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The Politics Hour

Virginia Republicans set their official roster of candidates in this fall's races. Another D.C. Council member goes all in for next year's race for mayor. And Maryland opens a casino it hopes will breathe new life into the Western part of the state. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Council member and D.C. mayoral candidate, said he's hoping to raise $1 million for his campaign, but that he won't accept anonymous contributions. "If there's not a name on the check...I don't want that donation," he said. Wells said he thinks D.C. citizens will donate to his campaign because they agree with his agenda to "clean up politics in D.C., to clean up the pay-to-play that's currently going on in our government." He added that while money can garner influence, it can't buy a legislative seat.

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Test your knowledge of D.C., Virginia and Maryland headlines and happenings.

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