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The Politics Hour - June 27, 2014

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.

Ike Leggett: Maryland's Unfriendliness To Business "More Of A Perception Than A Reality"

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.

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Kojo Speaks Out on D.C. Autonomy, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris

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.

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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
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Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
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Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

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