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The Politics Hour

Another guilty plea in a sprawling corruption scandal clouds the future of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The presidential candidates step up their game in battleground Virginia. And Maryland voters may get the final word on the state's new congressional map this fall. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Video

D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan talked about Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed campaign finance reforms and how it differs from Initiative 70, which would ban corporate contributions to political campaigns. Nathan said the proposal would ban "pay to play" and prohibit bidders on government contracts from making campaign contributions. "I think Mayor Gray has done a great job of proposing some bold and systematic reforms to our campaign finance laws," Nathan said.

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