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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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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
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Money Rules: Candidates Go Around The Law, As Cash Records To Be Smashed

More money is expected to be raised and spent in 2016 than in any election in U.S. history. But, as candidates ditch old ways of campaigning, more of it is expected to be undisclosed and untraceable.
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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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