New proposed legislation threatens some of the power D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser exercises over education in the District. Rep. Jamie Raskin is running for a second term in Congress, pledging to protect Maryland's air and federal workers. They both join us in studio.
Members of the D.C. Council accuse Mayor Fenty of playing dirty tricks with the city’s contracting process. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley counts the number of treats the Old Line State received from the federal stimulus package. And Virginia candidates knock on doors across the state for last-minute votes. Join us for the Halloween edition of The Politics Hour — our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
- Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
- Jody Wagner Democratic Candidate, Virginia Lieutenant Governor
- Peter Nickles Attorney General, District of Columbia
Politics Hour Extra###
This week, D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles appeared to offer contradictory opinions on contracting practices in city government. Initially, Nickles had said he believed the D.C. Housing Authority had broken city law by awarding $82 million in contracts without D.C. Council approval. Later, he said he believed such awards were “legal and binding”.
Here Nickles explains his rationale.
Nickles also responded to concerns that the relationship between the Council and the mayor’s office is deteriorating.
Tom offers his take on the week’s news and the tensions within D.C. government(Via NBC4):
If you missed it, here is what D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) had to say on the same topic on last week’s Politics Hour. (October 23, 2009)
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