Things have not gotten off to the smoothest start between the two separate branches of government. By his public comment, Ballard mistakenly seems to think the Council is still to serve at his beck-and-call while the Democrats want to make it clear that the Council is its own entity.
All-in-all there are four or five Democrats on the Council that I think probably want to be Mayor someday in the future as well. Keeping their ambitions in check while trying to move the ball forward for the city will be extremely interesting to watch.
I do believe the Democrats got it right when they promoted a dynamic Councillor like Maggie Lewis to be the Council President. Like any new job, she will probably make a couple of mistakes, but I think she is definitely a bright and worthy leader for the caucus. She has already expressed a willingness to work with the Mayor. Now is the time to put words aside and make actions speak loudly.