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The Politics Hour - Feb. 28, 2014

D.C.'s mayoral candidates lock horns in a high-profile broadcast debate, as new poll numbers show one challenger gaining ground on the incumbent. Maryland lawmakers tangle over everything from marijuana to dog attacks. And Virginia's General Assembly sprints to the finish line, with the possibility of a government shutdown looming over Richmond. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Chief Kenneth Ellerbe discussed employee and infrastructure changes at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. The chief has come under scrutiny recently after an elderly man died after collapsing near a firehouse last month. Ellerbe discussed a program to hire new cadets and paramedics and increase the department's fleet, saying the department is moving forward under a new "climate of change." In response to questions about his plans to retire, Ellerbe said, "My intention is to see these changes through. I have no intention of quitting."

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