WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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.

Watch A Featured Clip

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.

- Erica R. Hendry

NPR

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
NPR

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

WAMU 88.5

Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

NPR

Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.