WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour

The Virginia House of Delegates backs off a controversial plan to redraw the commonwealth's voting lines. Maryland's governor ramps up his push for stronger gun laws in the Old Line State. And the early contours of D.C.'s 2014 race for mayor begin to take shape. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray commented on an ethics probe into the conduct of D.C. Council member Jim Graham. Gray said he thinks the investigation should be allowed to unfold and that it should remain an issue for the Council to resolve. "Having been the chairman of the Council, I certainly know that I don't want to step into the Council's business," Gray said. He also talked about a pending federal investigation into his 2010 mayoral campaign, and addressed the need for campaign finance reform.

Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, said he is for the commonwealth expanding Medicare under the Affordable Care Act. He said more than 400,000 Virginians would have access to health care under the provision. "Morally, socially, it is the right thing to do to keep our citizenry healthy," McAuliffe said.

Mayor Gray brought gifts to his Kojo Show interview -- ice cold beer. Before coming to the WAMU 88.5 studio, Gray visited local brewery DC Brau, where he launched a business regulatory reform task force.

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