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In politics, population is power: The more people a place has, the more legislators it gets. Successive U.S. Census counts since the 1970s have halved Baltimore City's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, diminishing its voice in Annapolis from a commanding bark to a demanding whimper. Absent a surge in city dwellers in the decades to come, Baltimore is not destined to regain its prior stardom as the tenor of the statehouse opera.
June 17, 2014