most Conservative and Most Liberal Cities in America in a new feature. Baltimore ranks 10th on the Most Liberal Cities list.
The ranks are based on an article in The Economist, “which pulled data from an MIT study on how city governments reflect their constituents’ politics to produce a ranking of cities with populations of over 250,000.”
The cities ranking ahead of Baltimore are (from 9th to 1st): Buffalo, New York City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Boston, Oakland, Seattle, Washington (DC), and San Francisco.
The most conservative cities are (from 10th to 1st): Aurora (CO), Tulsa, Omaha, Anaheim, Arlington (TX), Jacksonville, Colorado Springs, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City, and Mesa (AZ).
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The last time the city had a mayor who wasn’t a Democrat was from 1963 to 1967. Republican Theodore McKeldin served his second stint as mayor those years. Other mayors since then have included Nancy Pelosi’s father, William Donald Schaefer, Curt Schmoke, and Martin O’Malley. Since O’Malley there was the criminal Sheila Dixon and the current incompetent chief executive Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Violent crime in the city is much higher than the national average. In 2015, there were 344 homicides. That is second only to 1993 when there were 353 homicides.
It’s the same city that had massive problems with its speed camera program. Member of City Council are also considering a $15 minimum wage and warnings labels on soda and other sugary drinks. The city is so liberal that the Georges Soros-founded Open Society Institute has a major outpost here.
Another example: then-President of City Council Stephanie Rawlings-Blake authored legislation at the behest of Planned Parenthood that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs. These signs had to note that the centers did not provide abortions or referrals for abortion. A similar law in Montgomery County was struck down. A lawsuit against the city by one of the centers has still not completed its way through the judicial system.
What do you expect from a city where Red Emma’s is the a liberal hangout in town and an openly Marxist group that helps stir up as many problems as possible?