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Maryland's lieutenant governor emerges victorious in the state's Democratic primary, while a former Annapolis official scores the GOP nomination. D.C. lawmakers debate a complex plan to spend public money on a new soccer stadium. And gubernatorial budget moves spark more political controversy in the Old Dominion. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Maryland has come a long way toward being more business friendly in the past few years, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, even if residents don't yet fully realize the transformation.
The state's reputation for being less friendly than neighboring Virginia is at this point "more of a perception than a reality," Leggett said, noting several new policies and incentives enacted to attract new business.
Metro's Silver Line, slated to open in July, will likely make Northern Virginia an even more attractive option for residents and businesses alike, but Leggett says Maryland "is going to hold [its] own" against the Old Dominion.
Watch the discussion below.
In his typically humorous "billboard" introduction to the Politics Hour, Kojo lumped U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) with "bullying, outside interlopers" on Capitol Hill who regularly disrespect the District's autonomy - because of the legislator's attempt to stop D.C. from decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Watch Ike Leggett and John Foust in studio during our politics hour.