The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour

Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams stops by to chat about the future of the District.

Republican lawmakers in Virginia make a power play to change the Commonwealth's system for electing presidential candidates. A judge puts a D.C. protester in the ultimate penalty box, banning him from the city completely. And a prominent county executive in Maryland heads to court and tries to stay out of the "sin bin." 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

Quentin Kidd

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Government, Christopher Newport University

Anthony Williams

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Federal City Council; Former Mayor, District of Columbia (1999- 2007)

Dick Saslaw

Member, Virginia Senate (D-35th Dist.)

Politics Hour Video

Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams talked about how the challenges his administration faced compare with the challenges the current mayor is facing. Williams said there are big differences between now and then. In particular, he said the city has replaced an incentive economy with a demand economy, with many people wanting to invest in the city's infrastructure. But Williams urged city officials to promote tourism and not rely on federal funding. "The future isn't as bright as it's been in the past," Williams said.

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