The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour

Mark Obenshain, Virginia's Republican candidate for attorney general, and Montgomery County Executive "Ike" Leggett join The Politics Hour team.

Virginia's gubernatorial candidates turn up the venom on each other. A proposal is spiked for a musical amphitheater in a District park named in honor of one of Washington's most beloved musicians. And Maryland seeks private help for building a light-rail line connecting Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Join 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

Michael Pope

Northern Virginia reporter, WAMU; political reporter, Connection Newspapers; author, "Shotgun Justice: One Prosecutor's Crusade Against Crime and Corruption in Alexandria and Arlington"

Mark Obenshain

Republican Candidate, Attorney General, Virginia

Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County Executive (D)

Featured Clip

Mark Obenshain, a Republican running for Virginia attorney general, discussed the state's anti-sodomy law, which makes sodomy illegal among consenting hetersexual and homosexual couples. The law is often used to give harsher punishments to convicted child molesters. Some in the state have called for a legislative fix that clarifies the law. Obenshain was ambivalent about whether he would support such a fix, which will go before the General Assembly in January 2014. "I think it depends," he said. "It may be that we may need to craft an entirely new statute. It may be that the fix is simply carving out the portion of the statute that was declared unconstitutional."

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