Local officials in D.C. recently convened a convention to draft a constitution that would put the city on the path to statehood. Under the plan, the District would adopt a new name: "New Columbia." But some of those who've been on the front lines of the fight for statehood aren't thrilled about how the process has worked so far - and where it might be going.
It’s March Madness! D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty may be an early favorite to pull off an electoral repeat. But two dark horse candidates are warming up and hoping to break the bracket of political odds-makers. Plus, Virginia’s Republican Attorney General considers a “full court press”- plotting legal challenges to President Obama’s national healthcare plan. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
- David Albo Member, Virginia House of Delegates (R-Springfield)
- Omar Karim Founder and Principle, Banneker Ventures LLC
- David Alpert Founder, Editor-in-Chief, "Greater Greater Washington"
- Peter Benjamin Chairman, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors; Former Chief Financial Officer, WMATA
- Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
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Omar Karim, founder and principle of Banneker Ventures, denied that he went to school with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and defended himself against recent allegations that Banneker received more than its fair share of contracts awarded by the city due to his relationship with the mayor. Karim said that he had a successful firm before Mayor Fenty was elected and that there has never been any insinuation that the firm’s work is sub-par:
Omar Karim denied allegations as reported in the Washington Post that he told developer R. Donahue Peebles on the campus of Howard University back in 2007 that he would have to go through him to be granted any projects in the city:
Peter Benjamin, Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors, discusses recent Metro fare increases. Benjamin and David Alpert (Greater Greater Washington) discuss how WMATA compares to systems in New York City and Paris:
Virginia House of Delegates member David Albo (R-Springfield) defended state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s statements that he will challenge any federal mandate requiring Virginia residents to buy health insurance coverage because it conflicts with existing state law:
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