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A D.C. lawmaker turns to a private law firm for help writing a school reform bill. Activists in Maryland join forces with the National Rifle Association to challenge the state's new gun bill in court, rather than through referendum. And Virginia's presumptive Republican nominee for governor decides against mounting a campaign to repeal the commonwealth's new transportation plan. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he's "very positively inclined" toward D.C. statehood and that his staff is reviewing the merits of a bill that's currently before the Senate. "The fact that D.C. residents don't have the same rights as other American citizens do ... it's an injustice, and we ought to fix it," Kaine said.

Hospital bed capacity and a nursing shortage would be primary concerns if an explosion similar to the one that rocked the Boston Marathon finish line were to occur in Washington, D.C., said Peter LaPorte, former director of the D.C. Emergency Management Agency. LaPorte, who is now a homeland security consultant, also discussed potential security vulnerabilities of Metro and public spaces like Nationals Park and Verizon Center.

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