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D.C.'s new ethics panel investigates a Council member. Maryland's same-sex marriage debate ignites a controversy at Gallaudet University. And local candidates in Virginia, including in Alexandria's race for mayor, barrel down the home stretch. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Politics Hour Videos

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker endorsed Question 6, a referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. "It is my intention to vote in favor of Question 6. I do believe it's a civil rights issue," Baker said.

Baker explained why he supports Question 7, a ballot measure that would expand gambling in Maryland. Baker said the measure would create new jobs and bring $200 million in revenue to the state.

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