The Politics Hour - Feb. 28, 2014

Guest Host:

Tom Sherwood
The Politics Hour - Feb. 28, 2014

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and Phil Andrews, a Democratic candidate for executive of Montgomery County, join the Politics Hour gang in the studio.

D.C.'s mayoral candidates lock horns in a high-profile broadcast debate, as new poll numbers show one challenger gaining ground on the incumbent. Maryland lawmakers tangle over everything from marijuana to dog attacks. And Virginia's General Assembly sprints to the finish line, with the possibility of a government shutdown looming over Richmond. 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

Matt Bush

Maryland Reporter, WAMU, 88.5

Kenneth Ellerbe

Chief, D.C. Fire and EMS Department (FEMS)

Phil Andrews

Democratic Candidate, Executive Montgomery County; Member, Montgomery County Council (D - District 3)

Watch A Featured Clip

Chief Kenneth Ellerbe discussed employee and infrastructure changes at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. The chief has come under scrutiny recently after an elderly man died after collapsing near a firehouse last month. Ellerbe discussed a program to hire new cadets and paramedics and increase the department's fleet, saying the department is moving forward under a new "climate of change." In response to questions about his plans to retire, Ellerbe said, "My intention is to see these changes through. I have no intention of quitting."

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