The Politics Hour
D.C. politicians trade harsh words and reshuffle their leadership structure. Members of Virginia's General Assembly have questions about the -- apparently forced -- resignation of the University of Virginia's first female president. And a Maryland court clears the way for a voter referendum on the state's Dream Act. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
New D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson & Kojo's Mixtape On The Politics Hour
The D.C. Council selected Phil Mendelson as chair Wednesday, filling a vacancy left by Kwame Brown who pleaded guilty last week to bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Mendelson talked about his goals and vision for the District, and said he does not have mayoral aspirations. He said he supports Mayor Vincent Gray's renomination of Natwar Gandhi as the city's independent chief financial officer.
Storified by The Kojo Nnamdi Show · Fri, Jun 15 2012 15:44:40
The Week in Local Politics
Kojo asked new D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson what kind of leadership he will have to provide to put the Council back on even keel. "We don't restore the trust in the Council through passing a bill or through a statement. It's really through our actions, and that's going to take some time," Mendelson said. He said it's not clear whether new ethics legislation is needed. Mendelson added that this is the first time that Council members have resigned because of felony convictions since the District got home rule in the 1970s.
First there was #Sulaimania. Now, #Kojosjukebox is proud to present Vinny Citrus, featuring Marion Barry, Mary Cheh and Joe Esposito.
Music by Michael Martinez. Video by Brendan Sweeney.