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The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi

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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.

© 2021 WAMU

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.

© 2021 WAMU
8hr 21min
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Prince George’s County Councilmember Wanika Fisher on why the council is prioritizing public safety and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson explains the need to hike taxes for some District residents.
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Maryland Governor Wes Moore's gives us his take on the presidential race. Plus, Prince George's County Councilmember Wala Blegay talks rent stabilization legislation and VA-10 Republican nominee Mike Clancy.
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MD Congressman Jamie Raskin on Project 2025, President Biden, and the Maryland Senate race. Plus, Democratic nominee for Alexandria mayor Alyia Gaskins and D.C. Councilmember Brooke Pinto weighs in on declining carjacking rates.
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JD Spain, Sr. on his win in the Democratic primary for Arlington County Board. Plus, the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel’s Vanessa Natale and Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Zachary Parker weighing in on the John Falcicchio investigation.
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State Senator Suhas Subramanyam on his big win in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Plus, WAMU’s Margaret Barthel on the rest of Virginia’s primary results and Prince George’s County Chair Jolene Ivey talks rent control.
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D.C. AG Brian Schwalb on joining the lawsuit against Ticketmaster and his legislation to revamp the youth services agency. Plus, the Washington Post’s Teo Armus on what to expect in Virginia’s primary elections next week.
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D.C. Board of Elections Executive Director explains counting votes. Plus, the Washington Post's Michael Brice-Saddler breaks down the D.C. primary elections and Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando talks school funding.
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Loudoun County Vice Chair Juli Briskman on data centers and schools. Plus, Republican nominee for Maryland’s Congressional District 6 seat Neil Parrott talks the general election and Washington Informer reporter Sam P.K. Collins breaks down D.C.’s biggest primary races.
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Angela Alsobrooks on her win in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat. Plus, Maryland Matters reporter Will Ford on election results and D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen on crime and bike lanes.
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Maryland Matters’ Josh Kurtz broke down the tight U.S. Senate race in Maryland. Plus, Virginia delegate Mark Sickles discussed the new state budget and D.C. Councilmember Robert White gave us his take on D.C. police clearing a pro-Palestinian encampment on GW University’s campus.

Will the District raise taxes to avoid budget cuts?

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May 31, 202450min 29sec

Last week, in tight financial circumstances, the Prince George’s County Council approved its $5.6 billion budget, with an emphasis on public safety. Councilmember and chair of the public safety committee Wanika Fisher joins the show to walk us through the budget and explain why she is advocating hiring more law enforcement. Also, what the council can do to get more kids attending school?

The D.C. Council gave its initial approval on Wednesday to a $21 billion budget calling for tax hikes that will help avoid some big cuts proposed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Chairman Phil Mendelson breaks down the tax increases, who they might impact, and his response to Bowser’s “significant concerns” about the proposed hikes. Plus, Mendelson discusses why the city looks to be finally deciding to end its sports betting monopoly and allow private sportsbooks to operate in the District as soon as this summer.

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