The Politics Hour

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada.

More D.C. politicians end up in handcuffs. Virginia lawmakers push to free up coastal waters for offshore drilling. And Maryland officials lock horns again over in state tuition benefits for the children of undocumented immigrants. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Guests

Tom Sherwood

Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers

Patrick Madden

Reporter, WAMU 88.5 News

Walter Tejada

Member, Arlington County Board (D)

Vincent Gray

Mayor, District of Columbia (D)

Politics Hour Extra

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says that he was not involved at all in his administration's decision to hire former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown for a city job and that he has reviewed his own phone records to reveal that he only ever held two brief phone conversations with Brown. Brown has been served with a subpoena and is set to testify before the D.C. Council on May 13 regarding his allegations that the Gray campaign paid him to continue his public criticism of then-Mayor Adrian Fenty:

"I think you've got to have multiple approaches to how you advance the issues of the city," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said of recent criticisms that public protests on the part of city officials may not be as effective in advancing the District's rights as formal lobbying techniques. Resident analyst and NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood asked Gray if he agrees that advocacy must happen both "in the streets and in the suites:"

Arlington County Board member Walter Tajeda (D) says that although he would support it, there's not much of a chance of Virginia passing a law similar to Maryland's that would offer the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuiton colleges and universities:

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