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The Politics Hour - March 28, 2014

D.C.'s mayoral candidates fight for votes in the final days before the April 1 Democratic primary. Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond for an overtime session. And Maryland scrambles to enroll residents through its health exchange with a critical federal deadline looming. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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While some Maryland candidates are preparing for a Democratic primary election in June, other lawmakers and voters are more focused on another battle: whether to give more tax credits to popular television series "House of Cards."

The Netflix drama, which follows politician Frank Underwood as he navigates the dark side of politics in Washington, D.C., has received more than $26 million for filming its first two seasons in Maryland. But the show, starring Kevin Spacey, has said it won't film a third season in the state unless it gets more.

Maryland typically gives about $7.5 million each year to crews that film in state. The state's Senate has approved a bill that would increase the show's credits to $18.5 million, but the House has yet to vote.

Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) said he supports offering film credits to woo crews to the state, "but it's a question of bounds."

"How much is too much?" he asked the panel on Kojo Nnamdi's Friday Politics Hour.

One thing is certain: Gansler said he won't be seizing film crew equipment or sets if the show decides to leave the state, as some other Maryland lawmakers threatened this week.

For the panel's full discussion about "House of Cards," watch the video below.

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