The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen and Prince George's County Council candidate Derrick Leon Davis.

A Republican congressman from Virginia blames a conservative power-broker of "paralyzing" Congress. D.C. lawmakers accuse each other of "campaigning from the dais" and obstructing ethics reform. And a new proposal for redrawing Congressional districts in Maryland fuels charges of gerrymandering. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


Tom Sherwood

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

Ronald Machen Jr.

United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Derrick Leon Davis

Democratic Candidate, Prince George's County Council (District 6)

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U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen Jr., says his office has reached out to the city's immigrant community in an effort to encourage people to report crimes, regardless of immigration status. When someone reports a crime, Machen says, most often immigration status does not come up:

Democratic Candidate for the Prince George's County Council, Derrick Leon Davis, talks about the problems with what he calls "council courtesy" on the Prince George's County Council. The phrase refers to a culture in which, for example, one council member won't approve a development issue in a fellow council member's district unless that fellow council member gives his or her approval:

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