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An investigation into an alleged "shadow campaign" in D.C.'s mayoral race extends into the 2008 race for president. Activists in Western Maryland call for breaking off five counties and forming a new state. And high-profile Democratic and Republican figures in Virginia make waves by switching sides and backing candidates from the other party. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Stephen Cordi, deputy chief financial officer, responds to a recent Washington Post report which found the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue sold property tax liens on homes to private investors. Cordi said the findings of the investigation were dated and it's not an ongoing practice. He noted the tax office now has a minimum threshold of $1,000 for selling delinquent property taxes. "There have been some sales less than $1,000, but nothing for a few hundred dollars," Cordi said.
Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.