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The Politics Hour - Sept 6, 2013

D.C. lawmakers pass a living wage bill to the city's mayor, who now faces a deadline on whether to veto or sign the measure. A revived debate about the minimum wage begins in Maryland. And reports surface about tension between the Virginia GOP's candidate for lieutenant governor and party leadership. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council member and candidate for mayor, explains why she opposes a living wage bill that would require large retailers like Wal-Mart to pay higher wages. "I made very clear at the time that I voted on this bill that I just thought it was a policy that actually would have a perverse impact," she said. If Mayor Vincent Gray signs the bill, Bowser says retailers and retail spending will leave D.C. for the suburbs.

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