The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
The Politics Hour

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

March Madness begins. Virginia lawmakers gird up for a potential government shut down. D.C. politicians play hardball for seats at the Democratic National Convention this summer. And Maryland's General Assembly pivots away from same-sex marriage to other hot-button issues like alcohol sales and pension reform. 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

Jack Evans

D.C. Council member (D-Ward 2); Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue

Jamin Raskin

Member, Maryland State Senate (D- Dist. 20 Montgomery County); and Professor of Law, American University's Washington College of Law

Politics Hour Video

A caller who identified as an ANC commissioner from the area near RFK expressed dismay at what may be the city's plans to build a new Redskins training facility in the area known as "Reservation 13." The commissioner said plans have been in the works for a long time to use that area for commercial, residential, and retail purposes. He said no one from the city has been to the neighborhood to discuss the plans publicly with residents. Councilmember Jack Evans said he and the mayor are committed to come to the area within the next few weeks and that the city currently has no solid plan to build a sporting facility there:

Maryland State Senator Jamin Raskin (D - Dist. 20 Montgomery County) answered a caller's question about whether or not a referendum that could overturn the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage would also mean that out-of-state marriages would be rendered invalid. Raskin said the outcome is not certain, but he believes that even if the law is overturned, Maryland would still recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. "I really believe that we've got a solid pro-marriage majority in the state and I think that Maryland can be the ground zero turning this whole issue around and saying, 'Let's put the culture wars behind us; let's give everybody equal rights in our state and let's move on to deal with the common economic and policy problems that we're dealing with'" Raskin said:

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