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Analysis: Scandal On Gov. McDonnell's Finances Escalates

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The scandal surrounding contributions to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell deepens, the D.C. Council goes up against Walmart, and Maryland touts coming transportation upgrades. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about some of the latest details.

On the latest behind the contributions to Gov. McDonnell and what it means for him and Virginia:

"It's certainly more bad news for McDonnell. The scandal keeps escalating, and the state Republican Party is increasingly worried that this could hurt its ticket in November's elections. The big revelation this week was that McDonnell, his sister, and his wife received three payments totaling $120,000 in 2011 and 2012 from businessman Johnny Williams Sr. McDonnell is viewed to have seen these payments as low-cost loans, but they ratchet up embarrassment in a couple of ways..."

On the D.C. Council's dustup with Walmart, and what Mayor Gray thinks:

"Gray has been very critical of this measure by the council, which would require a minimum wage from Walmart and few other large retailers — a minimum of $12.50 an hour, compared to the normal of $8.25 an hour. Gray has invested a lot of political capital in trying to get Walmart to open stores in the less affluence eastern part of the city. Gray would like to see them open for the jobs, but also for the job opportunities they create."

On what Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's transportation projects could mean for the D.C. suburbs:

"We're looking at transportation projects — both road and transit — in the Prince George's, Montgomery, and other Washington area suburbs because of the new money that was raised in the transportation bill and the higher gasoline tax. O'Malley is sort of doing a victory lap around Maryland following his success in getting that through."

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