The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
The Politics Hour

Robert Spagnoletti, the chairman of D.C.'s new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, joins the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

D.C.'s mayor fends off new accusations that his 2010 campaign had unlawful access to a database of public housing residents. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign calls on Virginia officials to investigate voter registration forms mailed in the commonwealth. And a special legislative session on casino gambling appears to be back in the cards in Maryland. 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

Robert Spagnoletti

Chairman, D.C. Board of Ethics and Accountability; Former Attorney General, District of Columbia

Frank Wolf

Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R- Virginia, 10th District)

Libby Garvey

Member, Arlington County Board (D)

Politics Hour Video

Robert Spagnoletti, chairman of the new D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, talked about the enforcement authority the board will have to investigate civil infractions. "We actually have much broader subpoena power" than the attorney general's office, he said. Spagnoletti, who works full time as an attorney and represents clients in disputes with the D.C. government, responded to questions of a potential conflict of interest. He said there is a 2 percent chance that one of his cases would involve the city and that he would recuse himself from legal matters touching on ethics issues.

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