A Virginia lawmaker says its time to decriminalize marijuana. A Maryland county watches its unused federal housing funds go up in smoke. And a debate about the future of a D.C. high school ignites a new fire in the controversy over education reform. Join us for 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
  • Paul West Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
  • Benjamin Cardin U.S. Senator, D-Maryland
  • Leo Alexander Democratic Candidate, Mayor, District of Columbia
  • Frank Wolf Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R- Virginia, 10th District)

Politics Hour Extra

Democratic D.C. mayoral candidate Leo Alexander talked about his reasons for running and criticized Mayor Fenty’s handling of unemployment. Alexander’s plan to decrease D.C.’s unemployment rate hinges on cracking down on undocumented workers by placing stricter requirements on employers to check job applicants’ immigration status.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) said Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on campaign finance gives even more influence to corporate America in elections and called it “the most activist decision I’ve seen to come out of the Supreme Court in many a day.”

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