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The Politics Hour - Feb. 14, 2014

D.C.'s Democratic candidates for mayor slug it out on the campaign trail. A controversial lawmaker from Northern Virginia joins the scrum for the congressional set held by outgoing U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R). And Maryland's gubernatorial candidates spar over "fighting words" made about Prince George's County. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Douglas Duncan, former Montgomery County Executive and current candidate for the same position, reflects on his personal battle with clinical depression. Douglas' mental illness led him to step away from public office in 2006 and seek treatment. "I describe it as the two years that I lived in hell, where there was no joy and no hope, just despair all around me." Duncan said more people need to talk about mental health issues, especially men, who tend to view depression as a stigma. He also said he supported legislation that did not treat jails as de facto mental hospitals.

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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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