A late-night brawl upends Metro. Virginia politicians dig in to fight over planned cuts to the federal defense budget. And D.C.’s mayoral candidates throw jabs with negative ads. 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
  • Martin O'Malley Governor, Maryland (D)
  • Patrick Murray Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, R-Va. (8th District)

Politics Hour Extra

Violent storms and power outages are leading to lots of questions for utility officials in the Washington region. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley discusses whether price hikes are needed to make the system more reliable.

After years of divisive debate, slot machine gambling remains a hot-button issue in Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley says the goal is not to become a top gambling destination, but to stem the loss of revenue to neighboring states.

This week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia would be closed as part of a cost-cutting initiative. Patrick Murray- a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 8th District- explains why he thinks the closing is bad for the Commonwealth and bad for the military. Murray, a retired Army Colonel, previously worked at Joint Forces Command.

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