Virginia reports a budget surplus. District schools get mixed marks on recent test scores. And new polls peg Maryland’s gubernatorial race as a statistical tie. 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
  • Michael Brown Member, D.C. Council (At-Large, Independent)
  • Samuel H. Dean Democratic Candidate, County Executive, Prince George's County (Md); Member, Prince George's County Council

Politics Hour Extra

Council member Brown talks about his support for a group of protesters who have organized a tent city in the Shaw area on 7th & R Streets NW near Rhode Island Avenue to highlight the lack of affordable housing in the city:

Former D.C. council member (D-Ward 5) and current candidate for council chair Vincent Orange defended the 2006-07 council’s spending record against council member Michael Brown’s criticism of overspending. Orange argued that at that time, the D.C. Council had secured $1.6 billion in “rainy day” funds. Orange also said that Brown’s recently exposed tax difficulties “go to the question of whether D.C. residents want to send people who have financial problems up to Wall Street to say I represent the District of Columbia:

Samuel H. Dean talks about how he would improve the County’s schools. He addresses the education budget and how he would fund his proposals:

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