Martin O'Malley

Redistricting: Mighty Baltimore to lose influence

Baltimore's once-hefty delegation in the state legislature is due to slim down again when new political boundaries are drawn this year: The city is guaranteed to lose at least part of one of its six legislative districts.

And while any part of the state would bemoan the loss of influence in Annapolis, Baltimore is particularly vulnerable: The city relies on the capital for support, getting back $1.07 in state spending for every tax dollar it sends — much more than the average jurisdiction.

"The more political strength that Baltimore loses, the more likely it is things will be done to it instead of for it," said former state Sen. Barbara Hoffman, who lost her...