WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour - May 9, 2014

Maryland's gubernatorial candidates lock horns in a televised debate. Primary candidates in Virginia slug it out for hotly contested congressional seats. And a D.C. lawmaker wants more "Scandal" in the nation's capital. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Since Maryland decided to rebuild its failed online health insurance marketplace, some officials have called for the state to adopt the federal government's system instead.

But Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D-20th), one of three Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, says she remains optimistic about the state's options moving forward in light of the issues that have become a focus of debates leading up to the June 24 Democratic primary.

"I have remained open minded," Mizeur said Friday on Kojo Nnamdi's weekly Politics Hour, "but it's probably more likely ... that the Connecticut model is a good option for us."

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