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James B. Kraft
City Hall theater
City Hall theater

No sooner had the Baltimore City Council taken a strong step in defiance of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's promised vetoes of two controversial bills Monday night than they announced their intentions to cave under the pressure and let her have her way. The council, it seems, is an independent, co-equal branch of government, but only up to a point. On balance, the right policy decisions appear likely to prevail. Mayor Rawlings-Blake was absolutely correct to decry the process by which the council arrived at a proposed ban on plastic grocery bags through a last-minute amendment to legislation that would merely have taxed them. We would argue that a ban on the bags would still be a bad...