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The Politics Hour - Feb. 7, 2014

D.C. lawmakers take steps to decriminalize marijuana in the District. Virginia's new governor courts lawmakers from the other side of the aisle -- with booze. And the Maryland Senate moves to ban sales of grain alcohol in the Old Line 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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Darrel Thompson, candidate for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat, talks about how he differs from his opponent, Charles Allen. "Sometimes, I got to tell you, I'm not sure if I'm running against Tommy Wells or Charles Allen or both of them on any given day," Thompson said. He said he differs from Allen and Wells in terms of policy as well as leadership. Thompson said, if elected, he would seek to improve public schools with initiatives like expanding the number of slots in pre-K and creating more opportunities for students with disabilities.

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