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The Politics Hour - Jan. 24, 2014

It's been a big week in Virgina politics. The commonwealth's new attorney general does a U-turn on gay marriage and the state's constitutional ban. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are indicted in federal court over a gift scandal. And a three-way runoff election puts another democrat in the State Senate, which could tip the balance of power. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans discussed his positions on Nationals stadium and the potential for new D.C. United and Redskins stadiums. On a new soccer stadium, Evans said he supports the broad outlines of a deal, including where it would be constructed. He said it's an "excellent idea" to bring the Redskins back to D.C. by building a new space at the R.F.K. Stadium site. While Evans agrees the football team should change its controversial name, he said a new stadium shouldn't be contingent on a name change.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Jan. 23 to explain his decision to challenge the commonwealth's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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