Maryland lawmakers vote to end the death penalty in the Old Line State. D.C. mulls whether to require "large retailers" to pay higher wages. And social issues take the spotlight in Virginia's race for governor. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Politics Hour Video
Charniele Herring, Virginia delegate and chair of the state's Democratic Party, talks about how to make the state an attractive place for families and business leaders. She said she hopes the state avoids divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, and instead focuses more on job creation and economic development. This is an election year in Virginia, with voters going to the polls to select a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and delegates. "I love Virginia, I love my state. But I agree sometimes it takes us a little bit longer to step up and realize that life and society has changed," said Virginia Del. Charniele Herring.
Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
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