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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.

Watch the discussion below.

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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Watch Ike Leggett and John Foust in studio during our politics hour.

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Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.
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The State Of The Race

Early voting is underway in states across the country. Just over two weeks before the presidential election, a look at the latest polls, the electoral map and end-of-the-line strategies for both campaigns.

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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

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