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The Politics Hour

D.C. politicians trade harsh words and reshuffle their leadership structure. Members of Virginia's General Assembly have questions about the -- apparently forced -- resignation of the University of Virginia's first female president. And a Maryland court clears the way for a voter referendum on the state's Dream Act. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

New D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson & Kojo's Mixtape On The Politics Hour

The D.C. Council selected Phil Mendelson as chair Wednesday, filling a vacancy left by Kwame Brown who pleaded guilty last week to bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Mendelson talked about his goals and vision for the District, and said he does not have mayoral aspirations. He said he supports Mayor Vincent Gray's renomination of Natwar Gandhi as the city's independent chief financial officer.

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My view of @kojoshow with @tomsherwood and @nnamdikid http://instagr.am/p/L5upyHln-I/Michael Martinez
Today at 12 on #PoliticsHour: Phil Mendelson, the interim D.C. Council chairman, will be in studio. What questions do you have for him?The Kojo Nnamdi Show
@kojoshow 250 DC renters plan to follow-up @ 6/23 Tenant Town Hall on #1 issue from 1CitySummit - lack of affordable housing. His vision?LEDC
@kojoshow What is Mendelson doing to help keep DC United in DC? DC citizens and DC United fans noted that he was the sole dissenter in MarchNEMM
@kojoshow Will he set up a Twitter account? It's time!LEDC
#Video: New D.C. Council leader Phil Mendelson on restoring trust in city hall. http://bit.ly/MbJG6NThe Kojo Nnamdi Show
Kojo asked new D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson what kind of leadership he will have to provide to put the Council back on even keel. "We don't restore the trust in the Council through passing a bill or through a statement. It's really through our actions, and that's going to take some time," Mendelson said. He said it's not clear whether new ethics legislation is needed. Mendelson added that this is the first time that Council members have resigned because of felony convictions since the District got home rule in the 1970s.
The Kojo Nnamdi Show: New DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelsonkojonnamdishow885
Mendo now on @kojoshow. Says he thinks ethics bill was "rushed through the council."Mike DeBonis
@MurielBowser @ChuckThies @mikedebonis @kojoshow Wait we have a more robust ethics regime? So no more legal def funds from big money donors?John Nowicki
@ChuckThies @mikedebonis @kojoshow, no news there. He said that during the debate, and then he voted yes for a more robust ethics regime.MurielBowser
Well Council chair Mendelson is going to have to stop the council's practice of following the committee chairs when it comes to different issues. We elect people to do their jobs, not to be followers!!Samuel Shanks
It's going to take courage on the part of residents to stop voting for criminals and give a few out of thousands of qualified community organizers a run at it.Ben Marcus
Mendelson on @kojoshow: "I don't know that more legislation is necessary." Now might be a good time to ask him about Initiative 70.Mike DeBonis
@kojoshow @tomsherwood What does CM Mendelson think about Initiative 70 (@dcpublictrust) as a way to help reform the system?Rudi Riet
#Kwame Brown out Phil #Mendelson in as next in line for DC mayor @mayorvincegray under investigation #youdothemath @kojoshowGrandson Arthur
On WAMU @kojoshow: @mikedebonis: Mendo on the record saying there should be a standalone education cmte.Bruce DePuyt
Hillcrest heavy Paul Savage calls in to @kojoshow: 'He is the right person for the job.' Disagrees on Betty Noel vote, but 'I've moved on.'Mike DeBonis
@kojoshow my problem with the council is that they spend so much time debating about tix to sporting events. Give up all tix and govern!Roger Horowitz
Kojo Show producers mashed up quotes from D.C. Council member Vincent Orange and "The Karate Kid." Orange compared himself to recently defeated boxer Manny Pacquiao at a council meeting Wednesday, saying "I'm the best!"
@nnamdikid HYPING #kojomixtape2012 #KevinDurant style with his backpack. #PoliticsHour http://yfrog.com/nv67237615jThe Kojo Nnamdi Show
In 15 minutes - bigger than LeBron's "Decison" ... bigger than the Facebook IPO ... bigger than Bieber's new album. It's #kojomixtape2012.The Kojo Nnamdi Show
The video: #KojoMixtape2012 "V.O. Goes Macchio" http://wamu.fm/MvAJad #kojosjukebox #politicshourThe Kojo Nnamdi Show
"VO Goes Macchio" #kojomixtape2012kojonnamdishow885
@kojoshow @MikeMartinezDC wax on...wax off.Mindy Moretti
The @kojoshow mixtape, featuring Vincent Orange, Ralph Macchio and Cobra Kai: http://bit.ly/LZVRmUMartin Austermuhle
@dcist_martin @kojoshow "This is not funny!"JK ;)Jokes aside,council leadership deserves more than a back room deal.Debate aired out issues.Marion S. Barry, Jr.
Re: The Obama administration's announcement on deportations - hear Victor Ramirez, author of Md's "Dream Act" on today's #PoliticsHour.The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Week in Local Politics

Kojo asked new D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson what kind of leadership he will have to provide to put the Council back on even keel. "We don't restore the trust in the Council through passing a bill or through a statement. It's really through our actions, and that's going to take some time," Mendelson said. He said it's not clear whether new ethics legislation is needed. Mendelson added that this is the first time that Council members have resigned because of felony convictions since the District got home rule in the 1970s.

First there was #Sulaimania. Now, #Kojosjukebox is proud to present Vinny Citrus, featuring Marion Barry, Mary Cheh and Joe Esposito.

Music by Michael Martinez. Video by Brendan Sweeney.

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