Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.
Control of Virginia’s legislature is up for grabs as residents head to the polls next week. All 140 seats in Virginia’s General Assembly are on the ballot this year. Currently, Republicans hold the House of Delegates, and the Democrats narrowly control the state senate, but that could change after Tuesday’s elections. The outcome could have major implications for abortion rights, tax cuts, statewide educational reforms, and climate policies throughout the commonwealth. WAMU’s Northern Virginia reporter Margaret Barthel gives us a preview of what’s at stake. Plus, how will early voting impact the results?
As more cannabis dispensaries open in Maryland, Prince George’s County is weighing whether to restrict where they can operate. The state is paying close attention and deciding if it should intervene. Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Wala Blegay joins Kojo and Tom to discuss the potential legislation and what it might mean for the cannabis industry in the county. Plus, a new bill will require many apartment buildings to install surveillance cameras as the county looks to curb crime.
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