Baltimore Mayor Fights Bank Scheme

A lawsuit aims to fix the harm a bogus interest rate has had on Charm City's finances.

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She got through the snowstorms and other weather events unscathed, but the budget process left a few scars, especially after she overhauled the public-safety pension system to save the city some $100 million, prompting protests and a federal lawsuit from fire and police unions.

A native Baltimorean, she is the daughter of a longtime member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Howard "Pete" Rawlings, and a family-practice pediatrician, Nina Rawlings. She was elected on her own merits in 2011.

Rawlings-Blake appears to have thrived under the stresses of the job. In a profile last year in the Baltimore Sun, she was described as "poised, confident and crisply professional, unafraid of making tough decisions" -- qualities she may need in order to counter the vastly endowed banking establishment.

Edmund Newton is a freelance writer in the Washington, D.C., area.

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