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The Politics Hour - May 30, 2014

D.C. lawmakers vote to slash funding for streetcars. Metro finally takes control of the Silver Line project in Northern Virginia - and aims to open for riders by the end of summer. And a pair of Maryland's gubernatorial candidates debate while the apparent frontrunner in the race skips out on the event. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Jon Cardin Defends Voting Record

Maryland Del. Jon Cardin defended his voting record Friday, saying his opponents' claims that he didn't fulfill his job because he missed votes "disingenuous at best."

The issue came into the spotlight this week after several politicians criticized Cardin, a Democratic Candidate for Maryland Attorney General.

Cardin reportedly missed 75 percent of votes in the house ways and means committee, a record some officials and voters say doesn't warrant a run for a higher-level office.

Cardin told Kojo Nnamdi on his Friday political hour that his record in the 11 years leading up to this session was "nearly perfect," but this year, made the "difficult choice" to spend more time at home with his young daughter and pregnant wife as she dealt with medical issues.

Watch the full discussion below

When Is It OK To Miss Votes?

In this clip, Jon Cardin talks about when he thinks its okay to miss votes, and how he would handle personal issues in a higher-level, more intense role in state government.

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